This review will be on the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Hydrating Primer Variation.
I have also reviewed this product in the Radiant Primer Pink version here.
About The Product:
A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin’s texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear.
What it does:
Prep skin for your makeup routine with Step 1 Skin Equalizers, and address your skin concerns with this innovative makeup primer. Perfect for balancing skin and achieving an ideal makeup result, it’s lightweight and creamy, leaving a more evenly-toned appearance, and increases foundation’s hold. This primer for all skintones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin.
What else you need to know:
Step 1 Skin Equalizer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern:
Mattifying Primer reduces shine.
Smoothing Primer evens the skin’s texture.
Hydrating Primer restores skin’s balance.
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts.
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes.
Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin.
Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.
“Like painters, who need a perfectly smooth, even-colored, and flawless canvas, makeup artists require even-toned and smooth skin for an optimal and professional makeup result.”—Dany Sanz, MAKE UP FOR EVER Founder and Creative Director
MAKE UP FOR EVER’S exclusive Equalizer Technology features Acti Tensor 3D, Hyaluronic Acid, and Regeactive, which help to hydrate, firm, and smooth the skin to create the perfect makeup canvas.
-Before applying makeup to skin, dab a quarter size amount with fingertips or sponge in a downward motion.
-Customize your results by mixing texture and tone formulas.
-Combine redness correcting or radiant primers before mattifying or smoothing, or you hydrating or smoothing primers can be combined before redness correcting or radiant primers.
-Finish with your favorite foundation.
Price : $36
My Experience with Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer Step 1 Skin Equalizer :
Being highly impressed with The Make Up For Ever Step 1 skin equalizer in the Radiant pink version, I decided to pick another version which unlike the former is completely colorless.
This comes in sleek squeeze tube with a nozzle; Very convenient and easy to travel with.
Texture/ Consistency & Feel on skin:
The consistency is neither too thick nor runny. It has a gel like texture which feels very lightweight and spreads easily. It gets absorbed into the skin immediately and does not feel like it is sitting on top of it. It instantly smoothes and hydrates my skin and makes it ready for foundation application. It does not have a very “silicone-y” feel on the skin.
My skin usually leans towards normal – dry in summers and dry – very dry with dry flaky patches in winters. This primer does provide enough hydration and comfort to my skin and the moisturizing ability is good enough for my skin for the summer months. I assume during the winter months I will need to use another moisturizer underneath this to balance out my parched skin.
This primer smoothes over my dry patches and does not accentuate them. This primer has much more better pore filling (though it is not as good as “silicone” primers, hence those with problematic pores will still feel this is inefficient in that aspect) and smoothing ability than the “Radiant” version but due to this being colorless it lacks the ability to even out my skin or impart any sort of glow.
Foundation applied over this primer glides effortlessly and smoothly. My skin did not get oily or greasy by the end of the day with this primer on.
This primer has a very light pleasant scent which does not linger for long.
Though I still prefer the radiant version of this primer over the Hydrating one just because the radiance primer gives my lack luster skin that much needed radiance, the hydrating version still comes in at a close second.
Overall. These Step 1 primers by MUFE are one of the best ones in the market with a wide variation addressed to every skin issue. They have a smoothing, mattifing, radiant, nourishing, redness correcting etc etc , you name it, in this line hence you are most defiantly going to find your perfect match. These primers can also be mixed and matched for those with combination skin.I highly recommend them.
Pros of Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer Step 1 Skin Equalizer :
• Absorbs instantly
• Does not feel sticky or greasy
• Does not sit on top of the skin
• Does not impart that fake , silicone feeling on the skin
• Is effective at filling in pores (but it is not the best product in the market for it )
• Does sooth and hydrate skin
• Makes foundation go on easily and smoothly without patchiness
• Lots of variation addressing different skin concerns
Cons of Make Up For Ever Hydrating Primer Step 1 Skin Equalizer :
• Expensive for a 30 ml/1 fl oz size
• No SPF
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