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The 6 Best Makeup Primers According To Reviews By Real Women

December 15, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Makeup primers help create smooth, flawless skin--a shine-free base that will allow foundation, concealer, and powder to effortlessly glide on without mess or fuss. Some primers are so impressive they actually contain anti-aging ingredients, shrink pores, and can even replace your BB cream.  Whether you prefer a mineral or silicone-based primer, one that's clear or contains a tint, these 6 makeup primers scored major points at Sephora and have proved some of their best and most popular makeup primers.

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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

This clean, mineral-based primer racked up a 4.4/5 rating and more than 2,000 5-star reviews for its ability to keep shine at bay, blend easily, and blur imperfections like fine lines and blemishes. Fans say it helps foundation stay in place for hours, is lightweight, and absorbs quickly.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer ($18)

Colorescience Skin Mattifying Face Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

This primer may cost more than others, but you're also getting a lot more bang for your buck--namely, built-in sun protection. This 5-star gem is slightly tinted and customers say it covers imperfections, is lightweight, and won't make you break out.

Colorescience Skin Mattifying Face Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($49)

Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer

More than 4,600 customers love this primer, which is infused with vitamins and minerals, which ensures 24 hour hydration. A little goes a long way and fans describe it as feeling "powdery" and "soft." It contains a silicone base, which was a concern for some, but overall, the consensus is that it blends easily and allows you to use less foundation than you normally would.

Amazing Cosmetics Anti Aging Face Primer ($34)

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer

This translucent balm contains vitamin E to combat free radicals and scored more than 2,000 5-star ratings from customers who rave about its lightweight, fast-absorbing formula. Everyone seems to agree that it diminishes pore size in a jiffy and some are even impressed with its fresh scent.

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer ($31)

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing

More than 20,000 people who "loved" this primer can't be wrong--Smashbox's sweat and humidity-resistant formula is said to last eight hours, keep you matte all day, and seriously minimize pores. Most of the customers who complimented the slightly tinted formula say they have oily skin and it's one of (or the only) primer they use that actually keeps shine at bay for hours. There's some talk that the primer is a bit too thick to blend flawlessly beneath makeup, but for the most part, Smashbox received glowing reviews.

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil Free Foundation Primer Pore Minimizing ($39)

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer

Not only does this primer provide lightweight, shine-free coverage that lasts, it contains four oils (corn, apricot kernel, passiflora, and rice bran oil) and "blur technology" that actually "illuminates" skin. It boasts more than 600 5-star ratings and more than 7,600 "loves" for its ability to soften skin, keep foundation in place, and boost radiance, something that comes on handy on days when you don't feel like applying makeup. Anyone with very oily skin should proceed with caution--this one may be too moisturizing for you.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52)

 

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Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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