In our opinion, primer is one of the most underrated beauty products. And we get it — it’s not as exciting as an affordable, blinding highlight or super pigmented, bright eyeshadow palette. But just because there are no extra frills and thrills to this makeup product doesn’t make it any less essential to your makeup routine. A good primer has the potential to help target your skin concerns while prepping your skin for makeup application and securing a long-lasting look. And primer doesn’t have to be expensive, either. Don’t believe us? Read on for the best primers sold on Amazon right now for less than $15. 

NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer, $6
Available in three shades, this primer offers a foolproof method of makeup application. You can either use the clear color to act as a regular primer or the lavender and green options to color correct. Whatever you choose, you’ll be sure to get a smooth canvas for your makeup. 


NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Perfecting Primer, $10
One swipe of the NYX Professional Makeup Angel Veil Skin Primer will make you fall in love. This silky, lightweight formula is so dreamy to the touch that the flawless makeup application that comes after is simply icing on the cake. 

Maybelline New York Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser Primer, $5
Put your best face forward with a little help from the Maybelline Pore Eraser Primer. Oily gals understand the struggle of large pores but thankfully this primer helps to blur the appearance of your pores, mattify your skin and prepare it for your foundation. 


Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Prime Primer, $7 
Hydrate your skin while smoothing any skin concerns thanks to this FaceStudio Master Primer. Available in six different shades, apply it beneath your foundation for a makeup look that will last you all day long. 


E.l.f. Hydrating Face Primer, $6
This hydrating face primer will do right by your makeup, skin and environment. The formula is infused with vitamins A, C and E to help boost and hydrate your complexion while giving you a smooth canvas for your makeup. It is also vegan and cruelty-free certified by PETA. 


TOUCH IN SOL No Pore Blem Primer, $12.50
As the name suggests, kiss your pores (and wrinkles and uneven complexion) goodbye. Apply this lightweight formula for flawless and glowing skin. It also helps improve your skin’s moisture levels and elasticity thanks to the infused soluble collagen. 


Wet n Wild Photo Focus Dewy Face Primer, $4
Snag this primer for only $4 to get smooth, silky skin that’s sure to make makeup application a breeze. Achieving that lit-from-within dewy look has never been easier than with this formula made with pearl pigments and vitamin E. 


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