Prep + Prime Line Filler

by M.A.C.  Prep + Prime
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$21 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
10/29/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Now this is what we mean by a well-formulated primer! Rather than just being a mix of silicones and fragrance, this combines a dry-finish silicone polymer with emollients, film-forming agents, and copious antioxidants to help smooth skin, temporarily fill in superficial lines, and create an even canvas for foundation. It is similar to any well-formulated serum because it leaves skin feeling silky while imparting lots of beneficial extras that go beyond just prepping skin for makeup. As mentioned, the line-filling ability of this Prep + Prime product is minor and short-lived, but it will make a subtle difference. The matte finish of this product makes it suitable for all skin types, but those of you who tend to break out may want to choose a serum that doesn’t contain emollients. The good news is there are plenty of serums that meet that description.

A primer used post-foundation, pre-makeup to camouflage, soften and relax expression lines and wrinkles. Applies as a dense cream and dries to a transparent, smooth, natural matte finish. With ongoing use, clinically proven to help rejuvenate your look.

Water, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Saccharomyces/ Xylinum Black Tea Ferment, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, C12-14 Pareth-12, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Algae Extract, Phytosphingosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acmella Oleracea Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Cucumis Melo (Melon) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Extract, Biotin, Silybum Marianum (Lady's Thistle) Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Cholesterol/Potassium Sulfate, Zea Mays (Corn) Kernel Extract, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Beeswax, Glycerin, Linoleic Acid, Isostearyl Lactate, Trifluoromethyl C1-4 Alkyl Dimethicone, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Caffeine, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Linolenic Acid, Isohexadecane, Alcohol, PEG-8, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate, Polysorbate 80, 1,2-Hexanediol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Sodium Citrate, Silica, Xanthan Gum, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Chlorphenesin, Sodium Dehydroacetate

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. LL
    Reviewed on Tuesday, February 25, 2014
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Overrated
    • Kind of a balmy feel but doesn't ball up & takes care of shine...not the easiest to blend, better at lightly tapping to spread product in areas you want to smooth out. Seems to last well though. It seemed kind of average to me...I wouldn't purchase again but glad I tried.

  2. Brigitte T.
    Reviewed on Sunday, July 28, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Fabulous Primer
    • This primer is fabulous! It seals fine lines, coats skin for a smooth finish and works excellent with very oily skin. I use daily under foundation and never have to touch up with powder during a 12 hour day. Best feature a little goes a long way so the cost is very reasonable. I have tried several primers (Mary Kay, Proactiv, Revlon, Lancome, and Loreal) I highly recommend this product.

About the Experts

Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:

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The Paula's Choice Research Team is dedicated to helping you find the absolute best products for your skin, using research-based criteria to review beauty products from an honest, balanced perspective. Each member of the team was personally trained by Paula herself.

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