Prep + Prime Lip
Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Prep + Prime Lip is a base that is applied before lipstick to facilitate application and prevent it from feathering into lines around the mouth. Guess what? It works! The silicone- and wax-based stick forms a great barrier to keep color in place, in a way similar to long-discontinued products such as The Body Shop’s No Wander and Coty’s Stop It! As good as this product is, keep in mind that it won’t prevent greasy, slippery lip glosses from migrating into lines around the mouth. It works best with moderately creamy or satin matte lipstick formulas, of which M.A.C. has plenty!

Brand Overview

M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance

What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.

When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!

M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.

Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.

Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.

Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.

For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

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I absolutely love this balm! I use it specifically for layering beneath my lipstick if I happen 2 be wearing any that day. So it serves a purpose. It doesn't let me down! My lip products wear longer,go on smoother,and don't feather when I wear this! GREAT lip primer. Worth the buy. FYI- This lip primer is a MUST if I'm going to be wearing a lip Paint such as a Velvetine by Limecrime or a Everlasting liquid lipstick by Kat VON D.

Reviewed by
joanne m.
Effective Lip Primer!

I love, love, love MAC's lip primer. It makes pencils go on smoothly, keeps lipstick from getting dry or chunky throughout the day, and extends the wear of lip products. Highly recommended!! I don't do lips without it! MAC is never the cheapest price point, but a tube lasts quite awhile and I think it's definitely worth the price!

Reviewed by
Shekinah S
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