Make Up For Ever claims Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer moisturizes dry skin and facilitates a smooth canvas for makeup application, but it's fragranced formula isn't a slam-dunk…especially if you have sensitive skin (more on that in a minute).
Dispensed via a squeeze tube, Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer has a silky cream texture that absorbs nicely into skin, leaving it hydrated. It has a slightly dewy (but not greasy) finish, but unfortunately, things go awry from there.
Whatever "nourishing" properties this primer offers are contradicted by the inclusion of potentially irritating fragrance ingredients. While it may smell nice, fragrance can impair skin's ability to heal itself and have other negative repercussions (see More Info for the full scoop).
As for Make Up For Ever's claim that the "Vegetal Complex" revives skin, we're not exactly sure which ingredients on the list support that claim (we reached out to Make Up For Ever but haven't heard back). What we can tell you is that from an anti-aging perspective, this formula isn't anything to get excited about; however, it does contain some standard yet beneficial ingredients for dry skin, such as glycerin, propanediol, and squalane.
In the end, Step 1 Skin Equalizer Nourishing Primer earns our praise for dry skin from an aesthetic standpoint, but its fragranced formula isn't as nourishing as Make Up For Ever would like you to believe. If anything, the formula is essentially a moisturizer, so if you're already using one in your routine, you don't need to add this primer in disguise! Simply put, we wouldn't recommend this over the options on our Best Primers list.