10 Best Primers For Oily Skin  September 30, 2016

Everyone wants to flaunt flawless makeup, but retaining that flawlessness is very problematic for those who have oily skin. No matter which oil-free cleanser you use, you just can’t train your glands to secrete less oil! But having said that, there’s still hope. Thanks to face primers, we now have a product that will ensure our makeup stays put. Primers create a velvety base for our makeup, so it doesn’t melt. It also minimizes the appearance of pores so that you get that much sought-after flawless look!

What Is A Primer And How Does It Work

A primer acts as a base for the makeup/foundation that makes the skin appear smoother and even. It acts like glue, holding your skin and your makeup together for hours. It also minimizes the visibility of fine lines, open pores, and dark circles, giving an even, flawless base for the makeup to glide on. Thus, wearing a primer before applying makeup is of utmost importance. There are primers that also cater to oily skin needs. Out of the various primers available in the market, we’ve handpicked the best few for you. Here is a review of our top 10 picks that are suitable for those with oily skin.

Top 10 Primers For Oily Skin

  1. Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage
  2. Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue
  3. Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer
  4. Smash Box Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer
  5. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
  6. Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer
  7. bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer
  8. Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer
  9. Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish
  10. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

1. Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage

Skin Base Visage is an extremely light-weight gel-based primer that neutralizes the redness on the face, and at the same time, adds radiance to it. It instantly minimizes the visibility of pores and dark circles while mattifying the skin. It also has optical diffusers that blur out the imperfections and make the skin look even.

Longevity: 8-9 hours

Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage Review

“I very rarely repurchase products. Just because there are so many great things out there I wanna try. But I recently ordered my second one of this. I had used it years ago and loved it but wanted to try different brands. Never found anything as good.”

Pros

  • Oil-free.
  • Non-acnegenic.
  • Improves radiance by 22%.
  • Evens skin tone by 20%.
  • Reduces the appearance of skin redness by 14%.

Cons

  • Contains micro glitter that may show through the foundation if it’s light coverage.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $31.00*

Purchase Link: maccosmetics.com

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2. Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Primer

The newbie Matte Rescue Primer is an extremely amazing product. It is lightweight and comes with a water-based gel formula that holds your makeup for a long time. It also minimizes the visibility of the open pores and absorbs the excess oil. It contains diamond powder, which is known for its soft focus pore blurring effect. Totally a must-have product if you have oily skin.

Longevity: 7-8 hours

Benefit POREfessional Matte Rescue Primer Review

“I have super, super oily skin, and I have never been able to find a product that will stay on my skin for more than 3 hours…until now! I can wear this for 8 hours and hardly have any shine at all, it’s a miracle! It feels super soft on my skin, and it doesn’t break me out! It is definitely worth the price!”

Pros

  • Keeps oil at bay all day.
  • Feels cooling on the face.
  • Instantly mattifies.
  • Minimizes the visibility of pores.

Rating: 4.8/5

Price: $28.00*

Purchase Link: benefitcosmetics.com

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3. Make Up Forever Skin Equalizer

The skin equalizer by Makeup Forever spreads seamlessly on the skin and makes your makeup last longer. It takes care of the excess oil and unwanted shine – all the while keeping the skin matte. It minimizes pores and gives the skin a perfect base for the makeup. You are surely going to love this one. It is packaged in a convenient tube-like bottle and is totally travel-friendly.

Longevity: 7-8 hours

Make Up Forever Skin Equalizer Review

“I apply a thin layer of this after washing my face, then apply makeup directly on top of it. I don’t feel the need for a primer anymore. With this product, my makeup stays in place all day, and still looks ‘fresh’ by 2 pm. I’m very happy with it.”

Pros

  • Sets quickly.
  • Mattifies skin.
  • Good packaging.
  • Subtle smell.
  • A little product is good to last a long time.

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side.
  • Makeup can look cakey.

Rating: 3.3/5

Price: $49.25*

Purchase Link: amazon.com

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4. Smash Box Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer

An iconic primer, it preps the skin and creates a canvas so perfect that it makes the application of the foundation flawless. The blend of vitamins and antioxidants present in the primer helps in making the skin appear smoother. It also reduces the appearance of fine lines and pores. This primer works overtime to fill the lines and even out the texture of the skin. It can either be worn alone or before applying the foundation and makeup.

Longevity: 4-5 hours

Smash Box Iconic Photo Finish Foundation Primer Review

“LOVE this primer and I highly recommend it! As a professional makeup artist, Photo Finish primer is definitely my #1 step before applying foundation. It gives a smooth, oil-free, and amazing finish on the face that feels great on the skin.”

Pros

  • Impressive consistency.
  • Glides on well.
  • Decreases the appearance of imperfections.

Cons

  • Expensive.
  • The silicon content can be overbearing.

Rating: 3.2/5

Price: $36.00*

Purchase Link: smashbox.com

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5. Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

This product by Too Faced can not be spoken about enough. It can either be used as a base for all kinds of foundations, BB creams, and tinted moisturizers, or just by itself to give a natural glow to the skin. Enriched with Vitamin A, C, mulberry extract, and retinol, it works to reduce the pores and creates a flawless and smooth base for the application of foundation to create an airbrush-like finish.

Longevity: 5-6 hours

Too Faced Primed & Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer Review

“This product was absolutely perfect, it smoothed my skin and let my foundation glide on and look flawless!”

