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The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer

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The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer by The Ordinary


Ideal to use alone for a naturally perfected finish, or under makeup to improve longevity, The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer uses advanced adaptive silicones to act as a matte, hydrating, blurring primer for makeup that looks higher in definition and adheres for longer.

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer can also be used alone as a non-greasy hydrator that reduces the looks of pores and of imperfections. 

To learn more about how to navigate this brand, click here to read our skincare guide on The Ordinary.


We suggest this product be used within 12 months after opening.

Read why our makeup artist swears by The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer for her kit. 

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Enjoy - 15-01-2019 by

Feels great when applying although it has a slight smell

Entry level primer - 09-01-2019 by

This primer is comparable to my Stay Matte Rimmel primer. My skin just does not react well with makeup and my foundation often breaks up on my face halfway through the day, this primer definitely helped my makeup look smoother for longer. However, once I start layering creams/liquids over the primer and set with powder, it essentially gives me the same result; breaking up around my mouth and cheeks. It's a good basic primer, but now the magic potion i was looking for to fix my problematic skin

Love this primer - 09-01-2019 by

This is my first purchase from The Ordinary collection as the price point of the brand always left me sceptical. I'm so glad I tried it, for a silicone based primer its quite light and a little bit goes a long way. I've been using it every day, applying a small amount smooths and extends the coverage of my foundation, even on makeup free days it seems to even my complexion. I will definitely be exploring the rage further.

Great primer for the price - 09-01-2019 by

Really good primer for how cheap it is, lasts a few months Ruth daily use. Have tried the other The Ordinary primer but this one is better and I've tried it with a few different foundations and still works great.

Great product - 08-01-2019 by

i have dry skin and this primer is super silky on. I put it under a few different types of foundations, the ordinary brand and also a nars one and makes my makeup last longer. Glides on nicely feels fresh on the skin. I also use it after sunscreen if I'm not wearing makeup as I feel like it offers some protection from the elements.

Great value for money - 07-01-2019 by

Was initially worried that the silicone would break me out... but all good! Primer glides on smoothly and left a good finish for my make up application. Makeup lasted all day even in hot and humid weather.
Great value for money and would be purchasing again.

Loved it! - 02-01-2019 by

Such a contrast in texture to previous primers I’ve used this definitely feels a lot silkier but worked perfectly and was the perfect base for a full face of makeup. I have oily/ dry skin and will definitely buy again

Affordable but not the best - 24-12-2018 by

This primer is very cheap and it's not bad! If you don't take the time to let your skincare absorb before putting this primer on and don't wait to put your foundation on, then the product will pill. It's also not the best at oil control nor is it moisturising so I would only recommend to those with normal skin. The primer does fill in my pores somewhat and my foundation doesn't look like a hot mess by the end of the day. So for the price, this is a decent investment! Not the greatest primer but definitely the most affordable.

It’s just nice - 21-12-2018 by

It does the job, no complaints.

Dissappointing - 21-12-2018 by

I have fair, sensitive combination skin. Thought this would be great from the rave reviews but found it sticky, tacky, balled on skin, didn't do much. I used it a couple times then it's been gathering dust.

Very good in humid weather. - 19-12-2018 by

I have sensitive skin with large pores. This primer works well under foundation, especially in humid weather. Non irritating, but the thick consistency was off-putting . However, it worked well with the Ordinary serum foundation. In fact , my skin looked smooth and even toned before I applied the foundation. I think i could wear this alone. Very impressive for such a well priced primer. My pores and lines were not at all obvious. The foundation did not settle into the imperfections thanks to this primer.

Best primer I have used - 14-12-2018 by

I have very oily skin, and make up tends to slide off during the day - not with this primer! My makeup will literally stay in place all day. I love it!

Not really a fan - 13-12-2018 by

I find this primer to be quite drying of my skin, I didn't really enjoy the powdery kind of feeling finish to this primer, it didn't allow me to easily blend out my foundation. Personally, this just wasn't a primer for me.

