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The 8 Best Drugstore Primers, All Under $13

Stock up on drugstore face primers—you won’t be disappointed.
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  • Rimmel
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    Mattifying

    Rimmel’s Stay Matte Primer ($7) works well under all types of foundations, controls shine, and keeps your face feeling fresh. Even better: this mattifier will never feel tight or dry out your skin.

  • Almay
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    Luminizing

    With just a hint of shimmer, Almay’s Smart Shade CC Luminous Primer ($12) is the perfect choice for combating uneven skin tone. Because the color-correcting pigments neutralize complexion imperfections, it works well with or without foundation.

  • Maybelline
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    Blurring

    Maybelline expanded the ever-popular lip balm line, Baby Lips, into face makeup, and their Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser ($5) is sure to gain a similar cult following. It visibly blurs the appearance of pores for the smoothest makeup application a girl could ask for.

  • Elf
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    Mineral

    e.l.f.’s Studio Mineral Infused Face Primer ($6) is a clear, multipurpose primer that delivers a natural, satin finish. Use it to prevent midday oil, smooth fine lines, and fight flaking face makeup.

  • Boots
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    Color-Correcting

    Soothe skin and calm redness with Boots No7’s Colour Calming Primer ($10). The green tint counteracts redness in your complexion to let your skin’s natural beauty shine through.

  • Loreal
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    Smoothing

    L’Oréal’s Studio Secrets Professional Magic Perfecting Base ($13) really does live up to its name. It’s a texture-perfector that glides on like silk, smoothing lines and hiding pores just like magic. 

  • NYX
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    Pore-Minimizing

    Give skin an ultra-smooth, porcelain-like finish with NYX’s Pore Filler ($13)—it makes pores disappear and will leave your skin matte all day long.

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    Brightening

    Revlon’s PhotoReady Perfecting Primer ($11) is formulated with photochromatic pigments, which diffuse light to minimize flaws and brighten skin. The lightweight formula creates the ideal canvas for any type of face makeup to follow.

    What do you look for in a primer? Tell us your favorites in the comments!

It was only a few years ago that nary a makeup primer could be found in the drugstore. Now, it’s 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.

Flip through to see the best of the best drugstore steals!

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