MAC Prep + Prime Lip

MAC Prep + Prime Lip
MAC Prep and Prime Lip Color baseMAC Prep & Prime Lip Prep + Prime Lip


208 reviews

77% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 4.0

Price: $$$


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I struggle with lipsticks because they dry my lips so horribly. This solved that. However, it is expensive, and I only dropped it once and it broke. Now I have to dig it out? Be careful, it's delicate.

on 4/3/2017 3:53:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

Complete and utter waste of money!
First of all, it doesn't perform that great as a primer, in fact it seems to make lipstick apply unevenly.
But that's not the worst...the worst is the packaging. I had read reviews saying you have to be careful and not get too much of the product out of the tube because it falls off easily, so I carefully only let out maybe 5 millimeters of product each time I used it. By 3rd use, the tube fell off! It just won't adhere at the base. Now you'd think a well known company like MAC would take in consideration the complaints they have clearly had for years and do something to fix the issue, but nope!
Carelessness because their product sells anyway? Disregard for their customers? Whatever it is, they should be ashamed of themselves.

I am returning this crap because it's not worth the $25 I paid for it.

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on 3/20/2017 3:52:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It's a kinda useless product imo. U don't really need it. I have dry lips and this is ok for a layer on beofre ur drying matte lippys but I don't find it moisturizes much more than using a lip balm.u don't get that much product for 30+ dollars. Would I buy again. Na!

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on 3/5/2017 5:07:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Red, Other, Fine

Eyes: Black

I purchased this after reading other review on the product and I have great results. I use this under all my lipsticks, not just MAC and it helps them to go on smoothly. It keeps lipstick application from skipping or looking patchy. It also helps keep liquid lipstick from cracking or crumbling on my lips. I still apply this over a little lip balm but I wait a minute or so till it becomes tacky and then I apply my lip color. I recommend this if you wear lipstick often.

on 12/18/2016 1:34:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Very Dry, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I had completely forgotten about how i discovered this little gem in MAC, but I've never had any lip products that actually prime my lips this well before lipstick. Sure, I spend a lot on trying to find that one miracle lip balm (most drugstore ones failed me), and I've tried my share of lip primers. But this thing works! My friends and I joke that MAC should put this stuff in front of their mirrors, because their matte lipsticks shouldn't be worn / sold without this stuff. It makes most of my drying lipsticks workable. I find it to be a great pair with my MAC lipsticks - I only have them in the matte finish, but they're far too dry and a little tugging without the primer. My lips would flake and have dead skin appearing in the middle of the day under the MAC lipsticks usually. After buying this, you'll never catch me complaining about my love/hate relationship with MAC lipsticks (love the price and colors, hate the drying feeling).

Have you ever had a lipstick that stains and settles into the lip lines at the end of the day, and you find yourself scrubbing your lips for the 20th time with bi-phase makeup remover? Well I have, and this primer prevents that from happening. Especially with liquid lipsticks, one coat of this primer somehow makes them easy to take off at the end of the day, as well as making them less prone to crumbling during the day.
There are certain lipsticks (not liquid lipstick) that become so intact on my lips after this primer, that I don't even leave lip stains / transfer of color on my cigarette. The weartime is therefore significantly longer.

Oh and don't forget that you have to let this primer sit for a minute before applying lipstick. This way it becomes tacky and makes the lipstick wear longer. What I usually do is using a thick moisturizing lip balm for like 20 minutes when I am doing my face, then wipe it off, apply prep + prime, apply cheek color (by this stage I've already chosen the lipstick to wear, so I know the blusher too), then do my lips. It keeps the color there all day.

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on 11/5/2016 5:46:00 PM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

My primer was broken as of the very first twist of the tube! So I could not properly use it. Besides this, I do not understand the hype. My lipstick or gloss does not stay longer in place with this product. YSL lip perfector is so much better.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

I absolutely love this product! One of the MAC artists told me that if I wanted to save some money, I can pretty much use any low budget lipstick as long as I have this primer. And I must say, he was absolutely right. This makes any cheapie lipstick look just-applied, last longer and doesn't settle into fine lines. I have a lot of drugstore lippies (Wet n' Wild mostly) and I always use this primer underneath. I will forever thank him for this invaluable tip! :)

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on 9/24/2016 3:39:00 AM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Medium

