If you drained your bank account on cream and gel-based makeup primers that promise to smooth and perfect, but actually just left a shiny, greasy mess, well, we have the solution for you. The best priming sprays of 2021 won’t leave your skin greasy and overly dewy. We know that most makeup-obsessives have a tried-and-true primer they use every day, but we sampled eight spray-on primers that were so lightweight and effective, we’re convinced you’ll ditch your creams for good.
Seriously, these bad boys immediately melt into your skin—just a few spritzes and you’re ready for foundation that goes on smooth and stays all day. Best of all, the oil control is so incredible, you don’t need to carry setting powder around with you for emergency touch-ups. Click through to shop the best priming sprays, and get ready to glam grease-free.
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Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Always An Optimist 4-in-1 Prime & Set Mist
Niacinamide helps improve the texture of the skin while Sodium Hyaluronate makes the face look plump and hydrated.
Smashbox Photo Finish Vitamin Face Glow Primer
The brand’s Photo Finish priming line is already iconic and this spray adds vitamins B, C and E for glow.
Urban Decay Cosmetics Quick Fix Hydra-Charged Complexion Prep Priming Spray
This hydrating—but not greasy—spray contains skin-nourishing ingredients such as vitamin B3, Sepitonic M3 and coconut water.
Makeup Revolution Glass Glow Fix Fixing Spray
Use before makeup to create a glow from within.
Milani Make It Last Prime + Correct + Set Makeup Setting Spray
This 3-in-1 spray keeps making from moving for 16 hours and leaves skin matte.
E.l.f. Cosmetics Oil Control Primer Mist
Those with oily skin will love this mattifying primer made with purified water, cucumber, and vitamins B and E.
M.A.C. Mini MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ Primer and Setting Spray
There are five scents of this ultra-popular primer and setting spray, including refreshing cucumber.
A version of this article was originally published in August 2017.