Make Up For Ever claims Step 1 Skin Equalizer Redness Correcting Primer "instantly neutralizes and evens out red tones for flawless foundation coverage." We found this claim overstated because of the way this primer sheers out. The sheerness upon blending meant this isn't very effective at camouflaging noticeable redness. More importantly, the combination of alcohol and fragrance in the formula can potentially make redness worse via an inflammatory response. Our verdict? This primer is so not worth it.
Housed in a plastic squeeze tube, Step 1 Skin Equalizer Redness Correcting Primer has a lotion-like consistency that spreads evenly across skin. The consistency is nice for covering larger areas of redness, but if you're trying to spot cover smaller discolorations, such as a post-acne mark, the texture doesn't offer as much precise control or tenacity as we'd like. It also doesn't build very well if you're trying to reach more coverage than the initially sheer application.
Despite Make Up For Ever's claim that this primer has a hydrating formula, it doesn't in the least. It dries down a matte finish, partly due to the high amount of alcohol, which has the potential to irritate skin (see More Info).