MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Compact

MAC Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact SPF 30 is the latest collection to be added to the permanent line.

These compacts come in three light shades right now (Extra Light, Light and Light Plus). As mentioned they come in a shiny black mirrored compact and have a creamy formula. The finish is semi-translucent, and happily they contain a broad spectrum SPF 30. But remember, always wear a sunscreen or moisturizer with sunscreen under your makeup, because unless you seriously cake it on, you aren’t getting enough protection with just the makeup.

And that’s my spiel on that. 😉

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Compact 2
Extra Light, Light, Light Plus

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Compact 3
Extra Light, Light, Light Plus

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm Compact Swatches
Extra Light, Light, Light Plus (NC20 skin)

Extra Light is a pale alabaster shade.

Light is a pale ivory shade.

Light Plus is a light beige. This wound up being the best shade for my skin tone because it isn’t too whitened or pink, and it had enough warmth in it to match me best.

Wearing MAC Prep  Prime Beauty Balm in Light Plus
Wearing Light Plus (also MAC Ice Mineralize Eye Shadow, MAC Brow Duo in Brunette, MAC Stay Warm! Tinted Lip Balm, MAC Black Ice Pro Longwear Eye Liner and MAC Launch Away! Powder Blush)

There were some good things and bad things about this Beauty Balm for me.

First off I am not really a fan of the compact form of a BB Cream. I prefer a tube because I like using my fingers to apply it normally, and a compact isn’t really conducive to that. It does come with a sponge applicator, but I don’t really like using them.

Light Plus does actually match my skin really nicely, but it tends to settle into my fine lines after just a few minutes of wear. Even once I smoothed it out, an hour later there were more. Not a fan of that.

It does a great job of making my pores much less visible and definitely helped even out my skin tone and redness. I didn’t feel it covered quite as much as I might normally like, but it is a bit build-able. It doesn’t feel dry or heavy on me at all.

Overall: I think rather than using this as my go-to BB Cream I would probably use it more as an on-the-go compact in my bag for touch ups. Since this shade matches me really well I could probably use it over other BB Creams or foundations I have in small doses if I need to.

Availability: MAC.

Pricing: $30.00 for 0.28 oz.

How do you feel about a BB Cream in a compact form?


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Written by Kelly
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