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best makeup primer for oily skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for best makeup primer for oily skin.

A good primer can help you get the most out of your makeup. It can smooth out the skin underneath your makeup, making it look younger and more even. It can also help keep your makeup from creasing or fading.


I read glowing reviews for this, however all bloggers mentioned it doesn’t work for longevity of makeup and might not be the best for oily skin. I actually found that it helps my makeup last way better than other primers intended for oily skin including my old regular, hourglass mineral primer. ...i saw reviews about how its great for oily skin and i tried to use it with my foundation and it just made it super oily! ...Actually amazing for oily skin!...not for oily skin

What it is: A bestselling, multivitamin-enriched primer that nourishes, visibly plumps, and preps skin with healthy hydration to improve the look of foundation.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamins B, C, and E: Help replenish and condition skin with essential nourishment.
- Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, and Shea Butter: Help quickly hydrate, visibly plump, and prep skin for a fresh, healthy-looking glow.
- Grapefruit and Geranium: Leave a light, uplifting scent on skin.

MAKE UP FOR EVERMini Step 1 Primer Pore Minimizer

Size: 0.5 oz / 15 ml·ITEM: 2424778

Color: Pore Minimizer

279 Reviews


the best...This is the best primer for my oily skin. It blurs my huge pores, “ice pick” and “box car” acne scars and fine lines. ...Best primer...I like to try different products and a product must be really amazing for me to buy it continuously, and I'm already on my third tube. I have oily skin but it is not a problem with this primer.

What it is: A mini-size smoothing makeup primer that visibly reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines for a smooth texture and blurred finish.


Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, and Combination

Concerns: Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Ginseng: Known to protect, promote radiant-looking skin, and maintain a smooth complexion.

What Else You Need to Know: Reduce the appearance of pores for up to 24 hours and instantly smooth skin's appearance with the Mini Step 1 Primer Pore Minimizer. Innovative polymers and silica visibly blur and smooth fine lines and skin’s texture, while ginseng maintains balance. The translucent formula works on all skin tones.


This primer is a cream-to-oil formula that works wonders for normal, dry, combination, and oily skin types. ...I absolutely feel like it makes my skin look more hydrated, which is amazing, especially as someone who combination dry/oily skin.

What it is: A gripping cream to oil primer that can be worn alone or to lock in makeup.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Prickly Pear Seed Oil: Provides hydration and supports skin barrier.
- Yam Root Extract: Supports skin elasticity.
- Japanese Camelia Oil: Visibly improve skin texture.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This multi-benefit primer serum melts into skin, transforming from a lightweight cream to oil texture that’s hydrating, nourishing, and supporting. It also works to i

Yves Saint LaurentTouche Eclat Blur Face Primer

Size: 1 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 1713114

Color: Blur Primer Gold - brightens and evens skintone

2.3K Reviews


I love primers!! This is now my favorite one!! My makeup stays on a good 10 hours and that's a plus for oily skin!!...The best blurring primer for oily skin. My makeup applies smoothly, imperfections are blurred and my face is not saturated with oil at the end of my day.

What it is: A non-greasy, lightweight makeup primer with light-infused pigments and four nourishing oils that blur imperfections and smooths the look of skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Corn Oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Passiflora oil, and Rice Bran Oil: Nurture and leave skin feeling soft.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

Danessa Myricks BeautyYummy Skin Glow Serum with Hyaluronic Acid

Size: 1.1 oz/ 32.5mL·ITEM: 2575330

Color: Juice Boost - warm copper/bronze for all skin types

135 Reviews


I wouldn’t recommend for combination oily skin but if you’re dry I would recommend...The immediate hydration Ans glow this product gives my dry skin is amazing!! Even my mom is in love with this product Ans she has extremely oily skin!!

What it is: A skincare-infused, radiant priming serum that hydrates, preps, and protects skin for a lit-from-within glow.


Skin Type:
Normal, Oily, Dry, and Combination

Concerns: Dryness, Pores, and Uneven Tone

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin C: Visibly brightens dullness and protects skin from free radicals.
- Niacinamide: Minimizes the appearance of pores.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Hydrates and visibly plumps fine lines and wrinkles.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan.

