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The 50 Best Primers for Combination Skin Rated on MIRA BEAUTY

The rankings for these drugstore primers for combination skin are updated weekly. Shop with confidence & get the best price guaranteed.
Velvet Skin Coat Primer by DHC

Skin-perfecting makeup primer for all skin types. DHC Velvet Skin Coat instantly minimizes the look of fine lines, pores and imperfections while reducing oiliness to help makeup glide on and last longer. Apply before foundation or wear alone as a skin mattifier for all-day use.

Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer by Smashbox

Smashbox Photo Finish Vitamin Glow Primer is a refreshing primer infused with Vitamins B, C & E to awaken skin for a healthy glow.

WASO: Poreless Matte Primer by Shiseido

"I am already a fan of this brand, this primer works great on my oily skin. I use it daily before applying the foundation and it really helps my makeup last longer throughout the day. It is easy to apply, just take a small amount and use the fingers to blend it on. Make sure you let the primer fully absorb into the skin before applying the foundation. This smooth milky formula glides into the skin and absorbs quickly. It effortlessly and instantly minimizes the appearance of large pores and fine lines. Your skin feels smoother, and you get a gorgeous matte finish that lasts all day long. This makes my skin feels smooth and blurs out the look of my pores. It hydrates my skin, instantly brightens my face and gives me a really pretty and smooth looking complexion. This the one of the best primer that I have tried because it keeps my makeup in place all day and I feel nothing on my skin. This is also best for oily skin with problem pores and it works wonders on oily skin because it helps to fill in the pores, allowing for smoother skin. I totally love this and highly recommend it to everyone." - sephora user

Anti-Aging Face Primer by Amazing Cosmetics

Amazing cosmetics anti-aging face primer is a lightweight gel-silk primer that moisturizers and perfects the skin for long-wearing makeup application. Now in travel size.

Pore Refining Solutions Instant Perfector by Clinique

"I've been meaning to write a review of this for so long! I have been using this product for YEARS and it one of my daily staples. I have large pores and some little pock scars from acne, and this stuff is basically like a miracle. I put it on my nose and cheeks and it smooths out my skin and fills in all the little holes. I put it on after moisturizer and before any make-up. A little goes a long way too, and a tube usually lasts a month or two. I recently tried the "Pores No More" to compare, and was really unhappy with it (too liquidy, not enough coverage). I like that it glides on really smooth, and keeps my skin matte throughout the day. I will say that I have put it on without any moisturizer, and it got a little cakey, so moisturize before applying it. Other than that, this is probably my number one favorite beauty product." - sephora user

Hydra Veil Primer by Illamasqua

"I purchase quite a lot of new items from beauty bay and I kept on seeing this item, but I ignored it as this primer was about to take some serious coin off me!!!! BUT I have acne prone, open pores and dry/combination skin and this primer smoother all my acne scarring and made my makeup sit on my face like no other primer has!!!!! My face looked fresh and natural. BUT kept the coverage of my Estée Lauder double wear foundation (which is my go to foundation). I used quite a lot of different base products to test this out and it continued to hide my pores and make my skin feel soft and smooth!!! Also, with other primers such as the laura geller under makeup primer and the benefit porefessional. This continues to keep your makeup on for your every working day (8-10 hours) I've never been so impressed with a product and I've continued to tell everyone about this!!! I also have done my sisters makeup and her base is acne prone and oily skin and it worked on her face flawlessly!!!! If you want a long wearing FLAWLESS base where products to sit beautifully on top of it, then this primer is for you. It is expensive, but I buy a lot of makeup and it still is pricey for me. BUT it is so worth it and I have used it for 2 months now and there is still some of it left! So £17 a month on a primer is cheaper then the other primers I mentioned previously!! PLEASE BUY THIS!!!❤️" - beautybay user

No. 28 Primer Serum by Hourglass

A richly concentrated, intensely hydrating, and dual-purpose oil blend serum that treats your skin as it prepares it for makeup.

