The 7 Best Drugstore Primers, All Under $30

Updated 04/29/19
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It is widely known that the secret to flawless foundation, is a good canvas (i.e., your face). Besides a good skincare regimen, a face primer really gets the job done. It blurs, brightens, and perfects your face, plus it helps your makeup last longer and not cake up. Finding a good primer is just as important as finding a good foundation, but there is no need to break your bank on one.

It was only a few years ago that nary a makeup primer could be found at the drugstore. These days, drugstores are our first stop for finding affordable options that work just as well as 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.

So save up on your precious pennies, and scroll through to see the best of the best drugstore steals.

Smart Shade CC Luminous Primer
Rimmel Stay Matte Primer $14

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.

L.A. Girl Pro Prep HD High Definition Smoothing Face Primer $15

This smoothing face primer creates a flawless canvas for your foundation. It gives a smooth appearance by filling in fine lines and pores, giving you that filter-in-real-life look. On top of that, it's formulated with light diffusing particles and nourishing vitamin E.  

Nude by Nature Airbrush Mineral Primer $30

If you're a lover of natural and mineral makeups, this nourishing primer will give you the perfect glowy base. Enriched with lanolin, beeswax and papaya, it's great if your skin's on the sensitive side. 

Sonia Kashuk Perfecting Transparent Mattifier $29

Perfect for those with oily skin, this mattifying primer combats shine wonderfully. One reviewer writes that they have tried several mattifying primers, but "this one is the best so far." 

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer $20

Spreads like butter and lays like silk, the NYX Studio Perfect face primer is everything you want, and more. It gives your skin a matte finish while making sure your foundation is spread evenly. If that's not enough, it also helps reduce the look of fine lines and large pores. 

Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer, Transparent, 0.68 Fluid Ounce
Milani Prime Perfection Hydrating + Pore-Minimizing Face Primer $10

Glowing skin is all the rage, pretty much all year round. This face primer is perfect for an overall luminous and hydrating glow. 

Australis Midas Touch Serum Primer $20

The line between skincare and makeup is blurring, and we're all for it. This serum primer will hydrate your complexion, leaving it dewy and glowing (as if you've just hopped off the boat in St Tropez). It's a great base if you're going makeup free, too. 

This story was originally published September 8, 2016 and has since been updated. Holding Image: Imaxtree

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