Monday, March 16, 2009

Review: MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50

Quality: 5 out of 5
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Size: 1 oz
Price: $28.00
Where To Buy:
Will I Buy Again: Yes, for sure.

A skin-protecting cream with SPF 50. Applies under makeup to prime the skin for the sun. Featherweight, fast-absorbing, oil-free, invisible. Will not affect the look, texture or long-wear integrity of your makeup. Specially formulated with oil-absorbing powder, helps prevent oil breakthrough. Provides high-level broad spectrum sun protection. Worn daily helps guard the skin against discolouration, premature aging, dryness and other effects of sun exposure. Suitable for all skins.

I get all warm and fuzy just thinking about this primer. I have very oily skin, I've tried a few primers, different foundations, face powders, whatever, and none have been able to do what MAC's Prep + Prime SPF 50 has done for me.

Oil Control: When I'm not wearing primer my skin becomes oily 4-5 hours after applying foundation (sometimes sooner on bad days), and by 3 or 4 pm I have to blot (I just use tissue). When I wear the Prep+Prime my skin gets a little 'dewy' after a few hours but it rarely gets to the point when I feel like I need to blot. Even if its 10 o'clock at night, my face will still look only dewy or just slightly oily.

Foundation Wear: My usual face products are Revlon's Colorstay Foundation, followed by a pressed powder. I apply my foundation right after the primer because it CS is easier to blend with something else underneath. With the Prep + Prime my foundation lasts all day and if there aren't any lines around my nose or mouth (from smiling).

Breakouts & Pores: I almost always have one or two new zits everyday, and I don't find this to have affected my skin in that way at all. I usually just use the primer on my forhead, nose, & cheeks, and my breakouts are always around my mouth and cheeks. So this primer hasn't made me breakout more or less. Also its never clogged pores or caused any other skin irritations.

Application & Removal: The formula is light and easy to apply. I just use a little dot for each cheek & one for my nose and forehead. I've found using a bit more makes it work even better at controlling oil. This washes off just fine with my Olay face cleanser (it has little exfoliating beads), I don't have a problem with this staying on my face when I don't want it there.

Packaging: This comes in a little sparkly black tube that is narrow on the top and has the opening on the bottom. Its only 1 ounce, which I think it a rip off for $28. Also I think it will be a pain to get all of the product out when I start getting to the end. I would probably cut it open if not for the fact that I would not be able to take the empty tube back to MAC for a free lipstick or whatever. I only use the primer on days when I know I'm going to be away from home all day, otherwise I feel like I'm wasting it and I don't want to have to rebuy this all the time.

-controls oil
-wears well under foundation
-no funky smell
-SPF 50
-doesn't clog pores or cause breakouts

-expensive for such a small amount
-packaging could be better


Ariana said...

free eyeshadow, lipstick or lipgloss if its at a freestanding or pro store! ;)

my skin was so freaking oily that even this didn't work for me. *cries* only powder primers work on me.

sounds lovely for you, though. $28 *is* a lot for that little product, though.

Askmewhats said...

Thanks for the review, I appreciate this! I've never tried this!

Miss Yaya said...

if only MAC gave us a stimulus package!

R.Naukana said...

I've been eyeing this for a while. I think I'm just going to suck up th $28 and buy it. I really appreciate the review.

Anonymous said...

thank you for your review. i was hopeful this would work till i read Ariana's comment. i have very oily skin too. i've tried Monstat but it doesn't last long. there's this pore minimizer by Dermadoctor(?) that's like $45 but that's too expensive for such a small amount. what i'm looking for is sunscreen with a high SPF that doesn't make my skin oily. Found nothing so far.

Anonymous said...

I have oily skin and was skeptical about using this. The MAC lady gave me samples of the face protect and the oil control lotion. I use them in that order, and the results are great! I going to buy them both when I have the money.