This review is the last in a set of MAC’s favourite face products reviews where I looked at MAC’s Face + Body Foundation, and MAC’s Select Cover Up. Face products’ performance always comes down to what primer you’re using, which makes it one of the most important products in your makeup bag! People love MAC’s Prep, Prime + Fix Primer because it can prep your face and make makeup last longer, and it can be sprayed onto individual brushes to make face + eyeshadow colours appear more pigmented. Multi-faceted products like this are my favvvv because you get 2 for 1 cost, and they’re great for when you’re travelling! YES.
DISCLAIMER: If you don’t know what primer is – primer is the product you put on your face + neck + anywhere else you’re putting makeup to ‘prime’ the skin for makeup. It works to a number of effects – it makes the makeup go on better, it makes it last longer, and it creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup.
MAC’s Prep, Prime + Fix is the third primer I’ve used. I started strong with Smashbox’s photofinish primer, and then I tried Maybelline’s illuminating primer, and here we are. As a stand alone primer it’s my second favourite out of the three (Smashbox’s primer is made of godly things). Now that we know what a primer SHOULD do, how does MAC’s fan favourite add up?
Makes your makeup last all day? 10/10 – I have noooo problems with my makeup lasting
Makes the product go on nicely? 10/10 Product always goes on evenly and beautifully (HA)
Creates a barrier between skin and product? 5/10 😦 It’s a water based primer, it’s sprayed onto your face and then you have to wait for it to dry. For this reason, I don’t think it creates enough of a barrier between my skin and my product (hellooooo break outs). Still! It’s better than nothing.
Cost + Purchasing
MAC’s Prep + Prime + Fix is $28.00 CAD for 100ml from MAC at Hudson’s Bay. That’s a pretty consistent mid-range price for a primer. Still, a lot of makeup enthusiastists buy this product only because it makes eyeshadows hella pigmented, and you can use it as a primer, and as a finishing spray as well.
Animal Testing + Ethics
Unfortunately, MAC is a brand that is sold in China, and products in China are required by law to test on animals, so MAC is not a cruelty free brand. Huge deal-breaker for me, I didn’t realise this when I did my last shopping binge at Mac, but it’s definitely making me look for animal-friendly alternatives.
Since the product is so versatile, I would argue it’s definitely worth the money. Even if I’m trying a new primer, I still use this product every day to either enhance my blush (I love blush!!!!!!!) or to set my face. It’s a hard product to replace, because you would have to buy three different products to do what it does, so it’s probably just cheaper to stick to what you’ve got. If anyone knows of any cruelty free products that work like this, HIT ME UP! Until then: let’s keep pushing China to change this archaic law, science has come a long way, let’s start acting like it.