Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer

I’ve been a fan of Stila for over ten years, especially their Convertible Colors which deserve a lot more hype as they’re my absolute favourite cream blush formula. Even though I’ve tried concealers, foundations, eyeshadows, brow pens, eyeliners, lipsticks, lipglosses, makeup brushes and more from the brand, I’ve never tried one of their primers before. I decided I needed to rectify that, and I chose their new Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer as part of My Cult Beauty Edit.

Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer Review and Swatches

Introducing the newest addition to Stila’s One Step portfolio: One Step Prime. Our innovative, swirled helix serum primer combines a crystal clear base with the optimal balance of skin smoothing silicones. It fills in pores and fine lines, creating the perfect canvas for effortless foundation application.”

  • All-in-one lightweight serum primes, preps, conditions and smooths skin.

  • Contains Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex™, a proprietary blend of 15 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

  • Crystal clear base contains 50% water for a lighter, more refreshing feel than most silicone-based primers.

  • Oil-free, fragrance-free.

Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer Review and Swatches

The Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer is £26 from Cult Beauty and contains 30ml of product. The Stila primers all come within cylindrical tubes, with an airless pump where the base of the tube rises with use to ensure every single bit of product is used. I really like airless pumps with skincare or makeup products as it’s so much more hygienic.

Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer Review and Swatches

The Stila primers mostly have this cool helix, twisted effect and this particular primer contains a crystal clear base with the optimal balance of skin smoothing silicones. The airless pump ensures you get a good mixture of the two formulas inside. 

Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer Review and Swatches

Once pumped, the Stila One Step Prime Makeup Primer is a lightweight gel cream and is white in colour. With primer I like to use an hydrating formula to minimise my dry patches, but I like the pore blurring effects of a silicone primer, but silicone primers tend to be quite drying.

This particular primer appealed to me as it claimed to prep, smooth and nourish all in one. Even though it claims to smooth the skin, the Stile One Step Prime doesn’t feel at all like a typical silicone primer. If anything it feels very similar to the Too Faced Hangover Primer.

Once blended into the skin, it has a very subtle tacky consistency which I believe is why it works so effectively at prolonging the longevity of makeup. It feels more like a skincare product than it does a makeup primer, and whilst it doesn’t blur pores and imperfections as a silicone heavy primer like the Benefit POREfessional, it does have a light smoothing effect on the skin.

If you like your primer to really minimise your pores, I don’t think this primer will be for you as there are more effective pore blurring primers.

Overall it’s a really lovely primer, and it’s been my primer of choice for a good number of weeks and I’d love to see Stila launch a blurring primer alongside the Stila One Step Prime, One Step Correct and One Step Illuminate helix primers.

You can purchase the Stila One Step Prime on the Cult Beauty website.

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