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Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.
Joining the Beauty Balm craze, MAC now offers its own BB Cream with an SPF 35. This product comes in one shade and is marketed as a face primer rather than a foundation.
This product comes in a plastic squeeze tube with a narrow opening to dispense the product. The packaging keeps dispensing clean and use sanitary. Plus, the plastic packaging is opaque, which protects the ingredients from sun exposure.
The product is a light beige color. Initially, I thought this might be a tad light, even for my NC20-25 skin. But the pigmentation is so subtle that it blends into the skin without giving it enough color to change your underlying skin noticeably. This product, therefore, will work on a wide range of light skin tones, but I think it will be too light for medium and dark skin, despite its lack of pigmentation.
You can get light coverage from this beauty balm, similar to a tinted moisturizer. It gives a medium amount of moisture to the skin without looking oily or shiny. The consistency is similar to a face cream–slightly thicker than a liquid foundation.
This Beauty Balm didn’t provide an anti-shine effect, so I did still need to blot mid-way through the day. It leaves a dewy finish on the skin once it’s applied.
Second on the list of ingredients is dimethicone–an extremely common ingredient that acts as a slip agent in face primers. As for a primer, this balm worked satisfactorily–it didn’t produce any special results for my foundation.
Providing an SPF of 35 gets this beauty balm a big thumbs-up. The titanium dioxide in this product gives your skin both UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of 35 is perfect amount of protection for everyday wear.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
This beauty balm spreads over the skin and blends easily. The thin texture makes application convenient. You can use your fingers or a tool like a brush or sponge.
For $30.00, you get 30 ml (1.01 fl oz) of product. MAC’s original Prep + Prime Skin is $28.00 and contains the same amount of product. The original version doesn’t contain any sun protecting ingredients, though, which explains the $2.00 difference.