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I've said in several previous reviews that Mac is my favourite make-up brand...make-up yes...skincare NO! I've always had trouble finding foundations that stay on my face and don't do a runner by lunch time hence the reason I was searching for the perfect primer. I tried this after reading good reviews online so clearly not everybody had the same experience with this I did. Mac is available online and in some of the bigger department stores, they also have there own stores dotted around the big cities. THE CLAIMS: * An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. * Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. * Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder. MY EXPERIENCE: Initially when applying the primer I really liked the texture, it felt soft and silky when applied to the skin and it dried in quickly ready for my foundation to go on. Now it definately went on but as if by magic it had disappeared by lunchtime! So that was the first problem I had with it, it hadn't solved my problem. I decided to pursue with it for a few more days just to give it a fair chance but had to stop after my skin had such a bad breakout. My skin is oily which is always going to make keeping the foundation on harder, however it is not sensitive and doesn't usually react so badly to a product. I ended up throwing it away. In my opinion it didn't live up to ANY of the claims. VALUE FOR MONEY: A 30ml bottle of this will set you back £19.50, I obviously can't comment on how long it lasted etc as I didn't finish the bottle but as you probably have guessed I won't be repurchasing.
I am a fan of this prep and prime, line filler. The reasons I like this, is it does actually work. In addition to lines, I find it great for enlarged pores. The texture is creamy at first but absorbes well into a lovely Matt finish. The colour is white at first but when you blend it in, it becomes translucent. This is fantastic as it doesnt change your colour, just fills in those unsightly lines or pores. I do not have loads of lines and the ones I do have are quite fine however it works a treat on mine. I have had the 15ml for approximately 6 months and I would say I still have approximately a quarter left. This is with weekly use of up to 3-4 times per week. I paid approximately £15 for this and it tends to be the same everywhere you go. Your skin feels silky once it has been applied and your foundation goes over this very well. You can also apply this over your foundation which I find useful, although I do prefer it under. Overall I was cautious about using this primer as there is some negative reviews however I was pleased with this as I do suffer from open pores and eczema on my face, which is wrinkly above my lip and as long as I let it dry in well, then foundation tends to cover it really well. Try a tester on your hand and you feel the silky texture, which has a slight powdery feeling which is great for oily skin!
Primers are generally used under the application of foundation. They are meant to prolong the wear of foundation and create a smooth base to start with. This in particular primer comes from Mac's Prep & Prime Range. PRICE ~~~~ The Primer retails from 18.50 from the Mac websites and Selfridge's. I would not recommend buying a cheaper version off bidding website's as these are most likely fake and could cause damage to the skin. The price at fist seems pricey but it is worth it and it lasts a long time. PACKAGING ~~~~~~~~ The product comes in a sleek black cylinder container with a pump. The container comes with 30ml worth of product. The one annoying thing about the pump is that sometimes you can pump out too much product meaning unnecessary waste. But that's something I can overlook. The great thing about Mac is there Back to Mac programme. Meaning if you return 6 Mac containers of some sort you receive a free lipstick worth 13.50. APPLICATION ~~~~~~~~~ The product is a white lotion formulated with special effect silicones. When first applied only a small amount is needed to cover the entire face. From the first application you can almost immediately feel the difference. The product blends in like a dream and my skin is noticeably softer which makes the application of foundation a lot easier. The primer creates a fantastic base for foundation. It helps the foundation blend better and overall create a more flawless look. I also find that when wearing this my foundation lasts a lot longer than without and it also stops it from looking cakey. OVERALL ~~~~~ Overall this product is fantastic and really is a necessity in a girl's make up bag. Definitely a holy grail product.
