Absence Oil Control Primer

Absence® Oil Control Primer

Shine is notable by its absence! Perfect for oily skins to control oil and for all other skins as a primer.

The Look transparent The Feel weightless

Oil is the principle cause of color change in makeup. Absence actually helps control over-active sebaceous glands. It has no effect on the actual moisture (water content) of the skin.

  • Controls oil and conceals large pores while priming the skin for makeup application
  • Non-drying and pH balancing
  • Suitable for oily and acneic skin, but may also be used by normal skin types
  • Absence provides a sheer, color-free finish

Ethyl Macadamiate, Mica, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide (Ci 77947), Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Dimethicone, Ozokerite, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Hydrated Silica, Silicone Powder, Boron Nitride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Starch, Tribehenin, Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp) Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Extract, Stearic Acid, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Bisabolol.

  • Use our Foundation Brush and layer a light coating over oily areas.
  • Use over entire face as a primer for any skin type.
  • Use alone or under any mineral base.
  • Absence is also an effective primer on any skin type.
  • Absence Oil Control Primer Absence 1
    Those sensitive to gluten should avoid this product (This product contains wheat).
    Vegans will want to avoid this shade (This product contains beeswax).

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Average Rating 4 (24 Reviews)


The first several containers of this product were smooth and went on my skin well. I loved how the product controlled my oily skin, and the Pure Pressed Base stayed on all day. However, the last two containers became lumpy after a few days of use. I thought it was a fluke so I ordered another, but the next one turned lumpy also. It makes in hard to blend into the skin. Did the formula change? I'm still deciding if I will buy another one.

Our Response

We’re not sure why this is happening and something isn’t right! The formula hasn’t changed. We’d like to send you a replacement, and if you’re interested, please contact our Personal Shoppers at 877-869-9420 or personalshoppers@janeiredale.com.

Great for Special Occasions

I am totally in love with all my Jane Iredale products, except this one. Don't get me wrong, this product is AMAZING under your make-up and will make your skin look like you don't have any pores....but I have noticed that I will end up with a few breakouts the next day after using this. I use the pressed powder EVERY DAY and NEVER break out, so I know it can't be the make-up. I do still use this, but only for special occasions and when I can afford to have a breakout the next day. This would be a 5 star review if it wasn't for the breakouts.

Our Response

Thank you for sharing your love for jane iredale! Absence has passed laboratory-controlled comedogenicity tests, meaning it will allow the skin to breathe and function normally. If you’re noticing a reaction only when you’re wearing Absence and nothing else has changed, perhaps you have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients. To view a complete list of ingredients, feel free to click on the ingredient tab next to the product. We don’t want you to have to worry about the condition of your skin after wearing Absence, so if you’re interested in trying another product like Smooth Affair or Dream Tint, which will also help minimize pores, our Personal Shoppers will be happy to help you with an exchange. You can reach them at 877-869-9420 or personalshoppers@janeiredale.com.

Natural Glow

This helps me maintain a natural glow throughout hte day without looking shiney. I use it in the T zone area, with Glo Time over, and it looks very natural for hours.

Absence Oil Control Primer... Perfect!

Absence Oil Control Primer. I use this every day. I have never found a product to help so effectively with controlling oil. I used to get all oily by 10 am (after applying make up at 7:30). Now, I can last until at least 2 or 3 pm. Then I just use some oil absorbing sheets and put a little more pressed powder on and Im good for the rest of the day! Awesome product!


I love the product but am confused as to the order of application. I use the tinted moisturizer and the PurePressed base as well..Thanks!

Our Response

We are so happy that you love our Absence! Since it is a primer, you will want to use it as your base layer before applying your Dream Tint and PurePressed Base.

GREAT primer for oily skin

I bought this product about 5 years ago, didn't understand how to use it, and put it away. I picked it back up about a month ago and LOVE IT! I have very sensitive, oily, and acne-prone skin (if I'm not careful). This provides a perfectly smooth base for pure pressed foundation. It helps my make-up stay longer, keeps the shine away longer, and does not give me blackheads or cause breakouts. I live in a very dry, arid climate. Will try Absence2 next for the additional SPF coverage. YAY!

Our Response

We’re happy to hear you re-discovered Absence! Please note that while both Absence and Absence 2 are the same formula, Absence 2 is for darker skin tones.

Best Product

I love this product and have been using it for few yrs now. The last 1-2 times I have purchased it, i have noticed the applicator is of poor quality, it peels off while applying like a sponge and is stuck all over my face. What else can I apply it with?

A new lifesaver

I've always struggled with sensitive skin and found it very difficult to find something for pageants with great coverage that also wouldn't break me out. Years after my pageant days, I'm now doing makeup for many girls and this stuff is perfect. My only complaint is the sponge that comes with it will crumble VERY easily. I apply this now with a brush and use a slight amount. It will also use the sponge applicator for better coverage if you have too much on your skin. Overall, a great product but there are some very minimal issues with application. :)

Our Response

Hi there, We’re so happy you’re enjoying Absence! For the best application results, we recommend using the Foundation Brush. Also, you may find our application video helpful. Feel free to click the ‘Video’ tab on the product page to check it out. Enjoy!

