In this world of contouring, non-touring and strobing, primers play a very important role. Primers are applied before foundation so that they can make the makeup last longer, look smoother and are especially useful during hot/humid days to avoid makeup meltdowns. They can also be used on the eyelids before applying eye shadows or even if you want a no-make up look, just use a primer and skip your foundation and you are good to go!
The Indian market is full of face primers, but if you have oily and acne prone skin, it is difficult to find a primer that will make your face look matte and control the shine. Using water-based primers is recommended to those with oily skin so that it doesn’t clog your pores or make your face greasy, but mostly, it depends on the overall formulation of the primers. Some creamy primers work well for oily skin too, so check the ingredients before purchasing one. I have rounded up some of the best primers for oily skin which are available in the Indian market. Read on to find about them.
1. Revlon Photo Ready Primer
Price: Rs.1400/- for 27 ml Buy here
This primer is super light, has a pink-tint and blends easily. It does not irritate the skin or lead to breakouts and provides a healthy glow to the skin. It may be a little pricey, but one bottle lasts a long time, so it is cost efficient as well.
2. L’Oréal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer
Price: Rs.995/- for 15 ml Buy here
This one controls oil to a great extent, does not feel heavy or sticky. It has a pink tint, has a soft and velvety texture which makes it blend easily and makes the makeup last longer. Also, it makes the large pores appear smaller and makes the face look fresh. Once you start using this, you’ll fall in love with it; guaranteed.
3. NYX Shine Killer
Price: Rs.1425/- for 20 ml
This primer is really the “shine-killer”! A lot of women dubbed this as the “budget friendly version of the smashbox photo finish primer”, so you can guess how good this primer is. The only drawback of this product is that if used too much, it adds up to the greasiness and makes the skin greasy and sticky. So make sure you don’t use more than a single drop for your face and neck, as it is most effective this way!
4. Colorbar Perfect Match Primer
Price: Rs.825/- for 30 ml Buy here
This one is another great choice for those women with oily skin. It has no tint, controls the oil and does not lead to breakouts. It gets absorbed pretty quickly, despite having a gel-like texture. It does not have any fragrance and does not have any negative impact on the skin even if used daily.
Also Read: Colorbar Perfect Match Primer Review, Price In India
5. Rimmel Fix and Perfect Primer
Price: Rs.1152/- for 30 ml Buy here
It covers up the acne scars, lines and makes the skin smooth and gives it a very healthy glow. The makeup applied after this primer stays on for the whole day and blends in smoothly and evenly. Although it has a thick consistency, a little amount is enough to cover the face and the neck, but make sure that you don’t use too much as it could lead to clogged pores and make the makeup look cakey. It comes in two shades- 001 and 002.
6. Neutrogena Shine Control Primer
Price: Rs.1788/- for 30 ml Buy here
This primer is lightweight, easy to apply; the texture is quite smooth and gives a long lasting coverage. The only drawback of this primer is that it leaves whitish cast on dark skin tones, so make sure you use a foundation after this.
7. Coloressence Pre Make-up base
Price: Rs.500/- for 15 ml Buy here
Probably the cheapest primer available in the market, this primer does its job pretty well. It has a non-oily formula and makes the skin soft and smooth. It gives a matte look to the skin and since it has no tint, it can be used on all skin tones.
8. Oriflame The one Illuskin Face Primer
Price: Rs.599/- for 30 ml Buy here
This primer is gel based. It has a nice fragrance, is lightweight and it gives an instant glow when applied. It controls the oil and does not cause breakouts and irritation. It can be used without foundation too.
9. Natio Pure Mineral Face Primer
Price: 1130/- for 30 ml
This one makes the skin look flawless, moisturizes it well and it makes the makeup stay put for long without making the skin oily. Foundation and concealer blends easily after applying this primer. The makeup never looks cakey or flaky.
10. L.A Girl Pro Prep HD Face Primer-Clear
Price: Rs.850/- for 15 ml
This primer is paraben and fragrance free, contains Vitamin E and perfectly smoothens the fine lines and pores and we couldn’t ask for more! It does a great work in controlling the oil and shine and the makeup applied after this looks flawless, matte and stays put the entire day.
Other than this, one of the best primers for oily skin is Smashbox Photo Ready Primer, but since it has availability issues in India, I didn’t include it in this list. If you have sensitive skin, a patch test is a must and it not only applies to face primers, but to all the makeup and skin care products! Also, always use products according to your skin type to avoid breakouts or skin reactions. Hope this list is useful to all the women with oily skin!
Guest post by Sanchaita M.