Best Primers for Oily Skin

Oily skin is a real struggle of mine and I've had to ensure that every product within my skincare routine is suitable, and will help deal with, oily skin. Therefore, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you some of my favourite products to help keep my oily skin at bay, starting with primers. Primer is just a product that I always include in my routine, every day, whether I'm wearing makeup or not. It's basically just an essential for me to keep my skin smooth and matte for as long as possible, and I have to admit I do love buying a nice new primer every time I see one online or in the shops. The ones I'll be sharing with you today are those which I've found to be the best to keep my skin and makeup looking fresh and oil-free.

Benefit The Porefessional: Matte Rescue

This is probably my favourite primer out of all of the primers in this post. After trying the original Porefessional, I was super keen to try this one, especially as it's advertised for oily skin. In my opinion, this one is so much better than the original, which never really lived up to the hype for me. The texture is lovely and gel-like, and it feels very cooling and fresh to apply. What I really love about this primer is that it doesn't dry out my skin, which a lot of matte primers do. The refreshing gel consistency means my skin is left feeling fresh, smooth and hydrated, while also being completely shine-free at the same time. My foundation and concealer goes on beautifully over this, helped by the fact it's so smooth and doesn't give me any dry patches for foundation to cling to. Overall, if you have oily skin and are looking for a great primer that you don't mind investing in a little, I'd definitely recommend giving this one a go. 

L'Oréal Infallible Matte Primer

I picked this primer up because of how much I adore the Infallible Matte foundation (my fave foundation ever - check it out if you're looking for a new one!). I love how the tube is literally the same size as the foundation, meaning this will last me the longest time. As you can see from the picture, it's a clear primer and it has a silicone texture. It is very comparable to the Smashbox Photo Finish primer, but obviously a lot cheaper, so if you love that one, definitely check this one out. It goes on very smoothly and makes my skin very velvety and matte, and my makeup goes on amazingly well afterwards. It works great in conjunction with the foundation, to keep my skin matte and make my makeup last all day.

Soap and Glory One Heck of a Blot Primer

I really love the consistency of this primer. It's quite creamy but also velvety and light at the same time, meaning it mattifies my skin but keeps it hydrated at the same time. The packaging is also super cute (pink - my favourite colour), so I love it even more! Again, it helps create a lovely smooth base for my makeup and keeps it in place all day.

*Essence You Better Work Primer

This primer is one of my faves, especially because of how cheap it is (only £3.50? Absolute bargain!). For the price, it also works amazingly well. It claims to keep your makeup on while working out at the gym, which I personally haven't tried because I don't exercise, but I'll definitely be taking this on holiday with me! The product itself is a pale green colour and the consistency is creamy, meaning it forms quite a sticky layer on your skin, which is perfect for ensuring your makeup clings to your skin and doesn't slip off throughout the day. It also has SPF20, which I think is amazing for a primer as I don't think I've ever tried one with SPF before! It definitely keeps my face shine-free in a long day, and keeps my makeup looking fresh. I definitely need to pick up more Essence products because they're so affordable and amazing!

MUA Matte Perfect Primer

MUA is another very affordable brand which I've always loved. I think it's an especially perfect brand if you're just starting off with makeup, as the prices are cheap but the quality is still on point. This is another silicone-based primer, meaning it makes your skin very velvety and matte, and really helps get rid of all the shine. Something unique about this product is that it contains Vitamin E and Jojoba, which are both very beneficial for the skin. It's great that they are packed into this primer, as it ensures your face is getting cared for while being primed at the same time.

Okay, those are the primers I find best for oily skin! What primer are you loving at the moment? Let me know in the comments, and thank you for reading!

Lots of love,
Andrea x

Disclaimer: items marked with * have been sent to me for reviewing purposes. All opinions are 100% my own. 
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  1. I never use primers but i totally think they're worth investing in!

  2. Oooh so many great brands! I don't have particularly oily skin but I reach for anything that minimises pores so Benefit is a favourite of mine- x

  3. The “you better work primer” sounds like something I need in my collection! Haha. I love this review, never heard of these before. I need more primers in my life so I’ll check these out!

  4. Benefit The Porefessional is definitely my favorite! Great post ❤❤

  5. I'm definitely going to invest in some of these! Primer is pretty new to me, and I have oily skin so that's always been my issue when it comes to make up! Thanks for the tips, super helpful!

  6. Just in time for summer. Thanks for this! I have super oily skin and it usually just prevents me from wearing makeup this time of year. Maybe these will help xoxoxo

  7. I am in need of a new primer and loved benefits but I am very tempted to try the loreal primer soon

    Moonlight Mel

  8. I'm still new to using primer so when my current one runs out I will definitely try the MUA matte perfect primer!

    Rachael -

  9. This post has come just in time for the warmer months. I get so oily around my nose and eyelids during the summer, I’ve heard so many great reviews on the S&G primer! Deffo chucking that in my Boots basket when I go to pick up my essentials tomorrow

    Fran |

  10. I have oily skin too so I’m always on the lookout for new primers to try especially ones that keep my skin looking matte! I really want to try the Benefit primer, I’ve tried the original but this one looks better for my skin! X

  11. Ooo, this post is great - I have oily skin too so this was really helpful! I've been using the original Porefessional primer so it would be really interesting to try that one out and see how it is in comparison for me! I'll have to try out a few of the cheaper ones too though, especially if you say they are good! :)


  12. The Benefit primer sounds so good, also love the design too, this would definitely grab my attention in a shop! Great post, thanks for the recommendations Andrea 💖 xx

    Bexa |

  13. yes a blog post for us with oily skin haha! The Soap and Glory and the Essence primer sound and look so good. Especially with the spf!! x

  14. I have very oily skin and love using Benefit Porefessional . But I will definitely be checking out the L'Oréal and Essence. Thanks for sharing Andrea. I always tend to forget to buy primers when I see a nice lipstick haha! :-)

    Via |

  15. Love the soap and glory one, it’s my holy grail :) xx

  16. Essence and MUA are such great affordable brands and they've always worked for me. I think essence is often overlooked. I'd love to see it stocked in Superdrug or Boots!

    Louisa | Loubee Lou Blogs


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