M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
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M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35


4.2 out of 5 stars
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  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars11%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%


Improves Skin's Texture, Blurs Imperfections, Controls Oil And Evens Skin Tone Immeditely — All While Shielding From Harsh Uv Rays. Features Spf 35 Protection And Moisturizing Ingredients.

Key Claims And Benefits:

  • Provides Instant And Long-term Hydration
  • Offers Broad Spectrum Uva/Uvb Spf 35
  • Retexturizes Skin
  • Controls Oil
  • Controls Shine
  • Non-acnegenic


  • Smooth Evenly All Over The Face Or To The Desired Areas After Moisturizer (Right Before Foundation) With Fingertips, Sponge Or Brush.
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  • How is this stuff? Is it long lasting/ whats the finish?1 Answers
  • I'm looking for a new BB cream, other then the one I use ...3 Answers
  • Hey girl! i have slightly oily skin and this primer doesn...3 Answers
M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
M.A.C Cosmetics Prep + Prime Beauty Balm SPF 35
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  • "Such great coverage! You don't have to use a lot of this to get coverage. It isn't super moisturizing so you do have to use a moisturizer beforehand but it doesn't dry out from wearing it." in 15 reviews
Analyssa B.
Orlando, Florida
78 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: MEDIUM DARK more...
This was my ‘foundation’ of choice on my recent cruise. The pictures were taken on the island of St. Maarten and it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit with a high humidity level; in lament terms, it was HOT. I did not get shiny, I did not feel greasy, and my other make up products layered quite nicely. I am the shade Medium Dark in the BB and wear a NC37/NC40 in M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Fluid Foundation and the M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation (as another shade reference I am C5 in the M.A.C Cosmetics Studio Face And Body Foundation.) I will say this does need a setting powder/baked for a few minutes before leaving for the day but this lasted more than 8 hours. Which is good to say with my oily t-zone, it would have started breaking apart sooner. The SPF did not break me out of clog my pores like majority of SPF products.. but I definitely recommend to anyone wanting a light coverage foundation with sun protection.
Isabel C.
Long Beach, CA
161 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: MEDIUM more...
This is the only B.B. cream I have ever used. I am absolutely obsessed with it. I will warn you that it is hard to use as it separates on the skin. Blend it as it dries on the skin to prevent that from happening. Since I’m oily, I mix the B.B. cream into my foundation and apply it that way. You WILL NOT get oily! You will stay Matte all day by doing this which I love! So this B.B. cream works well when it is mixed into a foundation.
Megan S.
41 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: LIGHT PLUS more...
I really like the coverage of this product. It doesn’t separate on my face and it feels pretty weightless once I put it on. I also love that it has an spf. My only complaint is the smell. It reminds me of play doh. So it makes me wonder about the chemicals that are in it, that I’m putting on my face.
Arlet L.
west covina
94 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: MEDIUM more...
Love love love! I use this BB Cream on a daily basis and I couldn’t brag on how much I love it! What’s great is that I can skip one step from my skin routine because it has SPF 35 so I don’t have to wear additional sunscreen. Coverage is light to medium which is not a problem for me because my skin does not need much correction other than a few blemishes. It is very lightweight it feels like I’m not wearing heavy foundation but rather tinted moisturizer. I like to apply it with a beauty blender which I feel is the most precise way to apply it. Highly recommend!
Lydia S.
Napa, CA
63 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: MEDIUM more...
This has been a staple in my routine for four or five years now. Like all MAC products, you can easily control how much coverage you want which is great if your skin needs a bit of help but not a full on body cast. I have combination skin and this product does occasionally set into dry patches, but I’ve never tried it with a primer. There is a bit of transfer if you use too much and it can lose its umph if it’s a warmer, more humid day. Overall I love the higher SPF and the coverage. My last tube stared to smell “off” towards the end but I’ve only experienced that that one time.
Sarah V.
Mount Holly, NC
20 reviews
Review for: LIGHT PLUS more...
I love the way this product feels and the consistency is perfect- not as oil based as most. BUT I will say that the shade doesn’t match my skin well- a little too orange, and I’d like something lighter but I believe this was the lightest shade
Lindsey K.
Charlotte, NC
51 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Review for: MEDIUM more...
This is great in the summer or when going on trips or when I want some light coverage when I'm going out. I have combination skin and it offers SPF which is great! It's easy to put on with either your fingers or a brush or a beauty sponge.
Cayla B.
21 reviews
Review for: MEDIUM more...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this BB cream! On days that I don't really feel like wearing makeup but still want to look presentable, I just throw some of this all over my face and I look like a normal human again lol
Maddie W.
Shawnee, KS
629 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Review for: MEDIUM more...
I love this product! I️t always applies evenly for me and you only need a little bit to go a long way. I have oily/acne prone skin and I️t didn’t effect that in any way which is great. Overall great product and would recommend to anyone!
Morgan B.
111 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Review for: MEDIUM more...
I LOVE THIS STUFF ITS LIKE CANDY FOR YOUR FACE. I honestly use this as my foundation. I have pretty good skin but i feel like it gives me such a light weight easy coverage that lasts all day.
ashley p.
Hamilton, On
31 reviews
Has anyone ever used this on oily skin? Does it separate throughout the day and wear off? I would like to purchase this with the current MAC15 promo for 15% off but I'm not sure how it would work with my skin. (Super oily especially in the summer) Thanks
Alicia m.
26 reviews
Hey girl! i have slightly oily skin and this primer doesn't separate for me, it works good.
Lilly R.
selma, CA
14 reviews
I'm looking for a new BB cream, other then the one I use now. I want a lighter smoothr feel and a stronger SPF. I've never used Macs prep and prime and would really appreciate your feed back ladies! Is it heavy? How's the coverage? How's it hold up in higher temperatures? Thanks in advance👌
Triana U.
Tecate, CA
141 reviews
What other mac products do you recommend?
Michaela W.
West Kelowna, BC
50 reviews
Okay so this might be a dumb question, but since this is a prep AND prime product I'm assuming you don't need to use a moisturizer and primer? Or do you still need to use.

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