Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
1.3 fl. oz. for $30
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This fragrance-free tinted moisturizer with broad-spectrum sunscreen is an excellent option for normal to slightly dry or slightly oily skin. The creamy yet lightweight texture blends into the skin for beautifully sheer coverage and the hydrating formula adds moisture while treating the skin to a variety of antioxidants. Although this tinted moisturizer (a more commonsense way to refer to beauty balms) is too sheer to cover dark spots or an uneven skin tone, it achieves a very natural demi-matte finish that looks skin-like and healthy.

Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35 should be applied liberally—as all sunscreen should be—if it's your sole source of sunscreen. Although the blend of active ingredients provides broad-spectrum sun protection, the amount of titanium dioxide is on the low side for truly reliable mineral-based protection—which is why this BB product missed our top rating (others with mineral actives contain a higher percentage of these broad-spectrum protective ingredients).

  • Very natural-looking, demi-matte finish makes skin look healthy.
  • Broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Includes a variety of antioxidants.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Amount of sunscreen active titanium dioxide is on the low side for mineral-based protection.

Ingredients: Active Ingredients: Octinoxate (7.5%) Octisalate (4%) Oxybenzone (2.5%) Titanium Dioxide (1.1%); Other Ingredients: Water, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10, Pentastearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Squalane, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Glycerin, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Oryzanol, Trehalose, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Polyglyceryl-6, Polyricinoleate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Sodium PCA, Sucrose, Urea, Silica, Alumina, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Laurate, Glycol Stearate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol

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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Allergic reaction to MAC bb cream

I tried to use the MAC BB Cream but had a terrible skin reaction, it developed a rash - specifically on the areas where the cream was applied.

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Great product

This BB cream is great for my 63-yr.-old combination skin. It gives me some color & smooths out my complexion without looking heavy. At my age, a heavy foundation just makes me look older. I use the Medium Plus shade for my light-medium skin, as I frequently use a self-tanner to give me a little more color. One tube of this lasts 2-3 months with 5 days/week use, so it's a good value.

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Debbie N.
Best BB for Combo Skin

I cannot count how many BB/CC creams I've tried. So many are too sticky, shiny, sheer, or don't come in enough shades. This one comes in some very natural looking shades, and the texture and finish of this are perfect for my combination skin. It's not too matte, nor too shiny, and is quite easy to apply with fingers. Pores look good. Goes nicely under makeup or looks great alone! Decent coverage set with a powder, such as MSFN or MUFE HD (in summer).

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luv e !

I luv , luv , luv e !

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Rush - Dubai
From Extra Light to Deep Dark

In the summer of 2013 MAC expanded the range of colors for P+P BB. It now comes in 9 shades: Extra Light, Light, LIght Plus, Medium, Medium Plus, Medium Dark, Dark, Dark Plus, and Deep Dark

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Ellen P.
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