MAC Prep and Prime Beauty Balm £23
Now this may sound cliche but for me a girl can never have enough BB creams, and despite BB creams not traditionally being used in the colder months I have wanted to go for something a little lighter on my skin and figured this was the best way to do so.
I was lucky enough to come across this little gem whilst visiting Cheshire Oaks' CCO, reduced to £17 I couldn't resist giving it a shot. Knowing how CCO's can sometimes be unpredictable for shades I was lucky enough to spy that they had stocked the Beauty Balm in extra light, which just so happened to be my shade.
What I found surprising about this beauty balm was the fact that it has a rather thick consistency, which means that a little goes a long way. When I say a long way the amount swatched above is enough to cover my face. Normally with the BB creams that I have come across previously they are rather creamy in terms of texture, and runnier (if that makes sense).
Like mentioned before the shade I chose was extra light, which I find works well for my skintone, and I find it's one of those shades that matches my skintone to a tee, as you find with some products no matter how many shades you go for they can sometimes not match 100%. I think this is because according to MAC the product is lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tint, meaning you get a closer match to your natural skintone.
This product can also be used as a face primer, unfortunately I haven't tried it out as this yet so can't comment on its primer capabilities. However I have found myself being able to get away with this as a light foundation. It still blurs imperfections, evens skin tone and gives a great natural coverage, without looking cakey.
Texture wise it does feel slightly waxy but I believe that is down to its use as a primer, as it should help makeup stick to the primer easier and help prolong your makeup.
When applying the BB cream I find that it buffs easily in the skin to produce a gorgeous natural dewy look that is perfect for everyday wear. The natural finish is a big plus for me as I normally have one major issue with BB creams, and that is the fact that they tend to apply looking on the oilier side rather than natural or cakey resulting in the need for lots of powder throughout the day.
The coverage for me is what really makes this BB stand out from others, with a light to buildable medium coverage this cream covers blemishes and redness well whilst brightening the skin with a healthy glow.
Lasting power I find that this lasts around the 6 hour mark, so whilst it doesn't last as long as normal foundations it still stays in place for a good amount of time. This is without powder or my makeup setting spray, with either of these I find it will then last around 8 hours, for a BB cream I think is fab.
With an SPF 35 this is a great added bonus, especially in the summer or whilst on holiday. I think as well SPF is important in a product generally, even when it is 0 degrees outside - something I think people tend to forget about.
Packaging wise MAC's Beauty Balm comes in a sleek tube which makes it easy to reduce product waste. The box itself is also very pretty, with a multicoloured glitter pattern it really stands out amongst the traditional packaging of MAC products.
This product for me was a gamble which has paid off, I think it is fab with multiple uses. It really helps my makeup routine in a morning when I sometimes give myself 10-15 minutes to get ready, which means I can quickly slap this on and know I'll be ready to go. I think that this is a perfect base product for a natural glow.
Have you tried MAC's Beauty Balm before? What are your thoughts?