Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer (Mattifying)
For combination skin, it’s tricky trying to find the right primer to set the base for your foundation — sometimes your face is just dry and you need something a little more hydrating and other times you need something to keep that shininess at bay for your T-zone. As such, it’s important to find the right combination of primers for different parts of your face.
I tend to have a relatively dry base to begin with, so for the most part, I do use different primers for different parts of my face. Continuing with my purchase of the Nourishing Equalizer, after applying the Nourishing Equalizer for my whole face, I used a very small amount of the Mattifying Equalizer for my T-zone. At this point, I had made some changes to my skincare by adding a facial oil at night and stopping any potentially drying facial treatments (i.e. whitening/brightening products are usually the culprits for this kind of situation) for the time being. Given my combination skin type, my T-zone tends to get a wee bit oilier by midday even in a drier, colder climate. As such, I thought it’d be a good idea to use a Mattifying Equalizer for my T-zone and test run it to see if it would hold up well during the winter and most likely use during the summer as well.
Housed in the same travel-friendly plastic squeeze tube, the primer is of a sherbet-like consistency and there was no discernible fragrance; this primer is part of the base primers from the Equalizer set as they’re generally used before any of the color-correcting ones in the series. I found that although I’ve had to make some adjustments in my skin care so that my skin feels more hydrated and moisturized, combined with the Nourishing Equalizer, my complexion looks and feel more balanced. I would encourage those who have combination skin like me to not use this Mattifying Equalizer all over their face as it does hold up to its name: it controls the oil well LOL 😀 Those who have oily skin will most likely like this all over their face because it helps balance out their complexion and their makeup will hold up much better 🙂
All in all, I liked this primer for my T-zone and this one tube will last me a very long time <3
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer (Nourishing)
Continuing with my purchase for the Nourishing Equalizer, I also purchased the Mattifying base to help control the shininess for my T-zone area. For combination skin, it’s tricky trying to find the right primer to set the base for your foundation — sometimes your face is just dry and you need something a little more hydrating and other times you need something to keep that shininess at bay for your T-zone. As such, it’s important to find the right combination of primers for different parts of your face.
I tend to have a relatively dry base to begin with, so for the most part, I do use different primers for different parts of my face. Continuing with my previous purchase of the Mauve Equalizer, for which I’ve started to use as a brightener for certain parts of my face (i.e. brow bone, cheekbones, etc.), I use this Nourishing Equalizer for my whole face first before applying any other primer or foundation. Perhaps it’s this winter or my skin just being disagreeable, I noticed that once I put on foundation and a touch of powder, my skin looks like the moisture has been zapped out and I’m left with a pretty dry complexion 🙁
I have to note here that this really has nothing to do with dusting on a little highlighter (it makes it look even drier LOL) or even using a liquid highlighter on top of the foundation; if your skin, the fundamental base for your makeup, is looking and feeling dry and dehydrated, nothing you add on it would make it look naturally radiant and dewy; you have to solve it with your skincare products, diet and lifestyle. At this point, I made some changes to my skincare by adding a facial oil at night and stopping any potentially drying facial treatments (i.e. whitening/brightening products are usually the culprits for this kind of situation) for the time being. In terms of my makeup, I had to do something about my base/primer makeup so I decided to pop by Make Up For Ever for their Nourishing base because I had had good results with their Mauve one.
Housed in the same travel-friendly plastic squeeze tube, the primer is of a lotion-like consistency and there was no discernible fragrance; this primer is part of the base primers from the Equalizer set as they’re generally used before any of the color-correcting ones in the series. I found that although I’ve had to make some adjustments in my skin care so that my skin feels more hydrated and moisturized, this Nourishing Equalizer definitely helps me to retain my ever-disappearing moisture and it helps make my complexion look less dry after doing my makeup.
All in all, I liked this primer and I feel that I would use this primer whenever my skin feels a little more dehydrated than usual so I can retain a bit of dewiness for my relatively dry skin <3
Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Concealer
Price: HKD280 | CAD35
In my makeup arsenal, this concealer tops it in terms of the staying power, soft focus and coverage it has for my undereye area as it is comparable to the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation’s effect for the complexion. In terms of the packaging, the concealer is in a pen-like tube where I would need to turn the pen a couple of clicks to dispense the concealer into the flexible silicon tip. I normally just turn two clicks to get a bit of the product out onto my hand and then dip the silicone tip into it before application.
