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Having been a loyal user of the Guerlain Lip Lift primer, I decided to try the MAC Prep + Prime Lip after reading online reviews of it. I was tempted to switch as the Guerlain KissKiss Lip Lift is around £18 and the MAC Prep + Prime cost me £10.50!
*** What is it? ***
For your money you get a small glittery black cardboard box which contains a thin glittery black wand. It is similar in size to a pen, so I keep it with my makeup brushes etc. The black glittery finish looks distinctive not tacky.
You remove the lid and twist up a thin white stick which goes on the lips thinly, leaving a sheer coat. It is not obvious like the KissKiss Guerlain Lip Lift which has a waxy white finish. This is very discrete by comparison. As it is so discrete you can take it over your lipline then pencil the lip line in over the top.
It it best to apply it on fairly dry lips so it can adhere to the surface, so wait a while after using a lip conditioner or lip balm, or blot the excess balm off.
You then simply apply your lipstick over the top - straight from the tube or by brush.
*** What is good about it? ***
It makes your lipstick last for hours - far longer than the Guerlain one. I applied it in the morning and still had some colour left at lunchtime. It also reduced the lipstick transfer onto glasses and cups.
It is not thick and waxy so is more pleasant to apply and feels less artificial.
*** What is not so good about it? ***
It does not have any moisturing effect on my lips so you will still need to find a time to wear lipbalm etc. That said, it did not seem to dry them out as much as lipstick on bare lips does for me.
M.A.C. Cosmetics are not always the first brand that I look at, on the whole I always seem to be drawn to the more well known brand names like L`Oreal or Max Factor, names that seem to have been with us forever. The M.A.C. Company was founded in 1985 and by 1994 M.A.C was part of the cosmetics giant Estee Lauder.
In 1994 the M.A.C. Aids fund was created to offer a global means of support to those who live with the HIV/AIDS virus.
It seems that M.A.C don't intend to let the grass grow under their feet, as well as offering crucial support to AIDS sufferers and their families they also promote beauty without cruelty ( no product is ever tested on animals ) and they actively recycle so that our natural resources aren't wasted.
M.A.C. Provide quite an extensive range of cosmetics but they have branched out and offered
their customers far more including make up brushes, fragrance, make up tools and applicators and some really attractive make up bags, some of which are unisex.
Good make up brushes and applicators can often be expensive, M.A.C. Brushes are no exception and as much as I would love to own a few that is something that will have to be added to my wishlist.
The M.A.C. Prep and Prime Lip is quite an interesting product to talk about. Being the proud owner of countless lipsticks I think I am well qualified to give a good opinion on this offering from M.A.C.
A while back when I paid a visit to our local designer outlet I bought a brand name lip colour that came with a primer, the coral lip colour was brilliant - as long as you made the effort to prime your lips first ! I was a bit sceptical about the need for any primer and on one particular morning when I was in a hurry I just applied the lip colour minus primer.
That was a big mistake, the lip colour used on its own made my lips feel sticky and uncomfortable, my lips kept trying to cling to each other and the matte colour sank into the skin on my lips and stained the skin quite heavily - so then I could see why it was so important to use the lip primer first.
The M.A.C Prep and Prime Lip comes in a plain black slimline casing, the tube has a twist mechanism and when you twist the tube of primer upwards all you see is a white waxy opaque stick.
You apply the primer to your lips and it moisturises the skin, any dry skin scales are soon smoothed out. When you use the primer for the first time you may think that the tasteless moisturiser feels like a lip salve. Your lips feel slightly greasy and it is better to wait a few moments before you carry on and apply a coat of lipstick.
Once the layer of M.A.C. Prep and Prime has been absorbed into the skin just coat your lips with colour as normal, the lip primer just helps to create a good looking finish.
I have only recently read an article about the product and it intimated that a layer of M.A.C. Prep and Prime made the lips look fuller, I would have to disagree with that comment - from my point of view it is sheerly a skin moisturising product and the primer makes no difference to the way my lips look.
On one hand I think that the product is a good one and there is room for it on the market, it ensures that you achieve a good finish with the top coat of colour. I don't feel that the primer makes my lipstick stay in place any longer either, I still need to re-apply as usual.
The 0.05g tube of M.A.C. Prep and Prime will cost you somewhere around the £9 mark, as you would imagine the small tube goes a long way.
So the product has got a lot going for it but you can easily moisturise your lips with far cheaper creams and oils. I have a tub of Vaseline and often use a dab to moisturise my lips and it does a very good job.
At the end of the day the choice is yours, if you feel that you want to pay that amount of money for skin priming product - one that fits into any sized handbag and can be taken anywhere - then M.A.C Prep and Prime is one to look out for.
But if you feel that it is slightly overpriced and that you can live without it then you may well think about investing in a tub of something far less expensive.
After spending a lot of time, effort and money searching for a great lip moisturiser to keep my lips soft and smooth, it made sense to then start looking for a primer to help keep them that way. Many of my fuller coverage / matte finish lipsticks can dehydrate my lips a little and with most with more than three quarters left it would be a huge waste to simply chuck them away - so I headed to my favourite store (MAC!) to ask about their lip primer; Prep + Prime Lip.
Described as a 'colour free base to wear under lipstick' it 'adds light moisture, smooths and refines the lips.' It also claims to improve the apperance of lip products applied on top. At £10.00 per 1.7g - it does all of this, and more.
I apply about straight from the slim, black twist up tube five / ten minutes before I plan on putting on any other lipsticks. This gives the primer a little while to 'sink' into the lips, filling in any fine lines and sore / dry areas. After said amount of time, the primer becomes tacky with an almost waxy texture - giving your lipsticks / glosses a great base to grab onto. This improves the wear of the lipstick, making it last a considerable amount longer than without, in my experience :-)
Lipsticks look a lot smoother when applied on top of 'Prep + Prime Lip', with a more satin-y, buffed appearance. Lipglosses go on more evenly, without building up into a gloopy mess as some tend to.
'Prep + Prime Lips' also prevents your lip products from migrating outside your lip line and bleeding into the fine lines around your mouth - especially effective for dark or bright shades.
I can't beleive I ever lived without this product. It has definately become an everyday essential for me and plays a big role in my makeup routine. Due to it's soft, balm-like texture and using it at least once every day, I do get through a tube quite quickly. I probably repurchase this every one and half months, but it is definately worth it for me.
Overall, since discovering 'Prep + Prime' my lips have never looked and felt better. They stay chap free, no matter how drying a lipstick I wear and make it last a lot longer too... A+!
MAC Prep + Prime Lip / A colour-free base to wear under lipstick / Adds light moisture / smoothes and refines the lips / Improves the appearance of applied lip products.