Didn't work

I am a HUGE JI fan. I will never use another foundation or powder or tint but JI...however I was truely disappointed with the Absence.. I used it for a month, then ended up tossing it..it just did not do what it promissed. My face was oily by noon and it was kind of hard to get it to blend it with the skin.

Sensitive Skin: Beware!

I believe product is best for those people who have oily skin but are not prone of acne. My skin is very sensitive, and while the Primer did help control the oil levels of my skin, I began to break out with black heads, etc. I am guessing this may be because of the waxes used in the product. If my skin had not reacted to it in a negative way, I would have continued using it!

Our Response

Hi there, We’re so sorry to hear you are having a reaction. Absence can be worn by all skin types and has passed laboratory-controlled comedogenicity tests, meaning it will allow the skin to breathe and function normally. It sounds like you may have a sensitivity to one of the ingredients used in Absence. To view a complete list of ingredients, feel free to click on the ingredient tab next to the product.


I am not happy with Absence Oil Control Primer. It is heavy, and settles into my pores making them become very obvious, and it makes the Pressed Base very cakey on my already extremely oily skin. I have tried applying it both with the sponge, and with the foundation brush. I don't have any luck with either one. I would not recommend this product to anyone. It seems to make me even oilier than I already am. Not impressed!

Our Response

Hi there, Only a very small amount of Absence, about the size of a pea or less, is needed for each application. It’s wonderful you’re using the Foundation Brush, and by using crisscross motions to apply the product, you will achieve a smooth and even finish. Absence should be transparent on the skin, and if you see any product, then you’ve applied too much.

It didn't work for me

I like the idea of this product, but I found after using it for several weeks I developed blackheads. So, I threw it away.

absence control

I am 62, and have the t-zone problem. I love this product! It helps smooth over my large pores on my nose, and helps with a smoother look after applying the mineral foundation.


I love this product. I have very oily skin, and when I use it under my mineral foundation, my skin feels so fresh and dry! I've used Jane Iredale products for about 2 years now and would not use anything else! Their customer service is the best I've ever seen!

Short Lived Love Affair

I love this product, it took practice to apply it just right. However, once I got it perfect I found out my husband & daughter are both celiac. I was sad to see that Absence contains gluten. Is there another comparable product without gluten?

Our Response

Hi there, I am so sorry to hear about your family's issues with gluten, we know that can be a real challenge to manage. We do not have the same type of product, but I do recommend Beyond Matte, our fantastic mattifying powder. Please contact a personal shopper to discuss this option and others, and to arrange an exchange, free of charge. You can reach them at 1-877-869-9420 or personalshoppers@janeiredale.com

Sensitive eyes beware

Absence® Oil Control Primer Absence 1 felt velvety as it went on. However, I never had the opportunity to feel it under my foundation because my eyes were stinging and watering so badly I wound up having to wash my face before I was finished applying it. I had to wash my face twice before the scent was completely gone and my eyes stopped stinging.

Used as base!

My auntie got me this iredale primer which i use as an eyeshadow base. i was a bit sketchy because i wasnt sure how it would go on like the other bases that i use. You know, i really love this product and i cant believe how well it is. It comes off clean, doesnt make my face oily and it can get very much so. it doesnt have a nasty scent, and a little goes a long way, i want to buy more just to save it for later on lmao. definitely worth the money.

effective but not for smell sensitive people

This is a great primer for Amazing Base and for oil control. But I'm extremely smell sensitive and the mild fragrance was enough to make my eyes red and water and my sinuses go crazy. Otherwise, this product works effectively.


I have oily skin and have tried so many different product, nothing helped. The Absence is magic!It keeps a perfect balance and does not dry up my skin.I used it with the purepressed base and it looks great for the rest of the day.

Sweet control

I wore this to a wedding with Dream Tint moisturizer and my skin looked and photographed great through tears of joy and happily dancing with my relatives.


When I purchased this I was expecting a waxy-feeling brush-on salve. I was very hesitant because at 48 I am showing some small wrinkles and creases around the mouth area. I still have very oily skin though, so I've been needing something to control the oil. Once I applied it with the foundation brush I could not see any sign of it in my creases....this was absolutely a miracle to me. How could something that looks waxy...not show up? I don't know how, but it does!!!! Then I applied my Tinted Moisturizer, then my base. I can never see any evidence of layers of "build-up looking" makeup. None. It is the best makeup in the world and it has made me a believer!



Our Response

We are so sorry to hear about your disappointment with this product. It is important to use only a tiny amount, on clean, moisturized skin. Blend well with a brush like our Foundation Brush for smooth coverage. If you are still not happy, please return it!

I love this product!

I have combination skin and have struggled for years trying to find a natural looking base coat that won't clump or run. For my wedding I wore Absence under my pressed powder and have used it ever since! With it makeup lasts for hours, looks natural, and your skin looks beautiful in photos!

Love it

I live in Florida where it is very humid - this works good - smells great and takes the redness out of my skin. Easy to apply with the sponge which I really like too.


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