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We see these perfect, flawless makeup faces everywhere and we try again and again to replicate it, but we never get that look. One of the reasons for this is not using a facial primer as the base for our makeup. When we want to look the best and have a luxurious makeup, we should always use one.

Why do we need a primer?

The role of a facial primer in the make-up process is an important one because the primer is the link between the skin and the next step of the makeup: applying foundation or powder. Using a primer prepares the skin, making it more smooth and even for the application of foundation and helps to hide imperfections by filling in small or fine lines, acne scars and by sealing the pores.

It provides the skin with a healthy level of hydration and moisture, allowing the makeup to stay and look natural.

Also, the primer prolongs the makeup duration and has different roles like pore minimizing, oil control, hydrating, brightening or color correcting.

What are mattifying primers?

Mattifying primers are best suitable for oily, acne prone or combination skin. They prevent the skin to became shiny and greasy due to excess sebum secretion; they help in controlling this oil production, leaving the face with a matte finish. Also, a lot of them have pore minimizing effects or include ingredients to prevent the breakouts.

How to choose a mattifying primer

When choosing the best mattifying primers, we should look for some essential characteristics:

-leave the face smooth, light and with a matte finish, not greasy or shiny;
-contain dimethicone or others silicone-based polymers;
-contain absorbent ingredients like magnesium or aluminum derivatives;
-contain noncomedogenic oils or oil free ingredients;
-contain active ingredients to reduce and combat acne like salicylic acid;
-help extending the wear time of the makeup;
-suitable for our skin type;

Top 7 Best Mattifying Primer Reviews

Stay Matte Primer by Rimmel

This product is a long lasting, shine control, and budget-friendly primer that gives a beautiful matte look and helps minimize the appearance of pores. It has a lotion-like texture, but a bit thicker, and after applying, it dries out quickly and leaves the skin oil-free, smooth and soft. The primer blends in very well and feels light on the face due to the water based formula. It is suitable for all skin types but works better on oily ones. It can last up to eight hours, depending on what kind of skin you have, the extremely oily ones may need a touch-up after a couple of hours.

Formula: water based formula, talc, dimethicone, silica.

Skin type: all skin types.


  • Long lasting (up to 8 hours)
  • Controls oil levels
  • Lightweight
  • Excellent price


  • Does not cover the pores completely

 Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 by Mary Kay

This gel primer, suitable for all skin types, works well to absorb the excessive oil and to improve the appearance of the skin, hiding the fine lines and small pores. The gel consistency is soft and light, spreads evenly over the skin, dries off quickly and leaves a beautiful matte finish with good coverage. It contains silica, an ingredient that helps reducing oil production, makes the makeup last longer and UVA protection. The skin feels great after using it and provides an effortless and smooth foundation application.

Formula: avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, silica, fragrance-free, non-comedogenic and dermatologist tested.

Skin type: for all skin types.


  • Lightweight
  • Matte finish
  • Soft texture
  • Improves skin appearance
  • Good price
  • Sunscreen protection

Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Light by Smashbox

This oil free and light primer is suitable for oily, sensitive and acne-prone skin. It consists of a thin white lotion that contains 60% water, silicone and is quite hydrating for the skin. The application is easy and smooth, it’s absorbed through the skin and has a lovely coverage for fine line and small pores creating a mild matte finish. The primer works well in controlling oil surplus, in keeping the foundation in place and increasing the wear time.

Formula: 60% water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Vitamin C, free of oil, parabens, sodium lauryl sulfate, phthalates, fragrance & talc.

Skin types: oily, acne-prone or sensitive skin


  • Lightweight
  • Easy application
  • Smooth matte finish
  • Good oil control

Pore Minimizer Skin Refining Matte by Christian Dior

This Dior product works well in reducing the appearance of large pores and smoothing skin imperfections. It covers and fills in pores, small lines, and wrinkles and mattifies the skin for an airbrush complexion. The formula is suitable for all skin types. The primer has a very light and creamy texture that glides effortlessly on the skin surface, but it takes a little time to blend in. It needs only a very thin layer to apply and spread and leaves the face mattified and soft. The primer can be used alone, before or after foundation.

Formula: methyl timethylcone, dimethicone, silica, perfume.

Skin types: all


  • Minimizes the pores
  • Matte finish
  • Light wear


  • Expensive

Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base by L’Oreal Paris

This silicon based primer, suitable for all skin types, is the best choice for those of us who want a flawless matte look. The light pink, luxurious and whipped texture glides silkily on the skin, blends in nicely, and adds a perfect soft matte effect to the skin. The face feels amazing, light, supple and smooth. It does an excellent job of filling in fine line and pores and improves the look and appearance of the skin. The absorbent ingredients keep well under control the sebum excess for an extended period (6-7 h) and help extend the life of the makeup.

