M.A.C - Prep+Prime Face Protect SPF 50



M.A.C have a selection of primers in their Prep+Prime range for different skin types and concerns, as well as an eye and a lip primer. I tried the Prep+Prime Face Protect SPF 50 which is a skin-protecting cream. It should be applied under makeup to prime the skin for the sun.  It is specially formulated with oil-absorbing powder which helps prevent oil breakthrough. Worn daily helps guard the skin against discolouration, premature ageing, dryness and other effects of sun exposure. It is also suitable for all skin types.


The white liquid primer is silky smooth and absorbs well on the skin. It has a nice fresh, summery scent – a bit like sun lotion. I have tried both liquid and powder foundations over the primer and both types of makeup adhere well to it.  Having a combination skin type, I often get shine in my t-zone after a few hours of wearing makeup, but the oil-absorbing powder in this product seemed to prevent excess shine from occurring. In the sun skin can appear more oily as you sweat, but this primer works to control that, which is particularly beneficial to a combination/oily skin type. After being out in the sun for a few hours and using only this primer as my SPF, I am pleased to report that I did not catch the sun on my face at all. My makeup was also in good condition after a few hours outside so this primer definitely helps it to stay put.

Price & Packaging

The packaging is in a handy little black tube with white writing. A hint of iridescent glitter also adds a touch of glamour to it. The large round lid also doubles up as a stand.

The price at £21 is reasonable for 30ml.


Texture: 9/10
Result: 9/10
Price: 7/10
Packaging: 8/10
Quality: 9/10

Overall score: 9/10


This is certainly one of the best primers I have tried for outdoor wear since it is not only helps keep  makeup in place but offers broad-spectrum sun protection making it a hot country/holiday beauty essential.


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