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Mac 'Prep + Prime' Beauty Balm Spf 35
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on 7/9/2010 12:44:00 AM
More reviews by annabellegan
Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral
Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine
I chose near-perfect circumstances to give this beauty balm cream (one of the gazillions available in the Asian market!) a shot. Started my day at a God-forsaken 6 am by slapping on this thick, creamy balm. Blending wasn't exactly a cinch due to its gooey texture, but I was undaunted. With a BB Foundation Brush, I patiently buttered my entire face like it was freshly-popped toast. Persistence paid off. I was rewarded with luminous, Photoshopped skin that looked unbelievably even-colored and radiant. A light dusting of MUFE HD Microfinish Powder and voila! Instant gratification.Unconvinced nevertheless at the oil-control property of the BB cream (hey, how could a product that looked/felt so impervious possibly keep the dreaded oilies at bay, right?). Hah! I was sure that my face would be an oozing, gleaming mass of oil field in a matter of half an hour, tops.Went about my work day and forgot about my face. When I popped into the ladies after a late lunch, I was pleasantly taken aback that my complexion looked just as smooth, fresh and dewy (most amazing of all, I was still relatively shine-free!). No blotting or touch-ups required.Back to my long day that had me running all corners of the island lugging dead weight. My day eventually wrapped at a hot, boisterous al fresco pub for the Germany vs. England match, where I jostled with a sweaty and rowdy crowd for a good three hours. Last time I checked, my makeup was intact and there was zero eyeliner runnage (my eyelids get so oily that lesser eyeliners frequently slide right off; even with the waterproofed ones, there is the occasional corner smudge). I usually apply Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment on my eyelids to combat this issue, but the BB cream alone works just as impressively.Highly recommended even for the active, oily-combination-skinned.
47 of 47 people found this helpful.
on 10/27/2010 4:45:00 AM
More reviews by ptanx
Skin: Oily, Medium, Neutral
Hair: Black, Straight, Medium
Just bought this duty free from Japan - scared as the makeup artist couldn't speak english and I asked him for a primer for my new lightful powder foundation... neverthelessAbsolutely brilliant. Is thick and I was skeptical regards to keeping my makeup sliding but it looks great. Still need to blot, but not as much as my skin is super oily. Skin looks great - glowing, radiant and picture perfect. Definitely will buy again. Only cons - price but everything was expensive in Japan
2 of 2 people found this helpful.
on 5/2/2011 8:22:00 PM
More reviews by TiffD
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brunette, Other, Other
This product is great for oil control. I have pretty oily/acne prone skin and this kept my oil at bay for the whole day, even when it was warm, and did not break me out. However, it did not provide much coverage (my acne scars were still visible even after I layered on the moisturizer a couple times on scars). I would still buy this product again because it's one of the very few products that controls oil and doesn't break me out or dry out my skin too much. It also has spf which is always a benefit!It's pretty expensive though (about $35) so I got my tube off of ebay for about $25.
3 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 5/3/2011 10:46:00 PM
More reviews by Tiggerbear
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm
Wow, this is the first product that I came across that keeps my face almost oil free. By mid-morning, I normally have to blot and my foundation would appear kind of orangey. I was pleasantly surprise that my makeup stayed matte and didn't turn orange on me. The colour is light for olive/yellow toned skin, similar colour to my Mac Tinted Moisturizer in Light. I wear my Tinted Moistuizer and then the Beauty Balm and finish off with MSF powder. The balm has SPF 35.
1 of 1 people found this helpful.
on 5/20/2011 1:11:00 PM
More reviews by piccolamandorla
Skin: Oily, Olive, Warm
Hair: Brown, Wavy, Fine
I was so excited about this product, but I feel a bit let down. It is a LOVELY primer with very nice light diffusing qualities and high SPF. Plus, my makeup has not slid off my face yet, but that's just it...I need makeup with it. I don't need makeup with my regular BB, maybe just some MSF powder. If I had purchased this expecting the usual BB cream 8 in 1 and had multiple imperfections to cover up, I would have been highly disappointed. Kudos to MAC for bringing it to North America, and at least they were honest by touting it as a primer. So yes, I would purchase it again as a primer, but as a BB cream, I think I'll stick with my HG.
