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It's A Dupe!

Long time no dupe.

Corny? I know. I try.

Faithful readers would have seen me rave about the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, a.k.a Face Cement, numerous times. Well, we have a dupe: The Make Up For Ever (MUFE) Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer. I knew it instantly. So instantly that I've used the MUFE twice and decided that it's ridiculous to keep both since they are the same.

You can read all about the Becca primer in the link above so I'm just going to talk about the MUFE version here.

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector vs. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer -
Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector vs. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer swatches -
swatches straight from the tubes
Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector vs. Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer swatches -
swatches blended out

Can you tell which is which? No? Well, neither can I.

From the MUFE site -  "Details: STEP1 Skin Equalizer triples the power of your foundation: easier application, optimized makeup result, improved wear. STEP1 is the range of skin equalizers developed to refine, smooth and even out. Our exclusive Equalizer Complex delivers 3 key actions:

- APPLICATION : makeup goes on seamlessly
- RESULT : optimized color & finish
- WEAR: longer staying power

MATTIFYING PRIMER is the answer to unwanted shine, fighting against excess oil to ensure a matte makeup result. Formulated with our specific Sebustop Vegetal Complex, this first step equalizer instantly reduces pore size and controls shine for a flawless makeup all day long.

How to apply: Remove a small amount of Primer and apply locally with your fingertips to activate blood circulation. The friction on the skin will help the primer penetrate faster. For a quick and hygienic application, use the Foundation Brush – Large #108 or the Foundation Brush – Medium #106 for the whole face or the Concealer Brush – Medium #176 for a precise application. For optimum penetration results, use the Ellipse Sponge. Its triangular shape allows to reach the outer parts of the nose and the corner of the eyes more easily.

I would strongly recommend following Becca's directions for application of these primers because if you attempt to rub these into your skin they will 'ball up'. Patting / pressing it into the skin is the better bet.

Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector directions -

As I said in the Becca review, I wouldn't recommend this type of primer for everyday use because it can caused clogged pores. Sensitive skin folks please proceed with caution.


The differences here are minimal. The nozzle dispenser on the MUFE is longer. As you can see from the photos, I have the travel size of that one but the full size looks the same.


A full size Becca is 40 ml / 1.35 fl. oz. while the MUFE is only 30 ml / 1 fl. oz. Both products are offered in travel sizes: 11 g / 0.40 oz and 15 ml / 0.5 fl. oz respectively.


From Becca - full size: $36USD. Travel size: $15USD. MUFE - full size: $37USD. Travel size: $17USD.
I should note here that you could also purchase MUFE at tradeshows for a discount. I purchased this at The Makeup Show New York this year.


BeccaAqua (Water), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid.

MUFE: Aqua (Water), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lactic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Parfum (Fragrance), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Sanguisorba Officinalis Root Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Benzyl Benzoate, Benzyl Salicylate. 

Both brands suggest a 12 month shelf life once opened.

If you plan on extensive use (which I already said that I don't recommend), it would be best to get the MUFE since it doesn't contain parabens and it has a couple natural extracts down the line. That last part for me is negated by the addition of fragrance so high on the list. Something else I don't recommend is buying either of these full size. Unless you're a makeup artist, the travel sizes are more than enough to have on hand for special occasions.

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Mattifying Primer ingredients -

Let us know in the comments if you've tried either of these primers.


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