**Why I bought it** I bought this primer from MAC after telling the makeup lady in Debenhams that I wanted something to help keep my make up on longer, I had a voucher for MAC. I am a big fan of their lipsticks so just went for it and decided to take the advice she was offering me about the primer. Primer should help to smooth out any uneven textures or tones in the skin and acts as a base for the rest of your makeup, hopefully keeping it on for longer. **The Primer** The texture is what can only be described as PVA glue, it felt very sticky on my skin and gave it a slight sheen, almost as though I was wearing Benefit Moonbeam or Highbeam. I don't like to feel as though I'm wearing makeup or anything too thick so I was disappointed with the consistency, the Smashbox Primer I have since bought feels silky smooth on the skin and blends it really nicely. This couldn't have been further from that. I only wore it a few times before I gave it to my friend, the primer was white in colour and came in a black MAC packaging which had a small hole to squeeze out just a small blob. The case of the packaging seemed to get scuffed easily in the makeup box as it is sort of a satiny finish - I guess this doesn't make a difference to the product but I don't like looking at scruffy makeup in my makeup box and was disappointed with this. The black and white packaging is quite classy which I like and the "upside-down" tube means that no primer will be wasted in the bottom of the packaging, I guess these are positives. **To summarise** Overall the primer did not make a difference and did not help keep my makeup on. It felt like glue on my skin and I heartily recommend Smashbox primer... Give this a miss. At £20 it is overpriced rubbish.
REASONS FOR PURCHASE I bought MAC Prep + Prime from a lady I know who has a large collection of MAC products. I'd wanted to try this and she was selling it for about a tenner because she'd tried it a few times and found it wasn't for her. I have some other MAC Prep + Prime products so I thought I'd give their all over face primer a go. WHAT MAC SAY "An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder." PRICE / AVAILABILITY / APPEARANCE This 30ml tube retails at £18. It's usually hard to find MAC products discounted, but you may be lucky if you purchase them from Debenhams or Selfridges (online or in store) and happen to have a money off voucher code that can be used with cosmetics! Not all Debenhams and Selfridges stores have a MAC counter, so if the one nearest to you doesn't, you're best ordering online. You can buy online through MAC's own UK website, where you will sometimes get free postage, depending on their deals at the time and how much you spend. If you're local to London, MAC have stores in Soho and Covent Garden, as well as a few more smaller ones dotted about and counters in department stores. Don't buy your MAC from anywhere other than the official stocklists, there are a lot of fakes around! Especially on ebay! This primer is 30ml which is the size of a usual pot / tube of foundation. It comes in a black plastic tube, and like all of the Prep + Prime range, has a greeny / bluey / silver glitter sheen to the plastic. The product details are all in white lettering. The tube comes with a lid and has a pump applicator. MY THOUGHTS Press down the pump and a white pea sized blob of the primer will be released. My first impressions were that the texture of this primer was quite odd! It's somewhere between oil and lotion, but not greasy when you rub it in. It leaves a matte finish and dries quickly. I applied two of the pea sized blobs over my bare face which I had previously cleansed and toned (not moisturised, but that's just personal preference!). It was simple enough to blend all over with my finger tips. I noticed that the primer left my skin feeling more matte than it usually would. I wouldn't say it deceased any redness though! And it didn't fill my pores either, which may be a good thing (not clogging), but doesn't leave the flawless looking skin that I would have liked! So I applied the rest of my makeup on top, my foundation, under eye concealer, powder, blush, and all the rest (I wear a lot of makeup!). While I didn't notice that my foundation looked any better at first, or notice that it applied any easier / smoother, I did notice that it lasted longer throughout the day. With no primer my foundation would start to separate a bit by mid afternoon, and crack around my eyebrows (I don't know why this happens!). With this primer, I definitely got a few more hours of wear from the rest of my makeup! OVER ALL I would not buy this primer again :( There are so many new primers coming onto the market all the time, so it wouldn't make sense to stick with one that only did some of what I wanted it to. My ideal primer would be long lasting, but also reduce pore size and redness / blotchiness. Unfortunately MAC Prep + Prime Skin did not tick all of my boxes. When this finishes, I will move onto another brand of primer and hope to see better results! If you have flawless skin and are just looking for a primer to make your makeup last longer, then I don't see why this wouldn't work for you. £18 isn't unreasonable for a face primer either, as even the high street / chemist brand primers start at around £10. This 30ml tube has lasted for ages, so I can't see it running out before at least 3-4 months even with use every day.
