The Original Photo Finish Primer by Smashbox – review & dupes

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Today, I am reviewing one of the most famous foundation primers in the beauty market and it is the original photo finish primer by Smashbox. This is actually the first time I ever review a primer here and I am so excited to share with you my opinion on this baby here so keep on reading if you are interested to know if this products is a hit or miss!

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Product Information

This product contains 30ml of products, retails for 36$, is for all skin types and has a gel consistency.  It is supposed to smooth the skin, blur flaws and help the makeup last, it is formulated ” to help your makeup look better and last longer”. You can get this product from Sephora or from Smasbox’s official website and the brand is cruelty-free [like most of the products I review]

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The packaging of this primer is so nice and sleek, it didn’t used to look like this, I know that it used to be transparent but I like the combination of black matte and mirror silver better. Moreover, the font of the writing suits very well with the style Smashbox is trying to achieve for this product. I really like the packaging of this primer and the fact that it comes in a squeezable plastic not in glass makes it super travel-friendly. The primer doesn’t have a pump, you have to turn around several times the bottle to open it and get the product out by squeezing.



This primer does exactly what it claims to,  it instantly blurs my pores and flaws and makes my makeup so long-lasting. While my makeup usually lasts long enough, with this primer it lasts even longer and I appreciate that cause I like to see that my makeup look looks as snatched 9 hours later as it did the first moment I applied the products.


I think this primer does wonders to the skin and the longevity of the makeup but honestly, I’ve tried cheaper primers that do the same thing [check out my dupes below]. This primer is just too expensive and I don’t think I’ll ever re-buy it, maybe I’ll try another one from the collection.


One of the cheap primers I tried and thought had a similar formula was the Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser by Maybelline but I I’ve also heard that the ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer have a similar formula.

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  1. September 7, 2018 / 9:24 am

    Great review! This was the first primer I ever tried and fell in love! Definitely have to pick this up again as you’ve reminded me ❤️

    • Joy🌻
      September 7, 2018 / 9:45 am

      It’s really good!! Thanks for reading xx!!

  2. September 7, 2018 / 11:45 am

    I’m always on the hunt for a new primer since they changed the formula of the NYX Angel Veil (so gutted Aha)

    • Joy🌻
      September 7, 2018 / 3:47 pm

      yes I feel you!! the new Angel Veil alters the formula of my foundations!!

      • September 7, 2018 / 3:48 pm

        Why did they changed??? I need to try this one

  3. mriveraediblesense
    September 7, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Thanks for the honest review. I hate spending loads of money on stuff that I can get cheaper.

    • Joy🌻
      September 7, 2018 / 3:46 pm

      exactly!! Thanks for reading xx

  4. September 7, 2018 / 1:19 pm

    I currently use the Elf Primer and really like it, but it is always good to have another option! This looks great!

    • Joy🌻
      September 7, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      yes very true!! Thanks a lot

    September 7, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    I have never heard of this before! I love finding new products. Thanks for sharing!!! 🙂

    • Joy🌻
      September 7, 2018 / 3:45 pm

      Thanks for reading!! xx

  6. September 7, 2018 / 6:25 pm

    I love your photography, it’s so pretty! Thank you for sharing your honest thoughts, it’s good you have found cheaper alternatives which are just as good! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • Joy🌻
      September 8, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Thanks a lot!! and yes dupes are always useful!!

  7. September 7, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    Thanks for the honest review! So helpful!

    • Joy🌻
      September 8, 2018 / 10:19 am

      Thank you, I am happy that it is!!

  8. September 7, 2018 / 11:51 pm

    I’ve actually never used a primer before but this one looks like it would take my makeup to the next level! Looks great.

    • Joy🌻
      September 8, 2018 / 10:19 am

      yes totally!!! Thanks for reading xx

  9. September 9, 2018 / 2:14 am

    I heard great things about this primer, seem like everyone loves it, but you are definitely right, it’s too expensive, I don’t think I could pay that much for primer though. Also I rarely use these pore minimizing gelly primers, I have one currently and I rarely use it. xx

    • Joy🌻
      September 10, 2018 / 9:55 am

      Yes so it’s def not worth your money!! Thanks for passing by 😍💕

  10. September 9, 2018 / 2:45 am

    💖 This is so good to know! I really appreciate you including the dupes as some products are better than the expensive ones out in the market. xx 💋

    • Joy🌻
      September 10, 2018 / 9:54 am

      Yes i thought it would be useful!! Thanks a lot 😍💕

  11. September 12, 2018 / 2:55 am

    Oohhh I’ve never tried a primer out before I usually just use moisturiser under my make up instead. But I might try out this primer it sounds really good!! Great review xx

    • Joy🌻
      September 12, 2018 / 8:26 am

      yesss and it’s very useful!! Thanks a lot xx