Banana Bright Face Primer by ole henriksen

A vitamin C-infused, illuminating face primer with banana powder-inspired pigments that delivers instant radiance while improving and extending makeup wear.

The Smoother Universal Perfecting Primer by Estée Lauder

A lightweight primer that diffuses the look of pores and imperfections.

POREfect Deal! Mattifying Primer Duo by Benefit

A set featuring a full size of Benefit’s bestselling The POREfessional Face Primer, plus a mini version.

Luminous Primer by 100% pure

"I have never been a person who ever used primers more than once when I bought them. They made me feel like I had a film on my face, made me break out, and didn't do anything to make my foundation look any better or last any longer. However, I recently bought the Healthy Skin Foundation and wanted it to last a full 12 hours on my days when I'm at work and school from 9am to 9pm. This not only really makes my makeup last, but it makes it look more natural and luminous. It doesn't break me out and feels so good on my skin. I have dry skin and this hydrates it and creates a great base. Will absolutely be purchasing again. " - 100percentpure.com user

Primer Plus Mattifier by Bobbi Brown Cosmetics

A lightweight face primer that extends the quality of foundation’s wear, controls oil, blurs pores, and helps balance skin’s moisture level.

The Illuminator Radiant Perfecting Primer + Finisher by Estée Lauder

An illuminating primer to smooth and brighten skin or refresh makeup throughout the day.

Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer by NYX Professional Makeup

Play it cool with Bare With Me Hydrating Jelly Primer. Our new water-based gel primer hydrates the complexion and softens the appearance of pores for a bright, fresh-looking glow. This gripping primer has a jelly texture to create a glass-like finish and grips your makeup for ultimate long wear.

Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch by Clarins

This unique makeup base and primer provides a fine, melting texture that conceals lines, pores, and imperfections in an instant. Clarins instant smooth perfecting touch is non-comedogenic; allergy and ophthalmologist tested.

Whipped Cream Primer by Winky Lux

Whipped until it's oh-so-silky, The Winky Lux Whipped Cream Primer can be worn alone for a fresh, clean look or under foundation for a flawless hold and weightless feel.

PhotoReady Prep, Set, Refresh Mist by Revlon

"I used the refresh mist before applying my makeup as a primer and after applying my makeup to set my completed look. It goes on super easy and feels just like a lift mist of air that dries super quick with a nice natural look. I like that the foundation goes on smooth, but I did have to use my fingers to apply cause the blender that was included on the bottle was a bit hard to use. The color that was sent to me in the bottle looked like the perfect color, but was a bit light for my skin tone and I have a light to medium skin tone. So when selecting a color I would go a bit darker than ypur actual skin tone. I like that it's not wet and doesn't leave your face looking splotchy or dewy. It makes my face feel really smooth and set the makeup nicely! This post was sponsored by Revlon® as part of a sampling activation for Crowdtap. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review." - ulta user

ColorStay Prep & Protect Primer by Revlon

"The Revlon ColorStay Prep and Protect Primer helps me achieve a perfectly smooth canvas prior to makeup application, by filling in large pores and fine lines so that makeup won’t settle in them. When I start my beauty routine with this primer, I notice that my makeup lasts longer, stays matte even when my skin is producing excess oil, and is more resistant to sweat and water. I also love that this product includes sunscreen, as many primers don’t. The sunscreen is SPF 37 and contains chemical (7.5% octinoxate) and mineral (3.6% titanium dioxide and 9% zinc oxide) active ingredients, all of which give my skin the protective barrier it needs against harsh UVA/UVB rays, keeping it youthful and even. Just be sure to reapply with your sunscreen of choice every 2 hours for full protection. Lastly, the primer removed easily with cleanser and didn’t irritate my skin, clog my pores, or cause acne. My only issue is that it contains 0.9 fluid ounces, which tends to be used up quickly. #sponsored [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]" - walgreens user

Infallible Matte-Lock Makeup Primer by L'Oreal

Discover the secret for longwear matte makeup that lasts. L'oreal's infallible pro matte lock primer primes and perfects while it smoothes skin for a better makeup application.

