12.19.2014
133
Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
1.3 fl. oz. for $30
Expert Rating
Community Rating (6)
Expert Reviews
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.
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Ingredients

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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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.