Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink Review & Swatches

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Today is a review of a product that I have been wearing/testing almost everyday since the beginning of April. It took me a while to finalize my thoughts because I couldn't figure how and if I liked it. It's one of those products that makes very subtle difference it's almost impossible to tell making you unsure whether it does anything. I guess it's pretty common for a priming product of this type? By its own, it doesn't do much, but when combined with another base, it performs much better.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Step 1 Skin Equalizer is a new line-up of face primer from Make Up For Ever. It is available in 10 formulas (each has different color). Five of them are for texture-correcting and the other five are for color (tone)-correcting.

Texture-correcting formulas

  1. BLACK: Mattifying primer for reducing shine
  2. PALE BLUE: Hydrating primer for restoring skin's balance
  3. DARK GREY: Smoothing primer for evening out skin's texture
  4. WHITE: Nourishing primer for added moisture and comfort
  5. GREEN: Redness correcting primer for neutralizing redness

Tone (color)-correcting formulas

  1. BLUE: Radiant Primer Blue for adding radiance to light skin
  2. PINK: Radiant Prime Pink for adding radiance to light to medium skin
  3. YELLOW: Radiant Prime Yellow for adding radiance to light to medium skin
  4. PEACH: Radiant Primer Peach for adding radiance to medium to tan skin
  5. CARAMEL: Radiant Primer Caramel for adding radiance to dark skin

You can use either one of the primers alone or mix and match to customize them according to your skin's needs. For example, if you have redness to cover, and dull skin to brighten, you may use the Redness correcting primer first, then follow with one of the Radiant primers that suits your skin tone.

The primer I'm reviewing today is the Radiant Primer Pink for adding radiance to light to medium skin.

Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

The Radiant Primer Pink primer is supposed to bring brightness and radiance to the skin. It comes in a matte, pale pink squeeze tube with a long, slim nozzle to make it easy to gauge the amount to dispense.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

The primer itself has a matching pale, cool pink color. I'd describe the texture as cream-lotion with a little bit of powderiness to it. It smooths out like a thin, lightweight cream but dries down really quickly to a dewy-matte finish. It has a slight floral scent that dissipates in seconds upon application.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink (L), partially blended (middle) and blended (R)

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink (L), partially blended (middle) and blended (R)

Since it sets rather fast, I feel more comfortable applying it to my face in sections. I also use downward dabbing motions when applying as rubbing it in seems to tug at the skin. Since the primer adds a little bit of “whiteness” to my face, I try not to over apply it to prevent my face from looking pasty white. It leaves a non-oily but slightly tacky finish so that your foundation has something to adhere to.

Before and after

In the picture below, I applied the primer on bare skin (R) post-moisturizer. I did not apply any foundation after nor did I set it with a powder. As you can probably see, it doesn't really do much of anything besides adding a plain “whiteness” to my skin. It does not illuminate or add “glow/radiance” to my face in anyway. It simply makes my skin look brighter, or you could say, whiter than without.

Wearing Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink (R)

Wearing Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink (R)

It seems to provide typical skin-smoothing results. My skin overall looks more refined and even-toned but pores and redness around my nose are only slightly concealed. Dark spots on my cheeks and chin are lightened but not diminished. It barely makes a noticeable difference on my under eye area. I also find that it accentuates dryness and fine lines if it isn't blended properly or if it's applied on dehydrated skin.

It does provide a smooth canvas for the foundation, though. If you're worried about the ashy white issue, don't be, as it will be remedied as soon as you apply your foundation on top. I notice that the primer helps improves the application of the foundation as well as wear time. I can go on about my day and only maybe have to blot once in the afternoon. It doesn't completely stop oil from surfacing but it does prolong it.

All in all, the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer in Radiant Primer Pink is a decent primer to quickly add brightness to the skin with a little bit of skin-smoothing effects. It doesn't do much other than that on its own but when combined with foundation, it gives the skin a more flawless finish as well as improve the makeup's wear time.

I have a sample packet of the Mattifying, Smoothing, Hydrating, and Redness Correcting primers that I am testing out right now. I'll report back in my Makeup Mini series as soon as I am done testing them!

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27 Comments So Far & Counting!


 
  • Meiko says:

    Hm the dryness bit doesn’t sound appealing…I have lots of dry patches :( want to try the hydrating or smoothing ones as I have a lot of texture issues. Look forward to your opinion on the rest!

    • Jaa says:

      I wouldn’t recommend this one at all if you have a lot of dry patches. They hydrating one would be a more appropriate option for you. :) Or maybe you can layer them if you really like the effect of this one? :)

  • Probably having dry skin, this is not my primer but I am waiting for the other reviews from you. Primers are even more specific to complexion, even more than foundations. The primer everyone was raving about (Dior Dream Skin) doesn’t work on me at all lol. Maybe hydrating one will be a match though. Thanks for the review. How are you doing by the way?

    • Jaa says:

      Aww that sucks! What don’t you like about it if I may ask? I’m doing OK, still settling in. Thanks for asking! :D

  • Jen says:

    Such a great, thorough review! I have the Mattifying Primer and really like it! I’m hoping to try the green-toned primer soon since I always have some redness in my skin.

  • Agata says:

    Thanks for the review Jaa. It seems just ok. For added radiance I think I will stick to the Laura Mercier Radiance Foundation primer because I really really like it. I am looking forward to the mini reviews of the other primers.

  • Hm, you are right, it doesn’t seem to do much just judging by the picture. But sometimes these things are the best for special occasions, when you just want to do a little bit more than usual for a small effect.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Jaa says:

      I always apply primer whenever I wear a full-face makeup even if the difference is subtle. I feel better having a “barrier” between my skin and makeup. LOL. Plus, using primer seems to help prolong the wear time and keep my face more matte throughout the day. :)

  • Erin says:

    I like how it’s brightening without adding any sheen or sparkle

  • Natasja says:

    Hmm, it is hard to show the effects of a primer. I can imagine. I’m glad you’re pleased with it though. I’d be interested in trying the green one to cover up the redness of my rosacea!

    • Jaa says:

      Sounds like everyone wants to try the green one! I wouldn’t mind getting a full-size myself since I have some serious redness around my nose that I want covered up!

  • Lily says:

    It brightens so well! Too bad it’s drying though. If I were to pick one up, I’d go for the green to reduce redness :-)

  • It’s so hard to show off the results of such a product as they’re subtle. But I have great faith in these new MUFE primers! The old formulas already worked well for me, so… I’m thinking about trying the yellow version.

    • Jaa says:

      Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t even bother comparing the before and after photos especially for primers with subtle effect but then I feel like the post wouldn’t be complete without it. :-/ Have you had a chance to try the yellow one? I’m curious to see if you like it!

  • krithi says:

    it is evident from the pic that ,your face looks smoother when applied
    I like the pale pink color ;)

  • Jasmine says:

    A very slight change as a result, especially (as you said) under your eyes and cheeks. The primer texture does sound good to put on foundation over.

  • Sofia says:

    Hi Jaa! I’ve never ventured into tone correcting primers as the “color correcting”, and only using matte / radiance primers, etc. You’re post has just completely proved that they (or this one anyway) won’t make us turn pink! ;) xx

    • Jaa says:

      I’m not big on tone-correcting primers, either! I’m just getting into it! :D What are some of your current favorite primers?

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