Fenty Beauty by RihannaEaze Drop'lit All-Over Glow Enhancer

Size: 1.22 fl oz / 36 mL·ITEM: 2590099

Color: Pink Pearl - opalescent glow for light skin tones

256 Reviews


As someone with oily skin, shimmery products and glow enhancers are products I don't look for. ...At first I didn’t know if I could incorporate this into my routine because I have oily skin but I was not thinking big! I use this after I put on a Matter primer then my foundation or tinted sunscreen over.

What it is: A visible-glow enhancer with skin-loving ingredients for natural-looking illumination.

Coverage: Light



Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. It is also vegan and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This all-over-visible-glow enhancer has a lightweight, sheer formula that visibly hydrates, brightens, and reduces pores immediately and all day. You can wear it three ways: alone, mixed with foundation for a soft-looking glow, or as a hydrating base to extend makeup wear.

Clinical Results: In a consumer study:
- 100% agreed it made their skin look brighter
- 100% agreed it instantly made their skin feel more nourish

SEPHORA COLLECTIONMattify + Refine Primer

Size: 1.01 oz/ 30 mL·ITEM: 2413326

24 Reviews


great product for hiding oily skin...I love matte primers because I have oily skin around my T zone. ...Absolutely love thia product. I have oily skin and this primer did exactly what I wanted and jept my makeup looking fresh for over 10 hours.

What it is: A lightweight gel-cream primer that mattifies your skin, extends makeup wear, and controls shine for up to 10 hours.

Skin Type:
Oily and Combination

Concerns: Oil and Pores

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Witch Hazel Extract: Refines the look of pores.
- White Tea Extract: Helps protect skin from environmental factors.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of mineral oil. It is also vegan.

What Else You Need to Know: This mattifying gel-cream primer dries to a breathable, powder-like, natural-matte finish that is transparent on skin. It extends your makeup application and controls shine on combination to oily and even sensitive skin types. Plus it's non-comedogenic.

La MerThe Perfecting Primer

ITEM: 2359206

Size: 1.4 oz/ 40 mL

7 Reviews


I feel like it actually creates a true protective layer between my skin and the makeup. The only time I’ve experienced some flakeyness was when I’d use the La Mer oil as part of my skincare routine, then use this, then my foundation. ...This primer is pretty moisturizing, you can wear it without makeup.

What it is: A primer that visibly hydrates, plumps, and blurs imperfections for a smooth, soft-focus effect.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, and sulfates SLS & SLES.

What Else You Need to Know: This hydrating primer quickly blurs visible imperfections for a fresh, soft-focus effect. Create a soft, ultra-smooth canvas for makeup, or visibly amplify your skin’s bare beauty with improved-looking tone, texture, and translucency.


An Awesome Primer!!...I can tell it’s helps keep the oils at bay, so I’m not sure how it would work for dry skin, but for oily skin it’s awesome! It’ll definitely become a new favorite primer that I’ll be repurchasing to keep it in my rotation!...I used without and with makeup and I liked the both ways. I have oily skin and control a lot the oil.

What it is: A skincare-infused primer that instantly blurs the look of wrinkles and keeps makeup from settling in creases while prolonging makeup wear.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Fine Lines and Wrinkles, Pores, Uneven Texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Optical Microspheres: Scatter light to visibly blur wrinkles and imperfections.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance. It is also vegan.


Great for oily skin...My go-to primer for oily skin. Doesn’t make me look sweaty and works well with every foundation I’ve used....A MUST FOR OILY SKINS GALS...Paired with the fenty pro filter for my oily skin is amazing! Super smooth skin! If I don't use it my foundation looks terrible

What it is: A mattifying primer for combination-to-oily skin that delivers maximum all-day shine control while improving and extending the wear of foundation.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Blue Agave Extract: Helps to mattify the skin.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is oil-free and cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: Mattify skin, fight shine all day, and smooth the look of pores without feeling tight or dry with the Pro Filt'r Mattifying Primer. Paired with Pro Filt'r foundation (sold separately), this oil-free primer—made with Blue Agave Extract and blurring powder—helps makeup blend better, last longer, and stay fresh all day without caking.

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