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:
3.71 out of 5
3.7
 out of 
5
(31 Reviews) 31
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Review 1 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 07 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My Holy Grail Product
Tags +dry skin, sensitive skin, rosacea coverage, humidity
I've been a MAC girl for a while, and I've bought some pretty amazing products. This product, however, is not amazing. It's beyond amazing - it's my Holy Grail of makeup products.
I live in Florida. It's hot, it's humid, and for some reason (maybe the cost...) buildings just don't seem to run the air as cool as I'd like. My makeup is put on at about 5:30 am, and I expect it to hold up until about 6 pm. I have rosacea, I'm outside quite a bit, and my face has a tendency to flare up and my makeup literally melts off of my face.
I purchased this product and all of that changed.
I bought the 130 brush to buff it on under my Studio Fix Fluid Foundation, and I set it with translucent powder. My makeup lasts ALL DAY.
Not only does it last all day, I've Disney-tested it three times. Each time the temperature has been in the high 90s, the humidity has made my hair look like the Lion King, and it's rained twice - my hair may require a hat to cover it, but my makeup has looked fantastic!
Don't ever stop making this product. For my dry, sensitive, rosacea-plagued skin it is PERFECT. I feel like my makeup finally looks as good as the girls' makeup at the MAC counters!
+109points
112of 115found this review helpful.
 / Florida
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 2 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!
+26points
33of 40found this review helpful.
 / Columbia, SC
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 3 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
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / South Carolina
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 4 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 15 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Awesome Primer!!
This does work well with my oily t-zone. I used as a primer under my Studio Tech in NW43. I was matched with Dark Plus. Perfect match. I had a flawless beautiful look. My make up looked professionally done. I used a MAC duo fiber brush to apply. I couldn't stop looking in every mirror that I passed to admire how great my skin looked:).
+20points
23of 26found this review helpful.
 / Brooklyn Park, MN
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 5 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:12 24 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Colors
Tags +priming
I love this product so much! I use it underneath y studio sculpt and it lasts so long and the coverage is great! I recommended it to a friend and she was disappointed with the color choices too(she is African-american). But, she got the darkest shade(which is still pretty light) and you can't even tell! Any women who are concerned with the light shades, the B cream IS semi-translucent, and if you use it you will be AMAZED at the results:)
+18points
20of 22found this review helpful.
 / Arlington, VA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 6 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 16 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
BB Balm Compact
Tags +face, Natural looking, light weight, cream consistency
After reading the reviews I read online, made me a little hesitant to try it. I bought this product without doing any research or trying it on in the store. I was looking for something light I can wear on those days when I don't want to wear my pro long wear foundation. Well guess what, this did the trick. I put this on, with my bronzer and powder and it looks so natural and light. The perfect go to product. I also love how there is a SPF of 30.I love love love this product. First BB balm product. Will buy again once I run out.
The one thing I would recamend to others would be having a powder to blot during the second half of the day. Other than that, there are no flaws to this BB balm.
+9points
10of 11found this review helpful.
 / san jose
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 7 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 13 2012
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Only 3 shades???
Tags +light skin tones
I have always applauded MAC for its wide range of colors and shades and the thoroughness with which the company usually manages to include every skin color of the "rainbow." Well, it seems that anyone with darker skin who wants to purchase the BB Compact has been left out. Why are there only 3 *very light* shades available for the BB cream and BB compact? Not cool, MAC. Not cool.
+17points
21of 25found this review helpful.
 / San Francisco
Review 8 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 08 2012
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Broader Color Spectrum Neglected
The darker and deeper tones are neglected yet again.....tsk tsk MAC.
+17points
22of 27found this review helpful.
 / Brooklyn, NY
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 9 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:09 02 2013
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not for combination/oily skin
Tags +dry skin
It might be a great product for dryer complexions, but I have combination skin and it makes my skin oilier than normal. Purchased it after a MAC artist put it on my skin at the store to minimize my redness, but after a few hours my cheeks looked so oily. Only recommended for dryer skin.
+6points
7of 8found this review helpful.
 / Puerto Rico
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 10 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.
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 11 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 05 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Disappointed
Tried & purchased Deep Dark BB @ Macy's MAC Counter. Product was beautiful in the store. However, when I looked in the mirror at home, I looked beige/tan! I returned the item today and the MAC Representative informed me that the colors were "very light". I'll stick with my Mineralize Skin Finish Natural in Deep Dark.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / Milwaukee, WI
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 12 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
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 13 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.
+4points
6of 8found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 14 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:09 10 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
AWESOME product
Tags +all skin types
I went to the local MAC Store to buy my regular Mineralize Foundation since I had run out... The salesperson showed me the Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact, explained its benefits and how it compares to the Mineralize Foundation, so I decided to give it a try. WOW. I love this product so much!! It really evens out my skin and makes it look flawless, with just a touch of Mineralize Skinfinish Powder on top. It's got everything I need-- in ONE product: SPF, primer and coverage. It doesn't feel as moisturizing as the Mineralize Foundation, but it doesn't make my skin look or feel dry and it stays on better. I love it and intend to keep using it!
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Southern California
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 15 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 28 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My Favorite Product
Tags +everyone
I use this as a primer or even a concealer/highlighter. It doesn't matter the skin tone, can be used alone or even as a base for liquid/powder foundation. Not to mention how smooth it makes the skin look. I have larger pores in some areas of the face and it hides them very well. Awesome product!
+5points
6of 7found this review helpful.
 / Washington
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 16 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
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 17 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
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Ponchatoula, LA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 18 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:08 05 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
It’s a touch dewy at first but dries down to a satiny soft finish.
makeup no makeup style
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 19 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:11 09 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Prep & Prime to Perfection
Tags +coverage, evening out your complexion, spf 30
This product really does what it says: primer and foundation in one smooth, luxuriously creamy, blendable formula. Apply with a sponge, or foundation brush (I prefer the brush). You can build your coverage full or light, whatever you may need that day, it's so versatile. Prep and Prime BB Beauty Balm evens out your complexion and is the perfect foundation for the rest of your MAC face. I highly recommend this product.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Flower Mound, TX
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 20 for Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30
Date:09 28 2013
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Lady
Tags +anyone
This was sold out in Light Plus the color recommended to me...in my area in CA-Had a lovely birthday trip to Europe and found in Mac store in Paris...what fun-I love it...I am fair coloring and Light PLus is perfect;;;wear it alone...sometiimes powder over it..sometimes other foundation-depends on where I am going....it gives a flawless finish...I am considered a mature woman,,,always get compliiments on looking good when I use this.Seems a little dry to apply but not at all when on..i use fingers instead of sponge.....
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / So Cal ...from NE
Product Purchase: MAC Store