Best Japanese Primers (Top7)

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  1.  KANEBO “Fresh Day Cream”
  2.  RMK “Make Up Base”
  3.  Clé de Peau Beauté “VOILE CRÈME CORRECTEUR n”
  4.  Primavista “Long Keep Base UV”
  5.  Maquillage “Dramatic Skin Sensor Base”
  6.  ELIXIR “Balancing Oshiroi Milk C”
  7.  CEZANNE “Make Keep Base” & “Make Keep Base Moist Type”

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 Japanese and lives in Tokyo, Japan
in her 30s
loves made in Japan products
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KANEBO “Fresh Day Cream” (SPF15/PA+++)

 Price  6,600 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  Kanebo (eng)
 Search term  カネボウ フレッシュ デイ クリーム
 Rating  @cosme
 Size  40ml

I often hear about this high-performance cream “Fresh Day Cream” from KANEBO these days. As this cream includes KANEBO’s original baby oil, this is more like a face cream than a primer. By using this cream after your daily skincare, your skin will be resilient and glowing, and there are many product reviews which say the subsequent foundation spreads very easily and nicely thanks to this cream.

As this cream keeps your skin moisturized very well all day long, this is suited for the use in all the seasons except for summer. Also, this cream is popular among women over 30s who care about their dry skin.

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 Price  8,800 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  Kanebo (eng)
 Search term  カネボウ クリーム イン デイ
 Rating  @cosme
 Size  40g

There is an advanced primer cream from KANEBO “Cream In Day” (SPF20・PA+++) in black container. This cream protects your skin from UV rays and keeps your skin moisturized all day long. The difference between this cream and Fresh Day Cream is that this can be used as a finishing cream, which is used after makeup. By applying the cream at the end of makeup, it prevents your skin from getting dried.

“Cream In Night” from KANEBO is recommended as a night cream to be used along with this cream.

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RMK “Make Up Base” 

 Price  4,070 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  RMK
 Search term  RMK メイクアップベース
 Rating  @cosme
 Size  30ml
 Shades  1 shade

My personal favorite primer is RMK’s “Make Up Base.” As written in this page, RMK’s base makeup items are outstanding. They have high coverage, and they make a bumpy skin smooth though the cream feels lightweight. This primer helps you get natural glowing skin. Though RMK runs its shops in department stores, the price of the products is relatively reasonable considering the high performance of them. I would like you to try RMK’s primer along with its foundation.

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Clé de Peau Beauté “VOILE CRÈME CORRECTEUR n” (SPF25・PA++)

 Price  7,150 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  Clé de Peau Beauté
 Search term  クレ・ド・ポー ボーテ ヴォワールコレクチュールn
 Rating  @cosme
 Size  40g
 Shades  1 shade

Clé de Peau Beauté is the highest grade brand among all of the other SHISEIDO’s cosmetics brands. This primer is top-rated because it makes the bumpy skin smooth and makes the skin brighter. Once you apply this cream on your face, you can find that your skin gets clearer. This is a primer, but it has an effect as a skincare item. This is comparatively pricy, but it is worth trying the highest-grade product from the Japanese top cosmetic brand.

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Primavista “Long Keep Base UV” (SPF20・PA++)
 Price  3,080 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  Primavista (eng)
 Search term  プリマヴィスタ 皮脂くずれ防止 化粧下地
 Rating  @cosme
 Size  25ml
 Shades  2 shades

  • Regular
  • Tone up

Primavista’s primer is one of the best masterpieces out of all the Japanese cosmetic products. (I’m sure I’m not exaggerating.) Makeup won’t get smudged even on blazing hot days thanks to this primer. This primer blocks sebum  production and keeps the foundation nicely though it contains moisturizing factors. I want everyone who doesn’t like oily, shiny or glossy skin to try this primer and to use this when working out, going to the beach or being under the sun.

This primer is beloved for more than 10 years and literally is a top selling item! (Note that the package was renewed in July, 2021)

Primavista "Long Keep Base UV"
Photo credit: https://www.sofina.co.jp/primavista/products/base_longkeep/

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Maquillage “Dramatic Skin Sensor Base” (SPF25・PA+++)
 Price  2,860 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  Maquillage
 Search term  マキアージュ ドラマティックスキンセンサーベース EX
 Rating  @cosme
 Shades  2 shades

  • Pink purple
  • Beige

In spite of the reasonable price, this is an all-purpose primer, which keeps your makeup nicely for hours, won’t get the foundation smudged, won’t make your skin glossy or oily, and conceals pores. It was demonstrated that these effectiveness lasted for 13 hours. This primer is used repeatedly due to its good value for the price and popular especially among working women and busy mothers. Two shades are available, but I recommend you to choose the pink purple one if you want to make your skin tone brighter. See this page for Maquillage’s foundation.


Photo credit: https://maquillage.shiseido.co.jp/

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ELIXIR “Balancing Oshiroi* Milk C” (SPF50+・PA++++)

*Oshiroi means white powder in Japanese

 Price  1,980 yen (tax included)
 Official  website  ELIXIR
 Search term  エリクシール ルフレ バランシング おしろいミルク C
 Rating  @cosme
 Shades  1 shade

As ELIXIR is originally a skincare product brand from SHISEIDO, this is recommended for those who want to take care of their skin while wearing makeup. This primer contains moisturizing factors, and thus it keeps your skin moisturized. But at the same time, it prevents your skin from getting oily. In addition, though the primer is lightweight, it covers pores very well. Since this primer can be used as a BB cream (and cleansing is not required), this is suited when you want to give your skin a break.

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CEZANNE “Make Keep Base”(Pink & Blue) & “Make Keep Base Moist Type” (Orange) (SPF28・PA++)
 Price
  • Pink & Blue – 660 yen 
  • Orange – 770 (tax included) 
 Official  website
 Search term
  • Pink & Blue: セザンヌ 皮脂テカリ防止下地
  • Orange: セザンヌ 皮脂テカリ防止下地 保湿タイプ
 Rating
 Shades  3 shades

I would like to recommend these primers because they are high-quality regardless of the reasonable prices. There are 3 types of primers: rosy tone (pink package), bluish tone (blue package) and moisturizing primer (orange package). They focus on preventing the makeup from getting smudged due to sebum though the primer is lightweight and they spread over the face easily. As they don’t have high coverage like the other primers which are effective to conceal spots and pores, it is required to make your skin smooth and to cover spots before using these primers.


Photo credit: https://www.cezanne.co.jp/lineup/4939553040057/

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