MAC Prep + Primer Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35 Neutralize & Recharge Review, Swatches, Photos
MAC extends it’s Prep + Prime Collection mid-August with some new additions including their new Prep + Primer Fortified Skin Enhancer SPF 35.
Available in four shades, Fortified Skin Enhancers are a series of correcting primers to address issues such as dull skin, redness, etc…
Let’s take a look at two of them now!
A series of moisturizing primer/correctors to visibly enhance skin for a more flawless appearance.
I consider these both a primer and a corrector as they prep skin for makeup while correcting skin problems for a more flawless finish.
The formula is a creamy, moisturizing blend with a very subtle color pay off so you’re not going to be using these for any major issues. These merely corrector but do not perfect in my experience or cover.
MAC created four shades each of which addresses a specific problem. They were actually originally introduced to the Asian market and only included three shades I believe.
Each bottle is 1 oz in size but I find the size very generous for some reason as the needle nose applicator allows for just the right amount to be disturbed without getting a big gob of product on your fingers that you won’t end up using. However, at $30 they are probably an ickle high by MAC standards.
I received two of the four shades to try out. Neutralize is a butter yellow which is meant to calm a blotchy complexion or redness and Recharge is an orange beige shade which is meant for brightening up darker skin tones.
I can’t say that Neutralize did much of anything for me as I don’t have any redness to address. I did try it out of curiosity to see if it would even out my skin tone or brighten anything up but sadly, it seems to absorb super quickly without leaving anything behind aside from a nice hydrated finish. I thought the shade was an interesting choice as traditionally green primers are recommended to address redness so I’m curious how those with the problem will find this works.
Recharge is actually very interesting even though the color is very unflattering it seems to brighten up my dull, tired skin and created a nice soft focus on my face.
I do find the product a little too sheer and quick to absorb to really address any major issues but I’m curious to try out Adjust which promises to brighten and even out the complexion as this would be the shade most suited to my own tone I think.
It deserves to be mentioned that MAC added an SPF 35 in the mix. Interestingly enough this does not change the formula. SPF sometimes makes a formula greasy or too heavy but this remains lightweight, non-oily, and has just the right hydration without feeling heavy!
I find it very irritating you have to guess what these are for. I like to hunt and peck around my counter by myself but in the case of these you might find you need to ask an MA exactly what the product does and what shades address what issues since MAC fails to include a description on the boxes or bottles.
- Anyone looking for a correcting primer with a hydrating finish.
- Anyone who suffers from dullness, tired skin, redness, or those in need something to even out their skin tone.
- Those who currently use a corrector(s) as part of their daily regime and are interesting in checking out one from MAC.
- Those wanting a corrector with SPF.
- Those who expect major results (I find these are a little sheer and they absorb easily without leaving behind too much of a difference in skin).
I’m honestly unsure how I feel about the Fortified Skin Enhancers at this point. I love MAC for including correcting primers in their permanent range but speaking from experience with correctors these fall on the lower rung due to the subtly of the payoff of the product. I think a bit more pigment here would make these a winner as you’d visibly see the results but than again, on the up side, it’s nice these are so lightweight and work so easily with other base products. Another perk of the product is the SPF 35!
Will you be trying these when they release?
You’ll see the MAC Prep + Primer Fortified Skin Enhancer
This review contains a sample product sent for consideration by PR.
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