Product Reviews

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35

A beauty balm that blurs imperfections, controls oil and evens skin tone immediately.
Average Customer Rating:
3.988 out of 5
4
 out of 
5
(85 Reviews) 84
8 out of 14(57%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Review 1 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:04 16 2016
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Skin
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing
This product for me is very moisturizing you can also mix it with moisturizer. It's an awesome product.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Detroit
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Review 2 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:03 24 2016
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
BEST PRODUCT EVER
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, amazing, flawless, smoothing, oil-controlling, perfecting
I love this BB! I use the 170 Brush to apply it and achieve a flawless blend and flawless coverage. I occasionally like full coverage foundation (I use Studio Fix when it's absolutely necessary!) but I usually use Studio Waterweight as my daily foundation. I got this because the guy at MAC demonstrated it and I fell in love when he put it on me. I use the Medium Plus over my Strobe Cream and I love it. It looks great by itself. It looks great with a little Mineralize Skin Finish Powder over it. It looks great under Studio Fix. And it looks great under Studio Waterweight. I read all the negative reviews, and all I can figure is that these people aren't applying it correctly, or are expecting it to be something it isn't. It's not a full coverage product, so don't expect it to be. It's a skin-perfecting MIRACLE that I will be making a part of my daily makeup routine. xoxox
+6points
7of 8found this review helpful.
 / Syracuse, NY, USA
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Review 3 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:03 11 2016
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
HORRIBLE. DO NOT BUY.
Tags +chunky, flaky, horrible product, smelly
If I can stop even just one person from buying this product, I will be satisfied. This BB cream perhaps makes your skin look WORSE than it did before applying it. It comes out seemingly smooth, but don't be fooled, it goes on extremely chunky and begins flaking if you even attempt to blend it. Basically, it creates a masky, flaky sludge that sits on TOP of your imperfections and doesn't blend well. Not only is it horrible at doing it's job of smoothing the skin, it has an unpleasant, strong smell resembling that of a box of crayons. If I could give this product 0 out of 5 stars, I would have. DO NOT BUY!
-1point
3of 7found this review helpful.
 / Texas
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Review 4 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:03 03 2016
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
DISAPPOINTING!
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Bold Color, opague, greasy, thick, aging, yellowish
The reviews were mostly very good, so I thought I would try it. However, this product is very thick, super opaque, greasy, and really looks like you are wearing heavy makeup; plus, it is aging!. Also, it gives me adult pimples by clogging the pores. Plus, there is too much yellow in this, I had used this product to replace a previous Mac product: "MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30" which is MUCH better, as it is less opaque, the hue was more suitable, and it does not clog my pores.I think I will return to that product next time for sure. Anyway, "Caveat emptor!"
+1point
2of 3found this review helpful.
 / Hamptons, Long Island, New York
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Review 5 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:01 12 2016
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true, Bold Color
I can tell this BB cream has enhanced the feel of my skin! I absolutely love this product!
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
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Review 6 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:12 02 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Tags +didn't last
Overpriced and it didn't do me no justice. If I wore this without foundation it wouldn't last long at all, and when I wore foundation over this it made it look like I was wearing way to much makeup. Really wish this worked on me
0points
3of 6found this review helpful.
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Review 7 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:11 27 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love This!
Tags +Long wearing, Color true
At 60+ my skin still breaks out, is still sensitive to products, and has the inevitable lines and sun spots. This BB is the BEST foundation I've ever found. No break outs from it, and it covers the problems of aging just enough so that I don't look like I'm wearing a mask. Also, the shade "Golden" is the closest I've ever come to my true colour. It has no orange or yellow base - a real find for us of the "Celtic Rose" persuasion! Full points!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Ontario, Canada
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Review 8 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:11 20 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Magic
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true
This product is magic! I am a redhead with freckles, and I couldn't ever find foundation that gave me the look I wanted, I didn't want it to be sheer, I didn't want to 100% cover my freckles, but I did want them covered with out looking washed out. I also need something really easy to apply because I love make up but I'm terrible with it! This stuff is the answer to my dreams! It gives me perfect coverage, evens out my skin, is super easy to apply, and doesn't make my skin look washed out at all! Amazing!!!
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / Michigan
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Review 9 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:09 30 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My favorite MAC product..!
Tags +Creamy, beautiful, smoothing
I use this literally every day (medium plus). I'm 20, so I definitely have a little acne from time to time but I've never been one to "cover it up" with tons of cakey makeup, so I use this and it looks wonderful! It makes skin look super beautiful if you like a more dewey/natural look, but it isn't "glossy" or "oily." I have pretty oily skin and this makes me look fresh and healthy and just beautiful. I love to use the strobe cream and apply this product on top. So pretty! I also gave my old tube of the Light shade to a friend of mine and now she loves it, too! :)
+10points
10of 10found this review helpful.