Try It Kit: Primer Authority by Smashbox

A set of irresistible travel-size primers including an eyeshadow primer, under-eye primer, face primer, and setting spray for smoothing skin, blurring pores, setting, and refreshing.

Everything Primer - Matte by Honest

Everyone likes to shine sometimes. But shiny skin? Not so much. If you're always blotting excess surface oil on your T-zone and sneaking away to powder your face, make room on your vanity for Honest Beauty's Everything Primer, Matte. Cruelty-free.

TruBLEND Base Business Primer Mattifying by Covergirl

"Primers are always very difficult for me to find and keep because they never seem to work for my skin. I have combination/oily skin and the mattifying primers or skin smoothing primers I've tried in the past tend to make my makeup slide off or will start to split up my foundation. The Covergirl Trublend Face Primer was honestly so much better than I expected! I paired it with two different foundations and the primer helped my foundation stay on longer and definitely improved the textured look of my skin! 10/10 would recommend! [This review was collected as part of a promotion.]" - walgreens user

Bare With Me Cannabis Sativa Daily Moisturizing Primer by NYX Professional Makeup

Prime, protect, and chill? Sign us up! Bare With Me Daily Moisturizing Primer from NYX Professional Makeup is their 1st makeup primer with SPF 30 to protect against UVA & UVB rays!

Refining Makeup Primer by Shiseido

"Awesome and Amazing! I'm a 54 year old woman with very challenging complexion due to acne scars, rosacea, broken capillaries, large pores and oily T-Zone....and fine wrinkles...UGH! This primer does more than just prep your skin for foundation. It evens out my ruddy completion and diminishes the look of my rosacea. I have very large pores and pitted skin. It minimizes this and in some cases smoothes them out completely. It even helps smooth and fill smile lines near my eyes! It smoothes the surface of my skin so well! Even the slight tint of this product leaves my complexion glowing! I don't even need much foundation after this primer. And when I apply my Dual Balancing Foundation, I only need just a touch because the primer has already made my skin look 100 % improved, younger looking and HEALTHY! It keeps the foundation looking and lasting well over 8 hours.....no need for touch-ups! PLUS has a 20 SPF! I am so grateful to my Shiseido Rep, Kathryn, at Mall of America. She popped a sample in my bag, suggested I give it a try. I only use Shiseido for all aspects of my skincare regimen and only Shiseido for Make-up. This Primer is by far my most valuable product from Shiseido! I've tried skin primers from Smash Box, Lorac, Benefit and they felt strange on my skin, plus did nothing to make my foundation last through the day. Shiseido Refining Primer makes me Look Good! Best of all, it makes me Feel Good and Confident! THANK YOU, KATHRYN for allows knowing the best products for my needs! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__translate-span">« less</span>" - Nordstrom user

Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Extreme Perfection & Hold Makeup Base SPF 20 by Dior

The essential first step to a high-perfection complexion, Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Makeup Primer SPF 20 improves the hold and coverage of your foundation. Perfect as a primer after your skin care routine and before foundation application, it improves wear for a flawless finish.

Glow Activator Radiance Primer by JOAH

"I wore this primer yesterday and I was actually very impressed! Now, it’s hard to rate primers right off top because it’s not a product that gives an obviously notice, however the moment you apply this Primer you see the instant glow/dewyness. I have normal to dry skin (mostly dry right now), I applied this primer (has a serum feel to it and applies very smoothly onto the skin), and used Joah’s foundation with it and both paired beautifully! I wore it for 6-7 hours and I had a glow the whole time! Even my husband notice that I had a fresh look to my foundation (and he hardly notices anything in regards to makeup lol) after having it on for more than 5 hours. I would highly recommend this primer! I would like to disclose that this primer was sent to me by influencer through Joah. #complimentary Less" - joahbeauty.com user

Pore Corrector Anti Aging Primer by algenist

An antiaging primer that visibly minimizes pores, imperfections, and oiliness to create a uniform canvas for flawless makeup application.

Radiance Primer SPF 35 by NARS

A primer with a Radiance Boosting Complex that instantly revives dull, fatigued skin.