Great for oily skin - 06-12-2018 by

I bought this just for the sake of it, but was pleasantly surprised by its ability to make my skin appear a little less oily and inflamed (acne) during the day, without any makeup.
I used it as a primer sometimes, but mainly as a skincare last step on no-makeup days, as I've definitely purchased better primers.

So so good! - 05-12-2018 by

This stuff is great!! Makes make up sit beautifully over dry, patchy uneven skin tone and smooths out lumps and bumps. Love it!

Love it - 28-11-2018 by

Great product, I put on after sunscreen and it creates a great base for my foundation, I use Nars day to day and I find that it makes it sit really nicely on the skin. I haven't noticed that it makes it last longer but I am using less product because its not soaking in. I have combination/dry skin and will defs purchase this again.

Not bad - 27-11-2018 by

I find this product decent if you have enough time to slowly layer your products - if you don't wait long enough the primer pills really easily. Having said that, on the days where I have time, it's a great primer. It stops my naturally oily skin creating an oil slick by midday and creates a really smooth base for other products

Not bad - 27-11-2018 by

I find this product decent if you have enough time to slowly layer your products - if you don't wait long enough the primer pills really easily. Having said that, on the days where I have time, it's a great primer. It stops my naturally oily skin creating an oil slick by midday and creates a really smooth base for other products

Cheaper alternative - 26-11-2018 by

Wanted to check out the hype with The Ordinary, and at less than $9 couldn't resist trying out their primer. For $9! I'm quite impressed!!!!!
Very similar to Benefits Porefessional - with smoothing out pores/skin.

However noticed my skin is a bit slippery towards the end of the day, doesn't control oil very well.

Good smoothing primer - 23-11-2018 by

I feel this primer does a pretty good job of smoothing my pores, it's not the greatest primer but considering the price it is worth trying. I think it does all it needs to do for me. I have fairly normal skin with a little bit of texture and larger pores around my nose.

Wanted to like it...... - 19-11-2018 by

I did not love this product unfortunately, I didn't really find it to be a good primer for me (my skin is oily/combination with occasional breakouts; my age is 29). I found it felt too heavy and thick on my skin and it didn't make my makeup last as long as other primers I've used.

It's a great price (as are most Ordinary products). But sadly I would not repurchase.

Piles as soon as I apply my foundation or concealer - 16-11-2018 by

A bit disappointed in this product! As soon as I apply my foundation or concealer it starts to pile !!!!! I’ve tried a few times now but even if i just apply a light concealer it still piles. It could be that it doesn’t work well with the ordinary moisturiser underneath! I try the other ordinary primer without the silicone

You get what you pay for - 16-11-2018 by

Pretty disappointed with this product! Feels really greasy on application and doesn't correct my skin or maintain my makeup well at all.

Best primer ever - 15-11-2018 by

Will definitely re purchase. The best primer I've ever used and such a fabulous price. absorbs really fast, leaves a matte finish, and makeup just glides on and stays in place all day! Holy grail of Primers!

Blurs - 12-11-2018 by

I love the blurring effect but don’t think it helps my makeup stay in place much

It’s great - 09-11-2018 by

This primer is silky smooth and makes my foundation go a hell of a lot longer would definitely recommend

Fabulous! - 09-11-2018 by

Great, cheap, lightweight primer that works a treat :) I love it!

Great value for money - 09-11-2018 by

This is a great everyday primer. Feels great under makeup. Great value for money.

MATTE perfection! - 07-11-2018 by

Yay!! Can’t believe I finally found a primer that actually does what it says and primes and instantly dries on your face. Love it

It's ok - 01-11-2018 by

Feels nice and moisturizing on skin but I can't say my foundation lasted any longer with this primer. I have primers I prefer so I would not repurchase but with saying that for the price it was worth trying.

Not for me - 31-10-2018 by

I love most of the ordinary products, but I didn't really notice an improvement in the durability of my foundations with this primer. I tried it with a few foundations and I felt like it made my skin too slippery and the foundations were not sticking as much. Maybe it doesn't work for me because I have pretty oily skin, if you have drier skin this might work better for you.

