Beauty Countdown – Primers for Oily Skin

If you’re not using a primer yet – why not?? For me, as an oily skin gal, they’re absolutely essential to keep my foundation from slipping off and my face becoming seriously shiny throughout the day. Saying that, even with a good primer, I tend to get the old shiny forehead at some point in the afternoon… nothing works wonders after all. But for those of you with oily to combination type skin, here are my top primers which will go some way to helping you stay looking glowing, not shiny.

The Wooden Spoon – The Porefessional, Benefit (£24.50)

Benefit The Porefessional Primer (22ml)

This has become somewhat of a cult product among the beauty community, getting rave reviews from pretty much everyone. I can see its appeal, but it still only comes in on my list at #4. The reason – this primer is silicone based. Silicone based primers have a very soft, smoothing effect on the face, which feels amazing when first applied. However, I find that over the day silicone primers tend to become more slippy, and don’t hold foundation in place as well. The USP of this product is that it’s all about the pores – it evens out the surface of the skin and makes large pores less visible. I can’t deny that it does this job beautifully; my skin definitely looked smoother. This makes this product great for any time you anticipate having photos taken, and you really want to look flawless. It’s just not as great as an everyday primer that will work hard all day.

The Bronze Medal – Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light, Smashbox (£25.00)


This is another silicone based (oil-free) formula, which places higher up the ranks for the better job it did at keeping shine at bay. The first time I used this primer, I definitely noticed less shine at 4 O’clock than I would normally have. However, I still couldn’t get over the weird, slippery feeling it leaves (particularly on the side of my nose), thanks to the silicone. Plus, it’s the most expensive of the bunch, which is always a downside in my book. Definitely one to consider if you don’t have as much of a problem with staying power as I do, or if your skin is a bit more on the dry side.

Second Place – Beautifully Matte Makeup Base, No.7 (£10.50)

Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base

This primer is just pipped to the post, and is actually the primer I’ve been using for a long time now. It differs from the previous two, in that it has a much more creamy formula, which for me is so much better for my skin. I don’t get the slippery side-effects I notice with a silicone based product, which is something I’ve always got my eyes out for. It immediately makes my skin feel more matte, and that feeling is upheld for longer than the average primer. The reason it’s not my number one, is that it’s a bit more difficult to work with. The cream doesn’t smooth out as easily over the skin, and if you rub it a little bit too much, it rolls up into patches over the face which can look a bit iffy once you’ve put your foundation on top. What I have found is that this product works a lot more nicely on it’s own, especially in the summer when you don’t necessarily want to wear a full face of makeup, but want to stay oil-free.

And the Winner is – Stay Matte Primer, Rimmel (£5.99)

Rimmel Stay Matte Primer

It’s always nice when the best product is also the least expensive. And that’s why this product is an all round gold medalist. Similar to the No. 7 primer above, it has a creamy texture, but without the difficult in application. The cream goes on a lot more like a moitsuriser, but feels immediately more mattifying. It looks beautiful under foundation, and has made my makeup last the longest out of all the primers listed above. I am already a big fan of Rimmel for their lip products, but this primer has really hit it out the park for me. From what I’ve seen, it’s received highly positive reviews, and I’m not surprised. It just goes to show that whether you’re on a budget or not, sometimes it’s the drugstore products that really surprise you.

So there’s my roundup of the best primers on the market targeted at oily skin, I hope it was helpful to some of you, especially if you’ve never used a primer before!


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