Prep + Prime Lash
Last Updated:11.25.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Prep + Prime Lash is meant to smooth and condition lashes, but doesn’t do much better in this regard than most mascaras—there is nothing in this product that is all that conditioning for lashes, though it does make them feel soft. It is also supposed to intensify “the build and lengthening quality of all [mascara] formulas,” but that didn’t happen. Side-by-side testing confirmed what is true of almost all lash primers: they tend to make mascara trickier to apply and don’t help lengthen or thicken lashes anymore than simply applying two or three coats of regular mascara. We suppose this is an OK option if you’re using a lackluster mascara, but the bigger question is why you’re not using a superior mascara, given how many there are! This does make a noticeable difference with average mascaras.

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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Why waste expensive mascara slathering on 2-3 coats when you can use one coat of relatively inexpensive primer & one coat of expensive mascara. Do one eye at a time ~ a bit of wet conditioning primer will get on your mascara brush & make it's way into your mascara tube, extending the life of your mascara. Additionally, at night, when you go to wash off your mascara ~ with the clear conditioning primer as the first layer ~ the eyelashes wash off CLEAN. No black goo around the eyes in the morning.

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Larissa G
Best brow buildup

I apply this product to my thin eyebrows and they become thicker and easier to apply color. Sometimes I use it on the lashes.

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Pretty Good

I like to use this product for 2 reasons. One of that I find if I apply this before a regular mascara, it doesn't smudge or flake as much though out the day as without using the primer. Two, I like to play around with coloured mascara and using this primer ahead of time makes the colour appear a lot stronger.

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