I never used to wear primer, but having gone to a MAC counter to have a makeover I was persuaded by the slightly clown looking, pushy makeup artist to buy one. So, I gave it a try. Primers basically create a smooth base for your foundation, making application easy and more blendable; it's like having another layer of skin almost. The principle of the primer is to prepare the skin before the application of the foundation that it would soothe the skin, blot away any excess oil that the my skin had preventing any shine through, that it also acts as a filler to fill any pitting to the face and would provide a smooth base for the application of the foundation, which I use. About 4 months ago, I never realised the importance of a primer but since then I've never looked back because without it my skin just looks dull, and dry so a primer now is one of my most essential products. 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.
MAC counters for me are usually a place of lust but no purchase. I love browsing the colours and occasionally accepting the makeup artists offers to transform my eyes/skin/lips etc but very rarely make a purchase, preferring instead to buy cheaper versions in Boots. However, a little while ago I decided that enough was enough with my oily skin as I was completely fed up of my makeup sliding off my face, especially on a night out. I read in a magazine about Mac's 'Email an artist' feature where you could visit their website and ask a beauty question, getting both their tips on makeup application and which products would be best in return. This service is completely free and I emailed asking which products would be best to tame my oily skin. I received an email back really quickly with a very impressive intensive analysis of the MAC products that would be best for me. Mac prep and Prime skin base was the one product that the artist really recommended and so I decided that I would splash out and buy a more expensive primer in the hope that it would solve my skin dilemma. A 30ml bottle of Prep and Prime skin base costs £16.50 and you can either buy it from a MAC counter or from the website. It comes in a little black cylinder shaped bottle that stands easily on your shelf and has the MAC logo on the front. I like to display this on my shelf at uni as it's so nice and looks like I only buy the best in makeup, sad I know! The lotion itself is white in colour and has a very light consistency, disappearing into your hands if you rub them too much. Strangely there were no directions on the box or bottle so I'm guessing MAC expect you to buy this after a demonstration but it is intended to be smoothed onto your face before applying foundation. I apply the lotion after my usual toning and moisturising routine and was amazed at how smooth it made my skin feel. Applying my foundation on top was also much easier, especially my mineral powder as that can tend to stick in some areas. Looking in the mirror my face generally looked more even and my makeup more blended. I left the house feeling chuffed that I had finally found a cure for my problem skin and was happy with my makeup until a few hours later when my T-zone began to get shiny again. It definitely wasn't as bad as normal but it still didn't control my oily skin. I still use the product most days as I love the way it evens out my makeup but I quite often mix it with my No 7 shine control base to keep oil at bay. One Tube lasts ages of this product too so although it's expensive it will last you months. Overall I didn't like the way that this product didn't really keep the oil from appearing on my face but then again my skin is oilier than most so if you don't have this problem this makes a great primer.
I recently wrote a review on MAC's Studio Fix Fluid foundation which I purchased earlier this year. Despite visiting my local counter in a Debenhams store with the firm intention of only buying a foundation I somehow managed to come away with an extra product... I maintain that the sale's advisor was extremely good at her job and somehow tricked me into buying it of course! I came away with a product called Prep and Prime Skin which is basically a primer product which can be used to prepare your skin prior to any make up being applied. For those of you that are completely new to the brand I should tell you that MAC started out as a cosmetic brand for professional artists meaning that consumers such as me and you couldn't actually purchase it. However due to its popularity and success it soon started to appear on counters in department stores around the world. It can be found in the UK in certain Debenhams stores and Selfridges stores too. The range consists of all your typical products such as concealers, foundations, mascaras, etc. The lotion comes in a glossy black bottle which has the MAC brand name and product name imprinted on it in white making it look quite elegant. The bottle itself is about four to five inches in height and comes complete with a pull on / off black lid. It contains 30ml of the lotion which is very much like a pearl coloured gel in terms of consistency; it's much thicker than your average cream and thicker than I expected it to be. It has quite a bland smell to it which just smells like make up to me to be honest. Now the product is best applied on top of your usual moisturiser but before you apply any other make up. It promises to calm and soothe the skin, to blot away any excess oil and to even out skin redness. By removing any excess oil the idea is that your foundation and powder will actually take to your skin better and effectively last longer as it's often the oil in your skin that causes make up to fade away. By calming your skin and helping to cover any redness the idea is that your foundation will have an easier job to do and that your skin tone should be more even. The first time I applied this lotion I was amazed at how it disappeared into my skin almost as soon as it touched my face, it did feel a little greasy to be honest but this disappeared within seconds. It left my skin feeling really smooth and soft, I was worried it might feel a little like a mask but it wasn't anything of the sort, you couldn't even tell I'd applied it. I didn't notice any immediate reductions in redness or anything like that but as soon as I applied my foundation and the rest of my make up my skin coverage certainly appeared to be much more even than it usually did. It also kept my face looking like that throughout my night out, normally I'd need to reapply my make up, especially my blusher and bronzer, but I didn't have to at all with this - it was almost like it make my make up stick to my face somehow. It is priced at £16.50 for 30ml so it's not cheap and it's certainly not what I'd call a make up bag essential. However I tend to only apply mine for nights out or special occasions as it certainly is worth buying to not have to carry half my make up bag around on a night out! Thanks for reading.
