What are the best primers for oily skin?

Primers are a must for anyone with oily skin on any hot day. Excessive sweating can ruin your makeup without the right primer. Here is a list of the best primers formulated for oily skin. Please add your favorite to the list if we happen to miss it. 


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    #1ULTA Matte Face Primer

    ULTA Matte Face Primer

    Ulta's own primer has a salicylic acid formula that creates a smooth surface with refined pores. The mattifying powders of the primer can extend the foundation wear and lowers shine.

    Cosmetics

    $18

    Linda Zheng
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "Works great. My makeup stays on even while I am commuting in the morning. "
  2. 13

    #2Smashbox Photo Finish

    Smashbox Photo Finish

    Smashbox's primer uses a water-based formula that is efficient for sensitive, oily, or acne skin. the primer also has a mix of vitamin C and peptide compounds that can shield your skin for pollution and stress. 

    Cosmetics

    $36

    Lin Ma
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "This primer makes my skin smooth while hiding my pores. It does wear off quicker than other balm I use. "
  3. 8

    #3Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

    Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

    This primer from BENEFIT COSMETICS is a lightweight balm formula that has no oily ingredients, which makes it suitable for people with acne-prone or oily skin. It also has vitamin E to shield your skin from carcinogens. 

    Cosmetics

    $32

    Adela Olvera
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "My face can be a chicken nugget during the day. The Porfessional is one of my second best primers for oily skin that keeps my foundation from breaking. Though it can break away in just half a day."
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    #4Dr. Brandt Pores No More

    Dr. Brandt Pores No More

    NYX Professional Makeup's primer consists of microspherical mineral, flaxseed, and tea tree oil. These ingredients reduce shine, lowers oil production, and give you a matte finish when you apply makeup. 

    Cosmetics

    $45

    Madison Weber
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "As long as I am not under the sun for a long time, dr brandt primer works great. "
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    #5Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer

    Tarte Poreless Mattifying Primer

    The Poreless Mattifying Primer is made of avocado, safflower seed, echinacea root, and other fruits. These ingredients can sooth your skin, eliminate free radicals, smooth out imperfections, and much more.

    Cosmetics

    $32

    Liu Du
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "tarte is easy to apply than other primers. Though its a hit or miss since at time my makeup will melt while at other times it stays put. "
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    #6Clinique Superprimer

    Clinique Superprimer

    The Superprimer from Clinique uses an oil-free formula that is ideal for people with acne-prone, oily, sensitive, or combination skin type. The primer gives your makeup better staying power when you apply it.

    Cosmetics

    $29

    Verónica Orozco
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "I am fond of clinique foundations. Their primers are not that great because of its price. I do not mind slightly expensive makeup primers for oily skin as long as they keep my foundation in place."
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    #7LANCÔME La Base Pro

    LANCÔME La Base Pro

    The La Base Pro primer creates a silky network on your skin with a soft-focus look thanks to the silicon and emollient ingredients. The primer has an oil-free formula that makes it great for all skin types.

    Cosmetics

    $42

    Celia Suárez
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "As someone with oily skin, I have no regrets buying this from a sale since it works but only for half a day. "
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    #8E.L.F. COSMETICS Poreless Putty

    E.L.F. COSMETICS Poreless Putty

    The Poreless Putty Primer smoothes your skin to create a better gripping surface for your makeup. The primer's formula is suitable for people with oily and sensitive skin.

    Cosmetics

    $8

    Sarah Hernandez
    Written on June 12, 2019
    "For the good: it makes my skin smooth even if I have an oily skin. The bad: it takes too much work to get a good amount of primer and make it smooth enought to use on my skin. "

Summary

Best What are the best primers for oily skin
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1ULTA Matte Face PrimerCosmetics 18 Paid
2Smashbox Photo FinishCosmetics 13 Paid
3Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face PrimerCosmetics 8 Paid
4Dr. Brandt Pores No MoreCosmetics 4 Paid
5Tarte Poreless Mattifying PrimerCosmetics 2 Paid
6Clinique SuperprimerCosmetics 2 Paid
7LANCÔME La Base Pro Cosmetics 2 Paid
8E.L.F. COSMETICS Poreless PuttyCosmetics 1 Paid
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