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"For use under mascara: a white coat that dries to a semi-clear base. Smoothes and conditions the lashes. Intensifies the build and lengthening quality of all formulas. Helps mascara last longer."
REASONS FOR PURCHASE
A few weeks ago I popped to a MAC store in my lunchbreak. I asked for advice on what mascara to try next since I wasn't overly impressed with my previous MAC mascara. The MUA helped me pick out a different mascara, and then demonstrated Prep + Prime Lash and explained it's benefits.
I'm no stranger to lash primers, but this was the first non high street brand I tried. The guy demonstrated how fiberous the product was on the back of his hand. The white strands did appear to 'cling' to the hairs on his hands really well. When he told me he'd been using it on this series of the UK's Next Top Model I was sold!
PRICE / APPEARANCE / AVAILABILITY
A standard 10g tube of this lash primer will cost you £10.50. Not much more than a high street mascara, except that you'll be needing to purchase a mascara too (unless you want white eyelashes of course!).
All MAC Prep + Prime products come in a glitzy black shiney cardboard box.
The tube itself is black and looks much like a mascara.
You can purchase MAC products from MAC stores, MAC online, Selfridges and Debenhams stores that have a MAC counter, or those department stores websites. Make sure you use an approved supplier or you could land up with a fake!
This lash primer is pretty much the same as any other lash primer (think the Bourjious double ended mascara that hit the shelves around 10 years ago). It applies like a mascara with it's tapered bristle brush. The fibres cling to your eyelashes, making them much longer in length. You can coat as much as you like all over your top and lower lashes, the more you apply, the more difficult it is to cover with mascara. Something worth baring in mind!
If I use this before my mascara, I do end up with longer lashes than I would otherwise. Not much longer mind you, since I would use a fiberous lengthening mascara anyway. None the less, I do get an extra few millimetres of length. A few mm makes a difference with eyelashes, trust me! :)
Now, my problem here is that you're just delaying the 'getting ready in the morning' process if you use a product like this. Is it really worth the extra time? Ultimately, I think not.
A few extra minutes make the difference in the mornings, especially if like me, you have a train to catch! So I usually skip this.
If I do use this, yes, I get a bit of extra length. BUT the fiberous tips of my lashes seem to naturally fall away and by around lunchtime, they're looking as they would without the primer. All a bit pointless really!
I could recommend this for the odd occasion, but I would rather recommend a cheaper product, probably a double ended version with a mascara as well.
A nice idea, but not really worth all the extra hassle! Primers are all well and good, but not needed for eyelashes if you use a lengthening mascara.
This product is a white coloured primer which is meant to be applied before you put on your mascara.
According to the product information on MAC's website it 'smoothes and conditions the lashes. Intensifies the build and lengthening quality of all formulas. Helps mascara last longer.'
First of all i curl my eyelashes then i apply this product. I then wait a few minutes before applying my mascara.
I have noticed that when i use this my eyelashes look a lot fuller and dramatic and take on more of a false lash effect which i love.
This product isn't a neccessity but i do think it achieves what it sets out to. The one thing i am not sure it does is make my mascara last longer though.
I would really recommend this to women who want to accentuate their eyes and like the false lash look.
It is priced at £10 which is a little expensive but i think it is worth it as it does do a good job and does last quite a long time. I have had mine for about 6 months now.
When it comes to my eyelashes I will do anything to try and get them to look as long as possible, unfortunately I am not able to apply false eyelashes as they either fall off or they do not look right, So I try to avoid them and try to find a mascara that's gives my eyelashes the false lash look.
I thought that as I love the primer for my eyelids I would try the prep and prime lash as well. It is a white base mascara that is used under your mascara and once it is dry is dries semi clear and smoothes and conditions your eyelashes. It helps the mascara to lengthen the quality of your mascara whilst helping it to last longer.
This did make my eyelashes look better, but trying to cover the white base was tricky as you have to be thorough when apply the mascara as you otherwise find white spots which does not look good on a night out with uv lights.
When applying make sure that you wait for the prep and prime lash to dry otherwise it mixes with your mascara and it clogs and looks awful. When you are applying the primer allow it to dry, this means that I need to make sure that I have enough time to follow out my beauty regime as priming adds a lot more time when you are rushing to get ready.
I also find that this is an expense that I do not really need as it is something that I do not find is a great product and for the results is not something that I want to spend in the region of £10. If this primer came in a clear colour then this is something that I would purchase as you would not have to apply two to three layers of mascara to make sure all of the primer is covered.
I bought this lash primer at MAC because the make up artist recommended it to me, as I've been telling them that I wanted longer and fuller looking lashes and none of their mascara's (which promised it) actually did that... So they convinced me that this was the solution.
So, anyway, this is a white primer that you put on your lashes using a regular mascara brush, this product also comes in a regular black MAC mascara tube, so you'll have to make sure you read what it is before you apply or you might mistakably use it as a regular mascara.
This primer is meant to be applied on your lashes prior to applying your regular mascara. So I took the wand out and applied the white primer to my lashes like I would my regular mascara, making sure that I coat every lash so I can get the best result from this product. I found that I needed to apply quite a few coats to get all my lashes wrapped in this stuff... It also took a while to set and dry and my lashes just looked white once dry.
Applying mascara on your lashes whilst this primer is still wet won't do much as they will just be melted together and you can't get the full benefit of the primer. So once dry, I put on a coat of my regular black MAC mascara. I noticed that I had to use quite a few coats on every angle of my lashes because the white stuff was peeking through from the top part of the lashes.
After using it a few times, I've now concluded that it's a bit of a hassle and I just haven't got the time to coat my lashes in 2 different mascaras and wait that extra 4 minutes... I would not have minded so much if there was a more significant result, but I don't even think it made that much of a difference to the result of the mascara. I've now discovered a different mascara that does exactly what I want without me having to apply 2 different products and not as many coats of mascara either. (My Lancome Virtuose really does the job, so I've now stopped using the MAC ones.)
MAC Prep + Prime Lash / For use under mascara: a white coat that dries to a semi-clear base / Smoothes and conditions the lashes / Intensifies the build and lengthening quality of all formulas / Helps mascara last longer.