After discovering face primer 5 years ago I had completely forgotten about it until I noticed it selling on the MAC website, I used the Models Prefer range primer before when they used to sell it on QVC and love the product but unfortunately they stopped making this range and rebranded, sadly I had forgotten about this product until recently. Ok, so MAC is a premium makeup range used by professional makeup artists world wide. MAC is well known and famous for the high pigmentation of their products, which gives really vibrant striking looks and great blendability. Eyeshadows, lipglasses, lipsticks and blusher come in a great range of textures and finishes so whether you are going to a photoshoot or down the catwalk or to tea at grans, there is a product suitable, and more often than not adaptable, for any occasion. MAC products can be ordered online on their official website or at your nearest store, they offer next day delivery and free standard delivery over £50.00. When looking for a skin primer I look for light products that glide on with ease and are silky to the touch, you are aiming to have the 'perfect canvas' to 'paint' on, the primer fills in pores and wrinkles to help create a flawless even base. Value for money is key as well and we can judge this by the durability, practicality, application, price and how well the product lasts. This product currently costs £16.50 and comes in the classic black MAC packaging, a black box with the MAC logo and product name, prep and prime underneath. at the bottom it states 'Skin base visage. and 30ML/1.0 US FL OZ. On the back it shows the ingrediesnts that include green tea extract and mulberry root extract (fancy!. There is also a warning stating to not use on the lip area. Inside is a black round bottle stating the same information but without the ingredients. Would be worth keeping the box incase of allergic reactions etc. The only bad point about the packaging is that the bottle is opaque, meaning you dont know when to buy a new bottle until you run out. This 'lotion' is of a white appearance and has no obvious fragrance. The 'lotion' is silky in texture and light to the touch. I applied a tiny 'blob' the size of a chocolate chip onto my fingers and gently rubbed onto my face in circular motions to the eye area nose cheeks and forehead, the main areas that will have makeup applied and any excess will cover the rest. This small amount spread very well, and when applied was clear and felt very very silky. There was no tell tale signs that the product was sitting on my skin which is a good sign that this product is very good quality. Now the testing. First I applied a concealer around my eyes, this glided on with ease and immediately I could see the difference. I did not need to worry about product layering too much as the base meant that the product gave full coverage evenly first time. I don't use foundation however do use bronzer and blush. When I applied the blush and bronzer sweep on with ease and looks flawless and polished, without the primer you would be able to see bumps and imperfections, a less polished look. Eyeshadow spreads and blends evenly with the primer, I feel I have halfed the time taken usually to apply makeup flawlessly, which in my book is definately important being a mum and on the go. Overall, I cant fault the product except it is pricey for those who have pulled in those purse strings for the new year, for me I think it is a bargain and I would not hesitate to buy this product again. The best advice I can give is that for those things that you feel are important to you or make you feel good, eg wearing and applying makeup, it is definately worth spending the extra money, however if you don't wear makeup much then you may feel it not a necessity for you. My bottle has lasted 4 months of every other day usage and it is still going strong I would expect another 2 months hopefully more. Edited to add - MAC have now reduced their free delivery spend to £35.00! :)
