Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
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  • Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer 1 Oz

Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer

BY SMASHBOX #6 in Face Primer

4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars70%
  • 4 Stars20%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%


Get Primer + Moisturizer In 1! Primerizer Delivers 24-hour Hydration Plus Powerful Primer Benefits In The Lightest Possible Texture. It Was Created In Our L.A. Photo Studio To Instantly Increase Moisture By 127% & Prep Skin For Makeup In 1 Step. This Non-greasy, Quick-dry Formula Acts As A Makeup Magnet That Locks On Foundation & Makes It Last. 


Fun Fact: There’s 762 Sextillion Molecules Of Water Per Bottle!


  • Instantly Increases Moisture By 127% And Preps Skin For Makeup In One Step
  • Translucent Formula Sets In Seconds So Makeup Goes On Fast
  • Acts As A Makeup Magnet That Locks On Foundation And Makes It Last
  • Smoothes Skin, Softens Dry Fine Lines & Stops Makeup From Settling Into Pores
  • Moisturizes And Plumps With Niacinamide & Hyaluronic Acid
  • Non-greasy, Weightless Texture
  • Suitable For All Skin Types


Apply 1-2 Pumps To Fingertips And Smooth Over Face Before Makeup. Can Be Used With Or In Place Of Moisturizer. 


Water\aqua\eau, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ppg-15 Stearyl Ether, Niacinamide, Hydroxyethyl Urea, Sodium Polyaspartate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Trehalose, Sorbitol, Decyl Glucoside, Xanthan Gum, 1,2-hexanediol, Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol

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Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer
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  • "this is a good primer for all types of skin. i have very oily skin and it still is good for under my makeup or on it's own on no makeup days. only down fall is it doesn't do anything for my pores so i have to go in for another primer in my t zone but still good for what it claims although it is a bit pricey." in 54 reviews
  • "very watery texture so it feels light on the skin. absorbs really quickly and makeup application is smooth. i put on a lot of moisturizer before priming so i’m not sure if this is hydrating my skin but it isn’t leaving any dry patches. i got this as a sample and may repurchase when it runs out." in 50 reviews
Jazzy A.
Riverdale , MD
43 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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Because of the wintry weather and a shift to dry/dehydrated skin, I recently noticed my HG foundation was not performing well, especially while building it up to full coverage; I was seeing the cakey, aged, tired, look. I thought needed a winter foundation with more hydration. I did not consider switching primers at first since mine had plenty of slip and I thought enough moisture. Looking though reviews and talking to others in my online makeup groups, a few options came up, this was one of them. I had a sample at home and tried it on a work morning. I put the primer on directly following my skincare, it applied beautifully and absorbed well. I applied a small amount of foundation to see how it would perform, and then I mixed a little of both on the back of my hand and started to build it up. My face looked flawless! This stuff went on so well, smoothed fine lines under my eyes and on other areas of my face, helped me build my foundation with less product and blended out perfectly. The Primerizer gave me the extra bump in moisture I needed without breaking me out or causing me to look greasy. My skin had a nice natural glow. I added a little loose setting powder after it I let the foundation set and followed with the rest of my powder products. My foundation lasted and did not move around on me all day, I did not have any makeup transfer to coat collar, and overall, I am putting this at HG status. It is expensive considering my lux primer is $52 or $58, but if I am using less foundation, and a little primer goes a long way, it is still saving me money in the end. My only concern would be if I got Melia in the eye area, but time will tell. I highly recommend.
Roxanne O.
Bakersfield , CA
1,054 reviews
I use Smashbox Photo Finish Primerizer and I use this daily before putting on my makeup. I love being able to skip a step (moisturizer) and it’s done while priming at the same time.

The formula is flawless. It’s thin, light and feels like a thin moisturizer. Some days when I just don’t feel like (no energy) putting my makeup on, but I DO want to; I use primerizer especially. It gives me a “well I just moisturized Andddddd I’m already primed anyways..” kind of feeling. I specifically moisturized with my primerizer on those days for that motivating feeling to get me more likely to put on my makeup.

And even if I choose not to, it is Sssooo hydrating. I actually chose this specific primer FOR the moisturizer in it. It was also recommended to me by a smashbox rep but I already knew but then, I was just trying others bc I had the samples.

