Distances itself from other products on our shortlist because it acts as both a primer and sunscreen with SPF 20. Mattifying formula keeps skin's natural oils at bay. Feels very lightweight under makeup or when worn alone.
Oil control may not last all day for all users. Doesn't minimize pores as well as some other primers we considered.
Not only does this affordable matte primer control oil for as long as eight hours, it also reduces the appearance of large pores and looks great under makeup. Can easily be worn alone as well. Feels lightweight on the face, never greasy.
Consistency is quite thick, making it a bit challenging to apply. Somewhat drying but that shouldn't be a problem for oily skin.
Feels smooth and creamy and absorbs quickly, resulting in a lightweight base for your favorite makeup. Doesn't tend to settle into fine lines. Reduces the appearance of large pores for most users. Oil-free formula is ideal for oily skin.
If your skin is quite oily, you may need to blot your face throughout the day. Doesn't do much to extend the wear of makeup.
Earns praise for having a creamy texture that makes it easy to apply, unlike some silicone-based primers. Makes skin feel soft and silky and isn't overly drying or heavy whether you wear it under makeup or alone. A little goes a long way.
Initially controls oil but tends to require blotting with face powder as the day goes on. Doesn't wear well on very humid days.
Goes on easily for an even finish. Doesn't feel heavy and isn't drying. Looks natural under makeup or worn by itself. Sheer formula won't clog pores and is oil-free. Blurs pores, fine lines, and minor imperfections.
All-day wear is questionable, especially in humid conditions. Doesn't do the best job concealing larger pores.
We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.
If you have oily skin, you may be hesitant to use numerous products on your face for fear that they will feel heavy, making matters worse. But a primer that's made especially for oily skin is one product that you shouldn't skip. Not only will using a mattifying primer improve the staying power and appearance of makeup that you apply on top of it, but it will also help absorb oil, reducing shine and minimizing the look of pores, fine lines, and other minor imperfections. Primers that are formulated to tackle oil are available at every price point, but drugstore brands can save you money. As you shop, make sure the primer you choose is made for oily skin, reduces pores, or delivers a matte finish. It should be oil-free and non-comedogenic, and it will likely be silicone-based.