I have an admission to make: I have a hard time with primers. The difference between primer and no primer is subtle, and the difference between different primers is even more subtle, in my opinion. Raise your hand if you examine your face closely at the end of the day to discern whether your primer has, in fact, extended the wear of your foundation.
Anyone? Anyone? *Cough*
Okay, so even though the differences are subtle, I do wear primer—anything to make my skin look a leeeeeetle smoother is worth a try in my books. I cleanse, tone, and moisturize religiously, but still, after years of acne, certain patches of skin on my face still feel kind of like…burlap. I deal. Or, at least, I try.
When I heard about Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting Primers, I was stoked. They've had an awesome year thus far with releases such as their HD Blush and HD Pressed Powder. I assumed their HD Primer would deliver similar stellar results.
Alas, the relationship just wasn't meant to be. But more on that later. Here's a quick look:
Here's what the press release promises:
The light, oil-free formula of the HD Microperfecting Primer acts as a preparation product that creates a protective film on the skin’s surface and operates as a shield, preventing the foundation from penetrating the skin. Dermatologically tested to be safe for all skin types, it also helps stabilize foundation to be more long-lasting and more evenly applied.
Like the HD Foundation, the HD Microperfecting Primer also helps to create a soft focus effect to the complexion. Formulated with Silica Micro Beads that are biotechnologically engineered to act as minuscule light refractors, these beads refract both man-made and natural light to veil imperfections, giving a soft focus effect to skin. Nourishing ingredients act as moisturizers to protect skin from dryness, providing a well balanced canvas for foundation application.
HD Microperfecting Primer is available in seven shades that correct and enhance color.
- #0 Neutral: a translucent base for all complexions
- #1 Green: minimizes redness (ideal for rosacea)
- #2 Mauve: neutralizes strong olive undertones
- #4 Caramel: adds a warm glow to deeper skin tones
- #5 Blue: gives a porcelain finish to fair skin
- #6 Yellow: adds golden tones to dark complexions
- #7 Pink: adds brightness and warmth
I received #5 in Blue. Its promise of a porcelain finish is actually quite accurate. It's a very light blue, but has more of a whitish cast as you're applying it, and is subtle when fully blended, as you'll see in my last photo above. Does it have a soft-focus effect? Before foundation, definitely. It's difficult to see in the photo of my hand above, but the fine lines on my skin virtually disappear under the primer. Applied to my face, the primer does have a smoothing effect, and my foundation, freshly applied, looks lovely.
If you're not a fan of silicones, you'll like the texture—not much slip. It's similar in many ways to Hourglass' Mineral Veil Primer.
Unfortunately, though, the primer didn't do much of anything to prolong the wear of my foundation (currently MAC Studio Fix Fluid). In fact, it emphasized the problem areas on my face by the end of the day, which was very disappointing.
The verdict: As I said, some relationships just aren't meant to be. If your skin is more balanced—no dry spots—you might love this. Let me know!
Rating: Two and a half stars out of five—like I said, it just didn't work for me.
Available: Sephora and Sephora.ca for $39 Canadian (you get 1.01 oz).
Have you tried Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting Primer? What did you think? How does it compare to other primers you've tried?
Disclosure: This product was provided by PR for my consideration. This post contains affiliate links.