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MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance

A makeup primer that's specifically beneficial for oily and combination skin types.
Average Customer Rating:
4.057 out of 5
4.1
 out of 
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(53 Reviews) 53
3 out of 3(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Review 1 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:01 31 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Gotta Make It Work For You!!
ok. let me first say that this is my FIRST review and I was actually going to return this product. But I was DETERMINED to make it work for me. This product is AMAZE-BALLS! It gives your face a NATURAL glow and makes your foundation look and feel like Beyonce (FLAWLESS... I woke up like this). But after a few hours, my face looked like CRISCO! and I am not the BEST fan of blotting cause I feel that it cause your makeup to look either cakey or just takes it off completely. So everyday I would try to apply this product a different way hoping that each way I wouldnt end up looking shiny. After the 6th try, I packed it up ready to return it to the store but I told myself I NEED to make this work because I hadnt ran across a primer that makes my foundation look like skin. Then low and behold I found a way! This is a tip for my combination/oily skin gals! After you put on your moisturizer, dab some MAC transparent powder on your oily spots BEFORE you apply this primer. The transparent powder keeps your oils at bay but you still get the effects that the primer has to offer. Your natural oils will always seep through but you'll get more of a dewy look rather than a greaseball! Which was the look I was going for. If you are looking for a matte finish primer, then this is NOT for you. But if you are searching for that "glow" you know the type of "pregnancy" glow that most mothers-to-be naturally have, then this is for you!
+213points
227of 241found this review helpful.
 / Alexandria, VA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 2 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:01 12 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Made me an oil slick
Normally, I have normal to dry combination skin. I've never had a problem with oil and I normally only use powder on my under eye area to prevent creasing. A MAC artist put this on me before using Studio Fix Fluid in the store. When I got home a few hours later, I was a complete oil slick! I thought maybe it was the foundation that'd made me so oily, so I tried it with a different primer and didn't have the same problem. The artist gave me a substantial sample of this primer when I was in the store, and I tried it with another foundation I know well and it definitely made me oily. I don't know why, and it might work for other people, but definitely not me. I also didn't find that the color correction aspect of it helped at all.
+19points
19of 19found this review helpful.
 / New York
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 3 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:01 11 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Works great for light skin tones too!
I am a NC15, so very fair skinned, and I recently was at MAC looking for a primer and was recommended this P+P Natural Radiance. I recently switched from wearing Studio Fix Fluid to the Mineralized Moisture foundation because matte foundations were making my winter skin look and feel too dry. I tried this primer with the mineralized foundation and it gives me a very nice healthy glow without looking oily. The pearl powder is very subtile in this primer - just the perfect amount. This primer keeps my make up on and looking fresh all day with minimal touch ups, if any. Even though my skin gets very dry, it can get oily on my t zone and my foundation/powder doesn't want to stay put after a few hours, but with this so far so good. I've been using it about a week now and it hasn't caused any break outs either.
+55points
58of 61found this review helpful.
 / OC, California
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 4 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:02 09 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Natural Radiance-Awesome!
Tags +primer, Oil control
I am a caramel complexion and I purchased Natural Radiance because I needed a good primer. The previous primer I was using (not a MAC product) left a white/ash looking cast on my skin and could be seen through pictures. I also have oily skin and this primer helps control it. Natural Radiance gives me such a glow I couldn't be happier!! I took several pictures in different lighting and the glow was seen and did not have an oily look either. I am totally in love with this prodcut to say the least. It is a great buy and is now a permanent part of my collection.
+49points
53of 57found this review helpful.
 / Orlando
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 5 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:01 06 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Absolutely gorgeous results
Tags +priming makeup application
Used this primer on an African-American client of mine while working at MAC, and the results were astounding! Paired with the Studiofix foundation (She was an NW44), her skin was luminous, and had such a beautiful, rich glow to it. Without a doubt, this is within my top 5 favorite makeup products. It will transform your skin! I can't wait to use it on another client. It really does yield beautiful results.
+28points
28of 28found this review helpful.
 / Phoenix, AZ
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 6 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:01 29 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
controls oil
Tags +Oil control, radiance, healthy glow, primer
I don't usually believe in primers or see their point, but a few months ago i noticed that my skin begins to get oily under my foundation in my T zone are about half way through the day. I decided to buy this product primarily because it says it will help control oil, and it wasn't lying. I am so impressed at how well this product keeps my oily skin under control throughout the day. It doesn't take it away 100%, but with a setting powder it does. Alone it relieves the oil about 95%. I also love how it feels on my skin, and it has a great finish to it that makes your skin look glowy and healthy. LOVE!
+35points
38of 41found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 7 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:08 13 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Adds youth and radiance all day long!
Tags +improving foundation hold, preventing greasy appearance, attaining youthful appearance
The makeup artist at the store recommended this product and I really thought it would be like other primers I've used - looks great for an hour, then fades away - but I was wrong! This primer manages to hydrate the skin without adding oil, it fills in little wrinkles without looking "masky" and is so lightweight, I feel as though I have nothing on! And, even though I have very oily skin (with menopausal hot flashes to boot!) this product stays on and looks great all day long. I really am amazed! I use the Studio Fix foundation on top of this and it binds and holds all day long and looks very natural even though it provides great coverage. My skin looks 10 years younger!!! LOL!!! But I'm not kidding. I highly recommend this product. If I could give 6 stars, I would! Thank you, Mac!
+23points
27of 31found this review helpful.