Pros

  • Hides pores.
  • Creates a smooth base for makeup.
  • Makes the face look fresh.

Cons

  • Can cause breakouts.
  • Expensive.

Rating: 3.7/5

Price: $30.00*

Purchase Link: toofaced.com

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6. Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer

This transparent powder from Jane Iredale promises to make the product feel weightless on your skin. The hydrated silica content in the powder helps to absorb excess oil from the skin without affecting the moisture content. It also claims to reduce redness and helps in restoring the PH balance of the skin.

Longevity: 4-5 hours

Jane Iredale Absence Oil Control Primer Review

“Softens lines and fills pores so skin looks even and smooth.”

Pros

  • Makes the skin smooth.
  • Has healing properties.

Cons

  • Can leave a white overcast if applied too much.

Rating: 3.5/5

Price: $38.50*

Purchase Link: janeiredale.com

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7. bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer

The bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer helps to control the production of oil and create a smooth canvas to allow flawless application of foundation. While doing so, it minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. This is recommended for sensitive and acne-prone skin.

Longevity: 4-5 hours

bareMinerals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer Review

“The product is lightweight and makes the makeup application process flawless. My skin is prone to feeling oily mid-late afternoon, and this helps to minimize, if not remove completely, this issue.”

Pros

  • Ability to control oil.
  • Creates a smooth base.
  • Lightweight.

Cons

  • Feels sticky.
  • Can cause breakouts.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $24*

Purchase Link: bareescentuals.com

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8. Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer

If you have oily skin, it probably means that you have breakouts often and that you have sensitive skin. The formula is lightweight and creates an even base by minimizing pores and fading out any fine lines and wrinkles.

Longevity: 5-6 hours

Clean Slate Poreless 12-hr Perfecting Primer Review

“It is transparent and quite thick, and a little goes a long way with this product. It blends easily into the skin and you do not feel the weight of it, which I love. It also doesn’t feel greasy and it didn’t break me out.”

Pros

  • Moisturizing, but controls oil.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.
  • Dermatologically tested.

Cons

  • Can cause breakouts despite its claim.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $31.00*

Purchase Link: artecosmetics.com

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9. Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish

This product was made especially for oil control. The spray gives you a soft matte finish that stays shine-free throughout the day. It comes in a spray bottle so it is super convenient to use.

Longevity: 5-6 hours

Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish Review

“I love this! It helps control my oily skin and keeps my makeup in place all day long! Everyone with oily skin needs this in their life!”

Pros

  • Paraben-free.
  • Hypoallergenic.
  • Prevents the reappearance of oil.

Cons

  • Heavy on the pocket.

Rating: 4/5

Price: $29.00*

Purchase Link: skindinavia.com

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10. Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

The Veil Mineral Primer by Hourglass is an oil-free primer that is formulated to battle against any weather condition as it is water-proof. It helps in reducing any redness, pores, and wrinkles, keeping your makeup looking fresh throughout the day.

Longevity: 6-7 hours

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer Review

“I will praise this primer because it does mattify my face a lot more than other primers and is silicone free.”

Pros

  • Contains SPF.
  • Minimizes the appearance of visible pores.
  • Suitable for sensitive skin.

Cons

  1. Can cause breakouts.
  2. Quite expensive.

Rating: 4.2/5

Price: $18.00* (Travel Size)

Purchase Link: hourglasscosmetics.com

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*Prices may vary

There isn’t really any point in having your makeup done and looking on fleek if it all runs in a few hours because of oily skin now, is there? A good primer really does go a long way, so make sure you use a primer before your makeup to make it last longer. Do tell us which one is your favorite in the comments section down below.

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  • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/karunya/ Karunya

    i always use the mac product even primers… nice article zinnia

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/zinniamukherjee/ Zinnia

      thank you :)

  • Hema

    Hi Zinnia.. can you suggest something that is moderately priced.. coz these products seem to be really expensive.. Do you think its good to invest so much in these, especially when i hardly use it.. excpt for parties..

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/zinniamukherjee/ Zinnia

      all primers are more or less costly.. try this one out Bourjois Flower Perfection Translucent Smoothing Primer. Price: INR 575 not sure if it’s worth the oily skin or not.. but you can try it. keep in the dark locker of your almirah or wardrobe tightly closed , because if a makeup is kept in a dark and cold place ( not necessarily fridge ) then you can make it last much more since u dnt use too much primers or stuff anyhow .. :) u can use this tip ..hope it helps thank u for your comment @ Hema <3

  • Nain

    Nice post Zinnia.. :) good to read your articles.. the amount of information you share is worth applauding.. :) good update on primers.. i dont use makeup much.. but MAC and Maybelline are my fav brands..

    • http://www.stylecraze.com/members/zinniamukherjee/ Zinnia

      hmm :) MAC primers r really good .. :) thank u for ur comment Nain <3

  • Sonam

    Hi Zinnia, it’s a nice article. Since I have oily skin, these tips are quite useful to me before I decide on which primer to buy for myself. Thanks for sharing such information.

  • Shubhrashtha

    Hi, it’s a wonderful post.. thanks for sharing such detailed info about face primers for oily skin. It really helps.. thanks again.

  • Joelle Hahn

    Nothing even remotely compares to

    Bare Escentuals Prime Time Oil Control Foundation Primer. And I’ve tried them all. I haven’t even used foundation since I started using Prime time more than a year ago.