Radiance Veil Primer by Illamasqua

"I'd longed after this product for a while but with a high price tag I was a little put off to start but when being given a voucher jumped at the chance! I read a lot of reviews saying the packaging would benefit from being a squeezy tube although I have to whole heartedly disagree, there'll be no product wastage in the way it's packaged now and when using a tube I always manage to squeeze out too much. I've got super oily skin and struggle to keep it at bay but I have to say this product is amazing it glides on to your skin like silk and really helps disguise those pores. Typically I'll wear my make up for 12+ hours and as a hairdresser can find my make up sliding throughout the day but this has kept it in place very well. You really need to use the smallest amount or it can tend to dry the skin (not a problem i've had before!) A little spreads a long way! I would recommend this product for those with oily skin but stay away if not. X « less" - www.illamasqua.com user

Brilliant Primer by stellar

A lightweight primer that illuminates and hydrates skin.

In Your Prime Pore Minimizing Primer by Flower Beauty

Flower beauty's in your prime pore-minimizing primer instantly blurs pores and fine lines while providing a soft-focus matte finish. The lightweight and quick-drying formula allows for seamless makeup application giving you long-lasting makeup wear.

Prime Time Brightening Foundation Primer by bareMinerals

"I received this primer along with a new kit I bought (and the primer alone was worth paying the $$ for the whole kit). I used to use the original Prime Time Foundation Primer and it worked well for me, but this Brightening primer works significantly better for me. First of all, I have combination/oily skin and use the Bare Minerals Matte Foundation. When using the Matte Foundation, you don't get the same luminous glow that you do with the original foundation. But with this primer, you can achieve the glow of the original foundation, but with the matte formula. So this primer allows me to get that subtle luminosity, but without a shine that looks oily. I also like the consistency of this primer much better than the original formula (after a good shake to the bottle as many of the other reviewers have noted). It is light, airy, and leaves my skin very silky. The formula is slightly tinted, but I like that attribute because it adds slight coverage to any imperfections (like redness). The only thing I noticed so far that would worry me, is that this formula will be hard to pump out when it is almost gone. The consistency is a bit thinner, so I can see it becoming a bit of a mess as it sprays out upon pumping. <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-6703630513785622477-full" data-show="-6703630513785622477-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>" - Sephora user

4.3(1137)$32
Lumilayer Primer by VDL
4.3(1137)$32

Lumilayer Primer, a make-up perfecting primer formulated with VDL's trademark Lumilayer Prismatic Pearls that absorb light and use the light's ability to reflect to create an iridescent glow and translucent, glass-like skin.

Matte Creme Matifiante by MAC

"This stuff is GREAT! I am so glad that the MAC representative suggested that I purchase this for minimizing my pores and to help control shine. I see some reviews use it BEFORE they apply their foundation. I tried this, and honestly it made me look kinda oily. It could be that it was being used at the wrong time because I really could not see any difference. Then I was told to apply it AFTER my foundation and setting power and IT WORKED! Matte gave my skin a smooth, flawless finish. I used it on my cheeks, nose, forehead, and underneath my eyes. It helped with the sublte lines under my eyes and it definitely made my pores look a lot smaller if not non existent! This is a MUST buy if you are wanting to set your look, control shine and minimize pores!! BUY IT! " - M·A·C user

That Gal Brightening Face Primer by Benefit

Benefit cosmetics 'that gal' brightening face primer takes your complexion from dull to darling! Simply blend to look of brighter, smoother skin. Contains light-reflecting pigments to help brighten all skin tones and raspberry & chamomile to soothe skin.

In Your Prime Perfecting Primer by Flower Beauty

Flower beauty's in your prime perfecting primer is a unique cream-meets-gel primer with preps skin for what comes next. Perfect base layer underneath concealer, foundation, tinted moisturizer. Non-greasy formula.

Airbrush Away Original Primer by no7

No7 Airbrush Away Original Primer helps to create the perfect base! Use this primer on days when you want your skin to look flawless and your makeup to apply perfectly.

