Make Up For Ever Step1 Mattifying Primer

MUFE Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer: My Review

If you have oily skin, no product will ever prevent your natural oil from coming through. Period. When I read reviews that go something like ‘I have extremely greasy skin, but if I put this on in the morning, I won’t need to blot all day’, I never know what to think. Using products targeted at oilier skin types is good in the sense that they won’t make things worse (if they’re well-formulated, obviously), but they definitely won’t turn oily skin into normal. No cream or primer can do that.

That being said, I’m pretty sure any of us shiny girls is always on the lookout for something that will help keep oil at bay and extend foundation wear a little longer. Well, Make Up For Ever Step1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer does exactly that.

What is it? The mattifying option in MUFE‘s line of Skin Equalizers is a silicone-free primer containing Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Lactic Acid and plant extracts.

How do I use it? After moisturizing my face, I put it on with my fingers, let it set for about 30 seconds, then apply my foundation with a brush. Using a brush or a sponge instead of your fingertips is crucial, otherwise you’ll end up with one peeling mess (been there, done that).

UPDATE: Turns out that it was the moisturizer I was using at the time (Avène Cleanance MAT Mattifying Emulsion) that made the primer ball up. I’ve never had the same problem again since I stopped using it, so I can actually apply foundation with my fingers if I want to.

What does it do? It keeps me shine-free longer than usual and makes my foundation last and last. It’s very hot and humid right now where I live and this primer is the only thing that prevents my base from melting off my face. It also camouflages pores, but not as much as silicone primers normally do.

Have you ever used MUFE’s Mattifying Primer? Does it work for you? What’s your favorite oil-controlling makeup base?

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  • Reply
    August 1, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    I never use a primer, although I will probably venture into that part of the makeup universe soon, and I totally agree with you: Oily skin will stay oily.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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      Carol in a
      August 2, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      I don’t use it on a daily basis, because I don’t want to add yet another layer to my base, but if for some reason I want my foundation to really stay put, primer is definitely a great product.

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    August 2, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    love everything! great photos 😀

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    • Reply
      Carol in a
      August 2, 2015 at 7:18 pm

      Thank you darling, I’m on my way! 😉

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    August 2, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    Great review, might need to give this primer a go because I have very oily skin. Most primers just make it worse!

    • Reply
      Carol in a
      August 2, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thank you, I hope it works for you, too! 🙂

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