I really wanted to like this after reading the good reviews but sadly it was awful. It immediately would settle into my pours and make them more visible, even after blending well. I was looking for a BB cream that could be a primer and even out my skin tone as well but this didn't fill the bill.
After a few hours it looked like I hadn't applied anything on my face and worst of all I started breaking out after using it a few days. I cleared right up after I stopped using it so I know it was the cream. Plus the color the sales girl gave me was too light for my skin tone even though it was the darkest they had. Really disappointed!
This is the first BB that I have tried...and it works great for me. I especially like the amount of SPF protection (35 I think). It matches my skin an looks natural....probably will be my go to for the summer. I wear it alone and set with powder, I would describe it as light coverage. I tried the very light shade as I am quite fair.
I love this product because it lasts through out the day! The only downside is that I find that it can make my shine a little shinier than I'd prefer after a few hours of wear but that's nothing a blotting paper can't fix! The price is good for this product and one of the tubes goes a long way.
I was looking for another BB Cream because I am running out of my Smashbox Camera Ready one. I have a few MAC eyeshadows and a foundation - and I'm really loving their products! This BB is exactly what I was looking for. It helps control oil, it has a SPF of 35 (which is really good for me because I am so pale!) and it goes on for a nice sheer natural finish. It does have a bit of a sunscreen smell, but that doesn't bother me. I usually wear this alone without powder, but if I'm having a day where my skin wants to be a bit problematic, I will apply some translucent loose powder to my t-zone. It stays on well throughout the day. It's not as waterproof or smudge resistant as the foundation that I have by MAC, but it works well for me. It really covers up the redness that I occasionally have in my cheeks and around my nose. It helps me achieve the flawless 'no makeup' look that I am most comfortable wearing. I apply it with my fingers and blend blend blend until it looks even. It isn't difficult to blend it that way, however, if I use a regular foundation brush, it gives me a very 'streaky' or even sometimes a 'cakey' look. If that happens I just blend it out with my fingers until it disappears. This is a very nice product, good for the warmer months when I need something a bit lighter.
I am extremely disappointed in this product. I have only used 2 others, but in comparison this is the worst so far.
It is fairly expensive for the amount you get, in fact I think the cap is made larger so it is even more deceiving just how little product you are getting for $30.
I don't feel that it applies as easily as my others, I use a foundation brush and it was very streaky, and I had to keep blending it out.
What I specifically do not care for though is rather than floating above my skin, giving me a flawless look, it seems to settle into every pore, looks very dry and noticeable. It looks like I have a powder caked on my face, which is definitely not the look I wanted.
My purpose in using a BB is to even out the redness in my cheeks. I have sensitive combination skin, but even on my oily nose this is flaky.
If I had to try and pinpoint some positives, it is slightly luminous rather than overly shiny, so you look healthy not oily. Tone-wise they seem to be more natural rather than the ghost effect some seem to have.
For my needs, this is not the right product, and for this price it needs to be...my search for the perfect BB continues!
EDIT: I was a little harsh on this product in my last review...It's not that bad, especially since I've tried more products since. The middle shade "Light" is perfect for NC15, and it has great SPF coverage....The trick is to apply this with a brush like the Real Techniques Buffing Brush...it makes all the difference in the world! I alternate between this BB cream, Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation in shade 51 (Light Vanilla) and Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer in Porcelain. Mac at least has SPF coverage, while the Bourjois and LM do not (LM says it does, but the ingredients say that it's a ridiculously insignificant amount). I do like this and will continue to use it on and off.
I have only tried one other BB cream to compare this to, and that was the orange bottle of SKIN79 which totally sucked for me. I am NC15 (pale with warm undertones) and so I originally bought this Mac BB cream in Extra-Light, which looked like a white mask on my face, so I exchanged it for Light which matched perfectly to my skin tone. The formula is very thick and it smells like sunscreen. It has great coverage for a BB cream (at first...), but it feels too heavy to wear all over the face. I have sensitive, dry skin and I am prone to little breakouts here and there...This cream is not ultra-hydrating and it does have the best coverage. I don't like wearing foundation over my entire face, I tend just to wear concealer where I need it, and I was hoping this BB cream would serve as an SPF35-type of tinted moisturizer!
I find this has given me little bumps on my forehead and in certain areas of my face. I'll keep it to use it a few times a week, but definitely not every day. Disappointed that this didn't turn out to be my dream BB cream. The colour match is ideal though, but at NC15 I am used to being the palest of shades, and the extra-light was too light for me. They need to work on their colour range, because the darkest is "Light Plus" which is not that much darker than the Light which I wear...
I tried this product to see how long it lasts -the wear- and it lasts for a good amount of time! Which should have been expected since it says "Prep + Prime". I haven't tried other BB Cream, but I am amazed by MAC's. It has minimum coverage, but it seems to cover enough for me. My face looked so fresh after I put it on. I definitely saw a change. The packaging is simple and it's really expensive. I do recommend this product to those who can afford it. I am in love with this cream though. What amazed me is that it actually cleared up my face a bit and kept it nicely moisturized. Keep in mind, I have never worn foundation or concealer.
I really enjoy this product. I have fair skin and they have such good colors that I wear their darkest shade! The scent is light and I love the coverage and texture of this product. It gives me enough coverage that you can still see my freckles and it is wonderful! :)
Good coverage, matches my skin tone well but, it makes my face look so dry!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this BB cream from MAC. Last week, I got the Clarins BB cream and while I really like it, I do find it (the lightest shade they have) to be a bit dark for me. I wish I'd tried the MAC BB cream first. While the Clarins runs dark, MAC runs light and right now, they don't have any dark shades at all. I got a very generous sample in the shade "Light" and it is perfect. Coverage is excellent - light but still effective in covering up what needs a bit of "hiding" - and very natural looking but it makes my skin look so "enlivened". I just love the effect it gives. And this has a really pretty, pleasant scent as well. I think I may well purchase the full size of this to use now, and once summer hits and I'm a bit darker (even though I always wear sun protection), I'll use the Clarins BB to finish it up. But I think this MAC BB cream and the Tarte one (once it gets Canadian approval to make sun protection claims) are the best of all the ones I've tried and they will probably be my mainstay BB creams. If your skin is on the fairer side, do yourself a favour and at least give this a try.