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The Best Luxury Facial Primers: 168K Reviews
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The Best Luxury Facial Primers: 168K Reviews

Based on 168,290 Influenster Reviews

Facial primers are a necessity for flawless makeup application, acting as the base for all other products. This product is so important in fact, it's a category in this year's Beauty Awards. Review your favorite primer, even if it isn't listed, for it to be considered for the best primer award.

The Primer Pro's List:

Hydrates skin–Check.

Eliminates the appearance of pores–Check. 

Conceals redness, discoloration, and blemishes–Check.

Smooths fine lines and wrinkles–Check. 

Brightens complexion–Check.

Versatile in use–Check. 

Extends makeup life–Check.

Refreshes, replenishes, and rejuvenates–Check. 

Are you sold yet? Experience the pro's for yourself with these seven high-quality facial primers, and tell us what you think. Can you add more pro's to the list?

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MAC Prep + Prime Fix+
BY MAC COSMETICS
4.7 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars81%
  • 4 Stars14%
  • 3 Stars4%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Star0%
4.7 / 5 (10,493 reviews)
Buy on ULTA for $25.00
Packed with ingredients such as green tea, chamomile, and cucumber, MAC's Prep and Prime Fix will refresh and gently smooth your skin! Mist this product over your face and soak in the boost! 
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Avani P. said...
I absolutely love this spray. I have combination and blemished skin. Any excess of products or overly thick foundations immediately give me cake face, layering certain products gives my skin a weird texture. I've tried all kinds of setting powders and sprays. This spray in combination with the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder does wonders. It meshes in the layers of products on my face, I use as little layers as possible, but this helps combine the contour, highlight, the concealer and foundation to look like it's one single layer. I love the finish it gives me. Sometimes my skin is extra oily in areas and that's what the Laura Mercier powder helps tame better. I've repurchased and repurchased this product. No regrets at all. ...read more
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Too Faced Hangover Replenishing Face Primer
BY TOO FACED
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars67%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (10,589 reviews)
Buy on Too Faced Co... for $32.00
Too Faced named their face primer, "Hangover Replenishing." What an appropriate title for a rejuvenating and refreshing treatment for your skin! Re-hydrate, re-brighten, and re-smooth your complexion with this radiant product! 
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Meredith S.Meredith S. said...
I've really been liking this primer a lot and I've recently just rejoined the primer revolution. As a makeup artist, I use primers on all of my clients, but I usually slack when it comes to myself! I got a deluxe sample to try and it's really worked beautifully on my skin. I have dry skin with a slightly oily t-zone in the summer months and it really adds an extra bout of hydration and dewiness to my skin. I have found that every foundation I have used, goes on really nice with this under. Unlike the silicone primers, it's not really going to fill in any fine lines or wrinkles, it more like hydrates them so they're not AS noticeable. I would recommend for every skin type.

