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MAC Prep + Prime Skin Smoother

A velvety skin-perfecting primer that instantly fills in fine lines and wrinkles.
Average Customer Rating:
4.304 out of 5
4.3
 out of 
5
(46 Reviews) 46
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Review 1 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:11 02 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Simply the best!
Tags +dry and also mature skin.
I have used several primers over the years , adapting to various stages of my skins' needs, and whereas I have had pretty good results overall, this compact formulation is the best I have ever used. I must say I was a bit put out when I got home to realize the MAC sales lady had sold me a product that was essentially for filling in fine lines and at smoothing mature skin, but I had been impressed with its performance when she put it on. So this 62 year old( who still thinks she's 22) bit the bullet and got over my age issue.
I must say, it is simply the best primer I have ever used. It really does fill in fine lines, smooths the skin so that there is a perfect canvas upon which to apply foundation. My finished look is indeed flawless, smooth, the skin any 22 year old would be proud of! Please make this product permanent, Mac! Just in case,I'm buying a second lot, to have available. Please don't forget that us older gals still use make up products intended for younger girls, and we need the skin to go with them so we do not look like "mutton dressed as lamb"! We need the help so we can continue to use your wonderful foundations and color cosmetics! Keep up the good work!
+238points
246of 254found this review helpful.
 / Buffalo NY
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 2 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:05 17 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Skeptical at first
Tags +skin prep, Oil control, minimizes pores
I brought this on the recommendation of one of the MAC consultants. Initially I wasn't convinced this would work for me. I have extremely oily skin and it felt very heavy on my skin when the consultant applied it. The next day I incorporated it into my everyday makeup routine and I have to say this is one of my favorite products! In addition to oily skin I have large pores, they usually go hand in hand. This product decreases my pores, creates a smooth canvas for my foundation and keeps the oil at bay for a longer amount of time. This will be added to my must haves! I so hope it's never discontinued.
+133points
135of 137found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 3 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:12 06 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Heaven in a compact!
Tags +long wear, Oil control, problem skin
This product was highly recommended to me by one of the M.A.C experts that work at Macy's. I have large pores, oily skin, and have suffered with terrible acne for as long as I can remember. So I finally got around to buying it and paired with M.A.C's Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation, it's absolutely amazing! My skin looks smooth, beautiful, flawless, and evenly toned. It's literally, heaven in a compact.
+60points
61of 62found this review helpful.
 / Uvalde, TX
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 4 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:04 08 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
MAC make this permanent! im in love!!
Tags +skin smoothing mattifying evens skin tone
I love the prep and prime line and this is one of my new favorites! I bought it on a whim after one of the girls at mac put some on me. I was impressed at how smooth, soft and matte it made my skin. I'm a freelance makeup artist so I'm always on the lookout for a good foundation primer-but this is more than that. I used it on a client yesterday and it was truly like magic. It not only smoothed out her skin, it made it appear more even as well-I didn't even have to use foundation or concealer after just a little powder and her skin looked flawless! I'm sold on this product and hope mac makes this permanent. Just in case tho, I'm gonna pick up another for when I finish this one. Highly recommend!
+48points
48of 48found this review helpful.
 / CA
Review 5 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:07 04 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Prep & Prime Skin Smoother
Tags +setting makeup, keeping oil at bay, makes makeup look air-brused
Very pleased with this product. Did what the description said it would. It is going to be a staple for me. Will purchase again.
+23points
24of 25found this review helpful.
 / Illinois
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 6 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:09 28 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Primer for Dry, Mature Skin
Tags +dry skin, fills fine lines, is velvety smooth, makeup looks great
I have tried many primers through the years and always felt they were geared for oilier skin types. This primer is awesome for dry skin!!! Another incredible benefit, it helps make the fine lines under the eyes disappear! No more creasing with any concealer!
Please MAC don't ever discontinue this primer for us gals with maturer skin!!!
+60points
61of 62found this review helpful.
 / PA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 7 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:12 07 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works With My Oily Skin
Tags +covering pores smoothes your skin, smoothes your skin
I've basically tried all of the Mac primers and had little to no success. So I decided to give the Prep & Prime Skin Smoother a try. At first, I was a little apprehensive because of some of the reviews. I have oily skin and I was afraid it would "slide off" as some other reviewers said. So I decided to moisturize my face first with the Mac Oil Control Lotion before applying the primer. I didn't apply much lotion and I waited at least 5 minutes or so before I applied the primer. And I must say that my make-up remained on my face all day and my face didn't look or feel oily. I even received a compliment from my sister. She was amazed at how smooth my face looked. I can't speak for others but so far it works for me & my oily skin. I will continue to use it.
+25points
26of 27found this review helpful.
 / Chicago
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 8 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:06 19 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My new favorite primer
Tags +flawless finish, combo skin, holds up in humid weather
I bought this on a whim because I had run out of the other face primer I used to use, but I am now sold on this product as I love how this smooths out my face. I have combo skin and live in the humid south and so I am tough on makeup and this works great. I no longer feel like half of my makeup has melted off by the end of the day.
+22points
22of 22found this review helpful.
 / Alabama
Review 9 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:10 27 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
awesome product!!
