Which Primers Really Control Oil? I Tried Them All

One simply can’t write about oil-controlling makeup without possessing some highly overactive sebaceous glands. So you can safely assume that I am no stranger to a shiny forehead—it’s something I’ve tried combatting with everything from harsh cleansers to blotting papers.

Oil-controlling primers, my most recent discovery, promise to not only make your makeup stay put all day (which is hard enough to achieve when you have a shiny complexion), but to also combat over-enthusiastic oil production. These products typically contain polymers that simultaneously bind the foundation with your skin while also creating a smooth finish—the perfect canvas for makeup. Some also have ingredients that can help to balance out shine, like silica. The result? An even, sheen-free finish and makeup that lasts all day.

It almost sounds too good to be true, which is why I put seven popular products to the test. Unsurprisingly, I discovered that not all primers have the same oil-controlling qualities, so keep scrolling to find out which primers actually work, and which don’t.

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