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MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone

An oil-free emulsion that helps conceal visible pores while controlling oil and shine.
Average Customer Rating:
4.143 out of 5
4.1
 out of 
5
(56 Reviews) 56
2 out of 5(40%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Review 1 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:02 27 2016
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great for blackheads
Tags +Long wearing, helps with blackheads
I get really bad blackheads on my nose that always show through my makeup; the makeup almost magnifies the blackheads. I was recommended this product by the girl at the mac store and I was skeptical because nothing else like this ever worked but I decided to buy it. I put it on before foundation and I have no idea how it works but it literally dissappears my blackheads on my nose it's the weirdest thing.I have used every last drop of this and am on the website about to buy another. If you have a similar problem I highly recommend this.
+2points
3of 4found this review helpful.
 / Elmhurst, IL, USA
Product PurchaseMAC Store
Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 2 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:12 13 2015
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
So so...
Tags +Long wearing, Oil control
I purchased this at the counter after explaining that I found myself blotting my t-zone several times a day. Along with drinking more water, the young lady recommended this product. It does "good" with oil, meaning I only find myself blotting once midday rather than three to four times a day, but it does nothing at all for my pores. My biggest complaint is that the treatment gets very tacky very quickly. If you don't blend it to your skin quickly enough, it's impossible to make smooth and gives your makeup a caked on look. I've also tried to dab it on, but that was worse. If you use concealer in your t-zone, you may want to give your self enough time just in case you have to re-do the concealer. I also tried putting the product on after my makeup, but it disturbs the finished product too much, again, giving a caked look.
+4points
6of 8found this review helpful.
 / Alaska, USA
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Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 3 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:10 21 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
so smooth on my skin
Tags +Creamy
i put this on my skin by itself only just to see how it feels and i concentrated it in my nose region and i didn't bother to touch it until 30 min later and my skin was so silky it was insane.
+2points
8of 14found this review helpful.
 / San Jose, CA, USA
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Reviewed as part of sweepstakes/contestNo
Review 4 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:09 18 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
WORSE PRIMER EVER
I should've got a sample of this first, but i bought it due to the need of a primer pronto , and i've read soo many good things about this but it was terrible on me and i cant figure out if its the way im applying it or what foundation i pare it up with or what but it looks terrible. I've worn this with and without the mac oil control lotion, applied in several different ways (patting and rubbing in ) used kat von d liquid foundation and revlon colorstay liquid foundation ( maybe it needs something more liquidy?) and it was still terrible. It would go on super patchy, wouldn't allow me to blend in my foundation, if i tried it would just feel super dry and cause my foundation to sort of rub off or bunch up and cause redness. Definetly does not conceal pores, it makes them more noticeable especially with foundation on which is abnormal because even if i dont wear a primer underneath my foundation , they were never THAT NOTICEABLE. It would make any texture on my face literally a 1000x more noticebale even peach fuzz. . it felt soo dry on and it was so hard to move. This is literally the worse primer i have ever tried. And without makeup, if i was to just apply the primer, it was still hard to move and leaves a little white residue that is visible on my nose. Definitely would not repurchase. I would return it if returning wasn't such a hassle online. It's just overall terrible.
+1point
6of 11found this review helpful.
 / murrieta
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 5 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:07 06 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Disappointed
Does not minimize my pores, and made my makeup break up and become patchy. Didn't control my oil at all. Comes in a tiny tube, just a total waste of time and money.
+4points
5of 6found this review helpful.
 / St Louis
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 6 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:02 27 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Amazing
Tags +Evens out skintone, Extends foundation wear, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths
This is absolutely the best primer for combo/oily skin. I have tried numerous others, but none will get me through my day without having to blot, except this one. It is super light, doesn't irritate my sensitive skin, minimizes pores, and literally makes my foundation flawless. Absolutely love!!
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Miami, FL
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 7 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:01 15 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Life Saver!!
Tags +Minimizes look of pores, Smooths, Extends foundation wear, oily skin
I have a EXTREMELY oily nose. Within an hour of application my foundation would not only slide on my nose but it seemed the oil just absorbed the foundation and it would just vanish! This stuff keeps me matte all day. I might only have to blot once during my 12 hour days. I couldn't survive without it
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Ohio
Product PurchaseMAC Store
Review 8 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:01 12 2015
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Tags +Minimizes look of pores
I had really high hopes for this primer/pore minimizer since i heard really good reviews about it. It works well with minimizing the pores but i cant blend my foundation on my face after i apply it. It gets all cakey and I dont even use lots of it, only on the center of my face.Maybe im using it wrong? Anyways I still use it cause of how smooth my face feels afterwards
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 9 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:12 20 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
perfect product for those with oily skin
Tags +Evens out skintone, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths, Extends foundation wear, oily skin
A gal working at the MAC counter put this on me because of my huge pores and they almost disappeared. It left my skin feeling smooth and it wasn't oily at all the entire day I was out and about. I also wear glasses and anytime I take them off, the area where my glasses were resting on my face is super oily, but it surprisingly wasn't like that when I took them off.