Tags +oilier skin
i was skeptical about whether or not this would make a difference but wow! it really does make my skin feel and look smoother! it keeps my oily skin looking great almost all day and i live in the south where it is hot!! i apply it with my fingers kind of sparingly, after my moisturizer and then proceed with match master foundation. really loving this and see myself always buying it!! oh and as someone else mentioned, it really does hide those fine lines around your eyes and helps my under eye concealer not crease!
+11points
11of 11found this review helpful.
 / south carolina
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 10 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:09 17 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing
Tags +lines pores dry skin
I have extremely dry skin. Large pores. This is the only primer for me.. I'm 50 but feel 20. I love makeup and keep up with my 2 gorgeous daughters. Wish it contained more product for the price.
+9points
10of 11found this review helpful.
 / North Carolina
Review 11 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:04 22 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome Matte Finish!
Tags +oily/combination skin
The Prep & Prime Skin Smoother is by far the best! I have super oily skin and I have tried other products to prime my skin before the foundation application and the end result was horrible leaving my skin like my foundation just melted off. This product not only holds the foundation in place but it leaves it having a soft matte finish which is totally what I am looking for. A little goes a long way. If you have large pores pat the product into the pores and don't apply foundation until the primer is completely dry. I wait normally about 7 minutes and then apply the foundation. MAC please do not discontinue this product.
+7points
7of 7found this review helpful.
 / Fresno, CA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 12 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:09 17 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing Results
Tags +oily skin, filling blemish marks
I was a bit concerned about my foundation sliding off my face because this made my face so super smooth but it stayed put. I was even happier with the way it makes my face look with no makeup on at all. Def a must have in your make up bag!
+12points
12of 12found this review helpful.
 / Hoover ,Alabama
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 13 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:08 18 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wow
Tags +primer
I'm not at all sure why anyone would give this less than a 5 star rating -- for me, I've never felt a nicer product on my face! It's 100% fabulous.
+8points
9of 10found this review helpful.
 / Winston Salem NC
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 14 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:05 14 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Foundation Stays put!!!
Tags +oily combo skin, helping foundation last throughout the day
I am a flight attendant with combo skin. I love this product!!! Usually at the end of my day- flying around my skin is an oil slick..But now I apply the primer on my face with clean finger tips and then apply my liquid foundation over it using a press/ blot/ stippling technique. I try not to smear the foundation into the primer but rather place it on top. After, I set with powder and voilà! Love this stuff!
+11points
11of 11found this review helpful.
 / USA
Review 15 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:05 27 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The best face primer
Tags +priming the face
This primer is my go to primer for all skin types. Its velvety smooth finish is the absolute best and works well with all foundations. A must have for all makeup kits. PLEASE DO NOT DISCONTINUE!!! :-) Thank you
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / Milford, CT
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 16 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:12 25 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Best Yet! So smooth!
Tags +all skin types
I LOVE how this primer feels. It really improves the final product. I would give it 5 stars, except I don't think you get much product for the price. Even still, it is worth it!
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / Miami
Review 17 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:04 09 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing product! must have!
Tags +oily skin males
I'm a male that shaves everyday and the regular Prep+Prime Primers don't really give me a smooth finish that I desire but the skin smoother really smooth out the areas where i shaved and everywhere else! i bought two compacts just in case they aren't permanent! You should definitely try this product especially if you have oily skin this really controls the oils! just give it a try if you don't like it then return it! you have nothing to lose ;]
+7points
7of 7found this review helpful.
 / azusa, cali
Review 18 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:01 15 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
So glad I did!
Tags +all skin types
After adding this product to my cart I read the reviews and thought for sure I would be giving it to a friend. I have VERY oily skin and have been also using retin-a now for about 3.5 months. Instantly after applying this product my face felt smooth and it finally made feel like maybe my retin-a was doing something. I kept waiting for my makeup to slide off like some reviews posted, but it never happened. Instead my makeup stays on all day and provides a silky finish to my face!! I also recieved a compliment on my skin at work the other day (something I haven't heard in a very very long time). I use this on top of the moisture calm cream, but I let the cream settle in for a bit while I do my eye makeup. Then apply a small amount of this smoother all over with my fingers. I don't apply powder to set makeup anymore, because I don't have to! Bravo MAC, I'm sold!
+8points
10of 12found this review helpful.
 / Santa Rosa
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 19 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:04 14 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
IM IN LOVE
Tags +flawless finish, control oil, hide pores, semi matte finish
Other Prep + Prime products, while good, weren't GREAT for me. I picked this up after a recommendation from a fellow blogger and OOOOO MMMMM GGGGG! Poreless, smooth and flawless skin with a wonderful semi matte/satin finish ALL DAY! You knocked it out the park with this one MAC!!! As others have said...PLEASE MAKE THIS PERMANENT!!!
+8points
9of 10found this review helpful.
 / Atlanta, Ga
Review 20 for Prep + Prime Skin Smoother
Date:07 17 2012
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not What I Expected
Tags +smoothing skin
I really wanted to love this product but was sadly disappointed when I first tried it out. I was very satisfied with the look and the fact that this product is very compact. But when I acutlly applied this onto my face, it felt really smooth on my skin, *which was GREAT!. After appling my base (Concealor, Foundation and Powder) onto my face it appeared to be naturally flawless. However, the downfall for me was that it made my already oily skin appear ever more OILY than usual . I tried to give the product another chance, but unfortuantly it was same outcome as before. I will be returning this product for MAC Oil Control lotion instead.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / GA