February 15, 2016

MAKE UP FOR EVER Step 1 Skin Equalizer Radiant Primer (Peach)


A makeup primer that assists with balancing the skin's texture and tone for smoother, more even, and longer-lasting makeup wear. Perfect for balancing skin, it is lightweight, creamy and leaves a more even toned appearance. This primer for all skintones leaves makeup looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths the look of the skin. 

Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer is available in 10 formulas to target every texture and tone concern: 

Texture: 
Mattifying Primer reduces shine for oily skin. 
Smoothing Primer evens the skin's texture. 
Hydrating Primer preps normal skin and restores balance. 
Nourishing Primer moisturizes and comforts. 
Redness Correcting Primer neutralizes. 

Tone: 
Radiant Primer comes in 5 shades. Blue, Pink, Yellow, Peach and Caramel. It adds radiance to every skintone, ranging from Light to Dark and every tone in between.

I picked the color Radiant Peach for my medium to tan skin. Even the Yellow Primer looked like it would work when I tried at store, but as I always use Peach toned corrector for my under eye dark circles, I though the Peach primer would work much better. 


Color: Peach

Texture and Consistency: Smooth, soft, non sticky, non slippery, not very thick, light weight, not too runny creamy lotion.

Scent: Nothing noticeable 

Application: I use few dots all over my face and smooth it out using fingers. I try not to rub the product too much or it ends up pilling and balling. 

Feel and Effect on Skin: The consistency is not too thick, so the product spreads easily and disappears almost instantly. This does not feels sticky or slippery at all. The product if left for too long without smoothing, ends up drying on face. This is the part where I was hoping to see the color correcting magic, revealing a more radiant, even toned skin. Nothing of that sort happened. The product just blended and disappeared. It did not leave any white or ashy cast. There was no magic. 

Packaging: Soft squeeze tube, with a matte finish. The color of the tube corresponds to the color of the product inside. So mine was peach colored tube. 





Verdict: The whole 'color correcting' part was absent. I did not notice any difference in my skin tone nor did I notice any radiance. I was not expecting any sort of 'glowing radiance' like Becca Backlight priming Filter would give, but I definitely was expecting a more even toned face. As 'just primer' it was OK. On well moisturized face, with this primer on, my foundation went on smooth and it lasted for decent 6 plus hours. It did not break down my makeup and there was no patchiness by the end of the day. The makeup wore off evenly. 

I also noticed that if my face was not moisturized enough like I usually do an hour before using Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream or similar product, this primer on its own did not perform good. The foundation clinged to dry patches. There was no extra hydration, 'pore filling' or 'line filling' with this one (I was not expecting it to have any of these properties). The product did not break me out. 

If I am paying such good amount of money for a primer, I expect it to deliver results and notice some difference on my face. There was no radiance or color correction of any sort. I may sound like I am too picky with my products, but with the number of products I try and test and the amount of money I pay for them, they better be good, really good! This one failed to impress me.

A few other primers that I have tried. Some I like, some are just OK.


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