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Written on Thursday, June 14, 2018
Pros: doesn't crease, doesn't dry out skin, easy to spread out, intensifies the color, makes eyeshadow look brighter and last longer
Cons: a bit pricey, useless for my lips


Today I’d like to tell you about the product I fell in love with right after the first use. It’s all about the Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer.

What I expect from a primer is that it not only makes my eyeshadow last longer and look brighter, but also that it has a nice formula and a handy applicator wand or pump.

This product meets all my requirements.

Let me start off by saying a few words about the packaging.

The primer comes in an individual black package. The product itself is housed in a white and matte plastic tube.

I love such packages, because the use is more hygienic then.

Moreover, this long and narrow nozzle helps me control the amount of the product. A tiny drop is enough for use on my eyelids, so the product goes really far.

The texture and its properties:

The primer is fragrance-free.

Made in France.

The formula is white and thick. Thanks to the silicone like feel, it distributes on my skin evenly and effortlessly.

The color of the primer is a huge plus for me. It’s absolutely undetectable on my lids, so it matches any skin types.

It feels comfortable on my skin and doesn’t dry it out.

From the manufacturer:

What it is:

A primer for both eyes and lips, this formula fills, smooths, and instantly enhances color intensity on eyes and lips for up to 24 hours.


What it does:

Discover the single solution for your eye and lip needs with this innovative, multi-use primer. A revolutionary addition to the best-selling Step 1 Skin Equalizer line, this unique primer preps both eyes and lips to create the ideal base upon which to apply makeup. Its innovative texture smoothes and fills fine lines to ensure crease-proof wear for up to 24 hours. Instantly enhances eye and lip colors, it ensures you achieve the look you want and that it stays put.


I used this product specifically for my eyelids.

The nude lipsticks I use do not require any brightening or better staying power, so I decided not to waste this primer for the functions I do not need.

However, I carried out an experiment with my lipstick a few times. I picked up the worst lipstick that bleeds and applies to my lips really badly.

Above: with a primer, below without a primer
Above: with a primer, below without a primer

With this primer on, the lipstick doesn't get really sticky, but somewhat goopy. Also, it doesn’t feel any better on my lips, but it definitely wears longer.

Now about the interaction with eyeshadow:

Does it make the eyeshadow brighter? Definitely and you can see it in the pictures.

Without a base/ with a base
Without a base/ with a base

It works especially well with light eyeshadows. When this primer is on, the light shade gets more visible.

Applying even the most challenging eyeshadow, it doesn’t crease or leave any fallout behind. Plus, it applies streak-free and blends out easy-peasy.

In terms of the staying power, I expect any eyeshadow to last through my entire 8+ hour shift at work and even a little longer (about 10-12 hours).

When the primer is on, the eyeshadow wears really well till I decide to remove it.

It doesn’t crease or fade.

It lasts all day
It lasts all day

The pros:

  • Easy to use (nozzle)

  • Good color

  • Intensifies the color of the eyeshadow

  • Makes makeup last longer

  • Doesn’t crease

  • A little goes a long way. I used this travel-size tube within a month.

The cons:

  • Pricey.

I’m really pleased with the quality and performance of the product, so I highly recommend it!


Thanks for reading!

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Kapitalinka recommends Make Up For Ever Step 1: Skin Equalizer Eye & Lip Primer

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