Product Launches

MAC Launches Very First BB Cream

May 26, 2010

It’s official. BB creams are no longer an Asian exclusive product! MAC Csometics 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.

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 US starting May 2010 for US$30.

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!

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  • Reply AtelierGal May 26, 2010 at 10:57 am

    Lancome has BB cream too

  • Reply Phyllis May 26, 2010 at 11:10 am


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

  • Reply Sharyn May 26, 2010 at 12:41 pm


    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?

  • Reply candi May 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    i am dying for a review on this and where i can get it!! i wonder if it has more than one shade?

  • Reply Reggi May 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    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!

    • Reply Gerry May 22, 2013 at 7:02 pm

      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? :/

  • Reply Yvette May 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    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 =(

  • Reply Princesa Livia May 26, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Oh! This is really exciting. I can’t wait to get my hands on it! 🙂

  • Reply gela May 26, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    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!!

  • Reply Vicki May 26, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    is this MAC BB cream going to be available in Canada as well?

  • Reply amy May 26, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    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.

  • Reply BB Cream Queen May 26, 2010 at 11:14 pm

    Good news! It’ll be interesting to read the first reviews on it. You know the expectations must be high with a brand like Mac.

  • Reply blackbeauty May 27, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    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 🙂

  • Reply The Informed Makeup Maven May 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    I can’t wait to get my hands on this! Thanks for the heads up. I lvoe your blog too, very informative and interesting to read 🙂

  • Reply Phyllis June 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    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!

  • Reply Ceci June 3, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    Where can I buy the beauty balm??! I can’t find it in MAC website…

  • Reply Phyllis June 3, 2010 at 7:36 pm


    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.

  • Reply Ceci June 4, 2010 at 1:04 am

    When they start selling in the US?

  • Reply Kate M. June 4, 2010 at 3:16 am


    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!

  • Reply Phyllis June 5, 2010 at 1:35 am


    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!

  • Reply Lizzie July 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm


    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!

  • Reply November 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    hi girls,

    just to add that clinique will be coming out with their own bb cream in november so keep an eye out!

  • Reply RinRin February 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    this isn’t really BB cream…i know this becuase BB doesn’t stand for beauty bomb…nice try mac

  • Reply Shinve July 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    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!!!

  • Reply Katie September 1, 2011 at 10:53 am

    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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