Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30
This creamy primer comes in four distinctive shades intended to correct uneven skin tone.
The Neutralize shade is supposed to combat redness and to a minimal degree it does so by imparting a sheer, subtle yellow tint that softly counterbalances redness. The downside is that if you use this all over your face but don't have redness everywhere, you'll end up with jaundiced-looking skin in the non-red areas.
The Illuminate shade is meant to enliven sallow skin. It comes out as a sheer, light lavender hue with slight white cast that brightens skin. This will be too light for dark skin tones, but those with fair to medium skin can use it.
The Adjust shade is peachy in color and is supposed even out overall skin tone. Because of its sheerness anyone from fair to medium skin tone can use it, but it doesn't do a whole lot to color correct. Think of this as more of a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen.
The Recharge shade has a bronzy orange tone that is designed to warm up gray undertones, specifically in darker skin, but the effect is at best subtle and just not worth adding an extra product.
On the plus side, the primer formula wears well under makeup, imparts broad spectrum sun protection and contains some skin-beneficial ingredients… just don't expect it to do wonders in terms of color correction.
- Broad spectrum SPF 30.
- Wears well under makeup.
- Contains some skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Color correcting effect is at best minimal.
M.A.C. Cosmetics At-A-Glance
What more can one say for this long-standing makeup line whose products have spoken eloquently for themselves for years? In many ways, M.A.C. Cosmetics is a pivotal line not only for makeup artists but also for any in-the-know cosmetics consumer. Although M.A.C. has several singularly outstanding products, they generally excel by virtue of the range of choices offered. The color selection for everything from lipsticks to foundations is exceptional. Most of the makeup brushes are beautiful, full, and soft, as well as properly sized to fit the contours of the face and eyes.
When it comes to skincare you may be tempted to dismiss the small assortment M.A.C. offers and skip right to their makeup with its well-earned positive reputation. But doing so would mean missing a handful of beautifully formulated products that are worth trying. By no means is M.A.C.'s skin-care line one-stop shopping (at least not if you have blemishes, skin discolorations, or require more than a couple options per category), but you'll find more than just the color products impressive here, and the prices aren't unreasonable either!
M.A.C.'s salespeople are often trained makeup artists, too. This is especially true in the freestanding M.A.C. boutiques, where the staff tends to be true makeup artists.
Note: M.A.C. sets itself apart from other beauty brands by staying ahead of the curve by launching a seemingly-constant rotation of impressive limited edition products, usually with fashion-forward themes. Though it's impossible to review every limited edition product, many of M.A.C.'s are as impressive as those in their permanent collection.
Strengths: Some impressive moisturizers; praiseworthy foundations in a mostly gorgeous range of shades; good concealers; several great powder-based products including blush, bronzer, and eyeshadow in various finishes; dizzying array of lipstick shades in mostly sumptuous formulas; several very good mascaras (regular and waterproof); top-notch makeup brushes; many of the Prep + Prime products work as claimed.
Weaknesses:A few products with high levels of potential skin irritants.
For more information about M.A.C. Cosmetics call (800) 588-0070 or visit www.maccosmetics.com.
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