Say a permanent goodbye to streaky and patchy base makeup with the use of a right primer for your skin!
A good makeup primer helps your makeup to go on your skin smoother and last longer. In this post, I am sharing a list of affordable face primers in India under Rs.500/- and Rs.1000/- price categories. So if you are looking for a budget-friendly face primer, then you have landed at the right place! Keep on scrolling to know about the top affordable makeup primers available in India. Most of them are also available internationally since they are from popular drugstore brands.
Top Affordable Face Primers Available In India  – Editor Picked
Top 3 Picks From The List By Editor
The list is further divided into two parts. In the first part, I have shared the top affordable face primers under Rs.1000/- and in the second one, I have shared the ones under Rs.500/-
Affordable Face Primers Available In India – Under Rs.1000/-
1. PAC Pore Primer – Flawless Finish Primer
PAC (Professional Artist Cosmetics) has emerged as a quite successful makeup brand in India with high-quality makeup products in their collection which is targeted towards professional / stage makeup market. They launch new and exciting products every now and then, which is almost every week!
PAC products are used and loved by even the topmost makeup artists of the country like Elton Fernandez. It would not be wrong to call PAC the Indian version of the world famous makeup brand, MAC, whose products are loved by people all over the globe.
The PAC Studio Finish Primer is one of the top selling products from the brand. It comes in a sleek tube packaging with the full list of its ingredients mentioned on its back.
- The primer gives a velvety smooth finish to the skin with its silky and weightless formula.
- Being an oil-free primer, it is suitable for those with oily skin as it would not feel heavy or greasy on the skin.
- None, but its offline availability is an issue if you don’t have a PAC store in your city. If that’s the case, you can purchase it online on Nykaa. The link is mentioned above.
Base Magique Primer is one of the best selling face products from L’Oreal as it is an affordable drugstore makeup primer that makes the skin smooth and all prepped-up. It is a top rated primer on a lot of stores, including Amazon global. If you want to know more about it, you can read its full review on my BFF’s blog notsohardtobepretty.com.
- The primer contains elastomers that instantly smoothen the fine lines and minimize the appearance of pores.
- It has soft powders that control excess sebum on the skin and mattify it, making it a great affordable primer for oily skin in India.
- Some people may find its tub packaging unhygienic and inconvenient to use.
3. Colorbar Perfect Match Primer
This is the best selling primer on all of the online shopping platforms out there. Mostly, it is available with discounts all the time online. It is truly an OG primer in India with an affordable price tag, awesomesauce formula and a convenient slim packaging that you can easily travel with!
- It has an oil-free formula.
- The product doesn’t clog your pores while controlling excess sebum production on your skin.
- Couldn’t find any with this one.
4. Revlon Photoready Skinlights Face Illuminator
Skinlights Face Illuminator is an illuminating base/primer. You can use it on its own or you can mix it with your foundation/bb cream to get a natural “illuminating” glow on your face. It will enhance your overall look in special occasions like weddings and Indian festivals. Furthermore, It is definitely a must-have face product in a soon-to-be-bride’s makeup vanity since bridal makeup is all about that blinding, illuminating glow on the skin!
- Adds a subtle glow to the skin that looks natural and makes your skin appear radiant.
- It photographs really well.
- Instantly brightens up dull skin.
- Since it is an illuminating primer, people with oily skin may not find it apt for their skin type as it can make the skin look greasy.
5. Revolution Pro Pore Primer
Here comes my favourite brand!
Makeup Revolution is just too good to be called a drugstore brand. Their products truly have a luxury appeal. You can compare their products with any high-end brand’s makeup products and you would not be disappointed. They have a lot of primers under their own as well as their sister brands’ collections, this Revolution Pro Pore Primer is from their “pro” makeup line. It is priced at Rs.1050/-, but you can get it at discounted rates online.
- It is a cruelty-free makeup primer from the drugstore category.
- The primer has a combination of creamy + gel formula that is oil free.
- Blends on the skin perfectly.
- Its availability is an issue in the offline market, so you may prefer buying it online.
6. L.A. Girl PRO Prep HD Face Primer – Clear
All makeup junkies know this brand for their extremely famous HD concealers that can beat even the high-end brands’ concealers in terms of coverage and shade range!
Well, the HD concealers and correctors are not the only gems from this brand. The L.A. Girl PRO Prep HD Face Primer is another amazing product from the brand that not only helps to make your makeup stay for the whole day, but also hydrates your skin with the Vitamin E content in it.
A must buy if you are looking for a hydrating makeup primer!
- Contains skin hydrating Vitamin E.
- Its formula is parabens and fragrance free.
- Has light diffusing particles that minimize the appearance of open pores, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Its offline availability is an issue.
