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MAC Prep + Prime Skin

A lightweight gel lotion that evens out skin redness and tone while adding radiance.
Average Customer Rating:
4.364 out of 5
4.4
 out of 
5
(129 Reviews) 128
2 out of 2(100%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Prep + Prime Skin
Review 1 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:01 06 2015
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
O.M.G. can't stop looking at my makeup
Tags +makes make up last all day, foundation blends together
I just started using mac foundation about 2 weeks ago because i was sick of my old foundations. I usually used a liquid and then a powder to set everything. I was getting sick of powder because it looked so amazing at the beginning of the day but so gross ta the end. So i started using the mac studio fix fluid foundation which i love because it matches my skin so well and makes me not want to wear a powder. Well i noticed that at the end of the day the foundation would kind of idk how to explain it but clump up around my lip area and give me the look of a mustache honestly, i hated it. So i decided to try this primer under the foundation which i was told would help, and boy did it ever. Today i applied my primer and studio fix fluid at about 1230 and it still looks amazing at 9, with no clumping or mustache! I didn't think primer would make such a big difference but it makes me overall face look more soft and blended. The only reason i give 4 stars is because i feel the need to use about one and a half pumps to really cover my whole face and with that compared to the size of the bottle I'm not sure how long it will last me. But this primer and foundation is by far the best combination i have ever used!
+49points
52of 55found this review helpful.
 / Colorado
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 2 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:08 19 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
How did I live without this?
Tags +making skin even long-lasting makeup lightweight
This is the first primer EVER that I've tried, so clearly, I have nothing to compare it to...But either way, I loved this product! My skin type is oily at the T-zone, but dry wherever I get pimples - usually on my lower cheeks by the jaw. I got this primer two days ago, and the SECOND I put it on I felt/saw a difference. I was honestly becoming hopeless with my skin lately - I had no idea what to do to keep my makeup looking long-lasting, and keep it from looking oily. I'm gonna be honest, my makeup would look cakey and gross (I'm sure a lot of that was due to the humidity in NY) before I used this product. I would just cake on my powder because I didn't know what else to do. This really makes my makeup look very even and helps my skin from being oily. My skin feels 10 times better with this than with just foundation. It's so lightweight. I don't feel insecure with my face anymore. I don't break out from this either, and I do not have the best skin in the world... I have acne-prone skin. So basically, for the money I spent ($36, including tax & shipping) I am very satisfied! If there's something better out there I'd love to know what it is because I can't imagine what something better would do to my face if this is so perfect!! :)
+94points
104of 114found this review helpful.
 / New York
Review 3 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:02 26 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Will never go without...
Tags +setting foundation, oily skin
Bought this because of a recommendation from a friend. I've never used a primer before at all, and have a combination/oily complection. I found that by the end of the day my foundation felt like it was melting off my face due to my oily skin. Now that I've got this primer I will forever buy it. It helps with the longevity of my foundation and keeps my skin dewy through-out the day. It's got a really beautiful shimmer in the cream and makes your skin feel so yummy when it's on. Although the bottle is a bit smaller than I'd like, you only need the smallest amount each time so I'd expect to get a fair few months use out of one bottle! Overall, absolutely LOOOOVE this product - I definitely recommend getting it.
+132points
141of 150found this review helpful.
 / Manawatu, New Zealand
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 4 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:08 13 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Works great!
Tags +oily skin, large pores, uneven skin tone
I have combination skin that gets super shiny within 30 mins of washing. I use this under makeup and it keeps the shine down, but also improves the look of my skin. There's something in it that reflects light so it makes my skin look less shiny but more all over luminous at the same time. And it has a completely non-greasy texture so it feels good when I put it on. I also have large pores, and it seems to minimize the look of them. I definitely like this product!
+109points
111of 113found this review helpful.
 / Seattle
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 5 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:08 02 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
L.O.V.E.!!!!!!
Tags +smooths & softens evens tone removes red & more
i started off with studio fix compact w/t fondation I found a new love that day. love that stuff too, it started the ball rolling to trying mac's full line. i cant believe the quality of everything ive tried. no wonder its used by make up artists and worn by models and on red carpets all the time.
I totally love this stuff. i have the pickiest skin ever. its sensitive and dry and oily and gets breakouts..I get it all.. this stuff doesn't give me any problems. it makes my skin smooth.. my skin gets patches. this stuff evens it out and helps ALOT with the redness if not takes it away. (depending on how bad it is that day) i don't wear make up all the time so i thought this stuff would feel heavy but NOPE! it goes on rubs in smooths everything out and makes my mac makeup.(which i only started using on my honeymoon last June of 2010and ill never change. I'm trying everything over time and so far soooo good! mac stays on really well)this stuff makes it even better. love it. it really makes a difference. i always thought primer was just a gimmick Have to say i was totally wrong there. no matter your skin type u should definitely try this stuff its very worth the money. and I've still got my first bottle. i bought this stiff at least 9 months ago. u only need about 3/4 of the size of a pea. IF THAT. seriously don't use more or you'll be simply waisting it. and this is not something u want to waste. its practically worth its weight in gold or more!!!!!. GIVE IT A GO. I BET YOULL LOVE IT.