Eyes: Blue

First, I have to thank those who reviewed this product--it helped me to find a new HG and solve a really annoying daily problem. I have lines around my lips (aging is not fun) and have started to have problems with lip products bleeding. This puts an end to that nonsense. I use it similarly to the way Wifeandmama describes in her review below--apply to clean, moisturized lips and a bit outside the lipline, apply a colorless liner, colored lipliner inside that, and then my lip product of the day. (And you really do need to let it get tacky before you apply lip color for it to work properly, which is a very short time.) It really does keep whatever I choose to wear on my lips from bleeding (even gloss and non-matte liquid lipstick), seems to smooth the surface of my lips so any product looks better, and keeps my lips moisturized without glossiness/slipperiness. I find that one application is enough for a day's wear. It has the faint, vanilla-y scent of MAC lipsticks and the same faint scent, which I find pleasant, and goes on easily and smoothly, like an excellent quality lipbalm. I particularly like the wonderful, smooth feel of the product, and that it persists even under the driest of matte lip products. I've tried this and ELF's version, and although the ELF product works well, the MAC version works just a little better for me. I'll keep buying this (although you need so little per application that it'll last quite sometime) as long as MAC keeps making it.

11/26/16--Folks, if you really have lip lines and problems with lip products bleeding, here's what I'm doing that eliminates those problems all day.

- Outline lips with a thin concealer pencil (Judith August or MAC Chromatographic are my faves) and blend.
- When you've applied most of your makeup (I do this right before I curl lashes/put on mascara), apply Prep+Prime over the lip line (outside and inside--I no longer put it all over my lips as it makes them look a bit dry). Let it get tacky.
- Powder (I use LM loose Translucent) over where you applied the Prep+Prime.
- Now apply lipliner and lip color.

I'm able to get a really defined lip line with liner by doing this, and it doesn't look as though I've built a barrier around my lips to do it. When trying to apply liner over Prep+Prime without powdering, it seemed as though the pencil had nothing to grab onto and slid around. (If I'm wearing a dark shade, I apply a bit of powder over the lipliner for extra insurance.) And this keeps everything in place, except gloss, even with eating and drinking, with minimal loss of color and no sliding/bleeding all day.

I hope this helps someone. I'm so pleased that I can get great results with this.

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on 7/9/2016 7:12:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

It's $33. Pricey!

I use this product to prime my lips for lipstick. The texture kind of feels like a thick lip balm. It smooths out my lips, and make them feel softer. It's not greasy. It leaves a bit of a tacky residue if you let it dry enough. I really cannot tell if it increases the longevity of my lipstick. What I do like about it is how portable it is. It's a thin tube, easily fits into your make up kit.

There is enough product to last a few months, depending on how regularly you use the product.

At this point, when I do run out, I will not be repurchasing this product. It doesn't harm my lips. But the benefits aren't that great, either. I am sure there must be other lip products that do the same thing, at a fraction of the cost.

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Cool

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I have used this for years and honestly can't imagine wearing lipstick without it anymore. I am of a certain age, with tiny little lines around my mouth. Yeah, it stinks but is what it is. This stuff rescues me.

On clean, moisturized lips, I apply a bit of this all over the lips (only crank up a little bit, otherwise I hear that it will fall out). It feels like a light balm at first and has no discernible scent (well, okay, maybe a little vanilla-ish, but faint). I then go around the outside of my lip line with UD Ultimate Ozone. I let the Prep+Prime lip treatment get a bit tacky (takes about a minute, maybe, bUT is very important to let it get this way). Then, if i'm using a colored liner (and often do, just for extra longevity), I apply that, smudge the edges a bit, and put my lipstick on top. Sounds like a lot of steps but it's not, honest. I have great luck using this combination to ensure smooth long-lasting color on my lips. Works well with any lipstick, really, but I am partial to MAC (all formulas) and UD Revolution (now Vice).

It helps smooth out vertical lines on your lips so nothing gets hung up there. It also acts as a great barrier when you're wearing really matte lipsticks, helps keep the dryness away.

One tube of this stuff lasts a very long time. I keep one in my makeup kit at home and one in my purse, and both have lasted months. You don't need much of it, and touch-ups rarely require going through all the steps again (unless you'very eaten a full meal). Usually, another slick of lipstick and you are good to go.

Ymmv, of course, but I consider this an essential part of my everyday makeup.

UPDATE 20.07.17: I am still using this everyday. It still works great and I have one stashed everywhere that I could possibly need. I have added MAC's Lip Conditioner to my arsenal (will write a review one of these days) and these two make a terrific team to keep yoir lips looking great.

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