Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage Review

This review has been long due, and its my first on IMBB. I’ve been following IMBB for a long time now and gotta thank all you guys for sharing your opinions and making IMBB a fun blog.

I know many people are intrigued by the idea of primers. I tried face primers because I have visible pores and I don’t use foundation much because most foundations make me look ashy or cakey. Let me start by telling you guys that I’ve a weird combination skin with oily T-zone and the rest of my face has a mind of its own. I substitute foundation with my Lotus Herbals 3-in-1 matte look daily sunblock (SPF 40) which is my HG sunblock. In the very beginning I wasn’t a big fan of Mac Prep n Prime skin base visage , because it doesnt mattify, but during the cold winter here in Sweden I fell in love with it (YAY! for all the money spent on it). I have only tried one other primer which is Lumene beauty base Matiyfying Primer (cheaper but not as good as Mac Prep and Prime).

Mac Website says:
“An ultra-fluid lotion formulated with special-effect silicones. Calms and soothes the skin, blots away excess oil, and evens out skin redness. Improves the laydown and application of foundation or powder.”

Price: Mac Prep and Prime retails for $26 on their website (I don’t recall exactly how much I paid for it but it was around 300SEK which will be around $40 :().

Packaging: You get 30ml of the product and it comes with a pump which doesn’t dispense excessive product.

MAC Prep and Prime

MAC Prep and Prime
MAC Prep and Prime

Product: The consistency is creamy and not runny like a lotion. The texture is soft and blends well and since its silicon based it makes application of foundation much easier and very even. MAC Prep and Prime is shimmery when you pump it out but won’t show up on your face.

With just one pump.

MAC Prep and Prime (without flash)
MAC Prep and Prime (without flash)

Without flash:

MAC Prep and Prime (with flash)
MAC Prep and Prime (without flash)

Application: I use only one pump of MAC prep and prime and apply it using my fingers. I tend to wait around 2-3 minutes to let it sink in, before applying anything else like foundation or sunscreen.

Pros of MAC prep and Prime Skin Base Visage:

  • No new break outs because of using Mac Prep and Prime
  • Foundation goes on evenly and smoothly.
  • My make up lasts longer and doesnt get uneven as time passes by.
  • You only need a tiny amount.
  • Comes with a pump, hygienic!.
  • Doesn’t have a strong or disturbing fragrance.

Cons of MAC prep and Prime Skin Base Visage:

  • Doesnt mattify well. It tends to give a dewy look if you use a heavy hand with application.
  • Doesn’t do anything for my pores.
  • The price.( $26 still sounds better than $40+ though.)
  • No SPF!. There is another version “MAC – Prep and Prime Face Protect SPF 50” ,but its supposed to have different texture and consistency. I don’t mind this flaw since I always use sunscreen.
  • I’ll most probably buy this again if I stay in a cold place like Sweden, but not when I’m living in a hot and humid climate.

My rating: :-* :-*:-*+1/2  would’ve been 4 if I’d bought it for $26 instead of $40+ 🙁

After reading Tatjana post on the P2 crankling nailpolishes I finally gave in and bought the Isadora’s graffiti nail top and even though they are expensive ( 6.9 euros) I am truly loving these, it takes only 10-20 seconds for it to finish cracking up, now I can happily sport some of the nail polishes I wouldn’t wear alone. I got the black one and the green one. Just wanted to share the picture with you all:

nail art
nail art

(I applied Isadora’s perfect nail polish in “lime” as the base and used the graffiti polish in “black” on top)

Have you tried MAC Prep and Prime? Please Rate in the box below.

Also Read :
MAC Prep For Colour Collection Launched in India
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder Review
How to Make Skin Glow: Ask IMBB
NYX Eyeshadow Base – Skin Tone Review, LOTD
MAC Virgin Isle Cream Colour Base Review


45 thoughts on “Mac Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage Review

  1. Hey LP, Welcome to the contri club. 😉

    I am loving my mufe primer these days. really I never realized that primer are such wonder products. I am planning to try the spf 50 wala prep and prime but guess my present primer would last me quite long.

    Since i have dry skin I don’t like super mattifying primers. So guess I’ll like this range of MAC. 🙂

    I :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: your nail art. 🙂

    1. Thanks Rati, it was super exciting to write the review :cute: :cute: :cute: ……
      Oh n I bet you’d love Mac prep and prime range, it kinda adds a little extra moisture to your face without being greasy :)…..

      n everyone seems to love the nails so much that I think I’ll get a bunch of these graffiti polishes when I come home next time and give it to you guys :-))

        1. He he he 😛 ….I checked the no., its cremes 041….actually if you use only one coat it goes on kinda patchy, I’ve used 2-3 coats in this…..

    1. Thanks Bhumika :)… its really a great idea these nailpolish guys came up with, I’m very lazy to do nail art so this is super quick and simple!!!

  2. LP 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 me landed here 😀 😀 😀

    I am using a Chanel ka doesnt make my face super matte but doesnt let it go oily either – me kind of like cos I am Chanel crazy plus it is a harmless primer 😀 😀

    And I love the nail colour :-)) :-)) :-))

    1. YAY! Rads!!! :-* :-* :-* 😛 :silly: :laugh: …….
      Have you done a review on the chanel primer?….. I wanna check out more primers after this one, need to get my hands on the MUFE one as well…..

      1. Errr…no me no do review on it..but I do use it every time 😀 Rati did na MUFE primer review..and YSL has a primer (which again Rati only recommended)… idea what arm-leg cost it is..but is not bad at all from what I can say with one-time use 😀 😀

  3. Hi lp, nice review and nicer nails. Am loving that crackling top coat so much. We don’t get these kind of top coats here in India (as yet). Radhikaaaaaaaaaaaaaa, I’m here….MF lip gloss swatch…!!!!!!!!

  4. OMGGGGGGGGG..she kill me now 🙁 Me took pics posted yet 🙁 Can I get away with a “tomorrow” like a promise promise tomorrow?? Pleeeeeeeeeeeeeease…I was playing eye makeup copy catting today :-((

    1. OKEEEEEEEEEEEE, Radhika. Show pics of your eye make up too, please. And we are all waiting for an article from you on all your Chanel make-up.

  5. Very nice review dear 🙂

    Concerning the crackling polishes: The cracklings from Isadora are a little bit better and at least Isadora offers more colors, I will def. buy the tealgreen one in the near future :-)) I am so glad you like the crackling texture, looks amazing on your nails :inlove:

    @ all: I have to apologize that I had no time the last days to visit IMBB, just arrived back home yesterday evening (business trip) and gotta hell of waiting work here, too. The prizes were already sent to the giveaway winners and I hope they will arrive soon. I sent a mascara for review to Deb on the 11th October and she did not mail me she got it so I think it´s still on the way to her…. the good thing about certified/registered mail is, that the shipping costs to India are not that HUGE as with DHL… but as it is the letter, I can only track it until it leaves Germany; then the Indian Post takes over and that´s it.

    Rang the international logistic center in Frankfurt, they told me that nine days and more are usual to India, certified mail or not. Anyway, please let me know when the stuff arrives :-* :-* :-* :-*

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