Product Reviews

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30

A beauty balm that blurs imperfections and evens skin tone immediately.
Average Customer Rating:
3.786 out of 5
3.8
 out of 
5
(42 Reviews) 41
9 out of 11(82%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Review 1 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:04 03 2016
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not good
Tags +Creamy, Color true
It creases :(
0points
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 / Fl
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Review 2 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:02 24 2016
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great but...
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true
I loved this product. Purchasing this BB cream was my first foray into higher end products.Unfortunately, I hit pan after only 2 weeks of using it. While this BB cream does deliver all that it promises, I was disappointed at the quantity of product you get for the price.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / Ottawa, ON, Canada
Product PurchaseMAC Store
Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 3 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:02 08 2016
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Medium Plus is my shade
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true
I was looking for an every day foundation and this one makes my skin feel moisturized and gives me a bit of healthy color needed in a Seattle February! Highly recommend. I apply with the sponge pad, add Britwit to my cheeks and off I go.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Seattle
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Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 4 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:01 09 2016
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
staple
Tags +Long wearing, Color true
I'm in my early 40's and contend w/ dryness,mild redness,and uneven tone. This BB blurs all of it w/o drying out my skin. I've learned the key to a seamless application is to use a brush. The flat one MAC recommends is very good but I use an foundation airbrush style. I top it w/ MAC'S mineralize skin finish and I'm good to go.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / New Jersey
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Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 5 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:12 31 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
LOVE love love!
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true
I was ECSTATIC when MAC came out w the expanded color range of this product. I'd already been using the light plus under my base as a highlighter but wished for more depth. This is a spectacular, silky smooth hydrating balm for the skin, w a good SPF! It blurs imperfections and keeps the skin hydrated all day, excellent if you travel a lot or live in super dry areas. On let my skin breathe days, this w a bit of mineral powder is all I need.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / LA
Product PurchaseMAC Store
Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 6 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:12 01 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The Best BB Cream
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true
This Cream is wonderful. I am 67 years old and have not so perfect skin. This Cream (in the right shade) is the best. I have actually gone without foundation and my skin looks glowing and the sun damage/dark spots are evened out. I don't have to put on half as much makeup, to look "natural". I use the shade Golden. Put on a moisturizer first and you are set for the day.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Maryland, USA
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Review 7 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 25 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
my fav BB cream
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing, Color true
i LOVE this BB cream. if it weren't for the mac artist to show me how to apply it, i would probably agree with the other reviewers. however, applicated with a flat brush it covers my acne scars and it makes me feel so radiant. it is nice not having to use so many products and use this as a primer and base underneath a dusting of pressed powder. my new favorite product!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / VT
Product PurchaseMAC Store
Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 8 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 14 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Doesn't Look Very Good
Tags +Creamy, cakey
From the second I put this product on it didn't look good. It defines the flaws in my face and it looks very cakey as if I put on a weird tinted moisturizer that I didn't rub in. I purchased this in stores and they gave me too light of a shade. I'm hoping I can return it....
+1point
3of 5found this review helpful.
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Review 9 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:10 01 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Should have paid attention to the other reviews
I bought this for the ease and speed this would provide in the morning. It does help with getting out the door a little quicker, but I am finding at the end of the day this product is settling in the creases around my nose, and just looks like it disappeared. I am using this in conjunction with a MAC powder, it's just not giving me the results I hoped for.
+3points
4of 5found this review helpful.
 / Lawrenceville, GA, USA
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Review 10 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 24 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Good stuff
Tags +Creamy, Color true, Long wearing
It's a nice creamy BB cream makeup. It goes on nicely and leaves a semi-matte finish that doesn't rub off.
+1point
2of 3found this review helpful.
 / Vineland, NJ
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Review 11 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:04 22 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Luv Prep + Prime BB
Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact delivers exactly what it promises. I don't know how I ever lived without it. I love the look & feel of my finished makeup.
0points
1of 2found this review helpful.
 / Ponchatoula, LA
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Review 12 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:04 11 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Ever
Tags +primer+beautiful coverage
This is the Holy Grail of Primer+Foundation in one. I am in LOVE!! Thank You, Mac
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / South Carolina
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Review 13 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:02 04 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A must have
Tags +primer
This is a great product. I have melasma and thus several dark spots on my face. This primer evens out the skin tone and very little foundation is needed over it.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Jackson, TN
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Review 14 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 12 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
BEST primer... AND replaces foundation!
Tags +all skin types, dry skin, mild rosacea, lines and wrinkles, covering skin flaws
I'm in my mid-40's and was looking for something to cover the mild rosacea on my forehead and nose, without looking cakey and/or making under-eye wrinkles look more pronounced. This product delivers! I normally use Mineralize Foundation (in NC30) and purchased this in Medium, based on a Makeup Artist's recommendation at Mac Store. I still use both items interchangeably based on my mood and what I'll be doing.