7. O3+ Mattifying & Pore Minimizing Primer
O3+ skincare products are quite well-known in the beauty world. But their makeup primer is not any less famous! It has whopping 4100+ 5/5 ratings on the leading beauty shopping portal, Nykaa.com.
Enriched with Argan Oil, this O3+ Mattifying & Pore Minimizing Primer is priced at just Rs.650/- which is a steal, considering its ratings and the special “liquid gold” ingredient contained in it.
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- Comes with pore minimizing technology formulated by top dermatologists from Italy.
- Adds hydration and moisturization to the skin.
- Although it claims to be a mattifying primer, it may not be that ideal for extremely oily skin as it contains argan oil.
- Has a smooth texture which is easily blendable.
- Contains fragrance.
9.Maybelline New York Face Studio Master Prime Blur Primer
This primer took a long time to get launched here in India, but well, better late than never! The Master Prime Blur Primer by MNY is available in two shades, a normal one which is clear and a colour correcting one which is green in colour and offers redness control to the skin, perfect for those who have redness on the skin caused by acne flare ups.
- Has an unique water soluble formula that holds onto the makeup.
- Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin type. It is tested by dermatologists for allergies.
- Comes in a colour correcting variant as well.
- Didn’t find any.
Affordable Face Primers Available In India – Under Rs.500/-
10. PAC Bouncy Primer
A primer that can penetrate deep into your skin’s layers and hydrate it from within! It works more like a hydrating base and less like a skin smoothening product, hence, its formula is totally apt for those with dry and flaky skin type.
- Looking for a moisturizing drugstore face primer for dry skin type in India? This is the one you should go with!
- It is a very affordable option (priced at Rs.550/-, you would not mind spending Rs.50/- extra over your budget!).
- The tub packaging is a bit inconvenient to use or carry.
11. Wet N Wild Photo Focus Dewy Finish Primer – Till Prime Dew Us PartWho doesn’t like a dewy, glowing and radiant look on their skin? But generally, when we use high coverage foundations or concealers on our skin, our skin loses its natural glow and looks too flat, lifeless and matte. This primer from the popular drugstore brand, Wet n Wild, will help you to obtain a naturally dewy looking makeup look.
- Gives a dewy smooth finish to the skin and preps it up well for the makeup.
- It is a cruelty-free, vegan, parabens free and fragrance free product.
You can watch its review here:
Another affordable face primer from WnW which is available at the exact same price tag.
This one’s key benefits are its pore minimizing properties and the presence of a miraculous ingredient – white sapphires in its formula. The primer has a very smooth texture that gets absorbed into the skin quickly and gives a velvety, matte and flawless finish.
- The white sapphires extract included in this primer make its formula very unique.
- Just like the other primer from WnW, this one too is cruelty-free, vegan, parabens free as well as fragrance free.
- Those with dry skin may not find it enough moisturizing for their skin. It is more suitable for people with oily skin type.
13. Sivanna Cosmetics PrimerIn the recent years, Sivanna Cosmetics has gained a lot of popularity in the world of makeup, all credit goes to Instagram for this! The Sivanna Primer is a dewy finish primer with small specs of glitter in it that give your skin a radiant look. You can purchase this primer directly from Amazon India or place your order on Instagram through @charis.enterprise who are a genuine importer of sivanna products in India.
- Affordable face primer with convenient tube packaging.
- Its availability in offline market is a major issue. Moreover, you will have to pay extra delivery charges if you order it from Amazon.
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14. Nivea for Men Sensitive After Shave Balm
If you watch a lot of makeup tutorials on YouTube/Instagram, then this won’t come as a surprise to you because everyone out there is using this after shave balm as a make up primer. This gem of a makeup hack was first discovered by the popular beauty guru, Nikki of Nikkietutorials.
The reason why this product works so well as a primer (despite being just a normal after shave balm) is that it contains large amounts of hydrating compounds like glycerin. Furthermore, being a balm, it is also a great skin soother. A perfect formula to prep your skin with before you put on your base makeup!
- It is an extremely affordable primer available worldwide. The chances are, it must be already there in your Beau or your dad’s shaving kit, so maybe you can borrow it for a day or two to test it out as your primer. And if it works for you, make sure to get a bottle of it for yourself instead of stealing theirs!
- The packaging of this product is a bit inconvenient because it pours out too much product in one go. Other than that, this product is literally a hidden gem at this price point! A highly recommended product from my side.
Watch NikkieTutorials’s makeup video in which she used this product as a makeup primer:
I hope that this list of affordable face primers will help you to pick out the best primer for yourself that would go well with your skin type and be under your budget! You can explore more posts like this on our blog by going to the Affordable Products section.
Which according to you is the best face primer out of all of them?! Let me know in the comments below.