 / Oakland, CA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 8 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:03 24 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
great product
Tags +face
I really like this primer for my face. it seems to make a lot of difference; I am in my sixties and if it can make me look radiant, then it must be a miracle product!
+21points
22of 23found this review helpful.
 / melbourner, FL
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 9 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:04 08 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this primer
Tags +dry skin
I have dry skin so my face tends to look dull by the middle of the day. This primer keeps me radiant all day long and makes my makeup last.
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
 / New York
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 10 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:09 08 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My favorite!
Tags +Long wearing, Oil control
Defintely best primer I have ever used and trust me I have used about 10-15 different primers. I love the fact this primer is for deeper skin tones. I have a slight tan golden/yellow skin tone. This primer keeps my makeup looks fresh, flawless, controls my oil, evens and smoothes out and gives me a glow. Why I think this is a great primer is mainly because I have fallen asleep with my makeup on and woke up my make up still on and looking flawless.
+31points
33of 35found this review helpful.
 / Bay Area, Ca
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 11 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:08 22 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I love it
Tags +oily skin, a perfect glow
I used it 3 times already and i love it. It looks great with tan and darker skin tones. I even wore this without foundation and it look like i glowed from within. But i like this with Studio Fix Fluid im in NC40. i always clean my face and use the brightening serum before i add my face lotion.then i let it sit and then i put this. i let it dry with it does dry quick, put my foundation and it looked like my own skin i was amazed i kept looking in the mirror!
please please buy it and you will loved it.
+24points
25of 26found this review helpful.
 / new york
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 12 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:03 19 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Primer Ever!!!
First let me just start out saying that I have never liked any primer but this primer is seriously the BEST primer ever! It feels so great, it goes on smoothly and you don't need to put a lot on your face. A little goes a long ways. It makes my skin glow!!! No other primer has ever done this! It makes my foundation last a lot longer also which is a plus for me. I am super happy that the lady at the Mac counter recommended this product to me.
+8points
8of 8found this review helpful.
 / Myrtle Beach, S.C
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 13 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:09 04 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Must Have!
Tags +oily, combination, woc, large pores, glow
I LOVE this! I have super oily skin. I’m talking oil slick skin year round. This primer smooths, minimizes my enlarged pores, gives a radiant glow, and most of all makes my makeup stay fresh longer. It cuts the number of times I have to blot in half. I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and have bad no adverse skin reactions. Also no silicone type feel, which gets a thumbs up from me.
+12points
13of 14found this review helpful.
 / Chicago, IL
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 14 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:07 10 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Noticeable Difference
Tags +radiance, oily skin, yellow undertones, long lasting
This is the first, none-sample size primer I ever bought period, and it will probably be my last. My make up application before this primer, did not glow nowhere near what it did after applying this as my base. It didn't take a way a lot of redness, around my cheek area on my skin, just sort of dimmed it, so I would probably not wear this alone. But I absolutely love it, and recommend it if your looking for that quick radiant boost. I have yellow undertones, and am olive complected, African American, caramel color skin. Forgot to mention that it lasts. I even took a quick nap, and I swear my makeup did not budge. It also controlled my oily t-zone.
+9points
12of 15found this review helpful.
 / West Palm Beach, FL
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 15 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:11 26 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love it!
I love this product!! I've been using the prep & prime face protect, but I asked for recommendations at a local MAC and she suggested this. I like to apply it with a 187 brush and let it set for a couple minutes, then apply my foundation. I can really see a big difference and it lasts all day.
+8points
8of 8found this review helpful.
 / Arizona & Nebraska
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 16 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:08 28 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
MUST HAVE!
Tags +Long wearing
The Prep and prime natural radiance is absolutely a must have in my makeup routine. I peronally have very oily skin and this product totally controls that without making my skin dry. It gives just the right amount of moisture to your face while still keeping your makeup in place and absolutely beautiful! The first time I tried this when I was going to a party about 3 months ago and I heard so many great reviews, so I went and bought it and I honestly don't know how I ever did my makeup without it. It made my makeup last the whole night. It honestly looked like I had just done my makeup. This is defiantly something I recommend
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Vienna, VA
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 17 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:08 20 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I love it!
Tags +combination skin, oily skin, reduce redness
I have combination skin and this primer did really well with my skin. My makeup didn't start to have that oily look after a couple of hours nor did it seem to come off. I will definitely continue to purchase this primer. If you have oily or combination skin this primer will do wonders for you!
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / Philly
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 18 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:07 31 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Absolutely perfect for combination skin.
Tags +Creamy, Long wearing
I've been using this stuff for two days and I'm already in love with it. I have combination skin and its held my makeup all day while keeping it moisturized and even and VERY soft. Softest ever. Love love love.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 19 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:03 04 2013
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Shine Away
Tags +dry skin
Let me just say that almost everything I own is from MAC. This product is not for oily skin! Literally, after putting this product on, within two hours your face will melt. Also, there is a sparkly, glowing effect left on the skin. It looks like your face is glittering. However, if you want to shine and glow like a star then purchase it.
+7points
9of 11found this review helpful.
 / Ney Jersey
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 20 for Prep + Prime Natural Radiance
Date:08 29 2012
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
eh
Tags +moisturizer
I love and use almost everything MAC but this one fell short with me. I wish I would have asked to sample before purchasing. I don't feel this adds much luminosity at all. I did a test and put it on one half of my face and honestly there was not a difference.
I guess I like a primer that has a little coverage that evens out skin tone with a thicker base that helps mask pores. This simply felt like a moisturizer to me.
+8points
11of 14found this review helpful.
 / Collingswood, NJ
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com