As I have said in previous reviews about MAC products they started out as a cosmetic brand that was designed for make-up artists but it soon developed a high profile and due to popularity it soon found itself in department stores across the world available to the general public. When I recently went to one of the MAC counters at one of my local department stores to get some advice and purchase some foundation the assistant carried out a colour test to make sure that the colour of the foundation which she had chosen was suitable for my skin tone. After removing the makeup I was already wearing she applied some Prep and prime to my skin before applying the foundation, she explained that the principle of the primer is to prepare the skin before the application of the foundation that it would soothe the skin, blot away any excess oil that the my skin had preventing any shine through, that it also acts as a filler to fill any pitting to the face and would provide a smooth base for the application of the foundation which I use. She also suggested that it would allow the foundation to last longer without fading which I thought if it worked was an added bonus as it would mean less touch ups and less foundation being used each day. The Prep and prime is nicely presented, it comes in a stylish black box and inside is a 30ml pump dispenser, I always find pump dispensers a big bonus as it means you can measure out the product more effectively preventing wastage and it makes it more hygienic to dispense too. After cleansing and moisturising my face I apply the Prep and prime all over my face nice and evenly, I usually find that one pump is more than adequate for full coverage of my face. It's of smooth gel like consistency that glides easily all over my face leaving it soothed and feeling calmer and a lot smoother. There is no oily residue or that sticky feeling. Upon application of my foundation I found that the foundation applied far more easily than if I was not to use the primer first and upon application of the foundation it gave me a flawless finish. True to the assistants word I've noticed that I don't find myself having to retouch my make up during the day and that with the application of the primer I get no shine through compared to if I was just to use the foundation on its own so I rarely have to touch up my makeup which is a great bonus in my eyes. As MAC is a high end brand it does come with a high label price tag, the Prep and Prime retails at £16 for a 30ml pump dispenser but I definitely think that it is worth it. Another great product from MAC that I almost certainly will be purchasing again
I bought this product because I have heard alot about primers available on the market and thought as I have never used one I would try a rebutable brand for my first primer experiance. I have not been pleased with this product by Mac at all, it makes the skin feel oily and your foundation feels like its slipping off and can easily wipe away - not what you need with 7 hour work days! Good Points - It is better to use as a skin illuminator without foundation as it has pearly flecks in the cream to create this subtle shimmer look, and it does makes my skin feel lovely and soft, and definately smooths it out, its is just a shame it doesn't fulfill its proper purpose or how the counter girls sell it to you. Also the pump bottle design is nice and user friendly and it does seem to last a long long while.
I bought this product because when I got out at night I tend to put a lot of effort into making my make up stay in place. I thought using this product would help. I have to say I was quite disappointed, when I put my mac foundation over the top it felt as if it was slidding off straight away. And although it evened my skin out which meant lumps and bumps didn't show up I felt more concious I was going to loose my make up. To solve this problem I have tried using powder after the primer to mop up anything left behind by the primer. This does seem to work, however although I do occasionally use this product I tend to leave it behind as I don't feel it helps my make up stay on. Although one thing I have to say about it is it makes my skin feel lovely and soft, and definately smooths it out, just a shame it doesn't fulfill the purpose i bought it for!