5 of 5 people found this helpful.
on 5/25/2011 9:05:00 AM
More reviews by katieqr0918
Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
Hair: Brown, Other, Other
well, I agree with the previous poster... don't buy this expecting a true BB Cream like the ones from Asia.... Course MAC is calling it a Beauty Balm rather than Blemish Balm like the Asian brands do... and MAC is honestly calling it a primer too... and that is what it is... It's does not make me matte, I have a oily tzone and I do shine through the day wearing this... it is a moist finish, but my makeup does stay on with this and it is a high SPF....It is tinted but does not work as a foundation/concealer like most of the Asian BB Creams do.. I am not sure if I will buy it again as I have been trying the Asian BB Creams and they really blow this one out of the water. I am hoping that this is the first of many BB Creams to finally come to the US.
8 of 11 people found this helpful.
on 5/31/2011 10:44:00 AM
More reviews by shadoweloc
Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool
Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse
Actually I really liked it. It helps that I'm NW15/20 which appears to be the color base that they're going for with it. It blends in pretty well for me and is not as creamy as the traditional Korean BB creams. It does pretty well with coverage to me, unlike the others. I only suffer from redness on my cheeks and uneven skin tone. It also hasn't broken me out. I'd definitely repurchase it, but I can see how it won't suit everyone (due to color issues). I think the coverage is great for me and I do, typically, wear traditional foundation. The only "meh" part is the price. You can get much cheaper Korean ones that do essentially the same thing with more "healing" ingredients in them. This had a pinkish tone rather than the yellow/gray ones that the Korean BB creams have, so this might be why I enjoyed it more. It also brightened my complexion without glitter.
6 of 8 people found this helpful.
on 6/2/2011 8:51:00 AM
More reviews by definesinister
Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm
Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine
Wow. I tried plenty of bb creams in the past. Most come off a bit grayish. I would say this is more a neutral. So it won't cover redness. But I use it with the 191 brush and I love how glowy it looks without the grease! I'm glad MAC claims it as a primer, unlike other bb creams where its multifunctional. I do like using this as a base for shiseido sun protection powder compact. I did not have to touch up. My skin looks glowy and does not slide by the ene of the day. Only wish it wasnt so difficult to purchase, not sure if counters are selling. But this was backordered online due to high demand.
on 6/17/2011 9:58:00 AM
More reviews by maliastyle
Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium
I felt fortunate to get my hands on this before it was available in Canada. There's been so much hype about BBs recently, so when MAC announced their own version, a 30ml tube that's to be a permanent addition to their Prep + Prep family, I was thrilled and excited to give it a shot.I'm yellow toned, NC25, and when I first saw this, it struck me how pinkish gray it seemed. I kept in mind that it wouldn't be my foundation, however, and that it would be covered with some sort of powder or perhaps even liquid foundation, should I need more coverage, so it was with good faith in previous reviewers that I eagerly slapped this on.It took me a few tries before I figured out how best to use this for me. This isn't the creamiest product out there, and certainly not the easiest to blend, at least in my experience. I know it's categorized here as a tinted moisturizer, but it really isn't, even on my combination to oily skin. I'd be more inclined to describe this as a primer. When applied immediately after moisturizer, it's a lot easier to blend out, and is an incredible base to any liquid or powder foundation; it keeps the oilies at bay far better than most primers I've tried, and an added plus is that it really does add a stunning glow to the skin, without any kind of shimmer or shine. It just brightens the face, perfectly. When applying with my fingers, I'm unhappy - it seems like I'm not able to apply it evenly, no matter how much or how little I use (and while we're on that, less is more when it comes to this, I find - too much and it's just cakey). I put this on using my 187, and then dust powder (like Cargo Blu Ray or Mineralize Skinfinish Natural) to give me a good, summer-ready base. For the days I need even more coverage, I put this on, followed by a mixture of the following: a dot of Stila's Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer in 01, and another two dots of Lancome Teint Miracle, finishing it off with a little bit of Laura Mercier's Mineral Powder in Real Sand. It seems like a lot of product, but wow. My skin looks like my 4 year old's - clear, soft, smooth. Best of all, it looks like my own, not slathered in product. I attribute the lasting power of this combination to MAC's BB.
on 7/22/2011 12:09:00 PM
More reviews by normaestrada19
Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure
I am so, so, sooooo disappointed with this product because I had heard much hype. I am glad it works for most, but I am not in that group. First off this leaves my face with such an ashy, gray pink sickly look. Needless to say, not very attractive. I also do not notice any improvement in overall skin texture and actually feel like it clogs my pores. I have extremely oily skin, so I only use this (no moisturizer or primer underneath it) and powder. Whenever I wear this I have to put bronzer on my face so I cover up the horrid, sickly shade this leaves. I would return this in a heartbeat, BUT I ordered it online and rather not go through the hassle of the return process. I will just have to use it up and NEVER purchase again.
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