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

A while ago, I gave you a sneak peek of MAC’s very first BB cream, Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF35 PA++. Here is finally more pictures, swatches and a review!

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm

The MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm comes in a tiny 30ml tube that is a lot smaller than most BB creams. There is only one shade available, which is a light yellow-based color. Ingredients include Algae Extract, Wheat Extract, Barley Extract, Lecithin (also found in Skin Food BB creams), Mica, SPF 35 and more to hydrate, prep the skin for makeup, correct color imperfections, give a subtle glow and provide UV protection.

The BB cream is lightly scented and has a creamy texture that goes on smoothly and blends easily. It feels very lightweight and leaves behind a nice, glowy finish.

However, unlike most Korean BB creams, the MAC BB cream is very sheer and barely covers anything even if I layer it on. Plus the color is too light, even for my NC30 skin. Unless you have a light complexion (NC25 or lighter) and a flawless complexion, I would not recommend wearing this alone. For now, I will stick with my favorite Lioele Triple The Solution BB Cream and save the MAC as a makeup base.

Swatch of MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm

MAC Prep + Prime Beauty Balm UVA/UVB SPF35 PA++ is available exclusively at select Travel Retail locations throughout Asia and the United States for US$30.

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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,, 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.


  1. Sounds like another tinted moisturizer. I’m currently using the Oriental BB Cream from Skin79. Very lightweight, but slightly thicker(in a good consistency)!

  2. I’m currently using Skin79 Diamond BB cream and i love it! It gives me the right amount of coverage and it doesn’t break me out. I did a review on my blog, if your interested you can check it out. I have Laura Meceir tinted moisturizer and it doesn’t do much on me.

  3. Actually, this was meant to be a makeup/ foundation primer! There was a thread about it on specktra, and I also e-chatted with one of the MAC make-up-artists.

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