The 8 Best Drugstore Primers, All Under $14
It was only a few years ago that nary a makeup primer could be found in the drugstore. These days, drugstores are our first stop for finding affordable options that work just as well their luxury-brand counterparts. These aren’t your basic, run-of-the-mill primers either—from brightening to blurring, there’s a bargain buy for every skin type and concern.
Scroll through to see the best of the best drugstore steals!
CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer ($13)
These drugstore powerhouses teamed up to create a lightweight primer in serum form, using the Olay Regenerist complex to boost the skin’s appearance of firmness and elasticity. Housed in CoverGirl’s primer formula, this hybrid primer provides anti-aging properties and hydration, while also smoothing out the complexion for makeup application.
Physicians Formula Mineral Wear 3-in-1 Corrector + Primer + Sun Protection ($9)
This three-in-one corrector, primer, and SPF serum comes with an aesthetically pleasing multi-colored brush tip to represent its three benefits and provide a mess-free application. Infused with mineral water and mineral extracts like smithsonite, it reduces redness while providing hydration. Thanks to its silicone polymers and a talc-free color-correction formula, the primer acts like a smoothing, softening second skin.
Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin Swirled Mattifier ($11)
Redness, shine, and visible pores will be a thing of the past with this swirled mattifier. This little bottle promises 10 skin benefits that you can see instantly, including minimizing the look of pores, smoothing, mattifying, hydrating, and evening skin tone.
Nyx Cosmetics Color Correcting Liquid Primer ($14)
Color-correcting is one of the biggest trends this season, and makeup artists have utilized this technique for years. With Nyx’s liquid primers, you have an affordable option to make correcting and evening out your skin tone part of your makeup process. Choose from yellow, green, violet, blue, and orange.
Physicians Formula Argan Wear 2-in-1 Argan Oil & Coconut Water Primer ($12)
This primer mist (yes, mist—genius) is made of 100% argan oil and organic coconut water. You might not think that water and oil mix well together, but in this case, they make one powerful duo. Argan oil has nourishing qualities to improve skin’s brightness, texture, and elasticity, while the coconut water rehydrates the skin and puts it back in balance for a natural glow.
Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer works well under all types of foundations. It controls shine and keeps your face feeling fresh. Even better—this mattifier will never feel tight or dry out your skin.
Do you have a favorite primer? Tell us below!
Updated on May 13, 2016, by Deven Hopp and Justine Fang.