Beauty, Product Reviews

Smashbox Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick – Product Review


Contains – 0.31 oz.


Hey all, welcome back to Skincare Struggles!  Hope you all had a nice weekend 🙂


We’re doing a quick product review for you today on a relatively new primer from Smashbox – the Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick.  

I believe this was made with a similar formula to the cult classic original Smashbox Photo Finish Primer, but obviously this is in a solid form rather than a liquid-gel.  In the stick form, you get a little less than half the amount of product for just about the same price as the original gel.  However, I don’t think you need nearly as much of the stick form as you do the gel, so it does last a relatively long time.  I’ve had this for about a month and have barely made a dent in it.  

Smashbox Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick – Ingredients
Smashbox Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick

I like to focus this product in my T-zone where I have the most noticeable pore and product the most oil.  Once applied, I blend with my fingers to outsides of my face and it really does spread nicely to cover a decent area.  On me, this primer really helps to blur my pores and acne-scars which makes foundation or concealer look beautiful on top.  However, I do not notice a huge difference in the amount of oil my face produces throughout the day, so I would not say it has the 12-HR oil control that it claims on the packaging.  

I have not yet tried using this product as an “oil blotter” on TOP of makeup for touch-ups, but they do advertise that it was made to be used that way as well.  The size of the packaging and the solid stick form, makes it super travel-friendly, so if you do use it for touch-ups I’m sure it would be really convenient to just throw into your purse – though I can’t say how well it would actually work.  

Smashbox Photo Finish Iconic Primer Stick (0.31 oz of product)

Struggle Factor – 4:  The form of this product makes it really easy to use and it’s extremely quick to stripe on the face and blend, but I don’t think that the product / amount of product is worth the price.  I do enjoy the original Smashbox Photo Finish Primer in the liquid-gel formula, but I didn’t think that was too great at oil-control either so that could be the reason that this stick didn’t work for me either.  I thought this would be perfect for fast makeup in the mornings before work, but I was a little disappointed at the longevity of matte-finish it gave me.  I think that it would be perfect for people with large pores or texture that have normal, dry or even just combo skin, since it does smooth out the face nicely.  But for me, without the oil-controlling factor, it just didn’t make the cut for a perfect primer.  With that being said, I do recommend the Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Pore Minimizing version for those of you with oily skin since that one as always worked for my skin in the past.  


Have any of you tried this primer or any of the other Smashbox primers?  What is your favorite??  Let us know in the comments below and I’ll talk to you all real soon!


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