I am a huge fan of MAC Prep + Prime products because everything I've tried so far has been a hit (reviews: MAC Prep + Prime Lip, MAC Prep + Prime 24-Hour Extended Eye Base, and MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance). Now that I am crazy about experimenting with different sunscreens I though I'd give the Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 a try. Is it another hit product for me? Read on to find out!
First thing first, let's talk appearance. MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 comes housed in a sparkly, shiny black squeezable inverted tube. There is a small opening that allows you to control the amount of product to dispense easily. What I appreciate also is the size of the rubbery screw-on cap. Seriously, there are so many squeeze-y tube products out there that come with such a tiny, slippery cap that most of the time results in it slipping off my hand or rolling off the table! Having a cap half the size of the product tube like this is so nice because you'll never ever lose it!
But then I'm starting to think that the reason for having a cap so large is just so that the whole tube doesn't look to be too small. I'm not going to lie, the moment I saw how small it is, I was taken aback! For reference, the length of the tube starting from the base of the nozzle dispenser is only 7 cm (2.75 in)! The tube is wider at the base, then sharply tapered towards the top. The amount of product given is 30 ml (1 fl oz) for US$30 so basically each ml is worth a dollar. Quite pricey! Then I thought to myself: This better be the best sunscreen I've ever used or else! ;D
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 contains broad-spectrum chemical absorbers as follow:
Avobenzone 3.00% protects against UVA1
Homosalate 5.00% protects against UVB
Octisalate 5.00% protects against UVB
Octocrylene 2.70% protects against UVB
Oxybenzone 3.00% protects against UVA2 and UVB
Additional ingredients include a blend of mineral-rich nutrients, including red and brown algae extracts and iron and potassium to help the skin retain its moisture.
I'm blessed that my skin does not react to chemical or physical filters so I can use either of them safely. I've been using the Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50 for about 3-4 weeks now and it hasn't caused me breakout or irritation of any kind.
Texture-wise, it is very similar to a thick creamy lotion. It is white in color but applies invisible without leaving a ghostly white cast. It has a certain but very mild scent that dissipates soon upon application. The formula does not contain any shimmery particles but upon applying, it leaves a subtle shine so your skin appears dewy (but not greasy). It does not have a mattifying effect at all (unlike the old formula) and does not seem to help control oil production during the day. The finish is on the tacky side initially but will set to a more comfortable, lightweight feel once fully absorbed. I usually let it dry for about 5-10 minutes before following with my makeup.
It really does feel like applying a lotion because my face instantly feels silky and moisturized. From my research, it seems that in the old formulation, the product doubles as a primer that mattifies the skin a great deal and that's why it's well-loved by oily skin wearers. However, as I mentioned above, this new formulation does not have the same matte finish. It does not cause my skin to over produce oil but it does not help prolong or control it, either. That's why I still need a mattifying primer before continuing with my foundation or powder.
Everyone has their own favorite sunscreen either because it is so light in texture, or has a mattifying finish, or applies silkily, or absorbs instantly. I can't say there is anything in particular that stands out about the newly formulated Prep + Prime Face Protect Lotion SPF 50. Surely it is a good and effective sunscreen, no doubt, but in a sea of great sunscreens on the market, it evidently lacks novelty or uniqueness. Plus, given the high price tag, it's hard for me to justify a repurchase. Still, those whose skin is dry or dry-to-normal, you may benefit greatly from the moisturizing formula of this product!