Prep + Prime Fix +
Fix + is sold as a makeup setting and "reviving" spray and although it works in that regard, it's less because of its formula and more due to the fact it is packaged with a specialized spray top.
Rather than a using a standard spray bottle, Fix + produces a fine, non-aerosol mist that lightly settles on skin, which allows more control over where you’re applying product. This can be helpful with face or eye look touchups (especially on the go from work to a night out), and it does save you the step of having to remove your makeup entirely and start over.
Fix+ is also an option for dampening a makeup sponge (the BeautyBlender comes to mind) before foundation application. This step helps prevent “losing” your foundation due to sponge absorption. There is no inherent benefit in using Fix+ over water for dampening a makeup sponge, but it is convenient.
However, as a small reality check, Fix+ (from a formulary perspective) isn’t uniquely suited to “refreshing makeup” than any well formulated toner. What does make Fix+ special is all in the aforementioned spray delivery system—but that also means you could experiment with your favorite toner in a spray bottle for comparable benefits.
As for the formula, it's a standard, but good, alcohol-free toner for normal to dry or slightly oily skin that contains a nice mix of antioxidants and anti-irritants. Bonus: Unlike some makeup setting sprays, Fix + doesn't contain film-forming agents or hairspray-like ingredients—and that’s a good thing due to their potential to irritate skin. If you’re in the market for a “makeup refreshing spray”, Fix+ is certainly one to consider—it does contain fragrance, but the amount is minor and shouldn’t be an issue for most.
- Contains a good mix of antioxidants (such as chamomile, green tea and caffeine).
- Provides a light amount of moisture.
- Contains fragrance (albeit in a smaller amount).
An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!
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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