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Review 10 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:08 22 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Not as advertised
Gross oily no coverage disgusting lasted 15 mins
-16points
1of 18found this review helpful.
 / Canada
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Review 11 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:08 19 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not what I expected...
More like sunscreen than makeup. Too light.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Atlanta, GA, USA
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Review 12 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:07 26 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
PIMPLES!!!!!!!
Tags +breakout !!, pimples!!, expensive !!
I NEVER breakout. My drugstore foundations don't look natural enough so I decided to try this from MAC. The product itself looks absolutely great on the skin and blends perfectly but I started breaking out after only a few wears!! I now have 3 huge pimples and lost $30. Thanks MAC!!!!
+4points
7of 10found this review helpful.
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Review 13 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:07 02 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Compliments all around and great in the summer heat
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, fresh faced
I get compliments for looking dewy yet not to shiny. This pairs great with translucent powder and the SPF 35 is ideal in Texas' sunny climate.
+2points
4of 6found this review helpful.
 / Austin, TX
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Review 14 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:05 29 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Awesome Product
Tags +light weight coverage
I love this product since it is extremely light weight, last all day and evens out my skin tone. Only reason it doesn't get 5 stars is because I still need to use another product to help control oil throughout the day. But living in Florida with all the heat and humidity I expect it.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Orlando
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Review 15 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:04 20 2015
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Hard to work with.
Tags +oily skin
I really want to like this, since the tinted moisturizer has been discontinued. This is a bit heavier than the tinted moisturizer and harder for me to work with, even when I'm using an 187 duo fibre brush. I find it's easier to use if you use your fingers to blend it in. My concern with it, is that it made my combination skin more dry in certain areas. The color is a little off for my skin tone as well. I used light plus.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Connecticut
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Review 16 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:04 02 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
HANDS DOWN ALL-TIME FAVE!
Tags +all day flawless light & buildable coverage, reducing redness, evening skin tone, light moisture (i use a moisturizer underneath)
I am addicted. I use this at: work (M.A.C artist), beach, pool, running (don't judge me). You name it. Applied with fingers is best so product is "melded" into skin and "warmed up." Also a fab primer.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Mid Atlantic
Review 17 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:03 28 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good stuff!
Tags +everyday coverage
I recently purchased the BB cream in Dark Deep and initially thought the cream would make my skin look chalky. I was very wrong! This BB cream is very light, sheer, and it isn't oily. I love the way it makes my skin look. As a woman of color who has had her fair share of disappointment when it comes to purchasing makeup for my shade, I must say I'm impressed! Mac has done a great job with this one!
+43points
44of 45found this review helpful.
 / Round Rock
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Review 18 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:03 17 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Staple
Out of all the BB's I've tried recently this is my favorite! I'm in my early 40s and contend w/ dryness, redness, and uneven skin tone. This goes on smoothly, hydrates, and evens everything out for hours. It's so easy to use and virtually fool proof. My only wish is that it came in a bigger size, especially since I use it in place of foundation.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / New Jersey
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Review 19 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:03 12 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I was looking for something with coverage yet light for upcoming Spring/Summer, the sales women told me about the Beauty Balm and tested it on my skin and I fell in love. It brought my skin to life, but still gave enough coverage. When I got in my car to look at the color she gave me it was Medium Dark! I am so light/medium skinned but do spray tan sometimes and today my face happen to be darker....so hopefully this color will work perfectly in the summer. I use the Medium Dark mineralize powder on top as well. Perfect combo for the warmer weather.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Baton Rouge
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Review 20 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm SPF 35
Date:02 28 2015
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Almost a great product.
Tags +everyday look, clear skin, glow finish
I have very mixed feelings over this BB Cream. When I first tried it I loved the finish and it was very long lasting and it smells like coconut, however I could still see my old acne scars and when I tried to apply a concealer over it or a light foundation(my mineral moisture foundation) it got very cakie instantly. I thought that because this was a Prep + Prime product that I could add other products on it. I am going to try it again and see if i can maybe do 2 layers of the BB cream to get more coverage. The high SPF is really great and you do get an intense glow but I may exchange it for the mineral concealer to go with the mineral foundation which I really love. I think if you have very clear skin and are looking for a simple foundation to wear this will be for you.
+11points
12of 13found this review helpful.
 / California
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