If you’ve diligently search the aisles of your local drugstore in pursuit of the words “hyaluronic acid,” we’ve probably crossed paths once or twice. We love the skin-care ingredient for the way it gives our skin a boost of hydration and in turn, plumps it up and reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Our collection of skin-care products containing hyaluronic acid is looking strong (with room for more — always) but our HA-infused makeup collection of is rather weak. To step up our hyaluronic acid game, we took to the primer section of the makeup aisle to find the best hydrating formulas.


Sodium hyaluronate is the water-soluble version of hyaluronic acid. It penetrates the skin more easily, which means it’s commonly the form of HA that’s used in cosmetic products. Knowing this, we searched ingredient lists accordingly and put a range of products to the test. Ahead, find our five favorite hydrating drugstore makeup primers that won’t break the bank.


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