I found that even with many other primer samples and even with #Smashbox’s other primers this is THE one that has worked best for my extremely dry, sensitive and peeling skin. I would LOVE to be able to use (or try) their primer water.. but I think my thirsty skin would just absorb it right away, and still be dry.

I would love to be able to afford it full size, but I don’t put my makeup on daily; so when I found this mini size on sale I got a couple. I do plan on buying it full size, which is a big deal to me because I can hardly ever buy things full size, lol. But I do recommend getting some for yourself to try if you have dry skin like myself. I originally tried this from sephora as a sample. If you just walk-in and ask they should give you a sample.
Molly S.
Westerville, OH
21 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
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GREAT primer.

BUT! It contains Isopropyl Isostearate, and my skin is VERY sensitive to this ingredient. I'm talking cystic acne. that takes 2 months to fully clear up. Despite this, if your skin is not reactive like mine is and you're looking for a primer that moisturizes and works great for a foundation base, go for it. It made my foundation look terrific. Sadly for me, my hunt for a moisturizing primer that makes makeup last all day that my skin doesn't hate continues.
bella g.
san diego
137 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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This product is basically like a second moisturizer. It's water based not oily at all keeps my makeup lasting throughout the day much better. I'm not big on oily primers and this is not that. I highly recommend for dry or honestly oily sense it is water based and my skin is very oily when it comes to summer and I still use this in the summer time.
kierra b.
Muncie, IN
125 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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I LOVE this primer!!! Dry skin peeps, you’ll fall in love with this. I personally have oily to combo skin and still adore it. It’s sooo hydrating and fresh feeling on the face, which sets up the perfect canvas before application foundation. It gives such a refreshed and hydrated look to the face. Pro tip: if you have dry skin and like matte foundations, use this underneath to create a good balance on the skin. Definitely recommend for all skin types!
Jaclyn B.
Nashville, TN
77 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
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This is a solid primer, especially for dry skin! I got a sample from Sephora that I've used over the past week and I think I'm going to repurchase a full size. When I use this primer, my makeup lasts all day and doesn't cling to my dry patches. It is more liquidy than expected, and doesn't leave my face feeling very "tacky" so I don't think its as extremely long-wearing as more mattifying/pore-filling primers, but it does the job for dry skin!
Kasia F.
Wheeling, IL
112 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
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First of all.. buy the travel size of this primer because two of these equal the size of the full size one but cost $15 each. The full size is $42-45. I still cannot figure out why that is but I guess it’s because of the plastic vs glass packaging??? Maybe??? Ok but regardless of that it’s a great primer. Moisturizing but does not make my face oily (I have oily skin). It is enough for me to use instead of Moises we in the morning. My favorite primer!
Sabrina R.
553 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
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Wow this primer is great! It is hydrating without being too liquidy. I like that it still dries down with a slight tackiness so that my foundation sticks. However, it doesn't have the silicone feel which is also great for my dry skin. Keeps my skin hydrated and my makeup lasts all day. It is a bit pricey though.
Zamen S.
5 reviews
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Absolutely love! I can only use this primer now after trying it out. There is a noticeable difference in the softness of my skin when it’s on and even after I take my makeup off. I have been using the normal smash box primer but after they came out with this moisturizing primer i have to start using this now. And the best part is that it makes your makeup look so much better and doesn’t give you creases like others
Brianna G.
Fosston, MN
221 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Purchased at: Sephora
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I have oily skin with dry patches and this hydrated my skin without making me feel extra oily and greasy and making my makeup slide right off my face. I do have to mix it with other primers to get the pore filling effect but this is the best product for moisturizing before makeup. It mixes well with other products and helps keep makeup looking fresh even after 12 hours. I would highly recommend for all skin types!
Regina H.
57 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Worth the money?
Brooke L.
Sunbury, OH
55 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Thought on this?? Do you use a moisturizer prior to this primer as well?
Olivia J.
Newburyport, MA
186 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 3
what skin type is this good for ?
Sandra S.
Bloomington, CA
333 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Ok. How does this stuff work on combo skin??
Chelsea S.
71 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
How does this compare to Glossier Priming Moisturizer?

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