M.A.C. Prep+Prime Skin is a facial primer you use before applying makeup. Primers are supposed to help smooth the skin, and create a base for your makeup. Some claim to reduce the appearance of pores, and some do help mattify your skin as well. Also, primers serve as a barrier between your skin and your facial makeup.
M.A.C. describes Prep+Prime Skin as \"An ultra-fluid lotionformulated 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.\"
The primer comes in a black airless pump bottle, which measures approximately 4.5\" tall and 1.25\" wide. The front of the bottle states, in white writing, \"M.A.C. Prep+Prime\" at the top, and \"Skin Base Visage 30ML/1.0 US FL OZ\" on the bottom. The back of the bottle contains the product name and a warning in English and French, as well as company information. The primer itself comes out as an iridescent white color, but dries to a clear finish.
M.A.C. also has Prep+Prime Face Protect SPF50, but I\'ve been told it\'s more of a sunscreen than primer. Needless to say, I haven\'t tried it and have no intentions on trying it.
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::: My Experience :::
I have tried a few facial primers, as I mentioned earlier. I actually heldout on trying M.A.C.\'s until earlier this year. I have no idea why it took me so long, but it might be because I was happy with the brand I was previously using. Alas, I finally broke down and decided to try it since it\'srecommended by a lot of makeup lovers.
I had originally received a sample of Prep+Prime Skin from a friend, and didn\'t care for it too much. I decided to give it another shot and got another sample from my local M.A.C. counter. Needless to say, I was hooked! I immediately bought some, and haven\'t looked back since! My skin definitely feels a lot smoother whenever I use M.A.C. Prep+Prime Skin, and I can tell a difference if I don\'t use it before applying my foundation (which is Urban Decay Surreal Skin Mineral Makeup).
Normally, I wash my face and moisturize my face, then wait about 5 minutes before applying the primer. You have to slowly pump the product out, or else you end up with WAY more than you want. I apply a small dot to my forehead, chin and each cheek, then I kind of \"rub\" it all in. Quite like you would with a moisturizer. I then wait 5 more minutes before applyingmy foundation. The wait time between moisturizing and priming is necessary as it gives the products time to sink in, so to speak.
As I just mentioned above, my face feels a lot softer after using M.A.C. Prep+Prime Skin, and my makeup goes on smoother. It doesn\'t leave an oily/greasy feeling, but instead of a soft powdery feeling.
The only complaint I have is that I wish M.A.C. would put this in a clear bottle so you can see how much you have left. It would really stink to go to use my primer one day only to find out that I don\'t have any!
::: Purchasing & Pricing Information :::
M.A.C. Prep+Prime Skin is available online, at Freestanding stores, and M.A.C. counters for $23. You might be able to find it on eBay (we all know how much I love that site), but I\'m not sure if you\'d make a savings as M.A.C. is generally overpriced on eBay. The Face Protect SPF 50 retails for $28.
::: Recommendation :::
I recommend M.A.C. Prep+Prime Skin for anyone who wants a good primer which makes your skin feel softer, as well as to apply your makeup smoother. It\'s fast drying, so you don\'t really need to wait before applying makeup, but Ido recommend waiting.