5 of the best primers for oily skin to suit any budget

If you want your makeup to last longer and remain shine free, you'll love our picks of the best primers for oily skin to suit any budget.

Shine and oiliness can be a daily battle and not a particularly fun one at that. But there are ways to keep oily/combination skin looking healthy rather than shiny, and primers are the first port of call. Not only will good primers help to give oily skin a smoother, more even finish but they will also set foundation for longer. We've rounded up a few tried and tested primers for oily skin that won't let you down.


NARS primers for oily skin


Pore & Shine Control Primer €34

This new oil-free primer from NARS really does what it says on the tin and is perfect for oily skin. When applied, it instantly smoothes skin for a more refined finish. It's a favourite of celebrity makeup artist Lottie, too, who says it's a must-have when she's working with clients like Alicia Keys for the red carpet.

The Ordinary

The Ordinary primers for oily skinHigh-Adherence Silicon Primer €4.90

Never did we think there would be a primer this good, at this price. The Ordinary continue to gain fans thanks to their affordable, no-frills approach to skin care, that genuinely works. This primer helps simultaneously hydrate and mattify skin so is perfect for combination skin types.



hourglass primer oily skin

 Mineral Veil Primer €68/€28 (travel sized)

Expensive, but worth it. Mineral Veil put Hourglass on the map, with beauty editors, bloggers and pro makeup artists all raving about it constantly. Among others, Sali Hughes is a huge fan of the light, oil-free formula. So is makeup maestro Val Garland.

Urban Decay

urban decay de-slick primer

De-Slick Face Primer €29

Designed to keep oil in check and makeup in place for hours on end. This oil-absorbing primer from Urban Decay locks in foundation but can also be used for touch-ups during the day over foundation too.



Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser €11.49


One of our favourite high street primers for oily and combination skin. The soft gel texture of Maybelline's Baby Skin Primer helps it to glide over skin, smoothing and refining in one fell swoop. A little goes a long way too, which makes it even more value for money.

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