Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
1.7 fl. oz. for $41
Last Updated:12.23.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lightweight, gel-textured primer blends on smoothly and dries down to a pleasant, non-greasy finish suitable for normal to slightly dry or oily skin. Prep + Prime Natural Radiance has a delicate luminescence and contains tiny sparkle particles that impart a subtle glow to your skin. The formula facilitates makeup application, but be aware that the "radiance" effect becomes less noticeable once you apply foundation over it.

We were disappointed that M.A.C. included some potentially irritating plant extracts in the formula, but because the concentration is low and because there are far more beneficial ingredients (such as antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients) there's far more to like than dislike about this primer. However, there are still better primers to consider, especially considering how much this one costs.

  • Lightweight, gel texture.
  • Non-greasy finish facilitates makeup application.
  • Adds subtle luminescence to skin.
  • Contains skin-beneficial ingredients.
  • Contains potentially irritating plant extracts.

Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Propanediol, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lecithin, Squalane, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Distichon (Barley) Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Castanea Sativa (Chestnut) Seed Extract, Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Ethylhexylglycerin, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Sodium PCA, Betaine, Trehalose, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Butyl Avocadate, Potassium Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ergothioneine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Silica, Acacia Senegal Gum, Polyquaternium-51, Potassium Hydroxide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, HDI/PPG/Polycaprolactone Crosspolymer, Urea, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicylic Acid, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Yellow

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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What was I thinking? This irritated my dry sensitive skin. I didn't know it "shimmered" until I brought it home and into actual daylight - I felt like the tin man when I wore it. My everyday (Paula's Choice) serum makes a great primer. 3 stars for value, as MAC takes returns no questions asked.

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I went up to a MAC counter to help a friend look for the best formulations for her skin, for her upcoming wedding. The Sales Associate mentioned that this would be a very good primer for oily skin and that it contains many antioxidants. I thought, "Great!" so I popped some on the back of my hand to test it. Within 15 minutes my hand broke out in a rash, and I had to pop a Benedryl. I have sensitive skin, but my skin has never reacted like that to a product! So, test it first!

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