However, I've noticed that the Beauty Balm stays on LONGER (fresher) than my Mineralize Foundation, and the color matches a tad bit better as well, PLUS it has higher SPF (30 v. 15). It makes my face look a bit more matte than the Mineralize Foundation, which would normally be a deterrent for me (I have dry areas on my face), except that it doesn't look cakey or fill-in my lines unattractively.
I still love my Mineralize Foundation (it gives me a more dewy finish with great coverage), but genuinely love both products! I normally use this with my Mineralize concealer, and Prep+Prime CC Colour Correcting Compact Powder (in Yellow), and powder blush-- and my skin looks FLAWLESS. I highly recommend it!
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Southern California
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Review 15 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:05 25 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Light Shade - BEST Primer with sunscreen ever!
Tags +every day use - winter & summer!!
You could use this without any foundation - but I apply eiher Studio Tech or Mineralize Foundation on top -tthen I apply loose poweder - the color holds true all day even through my Jazzercise class!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Erie, Pa.
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Review 16 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:04 03 2014
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Love and Hate Relationship
Tags +dry skin, primer, all day wear
I have a love and hate relationship with this product. I love that this product covers the minor rosacea on my nose and the extra moisture it gives my skin. It feels like i have nothing at all. But I have noticed that it changes the color of my foundation (whenever I add some for a more full coverage). Alone it looks like my skin, but when I add my foundation it gives me a gray contrast, if that makes sense. Maybe I'm doing something wrong. Needless to say, I love it, just hate that it changes the color of my foundation.
+6points
8of 10found this review helpful.
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Review 17 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:03 23 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Horrible Product All Around
I originally bought this about half a year ago, because the shade Medium Plus matched my skin perfectly. Half a year later, the product has already oxidized, it clings to dry skin, and I can't seem to blend it in with a flat foundation brush, beauty blender, or stippling brush! It's ridiculous that a seemingly simple product requires so much effort. I have never dropped this product--not once!--and the top half broke off. $30 down the drain.
-3points
3of 9found this review helpful.
 / San Jose
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Review 18 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:02 02 2014
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
BROKE OUT
I went to a counter looking to restock on my Studio Finish concealer, but was urged to try this product that would not only conceal my flaws, but also "treat" and "take care" of my skin.
SKIN BACKGROUND: Asian, combination, mild acne + acne prone, redness, scarring.
I prefer to wear light makeup, and as little as possible. I don't except nor want 100% coverage, just something to hide a few imperfections.
The coverage of this product was great. I used a recommended brush for application, and a little bit of this product went a long way in regard to my desired coverage.
HOWEVER, I have some dry patches (despite moisturizer) where the BB cream eventually settled into the lines -- yuck. Then, I noticed a bunch of small breakouts (around my nose, on my nose, and chin....areas I normally use more product because of redness.)
I took a week break after my first application to let my pimples heal. Then I tried the BB cream again. Same problem erupted and now I'm letting my pimples heal again.
+3points
4of 5found this review helpful.
 / Gaithersburg
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Review 19 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:01 20 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Love!
Tags +prepping, priming, foundation
I am in love with this product! It smooth's my skin, helps lengthen the life of my makeup and it covers up the redness in my skin! It's amazing! One small problem I have with it however is that it doesn't last very long. I've had primers before from other companies that lasted me six or seven months, this one however usually lasts me about three or four, but I love it so much more than any other I've ever tried and that's saying something! It's lifespan isn't a huge issue for me, and is probably more sanitary that the product isn't still being used after the four month mark but it is a little aggravating. I do however use this product everyday, so if that's not the case for you then it probably wont be a problem. This product is amazing though! I can't rave enough. At first I thought it was a little drying like my skin felt like it had a thick layer on it, then once I learned how to apply it evenly and thinly it was perfect! I've never used a pressed BB cream so I was a little lost at first. I find using the Mac 130 brush instead of the sponge helps a lot! I just love how this primer works just like an amazing primer with smoothing and prepping skin, but also gives you the coverage of a sheer foundation! So if you use this with a foundation and a tinted powder you will have full coverage. otherwise you can use this with just a tinted powder and have a medium coverage look or as I have many times just use this when you are in a hurry! I highly suggest this product!
+28points
35of 42found this review helpful.
 / Columbia, SC
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Review 20 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 16 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great shortcut
Tags +drier parts of face esp undereyes
I use this when I'm just not up for a foundation plus concealer plus powder routine. I can smooth this on with either my fingers or a sponge under my eye and around my nose and I'm good to go.A bit of powder does keep it around better.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / St. Louis MO
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