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Hey gorgeous gals,
After my review of the MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus Rose, today’s review is on the Lavender variant. So, let us quickly check out more about this one.
A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. This holy grail of hydrating mists can be used with other products in near-endless ways – to sheer out foundation, intensify colour, improve and extend the wear of makeup, or moisturize and soothe tired skin. A delicious twist in a permanent romantic rose scent, calming lavender scent, or creamy coconut scent
Key Claims and Benefits:
⦁ Soothes and refreshes skin
⦁ Sets and prolongs the wear of makeup
⦁ Dermatologist tested
⦁ Ophthalmologist tested
My Experience with MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus Lavender:
The product comes packaged in a transparent lavender tinted spray bottle with a lockable spray nozzle. The regular variant is transparent while the Lavender variant has a lavender tint.
If you checked my review yesterday, of the variant Rose, you may find this review similar. You have to take into account that the product is essentially similar with a different fragrance. First things first – again, the product is NOT a setting spray and was NOT designed to be a “fixing” or “setting” spray. The term ‘Fix+’ in the product name confuses the customers and people end up buying it thinking it’s a fixing spray like the Urban Decay ‘All Nighter’ Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray and when it doesn’t perform accordingly, the product gets a bad rap for it.
What is the product? MAC Fix+ is a part of the MAC Prep and Prime line, which is essentially geared towards preparing the skin for makeup. The products in this line consist of oil control moisturizers, hydrating and illumination boosting products, primers and conditioners (lip), etc. So, the line is basically geared towards getting the skin ready for makeup. And MAC Fix+ is also meant for the very same purpose. It is basically a spray with a base of water and glycerine.
It includes a number of antioxidants and skin soothing ingredients like cucumber, chamomile, green tea etc. So technically, this is a toner rather than a setting spray. It is a spray mist which has more benefits in it (if you ignore the addition of fragrance to the product) than your regular Evian/Avene Water atomisers. The original Fix+ has a cult following and is used for a number of things apart from the original design.
Unlike the variant in Rose, this Lavender does not seem to include any lavender oil, flower water etc. So, the fragrance that it has seems to be coming from the addition of fragrance to it and not any plant additive.
The most special thing about this product is probably its spray mechanism. The nozzle imparts such a fine mist of the product that I have never experienced any blotchiness or drops of water plunking on to my skin. Yes, with newer products in the market, you will see the mists getting finer and finer. But, you have to take into account two things that make this packaging special. The product came out more than a decade back with this fine a mist.
Second, and probably the most important aspect, this is a non-aerosol packaging. This fine a mist being dispensed by a non-aerosol packaging is fairly rare still. You know about Back to MAC, which allows you to recycle the packaging of MAC products. Well, an MUA once told me not to recycle the Fix+ once it’s over but to retain the pump bottle and replenish it with my favourite rose water to be able to get the beautiful fine mist spray. Honestly, the most important aspect of this product is really the spray nozzle. Rest could be more easily replicated or duped.
Uses of MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus Lavender:
⦁ Let’s start from the use for which the product was initially designed – prepping the skin. The product acts like a toner. When sprayed on freshly cleansed skin it soothes the skin thanks, to the presence of anti-oxidants. And two, it will prep for the application of your moisturizer, allowing the moisturizer to penetrate deeper.
⦁ It is a great way to hydrate the skin before the application of makeup or even during the course of the day (with or without makeup).
⦁ It can essentially work as a finishing spray – something which you mist onto your face post application of your powder products to take away the powdery look from your face.
⦁ It is extremely popular as a method to wet an eyeshadow to increase the intensity of the shade and reduce fall out (a bit). You spray a little on your brush and you are good to go.
⦁ It can be used to dampen the BeautyBlender especially when you just sat to do your makeup and realize that you forgot to wet your blending sponge. MAC Fix+ comes in handy.
⦁ This can easily be your on-the-go face mist.
⦁ Pro MUAs are known to use this to alter the consistency of a cream/liquid foundation as per their requirement.
⦁An Insta-inspired use is to spray your face with this and then apply your highlighter or vice-versa. This will help in intensifying the highlighter to give you the visible-from-space look which is so ever popular on Instagram.
In the form that it is designed it would work for all skin types except sensitive due to the addition of fragrance in the product. When sprayed lightly onto the makeup it gives a dewy finish. This aspect works well to take away the powdery-ness. But it also leaves a shine behind. While that may be suitable for someone with dry skin it is not too becoming for gals with oily skin. Also, do take into account that it takes a while to dry down unlike an alcohol-based spray.
As I mentioned while reviewing the Rose variant. I have never used the regular Fix + except when it was used on me in the store. The first one that I tried was the Rose variant and I absolutely loved it. This one in Lavender has a subtle fragrance, which is a good thing because lavender can be very overpowering and is not the kind of fragrance that everyone would necessarily love.
When you spray it on you feel instantly refreshed. It takes a second or two before the lavender fragrance wafts in. It is subtle, rounded and pleasing to the nose – not at all nauseating. Having said that, I do understand that everyone has their own threshold for smell, taste, etc. If you have a sensitive skin or nose you might want to take a whiff in the store before buying this.
To sum this up for you:
Pros of MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus Lavender:
⦁ A refreshing face mist/toner
⦁ Love the lavender fragrance
⦁ Multi-tasking product
⦁ The key is the spray nozzle as it gives a beautiful fine mist
⦁ The packaging allows you to lock the spray bottle
⦁ Easy to carry, however, the nozzle stays exposed
Cons of MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus Lavender:
⦁ The name! The “Fix” makes people think it’s a fixing spray when it just isn’t.
Point to note – the fragrance of lavender is an actual fragrance additive and not a lavender plant additive.
It is a lovely twist to an already iconic product. As long as you don’t have a sensitive skin which flares up due to fragrance, you would probably like the change. Is it dramatically different from the regular Fix +? I don’t think so. The company is not claiming that the Lavender variant has any benefits of lavender. They clearly state that is just the scent which differs.
IMBB Rating: 4.5/5
Would I Recommend MAC Prep + Prime Fix Plus Lavender?
Yes! It’s quite nice!
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