Make Up For Ever HD Microperfecting Primer in Blue (#5): Review and Photos

Make Up For Ever's HD Microperfecting  Primer in Blue.

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:

MUFE HD Primer in Blue (#5).

One pump of MUFE HD Primer in Blue.

MUFE HD Primer blended in to the right side of my hand.

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 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.

My Favourite Things, vol. 3

My Favourite Things, volume 3 (clockwise from top): Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Elixir, MAC Studio Finish Concealer (NW20), MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara, Sonia Kashuk Flat-Top Multipurpose Brush, and Arbonne Makeup Primer.

In honour of the new school year, I've decided to treat you to the third instalment of the "My Favourite Things" series. Perhaps, if you're starting a new chapter like I am (I started grad school this week—crazy!), you'll be inspired to add a few of these tried-and-true products to your stash. 


1) Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Elixir

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Elixir.

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Elixir was an unexpected favourite for me. I don't usually go for anything with even a hint of orange in it. But a sales associate put this on while I was waiting for a complimentary makeover (whoop!), and I fell in love. Unfortunately, the $27 price tag made me hesitate, so I hunted for dupes—but to no avail. Within weeks, I decided I had to have Elixir—and I don't regret it. It's a beautiful, subdued, but vibrant coral-pink that I think is perfect for fall. It's opaque and streak-free in two coats. Lasting time is about average for me—up to a few days without chipping (I'm hard on manicures). 


2) MAC Studio Finish Concealer

MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW20.

This product ($22) is a classic—and for good reason. I've been using it for 15 years—that's right, 15 years. Back when acne was a serious problem for me, it was the only product that covered everything and kept it covered all day long. Today, acne is much less of a problem—but there's nothing that covers as well, as long, or as beautifully as this. I use NW20 under my eyes. Some might think it's a bit much—but not if you apply it properly. I smooth a small amount on with my fingers and buff it in with a fluffy concealer brush. On blemishes, I use NC15. It's amazing.


3) MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara

MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash Mascara.

If you have a problem with mascaras smudging or flaking, but you don't want to deal with waterproof mascara, MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash is your solution! It stays put all day long, the tiny brush grabs every single lash, it's nice and black, it lengthens like nobody's business, and it's easy to remove—it comes off with warm water. It's also only $19.

Bonus trick from a MAC artist: I apply a coat of this over other mascaras that don't wear as well, like Clinique High Impact, and it dramatically improves the wear time! Love, love, love.


4) Sonia Kashuk Flat-Top Multipurpose Brush

Sonia Kashuk Flat-Top Multipurpose Brush

This Sonia Kashuk beauty, available at Target for $20 or so, proves that you don't need to buy MAC brushes to get quality! The synthetic bristles are soft, dense, and firm, the design is beautiful, and the curved handle is comfortable to hold. I stipple my foundation on with a Real Techniques stippling brush, do a little blending, and buff everything in with this for an air-brushed, flawless finish. Perfection.


5) Arbonne Makeup Primer

Arbonne Makeup Primer.

This primer might be tough to find—you'll need to purchase it from an Arbonne consultant at a party or online. It's a bit steep at $55 including taxes and shipping, but so worth it. It's like the Smashbox primer, but better. It's silicone-based, but unlike some other silicone primers, it doesn't make my makeup slide around. It leaves my makeup looking fresh all day, PLUS it makes the enormous pores on my nose look smaller. Sold!

Have you tried any of these? What did you think? Let me know in the comments! I'd also love to hear about your favourites—leave me a link, and I promise to visit! 

Disclosure:  These products were purchased by Eyeshadow Addict. 

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