Benefit the POREfessional Face Primer
This primer is super smooth but doesn’t slide too much- it’s very similar to the Too Faced one but has a slight smell (this is the only reason that it’s not my top pick). Otherwise it works really well in priming the face! It has a slight color to it, so it helps hide imperfections and works for every skin type.
Best for: Combination skin
Price: $29 (.75 oz)
Where to Buy: Sephora . Amazon . eBay
Clinique Pore Minimizer Instant Perfector
This primer was one of my first ones I started using as I have problems with pores on my cheeks. I love using this primer as it does an amazing job at filling in the pores without clogging them. It isn’t as smooth as the benefit primer, so this will work well on oily skin as it has more of a matte finish.
Best for: Combination to oily skin; Those with large pores
Price: $18 (.5 oz)
Where to Buy: Amazon . eBay . Some department stores
MAC Mattifying Gel
If you have oily or shiny skin and need a primer that will give a matte finish, this MAC one is amazing! It has a gel like consistency (which usually means it slides too much), but this one stays put and dries to a very soft yet matte finish. Since it is so smooth and is clear in color, it should work for everyone.
Best for: Any skin type looking for matte finish
Price: $19 (.75 oz)
Where to Buy: MAC
Palladio Herbal Face Primer
This is another gel like primer that not only preps the face, but slightly moisturizes. It glides very easily, so I use this under the eyes where my concealer tends to cake up. The price is the best selling point with this one as it’s only $12 compared to around $20-30 that most other companies charge. Because it is somewhat slick, I do not recommend this one for oily skin- it works best for dry skin.
Best for: Combination to Dry Skin; Mature Skin
Price: $12 (.68 oz)
Where to Buy: Makeup Geek Store
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer
If I had to choose just one primer to wear daily, it would be this one. The creamy formula is super smooth but not slick, plus it feels amazing on the skin! Because it has a slight color, it also helps to camouflage any flaws. It doesn’t fill in pores quite as well as the Clinique one, but it gives a more satin finish vs just a matte one. The price is also better for the amount you get (Benefit’s is $29 for .75 oz while this is $30 for 1 oz)
Best for: All skin types
Price: $30 (1 oz)
Where to Buy: Amazon . Sephora . eBay