Let’s talk dupes: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer

Today’s post is going to be about two dupes I have personally found to be comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer. This post is solely based on my experience and opinion of these products. 


The two dupes I’m going to discuss are NYX Cosmetics Studio Perfect Primer in clear, and the Palladio Foundation Primer.

 Both products are close in price range, the NYX primer running at around $13.00, and the Palladio primer at around $12.00. NYX has the advantage of providing more product, with 30ml per tube, while Palladio only contains 20ml. Despite this, both of these products are still a relatively good value when compared to Smashbox at $36.00 for 30ml. 

Smashbox ingredients.

Palladio ingredients

NYX ingredients

The first few ingredients of each are pretty much the same, therefore in my opinion they all function similarly. The Smashbox primer is a high end product, and has more high quality ingredients, and is “Formulated without Parabens, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, Oil, Fragrance & Talc.” The Smashbox formula is also oil free, while the Palladio definitely is not.

I personally have combination skin, more towards the oily side usually, and I lean towards the Palladio primer rather than the NYX primer as my dupe of choice. While it does seem to contain a lot of oils, it doesn’t make my face appear more oily. It glides on really nicely and performs very much like the Smashbox primer. I also that it includes some natural ingredients like Ginkgo Biloba, which is thought to have anti-aging properties, and grape seed oil, which also does some good things for skin and is non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about it clogging your pores.  While I prefer the Palladio primer, the NYX primer also makes a great dupe, I just happen to like the Palladio better.

Hope this was helpful, and feel free to comment with more potential dupes of the Smashbox Photo Finish foundation primer

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