New go-to - 26-10-2018 by

I bought this because of Wayne Goss' recommendation, and I don't regret it at all. It's a silky smooth, lightweight primer that reminds me of the Hourglass Mineral Veil. It smooths out my pores and makes makeup application easier, and keeps my oily T-zone at bay for sure. Would recommend this to everyone with combo or oily skin like me!

not for me - 24-10-2018 by

i love this brand in general but this serum not so much. The ordinary is a great price point and great quality.Not so much for me. I have combination skin and i felt this primer made my skin so much oily it was just kinda gross i couldn't wear my bb or foundation over the top it just slid down it was just a no for me i had to throw it out. if you have oily skin or combination skin i wouldn't recommend it.

Great product. - 24-10-2018 by

Love the product. Excellent service only comment the amount in the tube could be double and I would love it even more.

Great! - 24-10-2018 by

Great primer for the price! Makes foundation go on smooth! I’m using so much less foundation!

Thumbs up! - 22-10-2018 by

For the price and quality, definitely worth it! Really did aid in the application of the foundation and didn’t clog the pores as I didn’t have an oily t-zone like I always do after a few hours of the make up being on.

Such an amazing primer!! - 22-10-2018 by

Absolutely love this primer! compliments so well with the ordinary foundation. So good for the price, affordable and gets me coming back for more everytime!!

Hydrating primer! - 19-10-2018 by

I can already see this product being one of my HG's!!
I used this for the first time a couple of days ago and my make-up has lasted a good 20+ hours with it hardly budging.

I usually feel a bit dry after having make-up on all day but this definitely kept my face hydrated with make-up. Would definitely recommend.

Love it - 19-10-2018 by

You can’t go past the quality & price with the ordinary! I have combo skin & found this to be such a smooth, simple base for my foundation. Can’t wait to keep using

Dollar for dollar, the best you can get - 18-10-2018 by

Look, there are a few slightly better primers available at the top end of the market, if you want to pay 2 or 3 times the price. But this is as good - or at least very close to. It's amazing for the price. Does exactly what you want a primer to do. Recommended.

Very good for the price - 14-10-2018 by

I have combination skin that's especially oily around the nose/t-zone. Using this primer, I still get shiny by lunchtime, but it definitely lasts better than anything else I've tried around this price point, and it definitely helps with the longevity of my foundation. Until I finally bite the bullet and dive into the more exxy stuff, this will definitely be my go-to.

Ok...but.. - 12-10-2018 by

I was hoping this would be good for my T-zone but found for some reason it didn’t work on the tip of my nose for very long. Felt great to put on and rest of t-zone was fine. I will try it again to see if it was the foundation?

Good affordable primer - 12-10-2018 by

Works well, doesn't irritate my sensitive skin. Doesn't really blur my problem areas but definitely smooths and is a great primer under YoungBlood loose powder foundation (I wait a couple of mins for it to "dry"). Very affordable & don't need to use much. Buying again now.

My fav primer! - 11-10-2018 by

My new fav primer! Foundation goes on so smooth & stays in place all day.

Good - 10-10-2018 by

This is a great primer especially for people with fine lines. I need something a little more heavy duty for the amount of makeup I wear regularly, but for everyday light makeup applications, it’s fantastic and I’ll continue to have it in my collection.

Not a fan at all! - 02-10-2018 by

I’m a big silicon primer user and I found this to be terrible! It is too thin and doesn’t coat like a primer should. I also find that it peaks from your skin, like when you have too much moisturiser on. Love The Ordinary but not this one.

great products at a great price - 02-10-2018 by

I am so glad adore beauty recommended I try the Ordinary products. I have been so impressed with the quality for the price. I have tried both primers (the tube and bottle) and I felt both worked great. they really helped reduced the size of my pores and smooth out my skin before I applied my foundation. They are really light and go on so easily. I recommended this brand to friends and they love it too.

Not a fan - 01-10-2018 by

Feels pretty greasy when applying and doesn’t seem too absorb too well. Don’t think it makes much of a difference in terms of correcting my skin or ensuring the longevity of my foundation.

Love it!!! - 27-09-2018 by

I've used all sorts of crazy expensive primers to fill my pores I have normal to combination skin. This I stumbled accross and I will never look back! I've already told everyone I can do buy it. And to make things even better I received my product in 24 hours! Love love love it!!!

