MAC Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30, Loose Powder and Powder Compact – Swatches and Review
Spring is here, and all the fresh, colorful beauty that’s been hidden away all winter is about to burst out of the barren wasteland. I’m not talking about our yards (although tulips and daffodils are suddenly shooting up from my flowerbeds). It’s the hibernating glow of our complexions that are about to undergo springtime renewal.
The MAC Prep + Prime Colour Correct collection enhances and perfects our skin tones in every imaginable way, virtually erasing flaws and imparting a glow that even nature can’t create alone.
MAC’s new and expanded array of color correcting products comes in four colors, each available in three formulas – cream, loose powder and pressed powder:
Adjust (light, neutral peachy beige) – illuminates lighter skin tones with a subtle, radiant glow
Illuminate (pale lavender) – for sallow complexions, creates pink tones and minimizes dull yellow undertones
Neutralize (pale yellow) – the opposite of Illuminates, this erases pink or red tones and helps conceal bruises and discoloration
Recharge (bronzy orange apricot) – brightens up darker skin tones, and covers any blue undertones in the skin, like veins, blue-toned bruising and shadows
Each formula is sheer and buildable for delicate layers of color correction. I tested all three in a range of shades.
As a longtime user of MAC’s Prep + Prime Fortified Skin Enhancer, I was very curious about the Prep + Prime CC Colour Correcting SPF 30. Except for the text on the tube, the packaging is identical, and the color range is exactly the same. Was MAC just jumping on the CC bandwagon while giving us the same old (admittedly wonderful) product?
I compared the two side by side in both Adjust and Illuminate, and the answer is a resounding no. Although the cream is similar in its tone-correcting coverage, the new CC Colour Correct is creamier and more concentrated.
Like its predecessor, the cream is packaged in a generously sized, handy tube with a precise needle-nosed tip. The sheer, buildable coverage blurs or erases imperfections, makes pores disappear, and adds light hydration and sun protection, too. The two colors I tested were equally effective for my NC20 skin.
Adjust, with its peach tones, brightens my pale skin without being heavy or obvious, and smoothes away fine lines and dark spots. It works well as a primer under foundation, but almost eliminates the need for it. Illuminate, the powerful pale lavender, reverses the yellow undertones that can make my skin look washed out and dull. The name is perfect, because just a touch is an instant illuminator and brightener.
The powders add another sheer dimension of perfection by smoothing the appearance of lines while correcting skin tone. I tested Adjust and Neutralize and these velvety powders are finely milled and reduce shine all day.
Like the creamy primer, Adjust brightens up my skin tone in a way that looks natural even in bright sunlight. I tried Neutralize loose powder on a day when my face was chapped and red, and was impressed with the instant improvement in the appearance of my skin tone. Neutralize is a must-have for anyone trying to minimize red or pink tones in the complexion.
The same powder is also offered in a handy compact. Here MAC takes all the benefits of the loose powder, and packages it in a super portable compact with a mirror for on-the-go touch ups. These shades are crafted so that each one is workable on every skin tone and I tried Recharge.
The warm apricot color of Recharge is designed to brighten up darker complexions, and sadly was too dark for me as an all over color. However, it does give a natural glow on paler skin like mine, and is great for faking sun-kissed cheeks. In either form, the Colour Correcting powders make the skin look luminous and smooth – almost airbrushed.
Overall, I was very pleased (and so was my skin) with the latest from MAC. With four powerful colors in three formulations, the Colour Correct collection helps your skin bloom into its most beautiful state of perfection.
Readers – Has MAC helped your skin get ready to greet the spring?
photos: we heart this, swatches shown on NC25/30 skin tone
Melissa loves road trips, bargain shopping, drive-in movies, lip gloss and rock ‘n’ roll. She lives in Baltimore with her two precious pups; Zeus and Bellarina.
skin tone: NC25
skin type: dry to normal
favorite beauty product: skincare