SmashboxPhoto Matte Anti Shine
0.5 fl. oz. for $25
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Smashbox Photo Matte Anti Shine is a reformulation of their previous Anti-Shine Anti-Brilliance, which earned a BEST rating due to its strong mattifying effect on skin. Photo Matte Anti Shine carries similar claims—the promise of minimized pores and a “flawless finish” for up to 8 hours. With a dry-finish silicone consistency, this does do a good job of “blurring” the appearance of pores and offsetting shine for a few hours—but we didn’t find it lived up to its 8- hour shine-free claim.

Those with oily to very oily skin will find the shine/pore minimizing gives way after three hours or so. You can extend the shine-free finish via reapplication, but this becomes a question of aesthetic preference (it can begin to feel heavy and thick). Still, it was good while it lasted!

Photo Matte Anti Shine is fragrance free, and has a slight tint with an almost imperceptible amount of shine added to the formula (ironic, no?). The tint is largely invisible, though if you have very fair skin you may want to try a sample first. It also contains a bit of an antioxidant benefit with the added vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate) and a form of licorice extract (stearyl glycyrrhetinate).

Overall, Smashbox’s Photo Matte Anti Shine earns a GOOD rating for living up to most of its claims, and it does have an impressively smooth, matte finish on skin for a few hours, at least. This can work well under foundation, too.

  • Dry-finish silicone formula blurs the look of enlarged pores.
  • Light consistency, smooth application.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Works well under makeup.
  • Expensive for the amount of product you get.
  • Falls short of its claim to control shine for eight hours.
Last Updated:04.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Shine, shine go away! Smashbox's cream-gel formula instantly absorbs oil and minimizes the appearance of pores, leaving skin with a flawless finish for up to 8 hours. Wear alone, over/under makeup, or dab on for touch-ups.


Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Isononyl Isononanoate, Isododecane, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Lauroyl Lysine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Methicone, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Water\Aqua\Eau, Coconut Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) .

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Smashbox At-A-Glance

Two interesting things about Smashbox are that its name refers to the early, accordion-style cameras and that Smashbox is first and foremost a Hollywood-based photography studio. The company's creators, Dean and Davis Factor, have their heritage in makeup—their great-grandfather was the legendary makeup artist Max Factor. The makeup, which debuted in 1996, began as a collection of trendy and fashion-forward colors coupled with a pleasingly neutral palette of foundations, concealers, and powders. Nowadays, there are exceptional options to choose from, but also some color products that fall short due to too sheer formulas or other issues noted in their respective reviews.

Where Smashbox has lived up to their Hollywood makeup pedigree is with a few standout formulas, including impressive lip products as well as excellent foundations, BB and CC cream options. Of course, the brand is also well-known for their range of makeup primers—whether that’s a necessary step is up for debate—but nevertheless they do offer a few products in this category that are worth considering.

For more information about Smashbox, now owned by Estee Lauder visit www.smashbox.com.

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