Best Pore Minimising Primers: 2017 Reviews and Top Picks

A primer can be used to create a more smooth, even appearance to the face, help foundations and concealers glide easily and evenly over the skin for a more flawless finish, and increase the longevity of make-up. Different kinds of primers are targeted toward different skin concerns. Pore minimising primers are specifically designed to help with visible and enlarged pores by keeping foundation from settling into pores and creating the appearance of smaller pores and smoother skin.

❶ skyn ICELAND Pure Pore Minimizer 30 ml

skyn ICELAND Pure Pore Minimizer  30 ml
2 Reviews

Pros

  • Both a make-up primer and skin treatment
  • Silicone-free
  • Does not clog pores
  • Dries to a smooth, matte finish

Cons

  • Does not significantly increase foundation wear time
  • Higher price point

Editor's review

This primer is silicone-free and designed to be used as a spot treatment in areas where pores are most visible to minimise their appearance immediately. It also claims to shrink pores over time with continued use. It has a silky texture and dries to a matte finish. This primer can be used in the morning under makeup and then again in the evening as a pore refining treatment. It is higher in price point than the others but also acts as a skin care product and can be used alone or under make-up.

Best Pick

❷ L'Oreal Infaillible Primer Matte Base

L'Oreal Infaillible Primer Matte Base 35 millilitres
21 Reviews
L'Oreal Infaillible Primer Matte Base 35 millilitres
  • L'Oreal Infallible Mattifying Primer

Pros

  • Soft, velvety finish 
  • Mattifies skin and controls oil through the day
  • Increases foundation wear time

Cons

  • Contains Silicones
  • Smoothing but not specifically designed to be pore minimising

Editor's review

A clear primer in a gel base, this smoothes on easily and dries to a soft, velvety finish and helps increase the wear time of foundation. This is budget-friendly and available in most drugstores. Primarily designed to be used under make-up.

❸ Smashbox PF Oil-Free Foundation Primer

Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer, 30 ml
57 Reviews
Smashbox Photo Finish Oil-Free Foundation Primer, 30 ml
  • Silky, lightweight blend of vitamins A and E, grape seed extract...
  • Helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Oil Free
  • Increases foundation wear time

Cons

  • Contains silicones
  • Not specifically designed to minimise pores

Editor's review

The Smashbox PhotoFinish Foundation primer is a classic, higher end primer much loved by many make-up artists and many in the make-up community. It is a lightweight, oil-free, clear silicone-based primer that can be worn alone to smooth out the appearance of the skin or under foundation for a more flawless finish.

❹ W7 Prime Magic Face Primer Camera Ready

W7 Prime Magic Face Primer Camera Ready - 30 ml, Clear
1754 Reviews
W7 Prime Magic Face Primer Camera Ready - 30 ml, Clear
  • Face primer from the designer house of W7
  • Apply this smooth and silky face primer before foundation for a...

Pros

  • Most budget friendly
  • Performs well, especially for the price
  • Increases foundation wear time

Cons

  • Not specifically designed to minimise pores

Editor's review

This is the most budget-friendly primer option for minimising pores. It goes on clear and also dries to a soft, velvety finish, helps skin look more flawless, and increases the wear time of your foundation makeup. Targeted toward use under makeup as a foundation base.

❺ BodyVerde Pore Tight Natural Pore Min.

BodyVerde Pore Tight- Natural Pore Minimiser, Skin Primer, Controls Shine and Tightens Skin
12 Reviews
BodyVerde Pore Tight- Natural Pore Minimiser, Skin Primer, Controls Shine and Tightens Skin
  • Dual action pore minimiser & skin primer
  • Helps reduce large pores and tighten skin

Pros

  • All Natural Ingredients
  • Paraben, preservative free with no sulfates
  • Designed specifically to be a pore minimiser and tighten pores

Cons

  • Not a clear, gel consistency
  • Does not have the “slip” of a silicone based primer

Editor's review

An all-natural primer option at a medium price point, the BodyVerde Pore Tight works to tighten and fill in pores and provides a smooth and silky base for make-up using all natural ingredients. It is a cream texture that leaves skin smooth and ready for make-up application. It contains acai, goji, pomegranate & noni extracts along with sea plant extracts to help tighten pores. Similar to the Skyn Iceland Pure Pore Minimizer, it doubles as a makeup base and skin treatment. Can be used alone or under make-up.

Buying guide & common questions

When looking for a pore minimising primer, there are several variables to consider. The first is skin type and whether you need a pore minimising primer that is geared toward oily skin and also controls oils and mattifies or if you have dry skin and need something that is more hydrating but still fills in and minimises the appearance of your pores. The best primer for pores is generally going to be one labeled as pore minimising. Other primers may help smooth skin and blur imperfections but may not address this issue as directly as those labeled pore minimising. Another factor to consider is if you like silicones and a silicone-feel to your primer or whether you prefer other textures or wish to avoid silicones in your skincare and make-up products. No matter your budget, there are great primer options to minimise pores so it is just a matter of finding the one that works best for you.

Tips For Finding Your Best Primer For Pores

  • Look for a primer labeled as pore minimising
  • Consider skin type and whether you need oil control or hydration
  • Decide whether you want a silicone based product
  • Consider whether you need to make your foundation more long lasting

Last update on 2017-12-12 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Emilie Hagstörm
 

My name is Emilie Hagstörm. Born and raised in Stockholm, Sweden to a Swedish Father and an English Mother. With a background as a Pharmacist, I use a scientific approach to research what REALLY works. When you read one of my beauty reviews you’ll know that it is honest and unbiased because I don’t work for a make-up retailer or manufacturer, and I’m completely independent.

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