Best Primer for Oily Skin – New!

Best Primer for Oily skin review

Guys, I finally found the best primer for oily skin! If you’ve been reading this blog for a while now, you know that I’ve had a hard time finding a good mattifying primer that holds up in the humidity of Lagos, and doesn’t look textured/cakey/flakey under my foundation, and actually keeps me matte for a long time. Well, just as I had finally given up on ever finding that HG primer, I stumbled on this absolute gem!

Best Primer for Oily skin?

Today’s post is about the La Roche Posay Effaclar K+. It is actually not formulated to be a primer. It is a treatment for oily skin; it contains salicylic acid and it is supposed to improve the look of skin that is plagued with shine, texture, and blackheads.

Best Primer for Oily skin

I got this to improve the look of my clogged and open pores as salicylic acid – which is a BHA- is better for those concerns than glycolic acid and other AHAs are. But I will be reviewing this as a skincare product in a couple of months, as I like to take my time to test a skincare product before reviewing it.

How it works as a primer


Today, we’re focusing on it’s priming abilities. Primers in my opinion are one of those products that straddle the line between skincare and makeup, and this product contains dimethicone and silica, two ingredients that are usually found in primers formulated for oily skin.

Effaclar K: before and after blending it into the skin

It has an aqua gel texture that is very liquid and sinks into the skin, rather than sitting on top of it. It leaves a smooth matte, powdery finish. And this effect lasts for hours.

It dries clear, it doesn’t flake on the skin, it doesn’t leave a white cast. You could actually wear it on its own on no-makeup days, something I don’t like to do with most other mattifying primers, as I don’t like the mask-like effect that those types of primers give when worn alone. But I can wear the Effaclar K by itself and it keeps the shine at bay all day.

I really love this and I highly recommend it for anyone with oily skin who has had a hard time finding a primer that works. This is what I wanted the Becca Ever Matte Poreless Priming Perfector to be, but unfortunately that particular product didn’t work out for me.

A few things to note:

This doesn’t really fill in the pores. It’s more of a mattifying product than a pore-filling one.

This product is formulated for combination to oily skin. Not normal, and definitely not dry. People with normal to dry skin might find this extremely drying.

This product reviewed here is the La Roche Posay Effaclar K+, the EU version, made in France.

I hear the US version of La Roche Posay products have slightly different ingredients, and I hope that the effect will be similar, but I can’t say for sure.

There is yet another product called the La Roche Posay Effaclar K. This is the K+. They’re not the same thing.

If you’re reading this in the UK, you can buy this product here:

Or read more about it from the brand website:

Stayed tuned for a review on how this actually works as a skincare product.

Have you tried this primer? What’s your favourite mattifying primer?

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6 Replies to “Best Primer for Oily Skin – New!”

  1. I haven’t tried this before. Maybe, just maybe it’ll do the trick for my lifelong oily face. Any idea if it’s available in Lagos? Re your second question, I don’t have a favourite mattifying primer as per se. However, I’m currently using Boots No7 Beautifully Matte Make Up Base (which has suddenly become scarce :\), and it controls the oil for a few hours at least.

    1. It works better than anything else I’ve tried. I don’t know if it is available in Lagos. It’s so hard to find a good primer. I’ve heard good things about one from NYX, so I’m thinking of trying that too. The No7 primer sounds promising. I can barely get 3, 4 hours from most other primers.

  2. Thanks for this tip! And there I was ‘trying’ to get used to my Becca ever matte primer. Glad to hear there may be better primers suitable for our humid weather.

    1. Hi Ciara! Thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, I find the Becca Ever Matte Primer quite problematic to use. This one is much better.

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