+19points
22of 25found this review helpful.
 / Elkford BC. (east kootneys)
Review 6 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:01 08 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect!
This prep and prime skin is absolutely perfect! I use it after my face moisturizer (studio moisture cream) but before any makeup. It makes my makeup last more than twice as long. Before using my makeup would last from about 630am until maybe 200pm. Now getting home at 5 my makeup looks as good as in the morning! It does have some sparkle to it but it is hardly noticeable. Also, I absolutely love the texture its like a light foam mouse kind of and feels really good on your skin.
+76points
84of 92found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 7 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:10 08 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
AWESOME PRODUCT!!!!!!
Tags +oily skin pore minimizer
I have the VERY oily skin. I chatted online with a rep and she recommended this product to use under my studio fix powder. I've tried the oil control lotion, but didn't like the reddish, ashy way it made my makeup looked, but the prep and prime skin is awesome. I've been using this product for 2 weeks and saw the difference in my skin and the look of my makeup on the first use. Prior to using this product, I would have to pat my face every hour. This is a miracle product!!! My skin is not as oily and when I use it under my face powder, I only get a little shine around my nose in about 3-4 hours, a HUGE difference.
Even when I'm not wearing makeup, my skin is not as oily since using this product. You only need to use a dime size amount. Yes, its pricey, but worth every dime because I feel more confident when I put my makeup on and I don't have to worry about my skin looking very oily. Another plus, it also minimize your pores. MAC, thank you for making such a great product; please don't change the formula. It really leaves your makeup looking smoother, not cakey and really controls the shine. If you have oily skin, this is a must buy!!!
+17points
18of 19found this review helpful.
 / BROOKLYN, NY
Review 8 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:10 01 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Couldn't Do Makeup Without It!
Tags +Evens out skintone, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths, Extends foundation wear, softens appearance of skin to create natural glow
This is one of my "must haves". Every time I place an order with MAC, I always order my Prep & Prime Skin. I apply in the AM before makeup goes on, after I get out of the shower, before bed, whatever... it hydrates the skin just enough to zap it and say "look glowy now!" There is a hint of shimmer, but it is not Barbie or glitzy. It's the kind of shimmer that looks natural. Like a naturally beautiful complexion.
Just a hint to other users- when I apply P&P Skin, I let it sink in for a minute or two before applying concealer or foundation. This allows you to get a better look at what blemishes or red areas truly need covering up. Sometimes the right amount of hydration (in this case our P&P Skin!) will uncover a more naturally even skin-tone, keeping you from caking on the makeup when not need-be.
Kudos to the MAC gods! xoxo ;)
+16points
16of 16found this review helpful.
 / upstate SC
Review 9 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:11 21 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Wonderful product
I just used this product for the first time and I love it. I'm a 47 yr old transgender girl and this product makes even my oily skin feel silky soft and sexy. My foundation went on so much nicer than it did without primer. I used very little primer and it worked beautifully! I applied MAC Studio Tech foundation over it and it just glided on. I also used much less foundation than before so this is a real money saver. Ladies you will love this product! Buy it and you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. I'd also like to say to all you TG girls out there that the artist at the MAC counter were so very nice to me that I would love to recommend MAC products to you all. I'm a new MAC customer but between the service and the wonderful products I'll be a customer for life.
+19points
20of 21found this review helpful.
 / NY
Review 10 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:10 03 2012
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
like, not love
- the first time i used a primer, it was a free sample from sephora (dont remember the brand) that my sister had.. it was silky, silicone and filled in the tiny imperfections that set my face for foundation perfection...
- being that mac has very high quality products, i expected the same, but better.. this product disappoints, especially for the price.. i bought it online, so i didnt get to try it out in person.. honestly, i was too lazy to return it.. it's not a bad product, i do like it..
- it doesnt quite "fill in" like the other primer did, well.. mildly.. it does however help to keep my studiofix in place all day at work for 9 hours without having me retouch it.. even with my nose that gets oily-ish by the end of the day.. i never have to touch up.
- a little goes a long way. one pump is too much.. it shouldnt feel greasy, but silky.. it took me a couple tries to get the perfect tiny pearl amount that is suffice for my face. the bottle itself seems great in that it will pump out every last drop..
- there are no directions on the bottle: first put on moisturizer, blot, wait a couple minutes.. then put on the primer.. wait a couple minutes.. then apply your foundation
- overall happy.. but i would have been happier with the primer my sister had, as it filled in my skin a little more..
+7points
9of 11found this review helpful.
 / nyc
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 11 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:06 22 2012
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Oily, Greasy, Disco Ball
Tags +making a crafty glitter disco ball
I went to a MAC store last summer and purchased the studio fix foundation, the concealer, and this primer and everything was working well for a while. I ran out of primer and purchased more in January of this year and everything was still ok.
