Mac Prep Prime Face Protect Lotion Spf 50 Review

Today let’s do the mac prep prime face protect lotion SPF 50 review for those looking for a lightweight sunscreen under the makeup foundation.

If you want to leave your makeup looking as natural as possible and still have sunscreen protection, then you know how difficult it is to find something that does that.

In this article, I am sharing with you some tips on how to prep your skin before makeup; you probably know this is an essential step in your morning makeup routine.

I have tried several facial sunscreens, such as Vichy Sunscreen, which I loved,  but I would never dare to use most sunscreens underneath the makeup foundation.

Mac Prep Prime Face Protect Lotion Spf 50 Review

The reason is that most facial sunscreens are incredibly thick, and by the time I apply the foundation, the makeup is already heavy, in my opinion.

I know there are many foundations and cc creams with SPF protection, but even with these products, you still need a bit of sunscreen to potentialize its effects.

I was pretty sure I’d find something more suitable for makeup in the MAC store, and here we have the mac prep prime face protect lotion SPF 50.

But is it really worth it? Let’s get into that. 

Mac Prep Prime Face Protect Lotion Spf 50 Review

First Impressions

The first impression I had was that even though the mac prep prime face protection lotion SPF 50 is a thick cream, it is not as thick as most sunscreens for the face.

Mac Prep Prime Face Protect Lotion Spf 50 Review

The smell of sunscreen is there but is not too heavy, and it is somewhat easy to spread on the face, which is ok, right?

I applied it on the face, added a layer of foundation or cc cream with a sponge, and proceeded with my regular makeup when I decided to do so.

Ultimately, I can manage to have the makeup foundation still look natural, which is quite satisfactory.

Mac Prep Prime Face Protect Lotion Spf 50 Features Review

According to MAC Cosmetic’s website, the Mac prep prime face protection lotion SPF 50 is:

  • An antioxidant-rich lotion
  • Protects skin from broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays.

Apart from that, the product is packed with promises that I will only be able to confirm after using it long-term. Here are the promises:

  • It prevents the appearance of dark spots
  • Offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB 50
  • Features a comfortable, breathable formula
  • Non-drying
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non-acnegenic
  • Ophthalmologist tested

Let’s talk a bit about some of these promises, as they are pretty nice, and I will love to share my experience after using them for almost one month.

It prevents the appearance of dark spots Review

To be honest, it is a bit early to confirm that, but even though I don’t use it every day, I can see some improvements on the skin.

I cannot tell you if this is a result of using this sunscreen, but I can say that taking good care of the skin and investing in a high-quality SPF lotion will positively correlate to better skin.

Comfortable, breathable formula Review

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I agree with them that this sunscreen has a comfortable, breathable formula.

I say this because I tried the La Roche Posay facial sunscreen not so long ago, and it was simply terrible.

The formula was heavy, but the worst problem was that it caused me pinpoints  every time I used it. 

However, I didn’t have this problem with the mac prep prime face protect lotion SPF 50 review.

I can use the mac prep prime face protect lotion SPF 50 review as many times I want, and it won’t clog my pores or cause pinpoints.

Also, as I have mentioned before, it blends really well with makeup and depending on the foundation, it doesn’t look like I am wearing sunscreen.

I can also agree that the skin easily and quickly absorbs it.

Non-drying Review

That’s also true that the mac prep and primer face protect lotion SPF 50 is not drying.

This is perfect for dry skin, but if you have oily skin like me, you will need to apply a loose powder to eliminate the Dewy effect it leaves on the makeup.

Non-acnegenic & Dermatologist tested Review

Absolutely true; as I have mentioned before, I can use it without fearing irritation or acne.

I have had some sunscreens give me acne a few hours after using them, and this is not the case with the mac prep and primer face protect lotion SPF 50.

This is already a huge bonus for me because it is really annoying to buy sunscreen that leaves your skin worse than it was.

Ophthalmologist tested Review

It is nice to mention that the mac prep and prime sunscreen SPF 50 do not irritate my eyes.

I have sensitive skin, and some cosmetics also irritate my eyes. 

It is not every day that sunscreens will irritate my eyes, but it is possible, so I really appreciated that they highlighted this so I can feel more confident when deciding to use this or not.

Mac Spf 50 Review

How To Use Mac Prep Prime SPF 50?

It is really simple, but I had some doubts if I should use this sunscreen before or after the moisturizer.

After looking at the site, the official recommendation is to apply sunscreen (on a clean face) after makeup primer or moisturizer.

Then you can proceed with your makeup foundation as usual. 

Most of the time, I don’t wear makeup to go out during the day or to do everyday duties outside the house.

In this case, I just wash my face, apply moisturizer, apply sunscreen, and leave home without makeup.

Mac prep prime face protect lotion SPF 50 Ingredients

It is tricky to list all the ingredients because, according to MAC’s website, the list may go under change over time.

However, the product I have now contains:

WATER\AQUA\EAU [] BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE [] METHYL TRIMETHICONE [] NEOPENTYL GLYCOL DIHEPTANOATE [] ALEURITES MOLUCCANA (KUKUI) SEED OIL [] LAURYL PEG-9 POLYDIMETHYLSILOXYETHYL DIMETHICONE [] PEG-100 STEARATE [] BUTYLENE GLYCOL [] GLYCERYL STEARATE [] DIPENTAERYTHRITYL TRI-POLYHYDROXYSTEARATE [] SODIUM HYALURONATE [] LAVANDULA ANGUSTIFOLIA (LAVENDER) FLOWER WATER [] LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT [] LAMINARIA DIGITATA EXTRACT [] ALGAE EXTRACT [] CAFFEINE [] ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN [] CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE [] SORBITOL [] METHYLDIHYDROJASMONATE [] ERGOTHIONEINE [] DEHYDROXANTHAN GUM [] VP/EICOSENE COPOLYMER [] SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE [] AMMONIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE/VP COPOLYMER [] POTASSIUM CETYL PHOSPHATE [] CAPRYLYL GLYCOL [] CITRIC ACID [] STEARIC ACID [] CETYL ALCOHOL [] LINALOOL [] LIMONENE [] DISODIUM EDTA [] PHENOXYETHANOL [] SODIUM DEHYDROACETATE [] MICA  ILN40739 

Final Takes

The mac prep prime face protect lotion SPF 50 is the only sunscreen I am using so far, for makeup or just to go out with a bare face.

I feel it protects my skin, leaves it well plumped, won’t irritate, and will blend naturally with your makeup.

The end finish is really natural but will leave a dewy effect that may leave the skin a bit shiny. 

If you don’t like this effect, I suggest using a loose powder or a powder foundation to make it look matte.

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