Prep + Prime Highlighter
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This fluid highlighter is packaged in a click pen–style component outfitted with a built-in synthetic brush. As you click the base of the component, the highlighter is fed onto the brush, ready for application.

Applying this with the brush or your finger is easy thanks to its excellent silky texture. You have to blend quickly, though, because this sets to a soft matte finish within seconds. Coverage is in the light to medium range, less than what you’d get from a regular concealer.

Used as a highlighter under the eyes, on the brow bone, or along the bridge of the nose, this comes in three workable shades: Bright Forecast is best for medium skin tones and is trickiest to use due to a slight peach cast; Light Boost is a soft, champagne gold that’s best for light to medium skin tones; and Radiant Rose is a pale, opalescent pink that is the most “brightening” of the shades, best on fair to light skin tones.

One caution: The finish and the lack of hydrating ingredients in this product mean it will emphasize fine lines and wrinkles if you don’t first prep with a moisturizer. The irony of this necessity is that this product is one of M.A.C.’s Prep + Prime items, yet you absolutely need to prep your skin with a moisturizer for this product to perform its best.

  • Easy to apply and does its job of highlighting key areas.
  • Doesn’t crease into lines.
  • Workable shades that pair well with concealer colors.
  • Expensive.
  • The matte finish can emphasize lines and wrinkles if you don’t prep your skin with a moisturizer.
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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This highlighter is great when I look a little tired. Light texture and convenient brush pen applicator make for a pleasant application process and pretty look. I am fair and use the lightest shade - a pinky gold under my eyes and on my brow bone. Remember 2 things: moisturize first and less is more.

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This definitely sets quickly so i use it with my MAC moisturecover (with the wand) and it creates the perfect texture, that said Stroke of Light by Bare Minerals and Dermablend's illuminating concealer are really good and will give instant gratification for those who want one product to do the job.

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