Howdy friends! It’s been a while since I last posted, and I found a little down time today to write about a face primer I recently started using.
Today’s review will be on the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer, otherwise known as MUFE’s mattifying primer. I bought this from Sephora during their 20% storewide sale a while back. I don’t usually shop at Sephora, but I love ambling into the stores and checking out what’s new and wonderful.
There’s a whole range of the skin equalizer primers, 10 actually. I specifically chose the mattifying one because I have oily skin. Plus, I wanted to see if the product lives up to MUFE’s reputation. This is a 15ml half size, the full sized product weighs in at 30ml.
Price: SGD $37 for half sized (15ml) & $70 for full sized (30ml) @ Sephora
Packaging: Squeeze tube with nozzle opening, plastic screw cap.
The primer is dispensed from a squeeze tube with a fine nozzle tip. Mine was a little too small so it took great effort to dispense the primer initially. I solved the issue by pushing a drawing pin into the opening to widen the hole. The size of the 15ml tube is portable and travel-friendly.
The primer is unscented and colourless. The consistency is pastier than conventional silicon based primers, but applies without tugging. I was pleasantly surprised to find that my skin didn’t feel slick after blending the product out.
What Sephora says:
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.
Here’s how my skin looks with the primer blended out. On the left you can see that the kinks in my skin is evened out and poreless, so I daresay my skin was “equalized”. Personally I liked the texture of this primer better than Benefit’s Porefessional because it didn’t feel oily after application. My skin was matte to the touch thereafter.
My usage experience:
I used this in my daily routine, and am happy to share that I experienced lesser sebum secretion throughout the day. Usually when I blot my face the facial tissue picks up a fair bit of oil and foundation, but with the MUFE skin equalizer I noticed there still was sebum, but considerably lesser when compared to other face primers I’ve used. My makeup also adhered well, with minimal patchiness and flaking.
Price wise this is not the most budget friendly face primer, but you really do just need a small bead for the entire face (so a little goes a long way). If you’re looking for a reliable oil controlling face primer that also erases your pores, I recommend this. Go for it when there’s a sale!
Will I be repurchasing? Yes, I may just bite the bullet and go for the regular sized packaging once I’m done with this tube.
My rating: 4/5 (does equalize, both your skin and your wallet 😛 )
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