On the hunt for the best drugstore primer? Well, you've come to the right place. It wasn't long ago that you couldn't find high-quality, affordable primers, but these days, places like Boots are our first stop for finding affordable options that work just as well as their luxury 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. Whether you're keen to make your skin look a little brighter or just need to flatten out some redness before applying your makeup, there is a way to get flawless skin that doesn't have to cost half your month's rent. And it goes without saying, but if layer one of these under your makeup, it will ensure that it lasts all day (and night).
This primer from Korean brand 3 Concept Eyes is as blurring as they come, creating that super-polished, buffed finish. You can look, but you won't be able to see a pore in sight.
Like an extra shot of moisturiser, this primer lays down a bed of hydration that not only keeps skin looking dewy throughout the day, but it'll also help your makeup go on smoother.
If your complexion tends to look a bit dull at this time of year, then this highlighting primer should be your pick. It gives skin a subtle but ethereal glow. You can also pat it on over makeup on high points of the face, as you would a liquid highlighter.
Incredibly hydrating, this primer is a must for anyone with dry or dehydrated skin. It's also great for people who work in centrally heated offices. It helps create a dewy base and ensures your makeup stays put.
A good, reliable primer that will lock makeup in place and prevent oily complexions from looking shiny come lunchtime. And at this price, it's a bargain.
Maybelline expanded the ever-popular lip balm line Baby Lips to encompass the whole face, and its primer is brilliant. It visibly blurs the appearance of pores for the smoothest makeup application a girl could ask for.
If redness is your issue, then you'll want to snap up this No7 primer. It soothes the skin and counteracts redness in your complexion with ease.
If skin texture and visible pores are a concern, then you should look to this Nyx primer that creates an ultra-smooth, porcelain-like canvas—it makes pores disappear and will leave your skin matte all day long.
Revlon's primer is formulated with photochromatic pigments, which diffuse light to minimise flaws and brighten skin. The lightweight formula preps the skin for any type of face makeup to follow.