Great value for money - 27-09-2018 by

Price point and quality of the product is well worth it. I've tried many high end primers in the past but ended up disappointed. I've got combination skin and unlike other primers on the market, my skin has never broken out using The Ordinary, 10/10 would recommend.

Didn't work for me - 26-09-2018 by

This primer made my skin look flaky under makeup which doesn't normally happen with my other pore filling primers. I didn't notice a difference with longevity either.

Not a fan - 20-09-2018 by

I prefer a matte look to my makeup so was not a fan of this product, found it a bit slimy and did nothing for my pores. Such a shame as I love The Ordinary products and you can't beat the price!!

Light weight and good spreadable product - 17-09-2018 by

This is amazing and I will be buying it again. It keeps my foundation in place all day and doesn’t make my face feel like a rock

Smooth! - 12-09-2018 by

I love this primer, it’s inexpensive and looks great under foundation. The silicon primer makes the foundation so easy to blend.
Definitely a favourite

Alright, not bad not good - 06-09-2018 by

Skin type dry, nice base under makeup although I feel like it doesn't do much. Didn't break me out and does make my makeup last a little longer but nothing noticeable. Probably wouldn't repurchase, would try something else.

Fantastic - 06-09-2018 by

Great primer. Moisturises nicely. Fills in pores. Smooths skin. :)

Good for a base - 06-09-2018 by

I have been using this formula for a few months now, and I have combination skin. I use it in accordance with moisturiser, and it makes sure my face has a smooth base before applying foundation. Well priced and a good product, would recommend!

Not so Ordinary! - 06-09-2018 by

Absolutely love this primer. I have fairly clear skin anyway, sometimes a little rough when my skin is dry but once I put the primer on, even on its own, it makes my face feel silky smooth, I love it, and it makes application of powders and other makeup a lot easier. 10/10 would recommend.

Pretty good - 06-09-2018 by

Only use this on my T zone when I need extra coverage - seems to do the job!

Good, especially for the price - 05-09-2018 by

I love that the primer works really well, blurs as it says and is inexpensive. My only complaint would be that I wish they offered larger sizes!

Good primer - 05-09-2018 by

Love this primer! Bought it twice now. Makes my face super smooth, and provides a great base for my makeup. Such a good price!

Only downfall would be the packaging - I find that it gets really difficult to get product out towards the end

Great primer - 04-09-2018 by

Love this product. It makes my skin feel extra soft and refined. Just need a container with larger amount would be super.

Really good - 30-08-2018 by

This primer is amazing, especially for the low cost. Makes my skin appear and feel smoother than without primer and lasts well.

Great quality primer - 30-08-2018 by

This is one of my favourite primers! Goes on easily, spreads well and sits perfectly under my make up. I find I reach for it over many other high-end products.

Not a product for combination skin - 27-08-2018 by

This product goes on the skin really well but doesn't stay fresh for long if you have combination skin. It feels sticky and greasy under light makeup. I also tried wearing it on a day without makeup and was uncomfortable. Its a great product for short term make up.

Excellent primer for the price - 24-08-2018 by

I love this primer. This is a great product and very reasonably priced. I would love to see the Ordinary stock some of their products in bigger bottles as this doesn't last ages. I use this product on week days and find it definitely primes the skin well and ensures make up stays fresh longer.

Stop buying $50+ primers! - 22-08-2018 by

A very good primer and very wallet friendly. It's actually not very silicon-ey feeling, more like a thick moisturiser. I think this works better for drier skin types, but I have oily and it still works for me. It melts into the skin and seamlessly blends with most foundations I have tried with it creating a smooth canvas and blurred appearance to pores. This will never beat my HG Hourglass primer, but for the price this is 100% worth it.

Nice Primer - 21-08-2018 by

This primer is easy to spread and makes my skin look nice and velvety with the appearance of less flaws. Whilst it works well under foundation or powder, I don't find it makes my make up last any longer. However, for the improved appearance of my skin it's worth it. I find this one a little 'shinier' on the skin than The Ordinary High Spreadability Liquid Primer, but it's really hydrating - most primers usually dry my skin out and make my skin look thirsty, but not this one. A good, simple primer at a great price.

