Makeup And Beauty: My Top 8 Favorite Face Primers For Oily Skin

Let’s face it, we are all looking for a primer for different reasons and for different skin and issues. They have primers for everything these days but most importantly it’s used to extend the length of your foundation. Some I have used have done nothing at all and some have given some completely amazing results. I have oily skin and some redness and large pores and some fine lines, so those are my problems I am always looking to solve with my primer. They have so many options from high-end brands to a drugstore brand that works wonders and are available for all skin types. If you are in the market for a new primer soon, check these out! affiliate links are below

1.L’Oreal Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base Primer -This primer comes in a .5 fl oz jar and has a silky soft texture to it. It is white in color but it goes on translucent and smooth. It helps keep my makeup lasting longer, keeps me matte, and smooths my lines and pores. I love how it fills in the lines and pores and smooth the face for the makeup application. Just don’t use too much at a time and make sure to rub it in real good. The only downside is the jar it comes in but it is worth overlooking for the price. One of my favorite drugstore primers and only around the $10 price mark.

2.Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser– Don’t let this small squeeze package fool you on performance. For around the $5-$6 mark, this stuff works amazing. It leaves skin moisturized, blurs pores and smooths the skin. It helps my foundation go on so much smoother and easier and helps everything blend out really well. I don’t notice my makeup lasting any longer or it helping my oils stay at bay, but it does help with the overall application of my makeup and blurring pores. I’d say if you are a dry skin girl, this might be a great steal for you at the drugstore.

3.e.l.f. Poreless Face Primer– These products are the best out there for the price you pay for them. This primer isn’t the best but for the amount of money you spend and the performance; you can’t beat e.l.f. primers. This primer is more like a lotion and helps reduce the appearance of pores and overall helps makeup last longer and go on smoother. The smell is a little funky and takes some getting used to but for under 5 bucks…you can’t beat that. Plus it has vitamins A and E in it and infused with Tea Tree for anti-aging benefits and help keep your skin problems tamed.

  1. the POREfessional Face Primer Pro Balm By Benefit– This product is a little pricier than the others but it works wonders. It is flesh-colored and goes on translucent with a velvety feel. It blurs and smooths pores and lines like a dream and it helps my makeup stay on longer. It doesn’t keep me matter much but it works pretty good at keeping my makeup from running off my face if I don’t use powder. No unusual smells and it does everything it claims it is supposed to do. Only down sound is the price for the size. Wish it could be cheaper but for a high-end brand, it works great.

  2. Smashbox Photo Finish Light– I have to say when my sister gave this primer to me because she didn’t like it, I was worried I wouldn’t either, and I didn’t at first. It didn’t blur or minimize my pores like I wanted it to, or make my face look better before the foundation. What I did notice it DID do is make my makeup stay on ALL DAY LONG! I was shocked that my makeup lasted and I wasn’t so greasy at the end of the day. It helped with the oil control and my makeup stayed put all day which is a huge bonus next to the pore minimizing and smoothing. I would say if you have the money and want to splurge on a higher end primer, then check out this one.

6. Neutrogena Shine Control Primer– This primer is white and is more of a lotion type feel. It does blend in translucent although you don’t want to skip on the blending or you will leave white marks. This primer has rice protein complex in it which helps acts like a sponge to absorb excess oil and reduce shine. It claims to reduce pores and smooth skin and I believe it does do a little something in that area but most importantly it does help absorb the oil and keep away shine somewhat. For a drugstore brand under $10, it works quite well to help eliminate the problem at least for a few hours.

  1. Rimmel Lasting Finish Makeup Primer-Rimmel products blow me away with how well they work. They are priced cheap and work so good. This primer claims to smooth pores, even complexion and make your makeup last all day. I didn’t notice much going on different with my pores although it helped my make apply better and last day. I stayed matte longer than normal and I thought my overall experience with this primer was good for the price.

  2. Avon MagiX Face Perfector-This is the first primer from Avon and I didn’t have high expectation for it. Although I have sold Avon and love their products; I was kind of skeptical. I bought it and tried it and I actually love it. It is almost the same as the L’Oreal in the jar but it seems so much smoother and creamier. This primer has SPF in it which is a bonus for daytime, it smooths pores and lines and basically makes your face look great before coverage. It helps correct your face before you conceal it. My makeup lasted longer and didn’t get oily or shiny as quick as I usually do. Avon really did a wonderful job on this product and it is well worth the money.


They have so many primers out there that are for all skin types and some are cheap and some are expensive. Some leave with the expectation that you won’t receive and some actually do deliver. You have to find what works for you.



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