Prisme Primer Color-Correcting And Mattifying by Givenchy

"I started to experience some redness on my cheeks for the past few months, and I also have some foundations that are slightly too pink for me, so I was thrilled to see that Givenchy released a green-tinted primer! My holy grail foundation is their Photo Perfexion in shade 104 - Perfect Vanilla. This is supposed to be a neutral shade, and perhaps because I always apply a very light amount to my face, I noticed that my cheeks would look a little too red for my liking throughout the day. Cue Givenchy’s new primer, and this baby has solved my woes! The foundation and primer work great together, and the added SPF is very much appreciated! I have super dry skin for reference, and this feels like it’s not a super mattifying OR super dewy primer, like it’s somewhere in the middle which I am really happy about. I have no complaints about this primer, and will gladly be repurchasing when I run out. « less" - Sephora user

Daydream Mineral Primer SPF 30 by coola

A weightless, broad-spectrum SPF 30 mineral primer that blurs the look of pores and provides a smooth, matte finish for flawless makeup application.

Smashbox x Nicol Concilio Photo Finish Primer Water - Serene Greens by Smashbox

"I bought this a couple of weeks ago and it currently is my favourite primer. I've always had trouble finding primers that suit my dry skin, sit on my skin properly and make my makeup last the whole day, but since I've found this, I don't need to look any further! It's absolutely perfect for dry skin, it's so nourishing and honestly makes my makeup last all day and look flawless! Doesn't make the skin oily at all, it absorbs within a minute or so of putting it on, which makes foundation application easy and no cracks or cakey looking makeup. The best thing is you only need a few drops, so the bottle is going to last you a long time! So so glad one of the girls at Mecca recommended this to me! " - mecca.com.au user

4.3(508)$39
SOS Primer by Clarins
4.3(508)$39

Prime time! Clarins sos primer preps & moisturizes. Discover solutions for any beauty concern with skincare benefits.

Heliotropic: SPF 30 Treatment Primer by kypris

"My new favorite natural face sunscreen! I've tried practically every chemical-free face sunscreen on the market and this will be the one I finally "settle on" and will repurchase. The ingredients are as clean as it gets for sunscreen. The texture is rich, moisturizing, and luxurious. It's very soothing and leaves my skin so plump. It's not tinted and does not leave a white cast which is very difficult to achieve with all natural ingredients. In the morning I wash my face, apply Vitamin C serum, use a light hydrating gel moisturizer, and then layer this on top (I have combination skin type). I haven't tested it out in full sun yet (like at the beach or pool) but it works beautifully for daily use! I would suggest this sunscreen to pretty much anyone except maybe someone with overly oily/acne prone skin. Less" - Nordstrom user

Opal Essence Serum Primer by beautyblender

"I constantly struggle with trying to make makeup work with my skin. I have extremely dry sensitive skin and often have breakouts, enlarged pores and flaky spots. I've tried countless different primers to smooth my complexion and keep my makeup looking fresh with no luck, until today! I used this primer for the first time this morning, it went on easily, had no odor and was super silky and sat nicely on my skin. it didn't leave me feeling heavy or greasy like many other "moisturizing" primers do. I'm now on my 6th hour of the day and my makeup still looks flawless! no dry spots or pilling of foundation and even though I've been sweating (I work as a server) my skin doesn't look greasy or cakey. I consider this primer my new holy grail." - sephora user

Water Cloud Primer by Cover FX

"I knew not to expect any sort of pore filling etc from this product because it doesn’t claim to transform your skin like that so knowing that im actually super happy with it! It’s like a thicker “cloudy” gel that melts into the skin and feels hydrating (not heavy moisturizing) just like it’s adding water and cooling your skin. Then for a couple areas I used a pore filing primer in top and it worked great. My makeup actually applied easily on top and stayed put all day. Also I used a super matte foundation (Dior Forever Undercover) and it made it look a bit more natural in my opinion I think bc if the hydration my skin looked healthy and not like makeup was sitting on top. Anyway just expect hydration, soothing, and blue light protection (which is super cool!) and you might love this! It’s a safe bet since you can use this all over and target other areas with pore filler (you don’t rly need to put porefessional for example on your whole face it’s too heavy) - this one is more of a safe every day lightweight primer that feels great on the skin awesome for ppl who live in polluted urban areas and stare at their phone constantly Less" - Sephora user

