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The range is divided into 2 categories : The 'tone' primers are designed to boost radiance, while the 'texture' primers are formulated to address texture related issues such as fine lines, redness, large pores and dryness.
I've tested 4 of these primers :
#1 Mattifying Primer : Designed to fight against excess oil and reduce pore size.
#2 Smoothing Primer : Designed to blur imperfections, minimize pores and wrinkles.
#5 Redness Correcting Primer : Designed to color correct redness, boost radiance and moisturize.
#9 Radiant Primer, Yellow : Designed to color correct, neutralize imperfections, even skin tone and give immediate radiance.
Left to right : #1 Mattifying Primer, #9 Radiant Primer Yellow, #2 Smoothing Primer
and #5 Redness Correcting Primer
#1 Mattifying Primer :
The mattifying primer works wonders on oily/combination skin! It has a very thick consistency, not super easy to blend and it dries very fast.. but it's a good mattifying primer. I did notice though that my foundation looks a bit different when I use this, maybe a tad more cakey? I still love it though, can't have everything I guess!
#2 Smoothing Primer :
This primer has a silky soft finish, it feels a bit greasy but less than your typical silicon based primer (better than Benefit The Porefessional and Smashbox Photo Finish). The foundation glides on the skin beautifully, pores and fines lines are less noticeable, and it even helps mattify my skin! It's less mattifying than the Mattifying Primer, but it's also less drying so it might be a better choice if your skin isn't super oily. Love love love this primer!
#5 Redness Correcting Primer :
This product feels like a very lightweight lotion, it sink into the skin very fast. When I applied this primer for the first time, I couldn't see any luminous effect and it didn't feel moisturizing. But then I noticed that my skin was getting more oily troughout the day every time I was using it. I don't know what is causing this, but it really surprised me that it would get so dewy because it doesn't feel greasy at all. Because my skin is already very oily, this wasn't the best primer for me. I think it's a good thing for normal to dry skin though. It did tone down my redness without making my face look too pastel green, but I don't think it will be enough to color correct rosacea.
#9 Radiant Primer, Yellow :
The formula is almost identical to the redness correcting primer, so I had pretty much the same results. It has the same texture, light scent and my skin become oilier than usual. It helps to neutralize redness too, but it's not as effective. It helps to brighten up the complexion, especially when I'm tan. I don't have the same results on a lighter skin tone though. Again, not the best formula for me because something in it doesn't agree well with my oily skin, but it's a good primer for medium/tan skin tones and normal to dry skin types.
The Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Primers retail for $42 CAD for 30ml.
(I received these products in order to evaluate them and give my opinion, but rest assured that my comments are always honest and impartial.)