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How are you doing today? I am back to share another most wanted beauty product in my stash which was my go-to beauty product throughout the trip. A while back, Make Up For Ever had launched its innovative primer “Step 1 Equalizer” in the market. Since then this primer is getting a lot of hype in the beauty town. Moreover, this primer comes in 10 different variants to target specific skin concerns for every skin type. Wow, isn’t it? I ended up buying this one and the ‘Skin Smoothing’ one. Today, I will talk about their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer first which proved to be my all-in-one makeup fix throughout my trip to Vegas. So, let’s read on more about it.
What it is:
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 skin tones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smoothes the look of the skin.
$36 for 1.0 Oz and $16 for 0.5 Oz, excludes shipping and taxes
My Experience with Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer:
Since I was indulging in two different primers, I bought their travel size tubes to play safe. Initially, I was taken aback by the teeny tube packaging, eventually I realized that a little goes a long way. To my surprise, the outer cardboard packing for both the primers was so identical that I had to literally read target concerns to avoid confusion. Thankfully, the tube packaging is different for different primers which makes it easier for the user to remember which primer is for oily skin and which one is for smoothing. This is really helpful for people like me who own or want to own more than one primer from this range.
Anyway, the mattifying primer comes in thick, opaque grey colored tube packaging with a long spout opening secured with a safety cap. It has a strong citrus mixed smell which is fine with me. I find it quite user friendly and travel friendly. It seems to be a thick, silicone based primer with a balm like consistency unlike usual primers. I mean, it is quite thick with a slightly tacky feel and which is slight tricky to work with hands. Hence, I either use my face brush or a sponge to apply it evenly on my face. When applied with a good dome shaped brush, it seamlessly blends with my skin without sitting on top of my dry patches and/or settling into the fine lines. Hence, I would suggest using a sponge or a face brush to get seamless, no fail results, else it is going to fail at first step itself.
In any case, a well scrubbed and moisturized skin really helps to get flawless results even with a primer or face makeup. Like I always mention, I have extremely weird oily and acne prone skin type with large open pores. Hence, I am always particular about skincare and beauty purchases. Thankfully, this silicone based primer didn’t aggravate or accentuate my weird skin issues. However, I did notice few small zits and acne at the end of day, but you can blame it on my irregular sleeping schedule and my extreme carelessness of sleeping with makeup on. I still I find it tricky for acne prone skin due to its silicon content which might irritate it and lead to breakouts.
Whatsoever, I like it on my skin as it makes my skin oil free yet slippery for further makeover. Even it is good enough to be used alone with no makeup layers. I have been using it over my moisturizer with a touch of face powder and it gave me a wonderful glowing skin that too for good 7-8 hours of shine free results. I also noticed that it does not completely blur my pores, but make them visibly less noticeable than before up to some extent. This is fine with me as I usually prefer less makeup. However, it might be tricky for beauties with larger pores looking for a full coverage base primer as we need additional coverage even with this primer.
Make Up For Ever suggested to club two or more primers to get flawless results; like we can use Smoothing and Radiant primer together to get both youthful & radiant skin. Even I have been using both Mattifying and Smoothing primer together to achieve smooth, pore free matte skin and that works like a charm for me with no cakey or layered effect. And, believe me, it’s more effective as these primers are pretty good in forgiving our minor flaws. In fact, they cover them up. It does increase the longevity of my face makeup up to good extent, even it alone gave me good 7-8 hours of matte skin, though I still wonder if shelling out 18 bucks for small tube is worth it or not?
I will recommend this primer to beauties with extremely oily skin, especially if you are looking for 6-8 hours of shine free results with decent coverage. Personally, I might skip it considering its limited utility, plus the size of the tube. Moreover, I have been using other variants of this primer which work better than this primer.
Let’s sum up pros and cons:
Pros of Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer:
• A lightweight, silicone based primer meant for oily skin to target large pores
• When used with a dome shaped fluffy brush or sponge, it blends seamlessly on skin with no cakey or waxy feel
• It does make my skin smooth and slightly slippery, and my makeup glides easily over this primer
• It did not irritate my acne prone skin, though I noticed small zits occasionally; but, it didn’t aggravate my oily skin concerns
• It gives me 6-8 hours of shine free, glowing skin when topped with just a dab of powder
• It makes my foundation stay put in place for good 5+ hours with no oily or cakey feel, just shine free, naturally glowing skin
• It does not interfere with my natural skin color, just that it amplifies my skin tone which looks pretty natural and good to go even with no makeup layers
• Packaging is quite user friendly & travel friendly
Cons of Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer:
• I feel its silicon content might be tricky for acne prone skin
• I see that it does not completely blur my pores, just makes them visibly smaller
• Its thick, tacky texture might be an issue for some, especially while blending with fingertips
• It seems pricey for the amount you get
Well, honestly, I feel that it is much better to splurge in a smoothing primer than this one. That one works for both blurring and smoothing the skin, which works for my oily skin very well too. However, it also depends on person to person, hence the choice is yours.
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