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The Top 8 Primers of the Year

A Comprehensive Review

As the first step in creating a flawless makeup look, primer is an essential tool in any beauty routine. Not only does it create a smooth and even canvas for your foundation, but it also helps your makeup last longer, control oil, and hide pores. With so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one for your skin type and needs. That’s why we’ve rounded up the top 10 primers of the year, based on performance, ingredients, and value for money.

1. 100% Pure Mattifying Primer 

A primer that provides a flawless, long-lasting cosmetic application, this product is free of silicone and infused with skin-plumping seaweed collagen. With skin-healthy ingredients, it’s an ideal choice for both face and eye makeup application, as it softens and smooths the skin. Its natural formula, featuring seaweed for plumping and collagen-boosting, aloe for hydration, and eucalyptus for purification, makes it a great option for those with oily or acne-prone skin.

2. 100% Pure Luminous Primer

This face primer, free of silicone and enriched with antioxidants, creates a base for a flawless and long-lasting makeup application while also reducing the appearance of pores and illuminating the skin. Its light-reflective pigments give the skin a radiant glow, enhance luminous foundations, and blur imperfections. It contains anti-aging resveratrol, nourishing vitamin E, and deeply hydrating aloe for a dewy and luminous finish.

3. Dermalogica AGE Smart SkinPerfect Primer SPF 30

A must-have for anyone looking for a primer that delivers a flawless finish. This primer has a lightweight formula that helps to reduce the appearance of pores, fine lines and imperfections, leaving you with a smooth and even canvas. This primer is also oil-free, making it perfect for those with oily skin.

4. W3LL PEOPLE Bio Brightener Priming Serum

This primer is perfect for those looking for a primer that can help to extend the wear of their foundation. This primer has a lightweight formula that provides a smooth base for your foundation while also helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines, pores and other imperfections. It is also suitable for all skin types, making it a versatile choice for anyone looking for a great primer.

5. DHC Velvet Skin Coat

The DHC Velvet Skin Coat makeup primer instantly enhances the appearance of your skin, leaving it with a smooth, silky finish. Its gel-like texture dries to a flawless finish, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, pores, and blemishes, while also reducing oiliness to help your makeup last longer. Whether you have makeup on or not, this primer will leave your skin looking fresh and radiant.

6. ILIA True Skin Radiant Priming Serum

ILIA’s True Skin Radiant Priming Serum blurs the line between makeup and skincare, offering more than just a base for makeup application. Infused with hibiscus extract, aloe, and beta-glucan, this silicone-free primer not only firms, hydrates, and soothes skin but also protects it from harmful environmental elements that can cause aging. Upon application, the serum tightens the skin, reducing the appearance of pores and fine lines, resulting in a silky and soft finish that improves skin texture.

7. Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Primer

Kjaer Weis The Beautiful Primer is a game-changer in the world of base products, providing both skincare benefits and a smooth, long-lasting makeup application. This weightless formula, certified organic and free of silicone, works on and in your skin to deliver lasting hydration, nourishment, and firmness. Quickly absorbed, it smoothens, soothes, and illuminates, reducing redness and extending makeup wear for a radiant real-skin finish. Made with sustainably sourced and ethically farmed certified organic ingredients, including mica for natural radiance, lavender water for soothing, and cold-pressed olive oil, oat extract, and Acmella Spilanthes Flower Extract to hydrate, nourish, and firm the skin instantly and over time.

8. The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Primer

Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional Pore Minimizing Face Primer reduces the look of pores and fine lines, leaving your skin looking smoother. Its translucent formula suits all skin tones and helps keep your makeup in place.

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