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Best Drugstore Primers Under $12: 21K Reviews
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Best Drugstore Primers Under $12: 21K Reviews

Based on 20,773 Influenster Reviews

Like painting, primers are used to prime the canvas before the first color is applied. The concept translates to makeup–primers are one of the first steps in your makeup application. They fill in fine lines and wrinkles and prep your face for foundation. They can also be worn alone if you’re averse to foundations or if it’s the summer and you’d prefer to have something extra lightweight. 

Finding the right primer on a budget can be difficult, which is why we’ve rounded up the top-rated drugstore primers under $12, based on Influenster reviews. 

Leave a comment with your all-time favorite drugstore primer.

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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 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (715 reviews)
Buy on Walgreens for $12.99
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Marcie M.Marcie M. said...
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! ...read more
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Rimmel Stay Matte Primer
BY RIMMEL LONDON
3.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars42%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars17%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star5%
3.9 / 5 (1,482 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.29
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Lecia B.Lecia B. said...
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. ...read more
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e.l.f. Cosmetics Mineral Infused Face Primer
BY E.L.F. COSMETICS
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars54%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.3 / 5 (7,596 reviews)
Buy on e.l.f. cosmetics for $6.00
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Shruti B. said...
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. ...read more
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NYX Shine Killer
BY NYX
3.8 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars39%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars18%
  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Star8%
3.8 / 5 (1,199 reviews)
Buy on Target for $13.99
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Jenny C.Jenny C. said...
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 ;) ...read more
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Revlon PhotoReady Perfecting Primer
BY REVLON
3.9 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars43%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars16%
  • 2 Stars7%
  • 1 Star6%
3.9 / 5 (980 reviews)
Buy on Jet.com for $11.84
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Hailey S.Hailey S. said...
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. ...read more
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Maybelline Baby Skin® Instant Pore Eraser®
BY MAYBELLINE
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars42%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars17%
  • 2 Stars7%
  • 1 Star5%
4.0 / 5 (8,934 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.29
Influenster Beauty Awards Winner 2016
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Michelle T.Michelle T. said...
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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