MAC Launches Very First BB Cream, Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF35 PA++

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It’s official, BB cream is no longer an Asian exclusive product! MAC finally caught up to the BB cream craze in Asia and released its very first Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF35 PA++ into the Western market.

MAC Prep+Prime Beauty Balm collection


Similar to most Asian BB creams, the Prep + Prime Beauty Balm is said to come in a “lightweight, creamy formula” and claims to perform a multitude of tasks, including color correction, UV protection, skin hydration and makeup priming. The product is available exclusively at select Travel Retail locations throughout Asia and the United States starting May 2010 for US$30.

MAC Prep+Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF35 PA++


I first started using BB cream back in 2007 and it has remained an HG for me ever since. I’m so glad MAC finally introduced this awesome product into the North American market. Stay tuned for reviews!

No clue what BB creams are? Learn more about them here!

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE, Glamour.com, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.

25 COMMENTS

  1. AtelierGal,

    Are you referring to the Lancome BB Base UV Expert GN Shield SPF50 PA+++? It’s not available in North America.

  2. Phyllis,

    Could you do a review on this when you get your hands on it? I’ve been wanting to try a BB Cream but never tried one because it’s never been available in the U.S. Do you think they will have a variety of shades?

  3. OOH i can’t wait! all the asian bb creams have whitening in them which i don’t want… when is it supposed to be out? may 2010 is almost over!

    • Hi!!! I saw you r comment that talked about whitening. Im scared of it. Im really pale. Im a guy and I bought my first BB CReam. THe Bad Guy Etude House BB CReam. It says whitening!!! what?!! What do you think it would happen if I tried it? :/

  4. How exciting! can’t wait for the review. if it works out for you, i might just get it for myself too! I’ve tried the BB creams from Skinfood and it has helped lighten my scars. But the color match was a little off on me =(

  5. OOO fun! Phyllis do you know if this will come in different colors? I’ve always loved the BB cream textures from the other lines but the asian ones tend to be too light. I hope they make this in NC35!!

  6. I would love to try this, especially since the asian BB creams are two light for my skin tone and they have limited colour selections. Hopefully, MAC has more colour selections, since they have such a wide array of foundation and powder colors. Luckily I am traveling to the states in June, I will have to try to find these.

  7. awesome! cant wait to see how it goes on my bronze/ cafe au lait toned skin… im with reggie, i dont want the whitening effect, just to color correction and blemish reversal :)

  8. Yes ladies, the MAC BB cream is already available and on its way to me =)

    As for the shades, I *think* there is currently only one but I will let you know asap. Oh and Estee Lauder is releasing a BB cream too and I will be reviewing that shortly as well. Stay tuned!

  9. Ceci,

    The beauty balm won’t be available on the MAC website but if you’re in Hong Kong, you can try the Duty Free store in Tsim Sha Tsui.

  10. Phyllis,

    I read about this and got super excited and since I’m abroad right now, picked it up at a duty-free store in Korea!!  I can’t wait to try it…the texture seems really thin and spreads quite easily!  

    Thanks for the tip!
    Kate

  11. Kate,

    I’m glad you picked it up! I’m still waiting for mine to get here. Please send us an update once you try it out!

  12. Hi,

    Got the MAC BB Cream at Duty Free today and it only comes in one shade.Ive swatched it on my hand and the texture is light and blends smoothly. Will try it on my face tomorrow and see what happens. Will update you!

  13. I love B.B cream! my 1st impression using B.B Cream on the 1st day of using is once you apply unto your face is just like porcelain, easily to apply. and i love the scent too. the one B.B that i have right now is DR.G B.B Cream w/c is a little bit pricey. ($50.00)…

    nexttime i go try Missha B.B Cream, because some say missha is much better than the other B.B Cream products. although DR.G B.B Cream is okey for me i like to try the better one and cheapest one.

    and also im curious about MAC B.B Cream too. Mac products are soo good and not too harsh when you applying unto your skin.

    (DR.G B.B Cream, Missha B.B Cream and Mac B.B Cream)
    THE BEST B.B Cream EVER!!!

  14. what is the difference between the tinted moisturizer and BB cream? I am using AVEENO tinted moisturizer with SPF 30 now, and before I used the Physicians Formula one (it felt good on my skin because it was formulated for the problem skin with eczema, etc.)

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