MAC has added another notch in their multitasking belt with the addition of Beauty Balm to their Prep + Prime permanent collection ($30). The Beauty Balm is:
lightly tinted in a nearly sheer beige tone to work on an array of complexions, it creamily re-texturizes the skin and then goes on to excel at being a face primer with high everyday UVA/UVB SPF 35 defense.
Let’s examine those points in a Pros and Cons list…
• SPF 35 – that’s some serious sun protection! Normally that would be a con for me. No, not because I enjoy leathery skin. Because I hate the smell and feel of spf. I can only use products that sneak it in. This is just the trickster to do it. I detect it, but only slightly. The smell is mild, the coverage – very un-mask like. A huge plus for me!
• Describing it as creamy doesn’t seem creamy enough – I love how Beauty Balm feels. Light and blendable, it glides on to my skin and never feels heavy.
• Primer + tinted moisturizer = Beauty Balm – Primers are too oily for me nine times out of ten, so I skip them and miss out on their smoothing properties. I also only wear tinted moisturizer, but sometimes feel like it’s not quite enough coverage. And when I switch too foundation, it feels like too much. Beauty Balm is the baby bear of skin products; it’s just right! It blurs imperfections, creates a smooth surface and adds just a touch of color. I’m telling you, I’ve flipped for the formula!
• Limited color choice – despite claiming to “work on an array of complexions”, as you can see on my NC25 skin (which it is lightly blended into above), it’s pretty light. I can’t see it working on anyone darker then me. Beauty Balm should definitely come in a light, medium and dark tone choice.
• Only available online – a big con in my eyes for a skin product. I definitely want to shade match in person on a product like this (at least the first time, and especially for a “one shade fits most” item like this).
If you are on the lighter side of the skin tone chart, looking for a multitasker and are willing to take an online risk for what could be a possible Holy Grail skin item, I think Beauty Balm is worth the leap of faith.
Anyone try it yet? What did YOU think?
Stef is many things. Amongst them: co-editor of we heart this, graphic designer, Philly girl in the California desert, borderline hoarder and a hardcore beauty junkie.
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