Get it - 20-08-2018 by

Seriously, stop buying $40+ primers. It's not necessary. I almost don't want to recommend this because I know once everyone tries it it's going to be hard to get haha. Stays on all day, doesn't cause break outs. Buy it! Just please leave some for me haha

The Holy Grail of Primers! - 15-08-2018 by

I LOVE this product and couldn't live without it! I am 49 and last week I had a group of people telling me how amazing my skin was... I'm so sure it's all my new TO products and this particular primer whenever I wear makeup. I can still layer all my serums and oils and then when I apply this primer, it feels like it kind of seals it all in. In love and have a back up tube in the cupboard just in case it's out of stock!

Favourite primer - 08-08-2018 by

I love this primer - silky smooth, no offensive smell and works really well under the Ordinary Serum Foundation. And for the price I will definitely be stocking up!

Fantastic primer - 08-08-2018 by

Love this primer. Smooths the skin, and makes a great base for foundation. Will be buying again

Favourite Primer - 08-08-2018 by

More like 6/5 stars. This primer is amazing, lightweight and leaves my skin feeling and looking smooth. Great to wear just by itself or with makeup.

Affordable and does the job - 07-08-2018 by

Great price point but pretty standard for a silicone primer. Makes my face nice and smooth before foundation but can break me out if used too often

My favourite primer - 30-07-2018 by

The price tag is amazing with smoothing results.
Makeup lasts a lot longer.

pore filling and blurring but clogging - 26-07-2018 by

this does make the skin smooth and velvety and because of the silicone layer which blurs pores and fine lines and it is very affordable however i have oily skin and found after a couple weeks this did block my pores probably due to the silicone. i might use it every other day now as it did prolong my foundation but made me breakout

Nice, but changes my makeup application - 24-07-2018 by

This product surprised me a little bit. I expected it to be thicker (like the too faced poreless primer).

However, it is a thinner and really easy to spread primer (meaning you get a lot of product for your money).

The first time I used this I applied it all over my face and I saw a difference in how my foundation applied.
It worked well with my foundation on my cheeks and forehead but made my makeup cake up around my nose and chin area.

I would recommend this primer, but remember a little goes a long way. Now I only apply it on my cheeks and forehead to fill in my pores.
I would recommend the high preadability prime (from the ordinary) over this one.

Absolutely Love The Ordinary - 20-07-2018 by

I've heard and read a lot of great reviews on this primer and I guarantee this primer doesn't disappoint! I have naturally oily skin and this combined with my "The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing Factors" is the best combination. This applies so smooth and doesn't feel like its clogging my pores.

Best primer - 09-07-2018 by

As a MUA I've tried many different brands of primers and this definitely has to be my go-to. Amazing on all skin types and no skin reactions which is definitely a must for me. 100% reccomend

Thick and nourishing. - 09-07-2018 by

A lovely primer that is nice and thick and leaves your skin feeling hydrated and silky. And such a great price too! I use this under The Ordinary Coverage Foundation and they give amazing results in combination. Highly recommend.

best primer i have ever used! - 04-07-2018 by

I have very oily skin which made me want to avoid wearing makeup a lot, but this primer has made my skin feel soo good before putting on foundation and concealer and really helps my skin feel normal while wearing makeup which is new for me.

Holy Grail Primer! - 02-07-2018 by

Normally I don't repurchase primers because I haven't found one that has been amazing for me but I have repurchased this twice and I love it! It makes my skin texture so smooth and my makeup glides on. I haven't found a primer this affordable that works so well!
I will repurchase this again and again!

It’s ok for everyday use - 02-07-2018 by

This is a good primer at a good price point, it’s got that silicon feel that makes your skin feel very silky once applied, I like that. I have found it can tend to ball up and rub off with some products eg; nude by nature B.B cream does not go well with this. But most foundations go well with it. It’s a pretty basic primer, doesn’t really do anything special, but feels nice, not sticky or tacky. I use it as an everyday primer to just run errands school drop of ect as it’s so cheap & leave the good expensive primers for events.

not as good as the lines other primer - 27-06-2018 by

this stuff is okay, but the liquid primer is a better fit for me. I noticed a little difference in the way my foundation sat on my skin, but not enough to warrant another step in my morning routine.

