Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

by M.A.C.  Prep + Prime
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$40 - 1.7 fl. oz.
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundation Primer
Last Updated:
1/17/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

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.

Pros:
  • Lightweight, gel texture.
  • Non-greasy finish facilitates makeup application.
  • Adds subtle luminescence to skin.
  • Contains skin-beneficial ingredients.
Cons:
  • 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

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. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Monday, January 27, 2014
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    Beware!
    • 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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