MAC Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 +++, Prep & Prime Pressed Powder

MAC Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 +++, MAC Prep & Prime Pressed Powder

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I have been using these prep and prime products for months. I was just waiting for the collection to launch in India. It is finally in the stores now.

MAC Fortified Skin Enhancer Claims : A tinted skin primer formulated with soft-focus powders to help even out skin tone and add radiance. Lightweight and invisible, it goes on under foundation or powder for a naturally perfect look and subtle glow. Helps protect against pollution and UV rays with SPF 35 protection. Available in four tints: Illuminate adds radiance to a sallow complexion; Neutralize calms a red, blotchy complexion; Adjust brightens dull skin; and Recharge adds a little “boost” to any dull complexion. Fragrance free.

These are actually perfect product for summers if you have pretty good skin to start with. Fortified skin enhancers are like lighter version of tinted moisturizers. These are tinted primers very high SPF – 35+++ and help you correct any redness if you may have.

Illuminate is a light pink based enhance. I personally use it on the high points of my face. During day time when I don’t need shiny highlighters, this does the job without adding too much shine or shimmer to the face and brightening up especially the under eye area.

mac fortified skin enhancer recharge

Recharge is a medium skin tone based enhancer, which I like to use all over my face and then I just set my face with powder. It smoothens out the skin without making it look heavy. It barely offers a coverage but it gives that polished look to the skin. The tint may look quite strong in color but it just adjusts itself it to the skin tone color with a  few stroked of fingers. It does not settle in fine lines and since it is quite sheer, it does not get cakey at all. I don’t find it greasy too but this may not be an ideal product for those with oily skin tones. It does not make my skin shiny either.

It stays on for 4- 5 hours and after that i feel the need to powder my face. Also, it does illuminate the skin a bit but not in a shiny way.

mac fortified skin enhancer illuminate

Ingredients: mac-fortified-skin-enhancer-ingredients

Comes in nozzle tubes , which helps in controlling the amount of product. mac fortified skin enhancer nozzle


As you can see in blended swatches, the product become almost invisible leaving a smoother looking skin behind.  MAC fortified skin enhancer swatches

Overall I’d say that the skin enhancers are not a must have. If you are a looking for a light coverage product, you’d rather pick up a tinted moisturizer. These are best for those who want to neutralize the skin. The biggest benefit I see is the high SPF, which makes it great  for summers but on the other hand , they are not excellent for photographs. I would use it till they last but may not purchase them. Although I do like them for how light they feel on my skin and make them excellent for summers but I am not too convinced either. A regular primer does a great job either ways.

Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating :  3/5

MAC Prep & Prime Transparent Finishing Pressed Powder. 

It is actually just the pressed form of the Prep and Prime and Prime loose powder that was available earlier in MAC inline range. Full review HERE

It is actually excellent. It does not cast a whitish layer and the powder is very sheer. I find it excellent fir setting in concealer especially. Great for setting the overall makeup as well. Keeps makeup looking fresh for super long. The only problem is that MAC has not included a powder puff in this too. Although this is more convenient and easier to carry around as opposed to the loose powder, I wish this had a puff included in it.  Must have for summers.

Indian Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating : 5/5

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16 thoughts on “MAC Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 +++, Prep & Prime Pressed Powder

  1. I saw these at the MAC store and swatched them too. The Prep + Prime Finishing powder seemed nice and as for the skin enhancers, you’re right – I prefer my regular primers. :))

  2. thnx for the reviews Rati :-* ….prep and prime pressed powder i’ll buy sometime :drool: :drool: …loose powders freak me out… allergic to things flying in the air….

  3. I somehow prefer loose powder to set my makeup rather than a compact coz anyway I’d use a fluffy brush. But yes, the compact would be travel friendly.

  4. me love MAC..the pressed powder does seem promising and thanks for the honest bit how it is not a must have and to rather go in for other tinted like that frankness in the review. i didnt quite catch the price of these products..did i miss it somewhere?

  5. Thankee for the review. :woot: :woot: This thing looks super interesting! :woot: I like the look of the orange skin enhancer’s look. :love: Is the pink one suitable enough for fair to medium Indian skin tones?

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