PROS: lightweight, hydrating, pump bottle, scent
CONS: none as of the moment! :-) ...read more
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Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Face Primer
BY BENEFIT COSMETICS
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars24%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (19,901 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $12.00
The Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional complements ALL skin tones! Under makeup, on makeup, or without makeup, this balm will smooth your skin and protect it from fine lines and wrinkles. 
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Katie R.Katie R. said...
This is my HOLY GRAIL primer! I LOVE IT! I have big, noticeable pores on my nose and around my nose. It's always been something I have been aware of, and as I've gotten older I have found that I seek out products to help me mask them in a healthy way. The problem is I also have combination skin, so some primers go on smoothly but cause me to break out the very next day. This product does not do that at all to my skin. Instead, what I get when using this product is I get a flawless complexion! It's seriously a miracle worker. When used correctly, it keeps my pores covered for the entire work day. I usually apply it with just my fingers, but I'm sure there are more adequate ways to apply it. I don't regularly buy high-end makeup products (usually only when I have a gift card) but this is something that I will regularly purchase from here on out. AMAZING product! ...read more
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Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15
BY HOURGLASS
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars64%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (3,760 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $19.00
Just like the brand name, Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer aims to extend the life of your makeup and complexion. This is an oil-free primer that creates a smooth platform for your makeup as well as acts as a concealer for redness, pores, fine lines, and wrinkles. The bonus is the SPF 15 protection added in! 
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Lauren L.Lauren L. said...
I am a huge fan of this Hourglass primer. I use it everyday with my Hourglass foundation. I have oily and acne prone skin. This primer does a great job at controlling my oil throughout the day. I have sensitive skin and I have never had a problem with this primer. It is on the pricier side, but you only need a tiny pump each time that you use it. A bottle usually lasts me five months. I feel like when I put this primer on, it dulls some of the redness on my face. Sephora makes a travel size bottle of this primer for $18. You can always try the travel size before committing to the full size bottle. :) ...read more
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Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water
BY SMASHBOX
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars66%
  • 4 Stars22%
  • 3 Stars7%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.5 / 5 (2,006 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $32.00
Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water is unique in its performance of revitalizing electrolytes to renew the skin and restore moisture. Smashbox recommends this product for all skin types, as it immediately refreshes the skin making a super soft appearance without the shine. 
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Carly A. said...
This is one of the most versitile products that I have in my makeup collection. I use the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water to prime my face before makeup application, as a setting spray after my makeup is finished, and also as a pigment enhancer for eyeshadows that I use by simply spraying my brush after I dip into the shadow. This product is frangrance free and does not clog pores which are both great for my sensitive skin. No matter if your makeup is light or heavy, this product will take your makeup to the next level of perfection. ...read more
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BECCA Backlight Filter Face Primer
BY BECCA
4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars66%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (992 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $38.00
BECCA's Backlight Filter Face Primer is PURE RADIANCE. Blur your imperfections for an airbrushed effect. Pair this with other color correctors and foundations from BECCA's cosmetics line!
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Jenn P.Jenn P. said...
This has become my latest favorite. I have super #acneproneskin and #primers always seem to break me out. But not this one! I have been wearing it for a month now and my skin is still doing good. I got a deluxe size and a little goes a LONG way, I still have a few pumps left before it's gone. It's a thicker primer, but not silicony feeling, and I tried using a beauty blender to apply it, but I think I like using my fingers and tap tap tapping it onto my skin, concentrating on the places I want the most 'glow' and working outward. Alone it's pretty but under foundation my skin looks so radiant and healthy! I will repurchase (it's in my shopping cart right now!) and I tell everyone about it

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Dr. Brandt pores no more® pore refiner primer
BY DR. BRANDT SKINCARE
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars56%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star1%
4.3 / 5 (2,064 reviews)
Buy on Sephora for $22.00
Dr. Brandt's Pores No More Pore Refiner Primer has combined a matte primer with a pore refiner for a flawless formula. Due to this dual function, this is a versatile product that can be applied before or after makeup application. Dr. Brandt promises to deliver the following results: Minimize the appearance of pores, provide coverage for imperfections and lines, matte-ify complexion, eliminate shine, and absorb excess oils. You cannot go wrong with this fragrance-free, lightweight, yet creamy product. 
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Leslie G.Leslie G. said...
HOLY GRAIL.
I have normal skin with an oily T zone. I tried this out as a sample from Sephora and immediately noticed a difference with how my overall look came out. I paired this the first time with Giorgio Armani Luminous Foundation and my skin looked SO beautiful. The second time I used it with amazing cosmetics concealer for under eyes and a darker concealer I bought from the dollar store. STILL WOW. My pores looked extremely small and it didn't look clogged up at all. My face looked even and flawless. I've been using hourglass veil primer & this primer to see which I like better and this wins by far. I currently have the 0.5 oz ($17 at Sephora) & i already see this size is going to last me a while. ...read more
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