Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

by M.A.C.  Prep + Prime
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$30 - 1.3 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Tinted Moisturizers/BB Creams > BB Cream
Last Updated:
12/19/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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).

Pros:
  • Very natural-looking, demi-matte finish makes skin look healthy.
  • Broad-spectrum sun protection.
  • Includes a variety of antioxidants.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • 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

When it comes to skin care 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!

Note:M.A.C. is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although M.A.C. does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about M.A.C., owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.

M.A.C. Makeup

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. 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. Also, most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes. It is typically a pleasure to shop this line, though we wish the tester units (especially for blush, eyeshadow, and lipstick) were arranged by formula and finish rather than by color.

M.A.C.'s salespeople are sometimes trained as makeup artists, too, though being part of the Estee Lauder corporation means they have pressure to meet sales quotas (and no gifts-with-purchase to serve as an enticement). For this reason, you may prefer shopping at one of M.A.C.'s freestanding or Pro stores. The sales pressure is all but absent, the staff tends to be true makeup artists rather than only salespeople, and the stores routinely offer makeup how-to classes, which are both fun and informative.

M.A.C. has launched several state-of-the-art products since the previous edition of this book. The prime additions are several improved foundations and concealers, superior loose and pressed powders, a couple of mascaras that compete nicely with those from lash-enhancing leader Lancome, buttery-smooth powder blushes, and the very popular (and deservedly so) Pro Longwear Lipcolour. Couple this with their long-standing products that have always performed well and offered neutral shades (Studio Fix, anyone?) and M.A.C. is a force to be reckoned with in the world of department-store makeup. The only disappointment of note is that several of their liquid foundations with sunscreen still lack sufficient UVA protection. Why is it that Lauder-owned Clinique and Prescriptives continually get this critical step right, while Lauder's namesake line, Bobbi Brown, and M.A.C. tend to falter? It's especially upsetting in M.A.C.'s case because the affected foundations otherwise have exemplary textures and a vast palette of neutral shades for fair to dark skin tones. Other than this important point, you really can't go wrong shopping this line, whether you're new to the world of makeup or a seasoned pro.

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.

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  1. Soxfan7
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 27, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    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).

  2. Rush - Dubai
    Reviewed on Saturday, January 18, 2014
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    luv e !
    • I luv , luv , luv e !

  3. Ellen P.
    Reviewed on Saturday, October 05, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    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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