In terms of the coverage and lasting power, this concealer is amazing as once it sets, it wears until you take it off. In addition, I noticed that I didn’t get any creasing in my undereye area throughout the day; in fact, I could get away with not setting it with a bit of powder as I found that it stayed put quite well. I will note here that initially it can get a little annoying with twisting the pen a couple clicks to get the product out as you risk pushing out too much and then you end up just wasting it; for the amount that you get, this is definitely a pricey product so it would be highly important for you to just turn it up one click at a time and then gently squeezing the base of the silicone applicator tip to push out the concealer onto the back of your hand so you can gauge just how much more you have to twist.
All in all, I would definitely repurchase this concealer as I noticed that it can also double as a spot concealer for the odd acne scar or two I have on my face as the concealer really stays put throughout the day <3
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Price: HKD340 | USD43 | CAD50
In my makeup arsenal, aside from my trusty Revlon Colorstay, my other high-performance foundation would be this little powerhouse from Make Up For Ever. It’s a medium to full coverage foundation that’s easily buildable; I just need one layer (one pump) to neutralize redness and covers blemishes and mild skin imperfections, then go in with a spot concealer for my undereye area and the odd acne scar or two.
In terms of visuals, this foundation doesn’t look heavy at all; it has a natural matte finish that looks very much like real skin. Its formula blurs imperfections and catches light to intensify your skin’s natural glow, making it almost look satiny-matte. I’ve noticed that with this foundation, the soft focus effect makes my skin look incredible under any lighting, indoors and outdoors.
I will note here that if you have relatively dry, flaky skin or you haven’t prepped your skin well with a good primer — which in my case, I’ve used it with the Bobbi Brown SPF 50 Make Up Base as well as the Make Up For Ever Radiance Primer — this foundation will not work out well for you as I noticed that it will enhance the flaky bits; in addition to it being a matte look, it will make your skin look drier than it actually is. In my experience, although this is an oil-free, water and silicone-based foundation, I’ve experienced no breakouts and once I’ve prepped my combination-dry skin with the right primer, my complexion was good to go with this foundation.
In terms of the packaging, I quite liked the fact that it’s a pump dispenser, which makes it easy to measure the right amount; its plastic packaging makes it practical and easy to carry and it fits easily into makeup cases. However, the downside of the packaging is the plastic cap, which seems like it would be the first to weaken and crack after a few months.
All in all, I’m totes up for getting a summer and winter shade with this HD powerhouse, so my skin can truly look glowy and perfect without looking like I really piled it on thick <3
Make Up For Ever Step 1 Equalizer
Shade: Mauve (Radiant)
In every girl’s makeup arsenal, there should be a definitive makeup base and brand where you can depend on for a work day, evening out or even a photo-op: the Make Up For Ever line’s Step 1 Skin Equalizers are a series of primers that promise to refine, smooth, even out and brighten the skin tone as well as to prolong the wear of makeup. They’re appropriately named ‘Step 1′ Skin Equalizers because a ‘primer’ is applied as your first step before you apply makeup: regular skincare, primer, foundation and the rest of your makeup.
I noticed that the Radiance Primer instantly color corrects according to your skin tone giving what looks like fresh-looking bare skin. These tailored equalizers transform radiance levels and brings more hydration and light to the face. In addition, the Radiance Primers are formulated with a blend of Spectraflex® pigments to neutralize imperfections and banish dullness to give immediate radiance and even skin tone for a flawless makeup base all day long.
Each Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primer has a different function and they are available at your local Makeup For Ever store for around HKD370 each; from the line, I chose from the Radiance Primer section:
- #6 Cool Pink – for yellow fair skin
- #7 Blue – for yellow red fair skin
- #8 Peach – for fair skin
- #9 Yellow – for tanned skin
- #10 caramel – for dark skin
- #11 Mauve – for yellow dark skin
I purchased the Mauve Primer and it tripled the power of the foundations that I used it with! Although the primer has a slight fragrance to it, the scent smells great and it dissipates fairly quickly and hasn’t caused any reactions.
All in all, I’m keeping this makeup primer in my arsenal as my go-to product for a regular work day to a night out and events where I know I’ll be taking lots of photos <3 Later on, I’m interested in trying out the other primers in the line: Smoothing, Nourishing, Hydrating and the Radiant Blue one <3