4.8 /515 reviews
BEST FOR: dry-oily; good in humidity
NOTE: poss. avoid if acne-prone
"This stuff makes my dry, mature skin look firm, smooth, clear and line free. My makeup glides on like silk, looks flawless and stays that way for hours!"
4.7 /512 reviews
BEST FOR: oil control; pore minimizing
NOTE: mousse texture; UV protection; best w/o moisturizer; not in U.S.
"[best] if...you are looking for a light-textured...non-greasy makeup base...want your pores to look smaller...a 2-in-1 product..."
3.9 /532 reviews
BEST FOR: skin but better/blurred imperfections
NOTE: lightly tinted
"this product has a lot of silicones, which I break out from. But I tried it, and it was gorgeous on. One week and no breakouts. The finish is sheer and matte."
4.5 /512 reviews
BEST FOR: overall "how does she do it?" looking better; doesn't settle into lines.
NOTE: may not be wearable solo for darker skins
"My complexion was even, brighter, and looked healthier immediately. I even add a drop to my foundation..."
4.5 /511 reviews
BEST FOR: smoothing dry patches
NOTE: may have lt. purple tint
"This primer smooths the dry patches on your face. Foundation slides easily. It makes my foundation last whole day. It prevents foundation...oxidisation....doesn't add any color..."
4.5 /512 reviews
BEST FOR: pores, oil control*
NOTE: *mixed on oil control properties
"goes on very smoothly and gives my skin a nice matte look. [It masks my] slightly oily t-zone...reduces the look of large pores, and...wrinkles a wee bit...my makeup lasts..."
4.3 /534 reviews
BEST FOR: all skins; slt. moisturizing (oily no separate moisturizer); works best w/ with water-based foundations
"This [makes] my foundation look more 'skin like' [than] most silicone primers...seems to make my foundation meld in better..."
4.3 /536 reviews
BEST FOR: mineral foundation wearers
NOTE: apply pre-foundation
"I have very oily skin and this primer powder helps keep that under control, as well as reduce redness in my cheeks. A light layer before foundation keeps me looking matte..."
4.3 /525 reviews
BEST FOR: drier skins/those wanting a dewy look; sensitive skin; SPF
"I've used it under foundation, bb cream, msfn and on it's own, and it's done a stellar job [under all]...It gives me dewy skin...and hasn't [caused] irritat[ation] or [acne]."
4.3 /521 reviews
BEST FOR: ingredient-conscious; SPF
NOTE: strong fragrance; can seem a little oily
"t has a horrid sticky texture when you first apply it, but that goes away in a couple of minutes....it kept [makeup on for 8 hrs]...provides a nice glow..."
4.2 /524 reviews
BEST FOR: normal-oily; sensitive
"This primer is awesome. I have acne prone, dry, big pore skin and it doesn't cause me breakouts or make me greasy....the ingredient list is identical to the high priced napoleon perdis [Auto Pilot] primer..."
4.4 /527 reviews
BEST FOR: covering redness (green shade)
NOTE: three shades
"[it's] a multi tasking primer for combination skin...[and the green] actually gives you some coverage for redness and does not cling to dry patches."
4 /520 reviews
BEST FOR: oily-dry skin; good for mature skin
NOTE: some say bad for photography
"It's a gel, jelly like consistency...Colourless and odourless....a small amount to cover [s] the whole face...I will definitely repurchase..."
4.4 /517 reviews
BEST FOR: most skins; oil control
NOTE: smell and packaging issues
"It glides...easily and...wrinkles and pores fade into the background. It... [reduces oil]...foundation stays on a lot longer...The smell...is...unusual...but...fades quickly..."
4.3 /517 reviews
BEST FOR: dry-combo
NOTE: serum texture; citrus scent; colored but dries clear
"It dries quickly and you need about half of a pea-sized amount to do a thin layer on your entire face...[it] gives a beautiful finish...it could be worn alone..."
4.1 /513 reviews
BEST FOR: breakout-prone that still want silicone
"My skin feels silky smooth after putting it on and it minimizes pore size and gives a nice glow under my foundation. And it controls oil so well! This really has been a miracle product for me."
4 /542 reviews
BEST FOR: most skin
NOTE: SPF in U.S. (not Canada); some dislike
"...this is, by far, the best [drugstore primer]....it impart[s] a subtle glowy effect...[and] it works SO WELL under makeup...UD Naked Skin...applies and blends like a dream..."
4 /538 reviews
BEST FOR: oil control; combo-oily skin
NOTE: may enhance dryness
"I am 43 and have oily skin everywhere except right under my eyes. I have tried so many primers that I had really given up until I looked at the reviews for this product...LOVE..."
4 /561 reviews
BEST FOR: glow; excellent for dry (excellent!)-combo skin
NOTE: will ball up if not given time to set
"This is my favorite glow-getting product. It smells lovely, glides on like a dream, and adds moisture and a beautiful gleam to my skin..."
4.2 /521 reviews
BEST FOR: normal-oily; acne-prone is mixed; budget conscious
NOTE: may be discontinued - some stock remains via internet search
"It goes on silky smooth, it's not super thick and it's not too runny either."
4 /520 reviews
BEST FOR: budget conscious
NOTE: don't let it set--apply makeup immediately
"it seriously makes my face soo smooth and helps the wear of my makeup. This is a silicone based primer and is perfect because it makes [me] matte and blurs...my pores."
4.2 /513 reviews
BEST FOR: most skins (mixed for oily); glow
NOTE: very watery texture
"If you have a problem with your base makeup melting off your face and you aren't keen on using primers that have a lot of silicone in it, this will be a good one for you."
4.1 /514 reviews
BEST FOR: oil control; combo-v. oily
"I don't want a totally matte...look but i don't want greasy patches...in the summer heat either....[this product allows] NO OILY BREAKTHROUGH..."
4.5 /5103 reviews
CORRECTOR: multiple colors
BEST FOR: orange/peach (#2) for dark circles
"This stuff is amazing...My biggest love with this product is the lack of creasing. It also very moisturizing for me."
4.3 /539 reviews
BEST FOR: overall enhancement on light-tan skintones
"A little bit goes a long way, the pale apricot cream blends effortlessly into your skin and becomes colourless, pores are minimized and lines softly blurred...make-up...glide[s]"
4.3 /511 reviews
CORRECTOR: Multiple shades; Orange and Peach are faves
BEST FOR: all skintones. Can be drying.
PEACH: "perfect for my under eye circles which lean blue..."[NC20/yellow undertone]
ORANGE: "fair skin with really dark circles."
4.2 /523 reviews
BEST FOR: all* skins (*hit/miss for oily; some say drying)
"I suffer from redness around the nose, mouth, and cheeks..[I] found it to be an affordable corrector for redness. It works very well...a little goes a long way..."
4.1 /515 reviews
BEST FOR: most skins (not v. oily); fair - olive
NOTE: mixed on illuminating quality and lasting power
"This is amazing! It made my foundation last all day [w/o]...touch ups or blotting. It evened...my complexion...made it brighter."
4 /523 reviews
BEST FOR: all skin types
NOTE: some say too noticeable, sparkly
"The minty color is pretty alarming at first...a fluffy blush brush...doesn't pick up too much powder, tap [off excess]...and brushed it on...red areas super lightly..."
4 /5127 reviews
BEST FOR: all skintones, types
NOTE: there are some for whom it does not work at all.
"...it takes away the powdery look, it keeps my makeup in place, and overall just sets it really well! It adds hours to my makeup wear."
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