Cruelty Free Primers That Help Oily Skin

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It isn’t only dry skin that requires a layer of primer before applying makeup. Oily skin types can benefit from the smoothing and softening effects that primers provide as well. The products listed below are perfect for applying makeup to oily skin, and best of all, they’re cruelty free.

#1 Coola Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer Sunscreen

The COOLA Dawn Patrol Makeup Primer Sunscreen travel product recommended by Adina Mahalli on Pretty Progressive.

Protect and prep your skin with this cruelty-free primer. COOLA harnesses a blend of natural ingredients to nourish your skin, leaving your complexion soft and smooth. The natural cucumber scent gives your complexion a fresh, lightweight feel. The best part about this cruelty-free primer is that it doubles as a reef-friendly sunscreen with SPF 30.


#2 True Skin Radiant Primer Serum

The True Skin Radiant Primer Serum travel product recommended by Courtney Parker on Pretty Progressive.

Bridging the gap between makeup and skincare, ILIA’s True Skin Radiant Priming Serum does more than create a perfect base for makeup application. Utilizing ingredients like hibiscus extract, aloe and beta-glucan, this silicone-free primer helps to firm, moisturize and soothe skin, while protecting it from harmful environmental factors that cause aging. Upon application, the serum has a tightening effect that diminishes the look of pores and fine lines, while improving skin texture on dry down for a silky and soft-to-the-touch feel. Skin is left with a radiant glow and prepped for effortless makeup application that lasts.


#3 Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector

The Stratus Luminous Instant Skin Perfector travel product recommended by Courtney Parker on Pretty Progressive.

Vapour’s signature Lit From Within glow begins with Stratus. This complexion-enhancing primer instantly balances skin, smooths texture and diffuses lines, resulting in a refined and radiant canvas. Available in three shades that go on clear to even and perfect skin tone. Stratus features beauty-boosting botanicals, including Vapour’s proprietary Herbal Enlightenment Complex and Deep Moisture Complex of rich organic pumpkin and toning elderberry.


#4 Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen And Primer, Spf 30

The Natural Moisturizing Face Sunscreen and Primer, SPF 30 travel product recommended by Courtney Parker on Pretty Progressive.

Top Rated Face Sunscreen by the EWG/Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database! Received a #1 Rating for “Best Moisturizer with SPF” in the EWG’s 2013 & 2014 Sunscreen Guides. A rich, non-greasy, “UV chemical-free” face sunscreen that offers Broad Spectrum Protection against damaging UVA & UVB rays. Infused with youth promoting antioxidants, this 3 in 1 product functions as a face moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up primer all in one. Hyaluronic acid, astaxanthin, red algae and Certified Organic: aloe vera, jojoba, sunflower, pomegranate, cucumber, and green tea help provide additional sun protection, moisture and hydration. Non-nano sized zinc-oxide not only protects the skin from the damaging UV rays, but it also soothes and calms the skin. Zinc-oxide is known for it’s anti-inflammatory properties that often help skin conditions like rosacea, acne, and melasma.


#5 Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Primer Stick

The Make It Matte Oil Mattifying Primer Stick travel product recommended by Kimberly Nahas on Pretty Progressive.

Oily skin has finally met its matte. Keep oily skin at bay and help stay shine-free with the help of this versatile blotting stick that instantly mattifies and perfects your appearance without over drying the skin.


#6 4-In-1 Correcting Primer Hydrate & Balance

The 4-in-1 Correcting Primer Hydrate & Balance travel product recommended by Kimberly Nahas on Pretty Progressive.

Oil-free and silicone-free, this primer is the perfect mattifying and moisturizing makeup prep for those with acne-out prone skin. This cruelty-free, daily Correcting Primer helps create a mattified makeup look free of the appearance of discoloration. For more options, check out this list of water-based primers for the best skin hydration.


#7 4-In-1 Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect

The 4-in-1 Correcting Primer Prep & Perfect travel product recommended by Kimberly Nahas on Pretty Progressive.

This all-in-one primer helps blur away imperfections and is formulated with clinically proven skin-perfecting ingredients. This primer blends in easily for a natural-looking complexion. The cruelty-free, lightweight formula is a dream for flawless-looking skin that’s filter-free.


#8 Papillon Pur’s Essential Skin Care – Flawless Dual Foundation

The Papillon Pur's Essential Skin Care - Flawless Dual Foundation travel product recommended by Charles Jones on Pretty Progressive.

Papillon Pur’s Flawless Dual Foundation conditions the skin, absorbs excess oil, and covers imperfections to set make up and reduce shine. The silky application of our Pressed Powder will not cake or clog pores and glides over the skin effortlessly for a natural, flawless matte finish. Wet application provides you with buildable coverage camouflaging dark circles and other imperfections. This formula is long-lasting and ultra-silky smooth. It is suitable for all skin types and is paraben-free. Swirl our large powder brush, tap off the excess and apply over entire face. Use it over our Velvet Mousse Foundation for that flawless complexion. For fuller coverage apply with our Beaute Blending Sponge.


The recommendations of products and books within this article where sourced from industry experts. Their names and websites are listed below.

Who contributed to this article?

Adina Mahalli from Maple Holistics

Courtney Parker from Courtney Parker Public Relations

Kimberly Nahas from Tractenberg & Co.

Charles Jones from CJones PR

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