Amazing and great price! - 21-06-2018 by

I love this primer, goes on super smooth and really helps my foundation stay. Can't use too much though or you get a bit of balling. I used to use Smashbox but at $8 this wins every time.

Very average primer but very affordable. - 21-06-2018 by

This is an average but affordable primer. I found it to be quite good at maintaining my makeup all day but it did make my skin a little oily. Its no match for smashbox or hourglass primers but for an affordable one this is certainly good enough.

Good for a smooth finish - 20-06-2018 by

Makes skin super smooth and velvety and because of the silicone layer creates a layer on top of skin that minimises the appearance of pores once foundation has been put on but i haven't found that it makes foundation last any longer than normal

Sub-Par Primer - 11-06-2018 by

If you're looking for a cheap primer then this will do the job. I've found that it makes applying foundation easier but takes a bit long to settle into the face. I haven't really found any difference in making makeup last longer; nor creating a noticeable good finish.

Too greasy - 01-06-2018 by

I really didn't like this product did nothing for me no help on the blurring front and made my face more shiny and greasy

Nothing Magical - 01-06-2018 by

I have bought the other two foundations of The Ordinary together with this primer. There is nothing special about it in my opinion. It never prolonged my foundation and it never stopped it from caking. It is not the worst primer but it is one of the products that I use the least.

YASSS!! - 28-05-2018 by

Iv tried so many different primers but this by far is the best primer. Foundation goes on even and smooth. The primer doesn’t dry out your skin and it gives it this porcelain look! AAHH—MAZZEEE—IINNGG!!

Unsure - 16-05-2018 by

I like the way this product sits without makeup as it smooths the complexion, however when I apply makeup over this it doesn't seem to sit right and it looks quite dull. I keep persisting but not likely to repurchase.,

Meh - 08-05-2018 by

It didn't really keep my make up in place, it did help smooth out my skin though and made my skin feel nice though.

Average product - 07-05-2018 by

Not a big fan of the silicon primer. Just did not work for my skin. Skin feels super smooth after application (too much of silicone). The foundation is easy to apply on top of this primer, but does not sit very well & I tried number of foundation.

Great for the price - but just any other primer - 30-04-2018 by

For a relatively inexpensive primer, it does well for what it's supposed to do. It's not bad, but it's not that great either. I've been using this almost everyday for the past 4 months, alongside the ordinary serum foundation & despite the foundation holding up with this primer, it sorta makes my foundation hard to apply? However, the finish of the primer after applying makes your face so so soft - nothing to complain about. Primer could be better, but for it's price, it's alright.

Made my foundation patchy - 19-04-2018 by

I tried using this primer with the ordinary coverage foundation, but it made my foundation really patchy and streaky and I really struggled to blend it out with a brush. I might try the primer again, and use a different method for applying the foundation.

Good, not as good as hype though! - 18-04-2018 by

This is a good primer, it goes on well and my skin is smooth but it hasn't really been "amazing" like everyone says. Just your plain old primer, but can't complain for the price.

Didn't live up to the hype - 12-04-2018 by

I bought this primer after reading so many great reviews. I don't think it gives me the flawless finish that I am after. It doesn't cover up pores and fine lines. It does go on smoothly and make my skin feel lovely and soft. It just doesn't help with keeping my The Ordinary foundation in place all day.

WOW! WOW! WOW! - 11-04-2018 by

I love this, my make up lasts all day. It’s just one of 4 that I own and will continue to use my skin feels Ah-mazing......

Fine but nothing special - 29-03-2018 by

I bought this primer with the ordinary coverage foundation. I found this primer does little to even out skin or cover pores and texture. It does feel nice and smooth on the skin though. I found it doesn’t hold up too well to my very oily skin, and I don’t often find myself reaching for it. Overall it is a fine primer, especially for its price. May be better suited to a different skin type.

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