Review-Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Face Primer in 0-Neutral

Taken from the Sephora.com product description-

“What it is:
A lightweight, oil-free complexion corrector that enhances the skin’s texture and primes the skin for makeup application.

What it does:
HD Microperfecting Primer deeply nourishes, moisturizes, and softens the skin, creating a glowing effect. Creates a protective layer on the skin allowing foundation to glide on easily and last longer.

What else you need to know:
The Sephora-exclusive primer comes in six color-correcting shades and one transparent shade.”

Let me state before beginning that I have combination skin. My skin can get dry but my T-zone is very oily and I suffer from breakouts as well. I’m telling you that to give you an idea of what I’m dealing with because your skin may be different and products may work differently for you.

I had tried two face primers already and was starting to think maybe primer wasn’t for me. The first primer I ever tried was Laura Geller’s Spackle. This was before primers had saturated the market and before the average cosmetics consumer had any idea what primer even was.  My mother being the QVC addict that she is, ordered this for both of us. She liked the brightening effect it had on her (mature) skin where I just thought it made me look way too shiny. What was supposed to add a dewy look or a glow translated to oily-looking in my opinion. The second primer I tried was  from Revlon.. It was a gel that felt smooth between your fingers and almost like a fine powder. That one made my face look & even  feel oily unlike the spackle which just made me look overly “dewy.”  I hated what it did to my face, it made my skin look dull, it seemed to emphasize my combination skin problems and even altered the color of my foundation a little. Major FAIL.

I didn’t actually decide I wasn’t going to use a primer ever again but I ceased looking for one that suited me for awhile. Then about a month ago I was in line at Sephora and they had the little tube (pictured above) of the Mufe HD Primer in neutral for $15. I grabbed it as an impulse purchase, hoping maybe it would help my foundation last a little longer and that since it was a higher-end brand it would work better than Revlon. Also it looked whitish but clear, not pearly like the LG Spackle which had an opalescent look to it in the jar.

With my combination skin, when I tried to put on foundation right after showering  it didn’t look right. It would cake up in spots and look patchy and even emphasize the light flakiness I had around my nose.

The first time I used this primer I noticed the difference. I used it after moisturizing before any makeup. I did it within 30 minutes of getting out of the shower which normally would be a problem. I was amazed at how it went on completely clear, had a very faint scent that simply smelled clean and actually made my skin look better. If I put it on and didn’t put on makeup over it my face would still look good. When you put foundation over it, it smooths on easily and you actually need less foundation to cover your face. You can build up coverage and blend with a sponge without any pilling or flaking off of the primer. It seemed to smooth down any little flakes I had and totally got rid of my caking-around-the-nose-problem I had before. I realized after a few uses I didn’t need as much moisturizer when I use this primer. Another thing I noticed was that if I used my concealer over the primer it stayed put much better than on bare skin. My makeup definitely lasts longer-now I dust some powder on during lunch and touch up the foundation before going out after work, as opposed to touching up foundation at lunch. The product does not claim to help with oil-control so if oily skin is a problem for you, you will need a mattifying gel like Urban Decay’s De-Slick in a tube, or a transluscent mattifying powder such as Urban Decay De-Slick powder, Laura Geller’s Matte Maker or Hard Candy’s version, I apologize for not knowing it’s name because I have it as part of a palette. This primer also comes in different color-correcting formulas. Handy, no?

I will be picking up a full-size when my 15 ml tube runs out. A full size retails at $32. I have been using my tube for a month and have about 1/3 left. Not bad!

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