Formula: cyclo hexasiloxane, dimethicone, silica, aluminum hydroxide non-comedogenic, dermatologist tested.

Skin type: for all skin types.


  • Minimises pores and fines lines
  • Improves skin look
  • Oil control
  • Lightweight
  • Long lasting
  • Soft matte finish
  • Increase wear of foundation

POREfection Mattifying Face Primer by Lorac cosmetics

Formulated with salicylic acid and vitamins A, C and E, this translucid gel primer is suitable for all skin types. It performs well in improving the appearance of skin and minimizing the appearance of fine lines and small pores. Although it is a silicone based primer, it feels very light on the skin. The primer applies smoothly and absorbs quickly every trace of oil excess, leaving a soft silky matte finish.The oil control properties last up to 6 hours, after that it needs a touch-up. It has an excellent coverage and increases the duration of makeup.

Formula: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silica, Salicylic acid, vitamins A, C, and E, fragrance, oil and paraben-free,

Skin type: all skin types.


  • Improves and smoothes skin appearance
  • Lightweight
  • Absorbs oil rapidly
  • Wears well under makeup
  • Lovely fragrance
  • Oil and paraben-free


  • Average oil control duration (not so good for very oily types)

Spackle Mattifying Under Make-up Primer by Laura Geller Cosmetic

Like the primers previously discussed, this product also contains silicone-based polymers and silica and does an excellent job in creating a matte canvas for foundation and in keeping oil levels under control. Although it contains silicone, it feels watery and light. The product is very easy to apply, sinks in and dries rapidly, leaving a flawless complexion. The face is free of oil, and the makeup stays longer for an airbrushed look.

Formula: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Silica, Talc, Aluminum Hydroxide, Shea butter, vitamins A and E.

Skin type: all skin types.


  • Lightweight
  • Blends well
  • Smooth application
  • Matte finish


  • High price
  • Moderate oil control

Best Mattifying Primer for Acne Prone Skin

Mattifying Primer with Anti-Acne Treatment by Cover FX

This lightweight gel formula with salicylic acid is suitable for those of us with oily and acne prone skin. It minimizes the appearance of pores and heals the blemish and prevents new breakouts, leaving an even matte finish. The gel primer has no color and fragrance, is easy to apply, blends well and dries quickly. The skin remains smooth with a soft touch of matte. The absorbent ingredients keep away oil excess from the skin for a couple of hours. The makeup applies well after the primer and lasts longer.

Formula: Salicylic Acid 1% derived from willow bark extract, water silicones, does not contain gluten, parabens, sulfates, phthalates, fragrance, talc, mineral oil.

Skin type: acne-prone, oily or combination skin.


  • Heals and prevents break-outs
  • Reduces blemish
  • Matte finish
  • Light gel formula
  • Blends well


  • Expensive
  • Moderate oil control

Best Drugstore Mattifying Primer 

Shine Stopper Instant Matte Finish Oil Control Primer by Paula’s Choice

This matte primer controls excess sebum production, minimizes the appearance of pores and is suitable for normal to oily skin, and combination skin. The water-based formula is light, creamy and smoothens the skin. The product applies smoothly in a thick layer, but we have to dub lightly on the surface of the skin, not rub it. It blends in nicely and sets rapidly for a matte powdery complexion. The primer keeps away oil excess up to 6 hours, improves the skin texture, blurs little imperfections and prolongs the makeup duration.

Formula: Water, methyl methacrylate, and magnesium aluminum silicate (absorbents), fragrance-free, cruelty-free.

Skin type: combination or oily skin, normal skin with oily zones


  • Combination and oily skin
  • Controls oil levels
  • Long-wearing matte finish


  • It takes a little time to learn how to apply the primer

Best Mattifying Primer for Oily Skin

Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector by Becca Cosmetics

This silicone-free primer is specially designed for long lasting control of oil levels and minimizes the appearance of pores. The primer has a soft gel texture, is fragrance-free and it’s easy to apply; it can be used before or after the foundation. After it dries in a couple of minutes, this primer provides quickly a matte effect that lasts for hours, and it feels very light due to the water based formula. It leaves the skin smooth and hydrated and has a good pigmentation.

The brand has specific instructions for applying this primer: use only a pea-sized amount of it and press-pat on the areas, do not rub it and wait a few minutes to dry.

Formula: water based, oleanolic acid, magnesium aluminum silicate, free of oil, silicone, fragrance and alcohol, cruelty-free.

Skin type: especially for oily skin, all skin types


  • Long-lasting matte effect (up to 8 hours)
  • Lightweight
  • Smoothes and improves skin appearance
  • Excellent Oil control
  • Minimizes pores


  • It takes the time to learn how to apply it

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