Luminous Silk Hydrating Primer by Giorgio Armani Beauty

"I always prefer applying a moisturizer or a primer before applying make up or foundation as the make up dries out my skin and my skin looks so bad.I am so glad I got to try the Giorgio Armani luminous hydrating primer.It’s definitely one of the best primers I ever tried.It glides on skin so smoothly to make it look flawless. Provides good amount of hydration to the skin and make up looks fresh all day long and skin doesn’t dry out.I have a sensitive skin and luckily this suited my skin well and I had no issues.It makes skin smooth and supple and gives a good base for the concealer application.It contains Shea butter, rice barn and glycerin which are indeed great for the skin and helps in making skin so soft and silky.My skin instantly got a very nice glow and even in this harsh winter it looks perfect!I am very happy with this. Less" - Sephora user

Hydra Touch Oil Primer by NYX Professional Makeup

"I was looking for a moisturizing primer when I went in to my local ULTA, and I was going to purchase Smashbox Primerizer, but my location was sold out. A sales associate (actually, I found out later she was a manager) recommended this to me instead. I was skeptical, because an oil primer sounded greasy and messy. But I went ahead and took it home. The first thing I loved about it was the packaging. Glass bottle, nice locking lid with retractable dropper. The second thing was the smell. The oil is lightly fragranced (slightly floral smell) which is nice, because I can't stand the smell of most oils. The third thing I liked was how it acted with my dry skin. I'm flaky all year round, but even more so in the winter. I've tried a lot of primers, but my foundation always seems to cling to my dry patches no matter what. With this oil, it smooths my skin and makes the makeup go over very smoothly. No caking, no flaking. I look airbrushed for once in my life. A small amount of oil goes a long way. This would NOT be a good primer for anyone with oily skin. The primer also required time to set down. Your skin needs to absorb it before you can apply makeup over it, or else your foundation will slide around. This primer does not make my makeup last any longer, but no primers ever seem to do that for me anyway. A good setting spray in combination with this is the best skin solution I've found. I'm very impressed this is a NYX product. I certainly saved my money. (Don't let any of the primer drip down the side of the bottle though, be careful with the dropper. Oils are very hard to clean up and will stain your clothes) « less" - ulta.com user

Airbrush Away Pore Minimizing Primer by no7

For all day shine control and the perfect base for your foundation, this clever oil-free No7 Airbrush Away Pore Minimizing Primer can help.

Dewy Skin Primer by Cover FX

"This has been heaven sent for my thirsty skin. I've been wearing this for a few weeks now and I can safely say it's taken over as my favourite primer. Let me start by saying I am severely dehydrated all over and oily in my t-zone. I massage this in after skin care, let sit for a moment, and then go in with my foundation on a dense foundation brush. It wears beautifully under the Cover FX Natural Finish and I also really like it under MAC Face and Body. I really love skin that looks like skin and I believe this helps achieve that healthy, reflective glow without looking like make up. Because it's so rich, I've also worn it as a mask on flights, and mixed it with a couple heavier foundations of mine to cut them down (great in MAC Prolongwear, PTR Skin to Die for complexion perfector). I do make sure to powder any areas that have a tendency to get oily and break down throughout the day but I haven't experienced issues with wear time." - sephora user

Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50 by NARS

A broad-spectrum SPF 50 primer that smooths skin and helps protect against UVA/UVB rays, pollution, and environmental aggressors, while prolonging makeup wear.

Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm by TONYMOLY

Tonymoly egg pore silky smooth balm is an all-day moisturizing primer formulated with egg whites, moisturizing, protecting, and correcting pores to create a smooth matte skin surface before applying makeup. And for an added bonus, it smells like lemons! !