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Best Makeup Primer for Dry Skin

What’s the Best Makeup Primer for Dry Skin that you’ve tried?

Share your pick!  And don’t forget to share why 🙂

Still love Hourglass Mineral Veil! 🙂

Thanks to Diane for today’s topic!


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Ginny Avatar

I don’t really wear primer because I don’t feel any that I’ve used have made a difference. Even Mineral Veil. Embryolisse is supposed to be good for dry skin, but I found it too thick and wet, it didn’t dry down and made my makeup feel like a damp mask. The only thing I like wearing under my makeup for sure is Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream.

Nicole Avatar

Hourglass No. 28 primer serum has been my go to this winter. I also like Too Faced Hangover which worked great in the fall for me. But, once the winter comess, my skin which I would usually call combo-dry becomes more dry here. I buy the small size because I only need a tiny drop or it will pill and it lasts all winter and then some. In summer, I’ll go back to something Hangover and probably something with SPF..

Leslie Avatar

I’ve recently rediscovered a deluxe sample of no. 28, and it is excellent for dry skin. I want to purchase some, but darn….just don’t know if I can shell out for the large size. Maybe the 1/3 ounce from Nordstrom.

Nicole Avatar

Hi! Hourglass also has the 0.33 0z at Sephora and looks like it is out of stock online at the moment.If you sign up for the email notice, you may get lucky! I bought that size last winter. I only use it in the winter & use a tiny amount for my face and neck,under eyes..pea size. I still have about 1/3 of the bottle left. I may be able to stretch it. if not, i’ll purchase another small bottle. If you would use it all year, I would say, it may be worth a full-size if you have it in your budget to get it. If not, by next winter, there very well may be something better on the market. If your Sephora is sold out and it’s out online and you can’t find the small bottle, I have a suggestion which I have done many times with products. Ask for samples at Sephora. One or two of those little plastic filled containers will last the winter. I have gone 2 months or more on product samples because they were sold out and they did not hesitate one bit. Just tell them you plan to buy it as soon as they get it in. even if you don’t. they don’t work on commission. I think they generally care more about keeping customers than you buying that specific product.But, that product has saved me in winter..I was to the point of just face makeup in winter so I could slather on moisturizer all day! Ready for spring! 🙂

Kayla Kernel Avatar

Laura Mercier Hydrating or the Korres Greek Yogurt primers are my go tos. However, I got to play with the new Hydrating and Nourishing MUFE primers yesterday, they seem promising! Hoping that you’ll post a review on them!

Diana Avatar

I really like the Hard Candy Sheer Envy Dark Spot Correcting Primer for my dry skin. It’s almost like the last step in my morning skin care routine because it adds just the right amount of hydration. It also brightens a bit and makes any foundation I use on top blend like a dream; it doesn’t emphasize pores either. I tried HG Mineral Veil before and while its great for summer when my skin is oilier it emphasizes any dry patches on me.

Rachel Avatar

NARS light optimizing- I have dry sensitive skin, so can only use this when my skin isn’t irritated. This doesn’t emphase dry patches and makes my skin look radiant.

Becca ever matte – When I want a really matte look and for my shiny nose. This also doesn’t seem to emphasize dry patches.

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

Just read a review that said that primer has extra moisture to prevent dry patches on skin and around healing blemishes from showing.
I’m under the weather and doing a lot of surfing but not remembering where. I do love Laura Mercier though. She’s my alternate when pores s are good

Fran Avatar

Last winter Hourglass No. 28 primer did a good job with my dehydrated combination skin. So far this winter, I’ve been trying to find a lower-cost alternative with limited success. IT Cosmetics No. 50 primer serum worked fairly well, but made my rosaceic face turn red. Paula’s Choice Resist Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum, which has an ingredients list similar to No. 28, helps my CC Cream go on better and last longer, but my face still looks dry, dry, dry, rather than my usual radiant finish. So, I may have to spring for the No. 28 after all (hoping that it still works as well for me this winter… ). Perhaps I’ll give Laura Mercier a try first, but I’m really not liking the dry look and am running out of patience.

Barbara Avatar

Okay, this is on the extreme end of dry skin, but when I was on accutane, I found that using a good moisturizer is the best thing you can do. No primers really helped because they weren’t enough. I liked Cerave from the jar because it dried down great smooth base for foundation application.

ElKay Avatar

I have very dry skin and it’s extremely dry in the winter. I love Embryolisse Crème. It works wonders on my skin. I find silicone based primers of no use on my dry skin.

Christiane Avatar

Glad about this question!
I have very dry skin and tried a lot, but for me it seems as if primers are always a little bit drying. I do not suffer from dry patches so much, but my skin feels tight after one or two hours. I tried for example hourglass, cover FX, clinique, Laura Mercier, MAC, smashbox and Estee lauder. Estee lauder Radiant what ever felt the best on my skin, but I am not sure if it breaks me out a Little bit…. but this might also be a result of my excessive chocolate consumption these days 😉

Heather F. Avatar

Korres’s Greek Yoghurt primer is nicely moisturizing and helps my foundation apply more smoothly, but it doesn’t do much for wear time (on my skin, at least). I doubt I’ll repurchase when I run out.

Oh really dry days, I like Olay’s Regenerist Regenerating Serum–besides being a really lovely serum, it has a really satiny silicone finish that makes it work well as a primer. And it’s cheap (~$15 for 1.7oz).

El Avatar

Illamasqua Hydra Veil. It’s a weird texture, like a clear jelly, but it works. For me, I don’t think it actually hydrates so much as helps prevent dehydration. I also like a primer by Lola, but that’s only available in the UK at Marks and Spencer.

They do a Matte Veil version too, for the oilier folk.

Elizabeth Avatar

Too Faced hangoveRx–it’s hydrating, replenishing, makes my skin feels soft and smooth and makeup go on my skin skin so nicely. plus it smells amazing!!!

Susan Dowman Nevling Avatar

To love Two Faced as it smooths pores very well. I do use a moisturizer under it, especially during our very hoarse winter. So many wind burns this year.

Alice Avatar

My skin is very sensitive, it reacts to siliconebased Primers. So I use pure Aloe Vera Gel under my Mineral Foundation. It’s sticky and keeps my skin moist. Works like a charm!

Penny Avatar

Just purchased the new MUFE skin equalizer primers…Couldn’t make up my mind they all seemed so good, so I ended up with three! The best for dry skin though is the Nourishing Primer, moisturizes dry skin, but is very smooth and not greasy. Also LOVE the smoothing primer, feels like velvet!

em Avatar

I find Hourglass primers incredibly drying, unfortunately 🙁

I like Smashbox hydrating primer, but most of the time a good moisturizer beats everything else

Jowee Avatar

I’m addicted to moisturizing primers because I have normal to dry skin. The new Kat Von D Lock-It Featherweight Primer feels so nice and hydrating! I’ve tried MAC’s Radiance, Laura Mercier Illuminating Primer, Too Faced Rx, Korres Greek Yogurt, Hourglass No. 28 etc, and the Kat Von D one is by far my all time favorite. It makes my skin feel really smooth, hydrated and plump.

Katie Avatar

I like to use Theraplex’s HydroLotion as a primer because it doesn’t clog my pores and never leaves my skin feeling greasy. Using it always makes my makeup go on smooth too!

Annie Avatar

I loveeee the Laura Mercier Hydrating primer, it’s the best one I’ve tried even though I’d much prefer something without silicone, but this one is truly very hydrating. It smooths out the surface of my skin (which is quite bumpy) nicely. I’ve been using this exclusively this winter and it’s been my savior!

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