Product Type: MAC makeup
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MAC Prep + Prime Lash - Just an Average Eyelash Primer
MAC Prep + Prime Lash
Member Name: debbie41176
MAC Prep + Prime Lash
Advantages: Longer lashes
Disadvantages: Don't last long, no better than cheaper alternatives available on the high street, bit of a gimmick.
"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.
Summary: If you're determined to get yourself a lash primer, go for a cheaper high street version instead!