I discovered that Make Up For Ever was now in the UK a while back, so I walked into one of their counters the minute I saw one. I own just one item from them and its their matte velvet foundation which in all honesty, I hardly ever reach for. I really wanted to try their new Ultra HD foundation since lots of people have been raving about it, however I ended buying the foundation and their skin equalizer mattifying primer (like I could go there and just buy one item? story).
Before buying the Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer mattifying primer primer, I played around with some of the other primers that they had on display and believe me, they had quite a lot. They had primers that do from smoothing and pore filling to color correcting, however I was after something that would help control oil production, as usual. I took my time trying some of them out and in the end, I had to decide between their mattifying primer and their smoothing primer. I went with the mattfiying primer because I wasn't really sure if the smoothing primer would hold up, especially when my skin started dishing out oil.
For a lot of reasons, the Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer mattifying primer reminds me so much of the Becca Ever matte poreless priming perfector. The packaging is similar, the color is similar and most of all, the feel is really similar too. I've used this a few times now, mainly concentrating on my T-Zone area i.e my fore head, chin, cheeks and down the bridge of my nose and the results have been impressive. I recently used it under a foundation that doesn't really mattify and went close to 5 hours without touching up my nose. I've given up on the all day matte claim that most brands make with their primers and at this stage, I don't even think that it is possible for me. So I've learnt to just rank them depending on how long I go without seeing oil seep through my foundation.
It has the somewhat rubbery feel that You'd get with the Becca Ever matte primer so it is not the easiest to blend into the skin, however the Make Up For Ever Skin Equalizer mattifying primer is a bit more merciful to the pores, so it doesn't sink into them or make them more visible than they are. It leaves your face felling matte but not dry which is extremely important for me when it comes to primers since I've found that if my face is really dry after a primer, it ends up producing double the oil that it would have produced at the end of the day. It comes in two different sizes, a 15ml tube which sells for £13 and a 30ml tube which sells for £24. I decided to start with the small one because I did not want to spend serious money on something that I may end up disliking. I really like this primer, and I have a very strong feeling that I may repurchase once I run out.
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"You feel sorrowful now, but I will see you again; and your hearts will rejoice and no one will take your joy away from you." John 16:22