I am a sucker for wanting to always try out new primers. I had heard a lot of rave reviews for this primer, but I wasn’t sure I wanted to make the leap and purchase it. A lovely friend of mine had some luxury samples of this primer as it is one of her favourites, and let me give it a go. Unfortunately, I did not get on with this primer at all. It feels nice to apply and my foundation went on well, much the same as it always does. However, as I continued with the rest of my makeup I noticed that my face make up (foundation, concealer and powder) was not at all set and would come off at the slightest touch. I generally have dry skin and have to battle flaky patches for the most part but this primer made my skin look like an oily mess.
Reviewed on Thu 16 May 2019
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with dry, tanned tone skin and grey eyes. My hair is medium brown, combination with normal texture.
So, I have nothing against this primer. It's beautiful, makes my skin feel crazy silky and doesn't contain oil. However, for £26, I honestly don't think I'd buy this again when W7's dupe - prime magic - is so much cheaper. Sorry guys!
Reviewed on Mon 03 Sep 2018
I am in my mid 20's with normal, medium tone skin and grey eyes. My hair is light brown, dry with fine texture.
Helps your makeup glide on like a dream and lasts all day. I have combined to oily skin and my makeup doesn't break up at all. Would say this product is good for all skin types and would 100% recommend.
Reviewed on Wed 27 Jun 2018
I am in my late teens with combination, fair tone skin and unknown eyes. My hair is unknown, unknown with unknown texture.
I've not tried many other primers before and surely this is the best I've had. Smooth texture, only need a tiny amount, my skin feels silky straight after applying. I use it with smashbox foundation and it is like a dream, my makeup last all day and it isn't drying my skin either. I recommend it to anyone!
Reviewed on Wed 15 Nov 2017
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with combination, fair tone skin and hazel eyes. My hair is dark brown, combination with fine texture.
I just don't understand the hype with this product at all!
It didn't make my pores look any smaller and my face felt (&looked like) butter. I found it really
Difficult to apply my foundation and my concealer rubbed off my face as I alllied.
Really let down.
Reviewed on Thu 09 Nov 2017
I am in my mid 30's with dry, fair tone skin and blue eyes. My hair is dark brown, dry with coarse texture.
✨This Primer is honestly the best Primer ever! The texture after application is absolutely to die for, so smooth and so soft. It keeps the longevity of your make up to literally last all day. The base it provides for Foundation is fantastic and makes the application of it so easy and no go cakey. My pores look so much better using this product, it literally covers them all and creates a true blank canvas to work with. It works really well with my oily to combination skin and doesn’t feel greasy or heavy. This is an absolute MUST for your beauty haul!
Reviewed on Tue 03 Oct 2017
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with combination, tanned tone skin and green eyes. My hair is medium brown, combination with fine texture.
This primer is a classic. Reminds me of a primer I once bought from inglot but mostly because it is SO SMOOOTH. You get good value for your money as you don't need to use a lot of this, is glides on like a dream and does an amazing job of helping set your makeup! This did wonders for my pores too! Highly recommend:D
Reviewed on Thu 21 Sep 2017
I am in my late 20's/early 30's with combination, light tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is dark brown, normal with normal texture.
This was one of the first primers that my Mother ever bought for me and I always come back to it! It's got a soft and smooth texture that sinks into skin, fills in pores and leaves a velvety texture, perfect for a flawless foundation application each time. It doesn't have a scent, and doesn't leave my skin feeling or looking shiny or oily. It's the perfect primer for a full day of heavy makeup - weddings etc, and just as good on an everyday basis too. It's a must for everyone's makeup bags, even if you'll only use it on special occasions, because that's when the magic happens!
Reviewed on Sun 20 Aug 2017
I am in my mid 20's with combination, brown tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is dark brown, normal with normal texture.
I unfortunately have to say I don't think this product is worth £25. I use a lot of smashbox products and am reasonably disappointed with this one. It seems to dry my skin up, and I also have recently found that a different Primer at £6.99 does me more favours. I also feel that to make a difference I have to use more of this product at one time, than other primers I've tried.
Smashbox is fab, this product just isn't for me!
Reviewed on Fri 02 Jun 2017
I am in my mid 20's with dry, medium tone skin and green eyes. My hair is blonde, normal with normal texture.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this primer. It is my ultimate go-to primer. I have changed and used other things but i always go back to this. The finish is unbelievable and sometimes i can just go without makeup and just put primer on my face. It minimises any lines and wrinkles and minimises pores. The effect it has when my foundation is put on top is absolutely amazing. I cannot recommend this primer enough it is the top rated for a reason!!!
Reviewed on Tue 23 May 2017
I am in my mid 20's with normal, olive tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is medium brown, normal with normal texture.
If you are looking for an everyday primer, look no further. It is oil-free and definitely makes your foundation last all day, without sliding off. It sets a perfect base and smooths over imperfections giving a flawless look
Definitely recommend for anyone looking for a basic simple primer, however I have not given it 5 stars as I think it is very over priced for what it is
Reviewed on Mon 10 Apr 2017
I am in my late teens/early 20's with combination, tanned tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is dark brown, normal with normal texture.
I adore the consistency of this primer and I feel that because it is in a gel formula I love how it is on my skin. I feel like because its think and sinks into your skin the foundation lasts so much longer and I actually feel like it is filling in my pores. I use it everyday and it never stops amazing me. since I have started to use this my makeup has lasted longer and I adore it. my favourite primer of all time and I would recommend to everyone. if you haven't tried it you need to it is amazing and I love everything about it.
Reviewed on Mon 20 Feb 2017
I am in my late teens with combination, fair tone skin and brown eyes. My hair is blonde, normal with fine texture.
Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox
Where to Buy
Prices last updated 24 June 2019.
Where to Buy
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer is available to buy at Smashbox, Fabled, lookfantastic, Feelunique, and Boots.com.