Product Type: MAC makeup
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A Must Have!
MAC Prep + Prime skin
Member Name: ProntoPlease
MAC Prep + Prime skin
Advantages: Weightless, smooth product; creamy; flawless skin; easy to use.
MAC is globally used by professionals and mere mortals like myself. The brand was originally only made for makeup artists however due to it's increasing popularity it is now available for the public. MAC, in the UK, can't be widely brought in free standing shops but instead it is available in large department stores, such as Debenhams and Selfridges. It has to be my all time favourite brand of cosmetics by far hence why I am rating so many of their products just to show you how professional your makeup would look if you invested in some of their products. I cannot stress enough how much I adore MAC, and I would highly recommend any of it's products. Although their products are pricey, they last months and months on end so it's well worth paying for it's outstanding quality.
A standard 30ml bottle of this primer costs £16.50, I've had the primer for about 2 months now and I use it everyday and it still feels like a full bottle. I think it will last me years. I think the price is quite reasonable as you only need a small amount to cover your face.
Packaging is very attractive. The primer is contained in a long, smooth black bottle. The bottle is a cylinder shape and measures 4.5" tall and 1.25" wide. The black bottle is complimented by a subtle glitter. Like most MAC products, it comes in a simple, standard bottle and the traditional MAC logo is neatly placed on the front and ingredients and product information is shown on the back. Additionally, there is a handy pump dispenser to retrieve the primer, to open the primer just lightly pull the lid off the top of the bottle. The pump dispenser is an added bonus because you usually have to buy the pump separately with foundations whereas here it already comes with the product. The plastic casing is very durable and won't crack or split when travelling. Overall, a very attractive, purposeful package and looks very classy in a makeup purse or on a vanity table.
Application is superb. After cleansing and moisurising with Clinique's 3 step system (also see my review on that) just lighty press the pump to retrieve the primer. Just the right amount of product comes out, it looks small but it's ample to cover your entire face. Don't bother with any fancy brushes, just use your fingers to dab it in key places: forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Then simply smooth it onto your skin with your fingertips. Don't worry with blending it into your skin too much as it tends to sink straight into your skin. Move in small, circular motions to ensure every crease and crevacice is full. If you feel your skin after application, you can immediately feel and see a difference to your skin. Skin appears more radiant and dewy, if you just want light coverage you could just wear it on it's own but personally, I prefer a full coverage. After applied, I apply about two layers of MAC Studio Fix foundation (also see review on that.) you can immediately see a more flawless, perfected finish after usage. Skin is glowing, and smooth to the touch.
The primer itself is a light, fluffy, air-whipped liquid. That light, smooth feeling is also transferred onto your face aswell. In colour, the primer is a white creamy colour with microscopic hints of shimmer to help you achieve that dewy glow. The primer is scentless, so it wo t irritate your eyes or irritate your skin. The cream doesn't act as a moisturizer so make sure you moisturize beforehand. Although the product is white, it dries to a clear finish.
Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Sucrose, Isopentyldiol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Morus Bombycis (Mulberry) Root Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Amorphophallus Konjac Root Powder, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Caffeine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Magnesium Myristate, Sodium Hyaluronate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Saccharide Isomerate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Silica, Polysorbate 20, Alumina, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polyethylene, Phenyl
Trimethicone, Sialyllactose, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol
Prep & Prime Skin may contain:
Mica, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Bismuth Oxychloride.
As you can see, many ingredients but the product is mainly silicone based. MAC's products are allergy tested so don't stress about breaking out. It doesn't leave a greasy residue like most primers but instead a light powder-like finish. It wont dry out dry skin either and will easily suit even the oiliest of skin.
The only gripe I have about this product is the fact that you can't tell how much product you have left, I would be horrified to find out I had run out one day before using it. This also seems to be a problem with foundations too. So, if you have the money, maybe keep one in stock incase.
I'm officially hooked to this primer. It will permanently be part of my makeup routine. After years of practise, using MAC products, for a truly flawless face I stick to a routine. Firstly, I use Clinique's Dramatically Different moisturiser and let that sink in for 5 minutes; then I apply this MAC prep and prime primer; then I take a MAC 187 stippling brush and buff in about two layers of MAC studio fix foundation; I then apply MAC studio fix concealer wit my ring finger to problem areas; leave the foundation to try for 2 minutes then apply a full coverage powder, I use MAC studio fix powder for a matte finish; then finally, I contour my cheeks with MAC's 'pinch o peach' blusher, which is a beautiful candy pink colour, then I buff it all in with a dense kabuki brush. And I'm ready to go! This routine really works for me, I would most definitely recommend buying some MAC studio fix products too.
In MAC foundations, I'm one of the lightest shades, NC15. I would recommend visiting your local MAC counter for a skin match up to suit your colouring. After all, being too pale or top dark isn't a good look. MAC also supplies eyeshadows, brushes and lip sticks so you will always be spoilt for choice. Their base products have to be my favourite though. For £50, MAC makeup artists do a makeover tutorial and that is redeemable in products, I would recommend doing this if your just starting out with MAC to see which colours suit you.
Prep and Prime also comes in an SPF 50 form, which acts as more of a sunscreen rather than a primer, and there is also one as an eyeshadow primer however as an eyeshadow primer, I wear a MAC paint pot as they are more pigmented. I've not tried the SPF 50 primer neither because there's not much point when your living in the rainy, dull UK.
Overall, an amazing, sublime MAC product - one of my all time favourites! It's so versatile and never fails to give a professional finish and application. Foundation smooths on perfectly, and last atleast 8 hours. I put it on at 7:30, then by the time I'm back from college or work at about 6, my skin still looks new and fresh. All ages can use thud primer, more mature skin would benefit from this because it smooths out lines for a more youthful appearance. I'm officially hooked on this primer and I will most definately repurchase in future, a 30ml bottle would last in excess of a year. MAC counters are available in all large department stores, in the UK, such as Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis. Alternatively, you can buy on the MAC website (www.maccosmetics.co.uk) however it is better to try in real life to see the true colours and consistency of the product.
If your feeling brave, buy off eBay, for a cheaper deal but beware of fakes. There are many fakes on the internet at ludacris prices but buy at your own risk. For an authentic MAC product, buy off the official MAC website or from the Debenhams website possibly. MAC delivery is free on orders over £50. Fakes are dangerous - they could be made anywhere and have many harsh chemicals inside or be mass produced in some speedy factory, real MAC products are produced carefully in Canada.
In conclusion, a perfect primer. I cannot fault it. If you are still confused on how to use, just watch YouTube tutorials by makeup gurus or visit a MAC makeup artist for a consultation. This product saved my skin and I can't live without it. I strongly hope they don't discontinue this outstanding product, it's simply divine. Well done MAC, 5 stars.
Summary: Helps me to achieve flawless, dewy skin and I'll continue to repurchase.