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MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50

Average Customer Rating:
2.461 out of 5
2.5
 out of 
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Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Review 1 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:10 30 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Reformulated
This used to be my favorite sunscreen, I have crazy sensitive skin & this primer made my makeup look amazing. And then they reformulated. Now I can't wear it at all. PLEASE bring back the original!!
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Review 2 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:10 14 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this formula!
Tags +summer, primer, spf
One of my favorite sunscreens/face primers I own! Lightweight and colorless, it doesn't leave that heavy, greasy, chalky tint behind like some sunscreens do! Helps makeup wear great in hot weather.
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 / Fairoaks
Review 3 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:09 15 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Skin pollution
It might protect you from the rays but not the pollution towards your skin! This is way to liquid E Comes right out of the container with out even squeezing .witch makes me mad and wasting it.. Tried it out and makes me red and shine like wax on a car. Clogs my pores and breaks me out greasy feeling too, no bueno ! . Won't be purchasing again. Tried to put powder over and still shine right threw.
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 / Valley
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Review 4 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:02 05 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
no longer my favourite
The old formula was great for my oily skin - I loved it. My makeup stayed intact. Unfortunately, I can't say the same with the new formula. My t-zone is visibly oily after a few hours. Whereas before, the old formula really diffused the oiliness, even after a few hours. It's no longer my go-to primer. I'm not impressed and will not re-purchase.
Also, the new formula is thinner in quality, which DOES NOT work for this type of packaging. If the developers insisted on updating the formula, it should have also been updated to a pump style bottle (like the Skin Brightening Serum). I've wasted a significant amount of the product just on the leakage when the product is stored away. It's not easy to store upside down since its a tapered tube. You have to store it cap side down.
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 / Torotno
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Review 5 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:02 01 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
BIG DISAPPOINTMENT
Tags +at the beach with no make up on
All the reviews about the change of formula in this primer is TRUE. Like everyone else stated, this used to be the BEST product in the market UNTIL THEY CHANGED IT- Please bring the old formula back.
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 / Houston, TX
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Review 6 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:12 18 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Prep and prime
The new formula is HORRIBLE!!! Mac, please bring the old formula back. This new formula is DREADFUL.
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 / New Jersey
Review 7 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:12 17 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Not what it used to be...
This used to be the ONLY product to keep my super oily skin matte for hours, in addition to helping my makeup go on smoother, and stay in place. I went out to buy a new tube of this, and found that it left me extremely oily, left some breakouts behind and didn't perform half as well as it did in the past. I only recently found out that the formula had changed, and that explains why this product no longer seems to be compatible with my skin. It also separated in the tube shortly after I bought it, and became oily and runny. I hate to say that the newer version of this product is useless to me, but the previous formula was the best thing my oily skin has ever encountered.
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 / Ohio
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Review 8 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:12 03 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
BRING BACK THE OLD FORMULA!!!
I agree with every recent review. It was extremely apparent when I opened my new primer when it came in the mail. It was runny and oily. The old formula worked PERFECTLY and kept my makeup looking great all day. MAC - PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD FORMULA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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 / Satellite Beach
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Review 9 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:12 01 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
That's what the problem is!!!
Tags +priming face
Reading through the reviews, it dawned on me that that's why my face is soo oily these days!! My face was sooo mat and good till I bought thus last tube of primer, I thought it was me!! Sheesh! Why on earth would you do that?
Please bring back the old formula! In the meantime, I'm looking for a new one. Any ideas, folks?
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Review 10 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:11 28 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
New Formula
Tags +nothing now
I hate writing reviews period but I don't know why MAC decided to change the formula. I have terribly oily skin and this was the only product that truly delivered. Now I'm shiny within 1-2 hours after applying makeup. I doubt they will change it back to the original formula, this "new formula" has been out for like a year or so. And no change. If i could rate it less than one i would. it no longer does its job. please go back to old formula. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS NEW FOMULA.
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 / California
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Review 11 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:10 18 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!
Tags +pores and oily skin, minimizing fine lines, foundation primer
I recently needed to repurchase my MAC Prep and Prime Face Protect (bought over a year ago) and to my surprise there's a new formula, but instead of being better it's WORSE! I am so disappointed to read about this. I absolutely loved the old product! It helped minimize my pores, control the oily areas, minimize my fine lines, and primed my face just right for foundation. I had received so many compliments as it made my makeup and skin look great. As a result of this change, I WILL NOT be wasting my money on something that will not meet my expectations or work as the old product did. I just needed to leave this review because MAC needs to know that we are paying top $ for their products and if they cannot deliver then we will simply switch brands.