I never used to wear primer, in fact is is not something I would have even thought of, but as I got married at midday and planned to party until the early hours of the morning, I figured I could do with something to help keep the professional look I hoped my makeup artist was going to give me. I purchased all of my own makeup for her to apply as I wanted to take my time choosing products rather than making do with whatever was in her cosmetics box and after doing lots of research (and being a MAC fan already) I decided this was the primer for me. I purchased it from House of Fraser and the sales assistant was lovely (although scarily over made-up as all MAC employees are!) and gave me lots of pointers about how to use it - and all of the other products I bought at the same time!. It cost £16 for a 30ml bottle. I don't know how this compares to other primers as I have never looked at them, but obviously MAC is a high-end brand with high-end price tags to match so I suppose this is quite a lot to pay. It is worth every penny though because it honestly lasted me months and months. You only need to use a tiny little bit each time and because it has such a lovely silky consistency it glides over your skin beautifully, so a small amount goes a very long way. It comes in a black plastic bottle with white minimalist lettering so it will coordinate perfectly with all of your other MAC products. It has a flat top and bottom and a rounded body so it will stand up on your dressing table. It is dispensed by pump action and to use you remove the cap (which pulls off easily) and apply pressure lightly to the pump. It comes out slowly which is great as if it squirted out fast you would end up with a lot of wastage. Always make sure you press lightly on the pump though to make sure you don't end up with too much. The idea of a primer is to prepare skin for the application of base makeup, so that the makeup will lie better and last for longer without fading so it is a good idea to use it if you have an event to go to that requires you to look your best for a long period of time. The product has been formulated with special-effect silicones apparently, although in all honest I have no idea what this means. It claims to calm and soothe the skin, blot away excess oil and even out skin redness. You apply it to skin that has been cleansed and moisturised before you apply makeup. In my experience, its claims are a bit over-ambitious (as the claims of most makeup products are!) but it did make a bit of a difference. I can't say I particularly felt that my makeup looked better at the end of a long day after using this product or that it looked better at all, but I did feel a difference. Nobody commented on my makeup looking better either which is normally a pretty good gauge of how good a makeup product is. However I did notice that when I actually applied my foundation it did seem to glide on more smoothly if I had used the Prep + Prime first. I did not buy this again when it ran out but I would buy this over another primer if I wanted one. I just found that it was unnecessary.
I own both of MAC's Facial Primers but Prep + Prime "Skin" is the formula I reach for the most. Firstly, the pump dispenser is very useful and makes sure that you use up all of the product inside. The container looks quite small, so some people may be put off by the £16.00 price tag, but it lasts a very long time for me (I use one pump every morning.) It has a very smooth, gel-like texture that glides easily over the face. It leaves the skin feeling a lot smoother, more even with an almost 'slippery' texture to it. It prepares the skin for Foundation by lightly 'filling in' any enlarged pores or small acne pitting etc. By creating a smoother texture, foundation can 'grab' onto the skin a little easier, meaning that it lasts longer throughout the day. It also disguises/moisturises any small areas of dry skin, so that your foundation doesn't stick onto those areas so much. If you look closely, Prep + Prime Skin has small, shimmery particles in it. Once on the skin they are not as visible as they are straight out of the pump. They act as an illuminator to liven up your skin and create a more radiant finish. The shimmer can easily be counteracted by a semi-matte or matte foundation, so do not worry if you feel that the sparkles are not for you :-) I use this product every day without fail & always repurchase whenever I run out (about every 6 months.)
I picked up some of this MAC prep and prime skin the other day as I found that my foundation didn't last as long as I would ideally want it to. The make up artist suggested this, there are 2 kinds; regular prep & prime and the one with SPF 50 in. Since my foundation already had SPF15 in it, I didn't feel the need to wear a factor 50 in winter so I might get that one in summer. I got the regular one for now. This stuff comes in a tube and is meant to go on over your moisturiser, before you apply your foundation. You can apply it onto your face off the tube or use an applicator if you so wish. I find that the stuff distributes quite evenly but I have to rub it in a bit as I don't want too thick a layer. It doesn't leave any colour or noticeable texture on the skin and doesn't really smell of anything either. Then after you've applied this, you can put on either a liquid or powder foundation and I find that it goes on just as easily with this stuff than without it. I've noticed that at the end of the day, my make up does actually look better than if I did not apply this stuff prior to my foundation, so it does do it's job! I mainly use this when I know I'll be in a hot or humid environment or I won't have time to touch up my make up and need it to stay perfect. I also find that I don't need to repowder my t-zone as this pretty much keeps the oilyness away. You can get these for £16 at MAC shops and if you feel you need some sun and anti-ageing, you can get the one with SPF50.
An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones / Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness / Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder /