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What is the best face primer for oily skin?

You could have gone through a dozen primers trying to get that shine under control, and no we don’t mean glow, we are talking about grease. So it’s only natural to question, What is the best face primer for oily skin?

And I’m glad you asked, because below are some awesome examples of products made just for the oily skin peeps!What is the best face primer for oily skin

Primers are usually applied in between skin preparation and makeup application, so basically after you have prepped your skin but just before applying foundation.

Primers are quite important but it’s easy to assume that they are of no use when they aren’t achieving what you are after. But there’s usually a reason to that, and it’s pretty easy to solve.

One of the reasons is you probably aren’t getting the right primer for your individual skin type.

For example if you have oily skin then you should go for one that is oil free, for a dry skin, looking for a moisturizing product is a great idea.

Quick Overview

  • Fenty beauty pro filt’r mattifying primer
  • Smashbox photo finish foundation primer
  • Hourglass veil mineral primer
  • Cover fx mattifying primer with anti acne treatment
  • Elf matte oil control primer
  • Dermalogica hydrablur primer
  • 100% pure mattifying primer

Fenty beauty pro filt’r mattifying primer

The Fenty beauty pro filt’r mattifying primer is designed for combination to oily skin. It claims to solve common problems, that us oily skin peeps tend to go through.What is the best face primer for oily skin?

This mattifying primer by Rihanna aims to instantly control shine whilst also extending foundation wear too.

The anti shine formula smooths out the appearance of pores, keeps you shine free all day and helps make blending foundation an easy task, all without leaving your skin with a tight or dry feeling, instead replaced with a soft looking canvas.

Smashbox photo finish foundation primer- pore minimizing

Smashbox photo finish state you can wave goodbye to visible pores with this formula. If you have large pores then this is definitely going to be to your liking as 97% agreed that the look of their pores was visibly minimized.

This oil free primer can control oil for up to 8 hours as well.What is the best face primer for oily skin?

Other awesome features that come with wearing this foundation primer includes water resistant, smooth glide texture, no pore clogging or breakouts.

It’s also formulated without parabens, phthalates as well as other nasties.

Hourglass veil mineral primer

This veil mineral primer by hourglass has one more than one award for the best primer, but not for no reason.

Oh no, this oil free formula doesn’t only create ‘a smooth, even canvas’, it colour corrects as it conceals redness, minimizes the appearance of pores, fine lines’ and even wrinkles. And one more bonus, a spf15 protection too!

Now if that isn’t called a great multi tasking primer, I don’t know what is!

I think the only downside is the price, it’s quite expensive but being described as having a unique ‘airy, silky, cloud-like’ texture, it’s no surprise.

You can view the hourglass veil primer here! 

Cover fx mattifying primer with anti acne treatment

Do you have oily and acne prone skin? Then you my friends need to take a look at the mattifying primer by cover fx.

The primer isn’t only formulated to control shine and minimize the appearance of pores, it also treats blemishes like acne thanks to it being created with salicylic acid.

Ingredients such as natural fruit extracts and no chemicals, help exfoliate the skin leaving you with a fresher and smoother complexion.

You can check out the full review here!

What is the best face primer for oily skin

Elf matte oil control primer

This affordable primer by elf is infused with clay to control shine, helping to achieve a long-lasting mattified complexion.

The clay used is called the kaolin clay, it’s gentle making it great for sensitive skin. Kaolin clay helps keep excess oil under control whilst the inclusion of tea tree, cleanses the skin.

At under $10 or £8, this matte primer is a great budget friendly option.

Dermalogica hydrablur primer

The hydrablur primer by dermalogica helps blur, hydrate and smooth your complexion with its non greasy formula.
As well as being non greasy, the hydrablur primer ‘mattifies against oil shine’ whilst sustaining hydration which is what oily skin peeps need.

It has the ability to provide light, neutral coverage and for those of you who are concerned about signs of aging, this primer helps minimise the appearance of fine lines as well as wrinkles for a smooth, silky finish.

100% pure mattifying primer

This vegan, cruelty free and fragrance free primer is ideal for oily skin thanks to its silicone free and mattifying formula. It not only keeps excess shine away but also fills in appearance of lines.

The formula doesn’t clog pores and it’s infusion of vitamins and antioxidants helps shield from free radical damage delaying aging skin. It’s suitable for all skin types, especially oily and combination!

Do you have a primer which you’d recommend for anyone with oily skin! Drop them down below in the comment section!

If you’d like to check out oily skin foundations to match then tap here!

Have a great day!?

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  • Erick

    I know next to nothing about makeup. Everything I know I have learned from watching my girlfriend put makeup on in front of the bathroom mirror before she heads off to work. It’s a fascinating process, mystical in practice and esoteric in spirit. Her makeup box is like a potion master’s kit, filled with powders, ointments and unguents. 

    I now know a little more about this mysterious process thanks to your article.

    • Sariyah

      That’s great you were able to get something out of this post! Haaa, a box full of make-up for those who are not fully aware of these cosmetics can surely seem mystical!

  • Kwidzin

    For many, makeup can be the ultiate neccessity and many women wouldnt even dare venture outside without their ake-up on. However, aswe know, some cheap and nasty make ups can damage your skin. So its good to see a bit of information to point people in the right direction for healthy cosmetics.



  • Gaurav Gaur

    Hi Sariyah
    Thanks for making comparison on the various primers. Your favorite ELF brand outshines all other when it comes to pricing. I think it is a good choice and impressive too.  The pricing is the main factor why most of the women go for makeup products which does not suit them or hard on their skin. Experience make the correction but by them many have got the dent. Your blog may really help such lovely ladies.
    Warm Regards,
    Gaurav Gaur

    • Sariyah

      Hey gaurav thanks for the comment!

      Elf is not only affordable but their products are of great quality so I think it definitely is one of my faves!

  • fityourselfbarre

    My daughter has oily skin and acne so I was happy to find out there is a primer just for her problem!! The mattifying primer by cover fx sounds great. It is hard to find the effective make up product especially when you’ve got acne! She doesn’t want to make things worse. Thank you for this helpful review of primers for oily skin!

    • Sariyah

      Hi, thanks for the comment! 

      Oily skin plus acne! That does sound hard! But thankfully there are products catered towards both of these skin types. For oily skin try going for products which are oil free and with acne, chemical free or organic products are quite helpful! 

      I suggest you check out the elf acne fighting foundation!

  • Parameter

    Beauty, they say, its in the eyes of the beholder. I love to see my wife’s foundation before she does the finishing. So I love to see when she lays the foundation, and she also takes time to do an excellent job at it. I have been on the look for a good primer for her oily skin. Thanks for coming up with a mattifying primer. She likes to make up with natural ingredients free from chemicals.

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