I just purchased another bottle of primer about 2 weeks ago and not only is the make up sliding off my face but the primer this time is too glittery. I have medium/dark skin and glitter or "luminescence" on my complexion looks a glittery mess. I also noticed that it didn't provide the oil control that it did before. After an hour my nose lose like an oil luge. This formulation of a primer has way more glitter than the last. I thought I was mistaken but I squeezed out a drop from my old bottle and compared it to the new bottle. I was right! The consistency and formula has changed.
I am disappointed, I am taking my bottle back for a refund.
+28points
32of 36found this review helpful.
 / NJ
Review 12 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:06 19 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
amazing primer!
Tags +oil and shine control, mattifying skin before foundation
This primer does what its supposed to do. It feels like a lotion so i apply 2 pumps of this all over my face before i put on my studio fix foundation. I love how it leaves my face matte and even toned. I also have very oily skin so I love how it controls the shine unlike the beauty balm i also got which made me break out and got oily. I prefer this over the bb cream.
+25points
28of 31found this review helpful.
 / Scottsdale, AZ
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 13 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:01 18 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
best kept secret
Tags +Evens out skintone, Extends foundation wear, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths
Once I bought this product, I don't know how I could have ever applied foundations with out it. This has become a daily staple in my makeup collection! I have combination skin, and can't stress how much this has helped my complection, makeup application, tzone area, and added hours to longer lasting makeup!
On bad skin days, I just mix two pumps of the prep + prime with a small drop/pump of my foundation, and I still get a flawless matte finish without the obviously cakey look. On good skin days, I just apply a quick layer to my face and finish with a sweep of powder and blush that sets and lasts all day! I also mix it w/my studio finish concealer to dry areas, under eyes, and even for a lip and eye primer!
+17points
18of 19found this review helpful.
 / chicago
Review 14 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:11 19 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Super Great!
Tags +oily skin, acne
I have very oily acne prone skin with a lot of acne "pot holes" and this works great! It's smooth and not oily or a creamy feeling on your face. It helps to control my oily skin and helps my liquid studio fix go on even smoother!
+16points
17of 18found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: Department Store
Review 15 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:01 03 2011
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love!
Tags +Evens out skintone, Extends foundation wear, Minimizes look of pores, Smooths
This stuff is amazing! I love how it smoothes the skin and illuminates. There is a bit of iridescent or pearlescent color to it which I think gives the skin a healthy glow. Makes foundation stick all day. Great stuff!
+10points
10of 10found this review helpful.
 / Minneapolis
Review 16 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:10 31 2010
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great product, not recommended for oily skin.
Tags +Smooths, Extends foundation wear
Mac prep and prime skin primer does what it says, it calms and smoothes the skin wonderfully. Skin feels much softer and foundation lasts much longer after the usage of this product. However, this primer does not absorb oil well if you have semi-oily or oily skin. All makeup around the T-zone will wear off in a short period of time when using this primer. Not recommended for oily skin unless used with prep and prime refined zone primer.
+9points
9of 9found this review helpful.
 / Naperville, IL
Review 17 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:03 03 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
holy grail
Tags +primer before foundation
I just love love this product and stocked up on it for myself and to use on my clients before makeup applications. this stuff is a must have!!
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Wisconsin
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 18 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:12 08 2010
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
A must-have.
Tags +Evens out skintone, Smooths, Extends foundation wear, helps blend concealer and foundation
The very first time I tried this product I could immediately tell a difference it made.A MAC artist gave me a sample to try and I bought it within a couple of days. It really makes your foundation blend easier and helps make it look flawless. It's extremely soft & smooth and a little goes a long way. I even have oily, sensitive, acne-prone skin and it's never broken me out or made my skin oilier. If you wear foundation, you need this product. I've told several friends I know to try it and all of them have thanked me for recommending it.
+7points
7of 7found this review helpful.
 / USA
Review 19 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:08 13 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
It's so good, my sister "stole" mine...
Tags +combination skin, radiant, smoothing
Went to MAC because I was looking for makeup for my wedding. Being a little difficult skin-tone wise and having my best friend tell me that MAC is the best brand ever, I decided to give it a go. I didn't regret it.
This product was given to me to even out my skin and prepare it for foundation and what not. The feeling of this on my skin was so good, I continued to use it after my wedding, just on my skin! Smooth, radiant skin that felt soft to touch and looked so divine! Foundation went on like a charm and stayed there throughout the wedding and into the night. Layered oil control underneath this to combat my combination oily skin on that summer's day. It was perfect!
Now, thanks to my sister, I have to go and buy another one... =)
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / SD
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 20 for Prep + Prime Skin
Date:04 07 2012
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
exceptional product
Tags +over 40, if clear complexion can replace foundation.
I am 40 years old, dry, fair skin. My purpose in purchasing this product was b/c during the warmer months I do not wear foundation. (I live in GA, it's hot and very humid). So I wanted a product to set my face, for lack of a better description. This product exceeded my expectations. I use moisturizer, this MAC product, under eye concealer, powder, etc. and it sets my makeup for the day. Glides on beautifully...think of it as a primer you would put on your walls prior to your paint color. I cannot recommend this product enough.
+6points
6of 6found this review helpful.
 / ATL