Let your innocence roam free. Transcend seasons with charmed hues inspired by the secret, wondrous world of fairies. Eyes flutter impishly in new Foiled Shadows, in luminous wet or dry shades that flicker like morning mist. Feathery pinks for cheeks brighten the day, imbuing you with a spritely glow. Cast a spell with rosy metallics for nails and pearl-lit nudes for lips, spinning glamour ’til the moon turns to sun.
If that, which is MAC’s description of the Faerie Whispers Collection, doesn’t sound whimsical and make you want to don a tulle skirt and put on your angel wings, I don’t know what will!
MAC Prep+Prime Natural Radiance in Radiant Yellow . . . I have no words, but as a beauty blogger, I need to find some! I love yellow . . . yellow eye shadow (yes, I do, don’t judge me), turmeric, Ben Nye banana powder, Bobbi Brown’s Sheer pressed powder in Pale Yellow, canary yellow nail polish, and my late mum’s retro yellow fridge . . . I love it . . . except bananas. I love anything banana-flavoured. . . but I’d rather eat glass before I eat the fruit itself . . . no, not for me . . .
MAC Prep+Prime Natural Radiance is to the skin, what carrots are to carrot cake . . . you need it . . .
It comes in standard Prep+Prime packaging. Black, with fine glitter on the bottle and it has a pump . . . Yay for the sanitary pump that dispenses the right amount of product. I don’t know about you but sometime I like to slather these kinds of things on, especially when they are in a jar or tube. I have no control sometimes.
The MAC Prep+Prime Natural Radiance I got is a light yellow colour and this colour disappears on application and the glow is immediate. The radiance is immediate, you don’t have to wait for the product to sink in and settle into your skin to see the effects, the results are immediate. Did I mention that the results are immediate?
It has a silky smooth consistency that on application; makes your skin feels just like that. You will feel a slight tingling sensation when you first apply it. That’s probably due to the Vitamin C that’s in it because Vitamin C has brightening properties and this using happens when using any cream or treatment with Vitamin C, so do not be alarmed, it goes away as fast as you can say State of the Nation Address.
The Vitamin A in this primer softens the skin and the antioxidants protect it. It also has caffeine, which claims to calm the skin and reduces puffiness. I know that many eye creams have caffeine in it for that same reason (correct me if I’m wrong, I’m not a dermatologist.) But, what gives that illuminating effect is the illuminating pearl powder in it.
Now for the best news for a brown girl like me, taken from the MAC website: Well-suited for all skins but especially effective on deeper skin tones.
It’s rare for me not to find a fault with a product, but I can’t see a down side. There is also Rose Radiance for lighter skin tones. But yellow is a neutralizer so it will help reduce redness and uneven skin tone across the board. This is hydrating for normal, combination oily and best suited for oily skin.
If you have super dry skin, I suggest moisturizing well before applying this. This won’t make your make up last 18 hours and it doesn’t claim to but it’s not going to make the wear time lesser. It a lightweight face base.
It’s not a typical primer that will create a barrier between your skin and foundation. You can mix a bit of it in your primer or BB cream. I think the best way is to use the MAC Prep and Prime Natural Radiance primer on your skin after moisturizer, apply primer, then foundation. Make sure your foundation is not heavy duty because the glow will go . . .
I will rave about this until something better comes along. This is one of MAC’s products that many people are unsure about. It claims to be a finishing spray that sets make up but it isn’t. But it’s awesome nonetheless.
A make up setting spray locks your make up in place. Think a Jersey Girl tease and a can of hairspray to set that. That is what a make up setting /finishing spray is. Popular setting sprays include Model in a Bottle, Skindinavia and closer to home, Alila’s Fix That Make up.
MAC fix + is a cooling skin refresher.
MAC describes it as: An aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals, infused with a calm-the-skin blend of green tea, chamomile, cucumber, topped off with the fresh, natural, energizing scent of Sugi. Adds radiance, finishes makeup. Spray it on. Skin drinks it up!
It sounds so delicious, you’d think it’s a smoothie, but please don’t drink it . . .
Does it live up to its claims? Yes and a lot more! This skin refresher is a multi-tasker:
First off, you can you this to get a radiant glow after you’ve applied foundation. Because it’s water based, it will make you glow not shine! No disco ball effect here.
You can spray it on your face before foundation for easier application. It works especially well with foundations or other cream-based products that dry fast as it makes the product stay wet a bit longer allowing you more time to work with it.
You can use it after cleanser to soothe irritated skin or as a toner get rid of any cleanser that may have been left behind.
I have gone overboard with powder before (too much powder died with Dynasty). To fix that problem, just spritz on your face and go from clown to queen with the snap of your fingers.
During the day, if your make up dries out, spritz some on your face and your make up pulls back together.
But I use this guy to to foil pigments and powder eye shadows.
MAC Fix+ plays well with others, so if doesn’t matter what brand of eye shadow or pigment you use. It intensifies the colour and brings out the vibrancy. It does this best with metallic eye shadows.
Now, I’ve heard people say that MAC Fix+ sets their make up. I don’t believe it and it’s never happened to me. I think it create the illusion that it sets your make up because it makes your make up look its best . . . fresher, more youthful and natural. And you’ll smile more because it feels so comfortable!