I love this product, its definitely worth every penny
+4points
4of 4found this review helpful.
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Review 10 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:11 22 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
uneven
I did not like this. It feels great once you put it on. Once I apply my foundation, it makes my skin look horrible. It makes it blot and very uneven. It's very frustrating and disappointinge.
-3points
0of 3found this review helpful.
Review 11 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:11 14 2014
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
not impressed
Tags +non-oily skin
I love mac. This product though, disappointed me. I have VERY oily skin and i read the reviews and thought this would help for at least 5 hours... I put this on at 6am and got very oily around 8am. Its like it does nothing at all.
+7points
9of 11found this review helpful.
 / virginia
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 12 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:09 11 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Holy grail for porous, oily skin
Tags +Minimizes look of pores, Smooths, Extends foundation wear
I am IN LOVE with this primer. I have very oily & porous skin... & I mean VERY porous skin. The pores on my nose & forehead are extremely noticeable. This primer is seriously my holy grail. It creates a perfect platform/base for foundation & greatly minimizes the look of pores. It's ideal for people who have oily & porous skin. I used to blot my face 3 hours into foundation wear; now, I can go about 8-9 hours without having to worry about a greasy mess on my face. It sits nicely on the skin & leaves a smooth finish, allowing foundation application easily & flawlessly done. I used to have to worry about my foundation sinking into my pores, making them even more noticeable... But, not anymore, now that I use this product! I have a long 16 hour makeup wear day. & in this humid Hawaii weather, it can be a chore to wear foundation. It's all about the correct primer for your face. This product definitely fits well into my lifestyle & skin concern. I highly recommend this product to people with similar skin conditions as I do.
User tip: A little goes a long way.
+5points
5of 5found this review helpful.
 / Hawaii
Product PurchaseMAC Store
Review 13 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:08 18 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
the best primer ever
Tags +Evens out skintone, Extends foundation wear, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths, priming and oily skin
I love this product it really made my face smooth and i look very flawless with this product
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / queens
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 14 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:07 18 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Amazing!
This product is great. I don't like to use setting powder cause I don't like the dusted look. This is perfect because it goes on wet so it makes your skin feel refreshed as well. I apply with the 109
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
Review 15 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:07 16 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love!!! Love!!!
Tags +Minimizes look of pores, Oil control
This product really works. I had been using the oil control lotion for a while and it just wasn't enough, but this does the trick. It keeps my skin matte from morning until I wash it off at night.My skin gets oilier in the summer, like most people, but this keeps me looking good all day long. I will be using this for a long time.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Memphis
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 16 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:05 25 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best primer ever!
Tags +oily areas
This primer works and it's lasted all day and I have a very oily t-zone. This stuff works just as good as M.O.M the only difference is that you can use this everyday, thanks MAC.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Dallas, TX
Review 17 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:04 17 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Tags +Extends foundation wear, Minimizes look of pores, mattifier
This does a great job of minimizing how oily my skin gets during the day. I really love it, and my only gripe is how little you get for the price. It really is worth it for the results, so I will continue to buy it.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / New Jersey
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 18 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:03 30 2014
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Lasts all of 30 minutes
Tags +people without oily skin.
I've been a Mac girl for many years now. So my only complaint is this product. I tried it out first thing in the morning right before work and noticed that I needed a touch up thirty minutes later.
+1point
1of 1found this review helpful.
 / Florida
Review 19 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:03 25 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Tags +Extends foundation wear, oily skin
My holy grail primer that keeps me nice and matte longer than any other product I've tried. I have oily skin and I struggled to find something that would keep my makeup on my face without melting off in this Texas heat. This is perfect.
+140points
144of 148found this review helpful.
 / Texas
Product Purchasemaccosmetics.com
Review 20 for Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone
Date:03 25 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
THIS PRODUCT IS A GODSEND!
Tags +Evens out skintone, Extends foundation wear, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths, eliminates shine, minimizes pores
I have extremely oily skin. Within an hour my face looks like a sunbeam and i have to constantly blot excess oil. I visited the MAC store during my stay in the bahamas to stock up on my studio fix and the MAC rep Sam, recommended this product along with the CC line.
I could not believe how great it worked. My pores were not visible at all and my makeup looked fantastic. I highly endorse this product. Thanks again to Sam for taking care of me.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / Barbados
Product PurchaseMAC Store