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 / CA
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Review 12 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:10 17 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
love this product :)
Tags +anyone
soooo much better than wearing a sunscreen under your foundation. It makes my foundation last longer and look better in the summer while giving me that much needed spf protection. it dries fast and feels light on my skin!
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Review 13 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:09 09 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Bring back the old formula : <
I agree with a lot of other folks on here... this primer has none of the benefits of the old formula! That primer was literally the only thing that kept my oily skin away. I tried many other high and low end products but always went back to that primer. I had used it for years. I was sold the new primer in the MAC store and not told that it was a new formula, now I'm taking it back! I was oily all over within 2 hours under my Pro Longwear foundation. Usually just my nose is oily by lunch time which is no big deal. PLEASE, MAC, bring back the old primer formula!!!
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Review 14 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:09 06 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Please bring back the old formula
Pleaseeeee bring back the old product...this new formula does not work like the old one. I do not like this new formula at all. I will not purchase again. My face used to be flawless with the old formula but not with this new one. My face gets very oily and does not look like I put a primer on. Again please bring back the old formula.
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 / Queens, New York
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Review 15 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:09 04 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
NOT WORTH BUYING ANYMORE!!!!!
LOVED the OLD FORMULA which I used for 4 years, it would give me a shine free skin and would keep it that way the entire day :D
This NEW Formula is a HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT!!! Thankfully I first got a free sample to try it out before buying and what a DISAPPOINTMENT!!! It is very watery and oily at the same time and the end result is a greasy face!!! I HATE IT!!!!!!!!!!
I WOULD GIVE IT A NEGATIVE ZERO RATING BUT THERES NO ZERO!!!!!
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 / OC
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Review 16 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:08 22 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
I AM SO DISAPPOINTED WITH THE NEW FORMULA!!!!!!!!!
MAC, please change this back to the old formula! This product has gone from being 100% effective to 0% effective. Actually, it now makes your skin more problematic than not using it at all. It performs terribly! I have relied on this product to keep my skin matte, primed for makeup, acne free, and sun protected. It was my single most effective skin care product, EVER! Now, after returning the product twice, I realized there is no hope for this new formula. PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD FORMULA!! Please notice everyone has the same complaints. Even in the stores, the makeup artists have verified the high return factor and that EVERYONE who experienced the old and new formulas, is highly dissatisfied of the product change. Please also know that the masses feel as though you have downgraded rather than upgraded. Please re-launch and re-gain all of the loyal customers who have left due to the switch! I will be writing AND calling corporate to also express my concerns and PLEAD for the return of the old formula! OUR SKIN depends on it! I encourage everyone to do the same. Thanks for listening!.
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 / Orlando, FL
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Review 17 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:08 12 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Terrible new formula
Tags +non oily people
I use to live by the old formula and stayed oil free all day for years. This new formula is terrible for people with oily skin. My skin is so oily within 20 mins of applying my foundation. What are we supposed to do with this new formula besides throw it in the trash? Please bring back the old formula !!! This was a waste of my money...
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 / MD
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Review 18 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:08 10 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Used to be a great product...
New formula. Why??? This primer was the best thing ever for oily skin. I've tried several mattifying lotions but this one was the only one that delivered. Well, not anymore. Another plus was that the foundation did not oxidize while wearing this primer. I mean that after a couple of hours, the foundation changed its colour, turning darker or more orange somehow. I never liked that, but couldn't do anything about it until I tried the old formula of this primer. I would get home in the evenings looking almost exactly as when I'd left in the morning, without touching up. No colour changes, no shine, no sticky feeling. Just perfect. Honestly, I don't understand why they changed it, now it's like any lotion with spf out there. And in that case, I'd rather buy UVB/UVA broad spectrum. I'll definetely won't purchase again unless they change it back. I really hope they do...
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 / London
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Review 19 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:08 07 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Old formula please!!!
This was my HG primer, SPF plus shine control, it was amazing. The new formula is awful to say the least. It smells awful, it breaks me out, and leaves me greasy by lunch time. Please, please bring back the old formula.
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 / Columbia, MO
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Review 20 for Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50
Date:07 23 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
LOVE
Never used the previous formula. I love this product. My very dry skin still feels moisturized at the end of the day.
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 / Colorado
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