HD Microperfecting Primer
1.01 fl. oz. for $34
Category:Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

As a makeup primer this works fine, but the inclusion of color-correcting pigments (something almost all other primers don’t include) is a twist worth ignoring. The biggest offenders in this group are the Green and Mauve shades, both of which, though sheer, add an odd tone to skin that doesn’t mesh well with foundation and that definitely don’t fly on their own. The Blue color is barely blue (which is good) and applies looking like an ethereal white. As such, it is an acceptable option for very fair skin tones with a pink cast that needs neutralizing. The colorless Neutral shade adds a soft luminescence to skin, while Caramel and Yellow (which isn’t pure yellow, rather more of a neutral putty color) also are workable options.

The silky, lightweight texture of this primer helps smooth and enhance skin texture while adding a subtle shine that can boost dull or sallow complexions. The “nourishing” ingredients mentioned in the claims for this primer are present in such tiny amounts that your skin won’t notice, so this isn’t preferred to prepping your skin with a silky serum that contains beneficial ingredients. Still, this is worth a try if you need to brighten your complexion or tone down (in a subtle manner) an uneven skin tone. Be sure to test this in natural light before purchasing—something Sephora stores (where this product is exclusive) readily allow.

Note: This primer contains fragrance.

Second note: Make Up For Ever sells a smaller version of this product packaged in a tube. It is labeled HD Microperfecting Primer To Go and retails for $15 for 0.5 ounce.


Aqua (Water), Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Methylpropanediol, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Squalane, Glyceryl Caprylate, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ceteth-10, Laureth-4, Ethylglycerin, Panthenol, Potassium Sorbate, Polysorbate 60, Parfum (Fragrance), Argania Spinosa Extract (Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract), C12-14 Pareth-12, Hydrolyzed Algin, Dodecene, Sorbitan Isostearate, Isostearyl Alcohol, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Tromethamine, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Hexyl Cinnamal, Benzyl Salicylate, Limonene, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Linalool.

May Contain: Yellow 5 Lake, Carmine, Ultramarines, Chromium Oxide Greens, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Iron Oxides, Manganese Violet, Titanium Dioxide.

Brand Overview

Make Up For Ever At-A-Glance

Strengths: The newer foundations have many wonderful qualities; impressive options (and shade ranges) for powders, powder blush, and powder eyeshadow; some extraordinary lip glosses and lipstick/lip color options (and again, the shade ranges are remarkable); a few formidable mascaras; good shimmer options; huge selection of praiseworthy makeup brushes.

Weaknesses: Expensive; a few products suffer from needlessly irritating ingredients; average toner; the foundations and concealers that have been in this line longest are behind the times; mostly average eye and lip pencils; mostly lackluster specialty products.

This Paris-based makeup collection traces its roots to theatrical and fashion makeup, building on the concept that a professional makeup artist not only desires, but also needs, every conceivable color and texture to create the broadest range of looks. Since 1984, Make Up For Ever creators Dany Sanz and Jacques Waneph have been doing their best to meet these criteria. Through the years, this line has gone from offering a tremendous array of colors in their own European boutiques to a more streamlined, "everyday" collection of products in selected department stores and (primarily) Sephora, whose parent company, LVMH, has owned Make Up For Ever since 1999.

The color line presents an intriguing blend of classic, workable shades positioned next to some truly unique hues and finishes that only those involved with theater or the most flamboyant "anything goes" makeup artist (or diva) would covet. A major plus for this line is that the majority of colors are densely pigmented and work beautifully on medium to deep skin tones. The drawback is that fair and lighter skin tones may be left feeling that most of the color choices are too intense for them, especially if their goal is a soft, natural makeup application—though the choices in that regard are becoming more plentiful. For those who literally want it all when it comes to possible shades, this line more than delivers what it takes to please.

An interesting aspect of this line is that, category to category, there's often a similar pattern: one or two extraordinary to very good products, followed by mediocrity. It is the average products (and a correspondingly fewer number of poor ones) that tarnish this line and make its prices seem too inflated. However, if you pay attention (and purchase) the products Make Up For Ever does best, you will undoubtedly be pleased.

For more information on Make Up For Ever, call (877) 757-5175 or visit www.makeupforever.com.

Note: The product assortment below is typical of what you will find at Sephora boutiques across the country. If you wish to view the complete collection of Make Up For Ever, the only place to do that is at their freestanding stores in New York City or Los Angeles (or their European stores).

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OK, would prefer more emollient

I bought the blue shade, which gives my very fair skin a bit of a glow. It works fine as a primer, but I would prefer if it were more emollient and moisturizing. For the price, I expected something richer in texture.

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Amanda C

This did make my MUFE HD Foundation stay on a little bit longer than when I didn't use primer, and it mattified my face for a short amount of time. BUT... My foundation went on thinner and streakier when I used this primer. I don't think its worth the money. I'd try another high end brand.

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Excellent for color correction

My cheeks are quite red which i neutralize with the green primer. Then i can use blush on my good cheek bones, not my soft red cheeks. I also use it on my nose and chin. It takes only a tiny amount to tone down redness. Use a brush or sponge to spread evenly, then let dry. If the primer is still wet, the foundation dulls. Using too much also makes foundation look odd. And not on the whole face. It may take practice to get it right, but after that it is a quick procedure. I love this stuff!

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Ellen P.
Dries quickly

Goes on like silk and sets quickly so one can get on with applying foundation.

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