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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.
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.
- BLACK: Mattifying primer for reducing shine
- PALE BLUE: Hydrating primer for restoring skin's balance
- DARK GREY: Smoothing primer for evening out skin's texture
- WHITE: Nourishing primer for added moisture and comfort
- GREEN: Redness correcting primer for neutralizing redness
Tone (color)-correcting formulas
- BLUE: Radiant Primer Blue for adding radiance to light skin
- PINK: Radiant Prime Pink for adding radiance to light to medium skin
- YELLOW: Radiant Prime Yellow for adding radiance to light to medium skin
- PEACH: Radiant Primer Peach for adding radiance to medium to tan skin
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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!