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2016's Best Drugstore Primers Under $12: 92K Reviews
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2016's Best Drugstore Primers Under $12: 92K Reviews

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L'Oréal Magic Lumi Primer
By L'Oréal Paris
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars57%
  • 4 Stars25%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 (490 reviews)
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I absolutely Love this primer under my Makeup Forever Ultra HD Liquid Foundation. I have dry skin and that foundation is matte, so using this primer before applying helps keep my skin nice and hydrated. I used the foundation once before without this primer. It was before I had purchased it, and my face kind of felt dry and tight while having the foundation on. I went to Ulta looking for a moisturizing primer and saw this, so I thought I would give it try. I was so happy I did. Now when I wear my favorite foundation, I feel as if I'm not wearing anything at all. It is so comfortable and looks like skin!
Now I think I may try using it for a glow on top like the others have been saying! How exciting, two uses for one product! We always love that!
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Marcie M. Marcie M.
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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
By Rimmel London
3.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars42%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star6%
3.9 (1,295 reviews)
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I love this primer. I've been using it for months. To get the best results, only apply to freshly clean, exfoliated skin. Otherwise, it will look patchy. You can choose to use a moisturizer under it, and it causes no problem. I'd say during the winter months, this is a must since it's matte, it makes your skin a little dry. My skin is oily, so it works best for me and probably others with this skin type. When you apply it, you can feel it smoothing out your pores. And the formula almost has a powdery feel when it dries so adding your foundation, or even skipping foundation and going straight to blush is possible. I've worn some primers that leave your skin feeling oily and since this product doesn't do that, I prefer it. It's a great product that doesn't cost much.

By the way, I've worn this to a Metal/Rock music festival in the hottest part of summer, also one of those days was spent out in the rain, and I have chased kids for hours at the park during really humid weather; My makeup stayed put and didn't get oily. I love this product.
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Lecia B. Lecia B.
Berea, KY
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Mineral Infused Primer
By e.l.f. Cosmetics
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 (6,438 reviews)
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E.L.F is a budget cosmetics company which every now and then comes out with absolutely amazing products for almost no money. The primer is called Mineral Infused Face Primer and comes in 4 shades, I bought the Brightening Lavender shade which actually pumps out as a lavender jelly! I was so scared when I first used this, but on application the colour vanishes and all your are left with is a soft smooth face. I LOVE that it has a pump disperser but the packaging is so bulky, sigh, typical E.L.F. Also you only get 15 ml of product vs. the standard 30 ml. But remember it's only $6 if you pay the full price (which you shouldn't as E.L.F always has coupons). I feel like this Mineral Infused Face Primer makes my makeup go on more smoothly and last a little longer. I really like this for the summer as I feel like without a primer my makeup melts really quickly. If you are trying to save money but still want to use a primer, I think this performs really well.

Beware though, that Mineral Infused Face Primer does contain silicone and might not work too well for oily skin as it leaves a dewy finish.
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Shruti B.
Portland, OR
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NYX Shine Killer
By NYX
3.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars39%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star8%
3.8 (911 reviews)
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I just started using this primer along with NYX Matte Finishing Spray, and I'm obsessed with both products! I have sensitive and combination skin (very dry in the winter, oily during the hotter months, dries out easily with products that are too harsh) so I first use a rich facial moisturizer to keep my skin hydrated. I only have to use a TINY amount of the primer and I LOVE the way it makes my skin look and feel! It feels so silky smooth, and my makeup blends perfectly on top of it! I live in Florida and it's been 90 degrees outside for the past few days. I used my primer before going to the beach, taking my son to the park, and spending quite a few hours outside in the heat (I even broke a sweat on my forehead today at the park), and I couldn't believe what I saw when I got home and looked at my face in the mirror. I literally dabbed the sweat beads off of my forehead and my makeup still looked amazing. If you have tried this primer but not the matte finishing spray, I highly recommend you go out and purchase it because using them together is like a miracle! I will definitely be purchasing and using both of these products every summer, which lasts like 9 months here in Florida ;)
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Jenny C. Jenny C.
Jacksonville, FL
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Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
By Revlon
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars44%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star6%
4.0 (720 reviews)
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Favorite primer ever. I have sensitive skin and never had a problem with this. I had to use a little more due to its consistency than I'd have liked, but it stayed on through my work day, which is saying something being I worked outside in the sun all day, in the garden and dirt. Left my face smooth and totally primed for my other makeup, a matte finish. I've also got a good amount of acne scarring and this filled it all in wonderfully.
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Hailey S. Hailey S.
Oakhurst, CA
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Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser Primer
By Maybelline New York
3.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars40%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star5%
3.9 (6,267 reviews)
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We've all had those days, we get up feeling fabulous and completely motivated to look extra glamorous AND our mirrors ate just screaming, "your slaying!" We have an extra strut to our walk, we are loving our jobs and the world is just extra beautiful UNTIL we stop by the bathroom at work and holy makeup gods....the mirror at home lied!!!!! I tend to get carried away with my undereye concealer, and I've learned that Maybelline Pore Eraser will fix that ugly, thick mess easily!!!! I'll dab a small amount (yes over foundation, concealer, and powders) onto my disaster areas, I keep a couple of cheap makeup wedges in my makeup bag and just gently dab over my problems and it fixes it, and it gives you a gorgeous blur! It works amazing to fix dark fallout after you've applied your foundation! This primer has so many uses, besides just as a primer!
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Michelle T. Michelle T.
Deming, NM
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