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Guest review by Khushboo (Skin tone : NC30-35, Skin type : Combination)

Product description : A pen style highlighter that efficiently brings a soft, sheer wash of colour to the skin. With its precision application, it adds radiance just where you want it. Goes on smoothly for cushion-soft wear. Use over make-up for highlights, touch-ups or under makeup to brighten and prime. Provides instant radiance, light weight, long wearing, non-drying, dermatologist tested, non-acnegenic, ophthalmologist tested.

Shades : Available in four shades: Bright forecast (mid tone peachy coral), Radiant rose (light shell pink), Light boost (soft yellow cream), Peach luster (bronzy orange). I have the shade light boost.

Ingredient list : Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polydecene, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Dimethicone, Hexylene Glycol, Diglycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 isostrearate, Nylon-12, Hexyl laureth-7, Dosodium Edta, Phenoxyethenol, Potassium sodium.

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My experience with MAC Prep+Prime Highlighter in the shade Light Boost

Highlighters have been around in the makeup industry for years, but now it has become like a craze. Highlighting-contouring and strobing are seen everywhere. I have combination skin, I always prefer a glow on my face and I really don’t like matte foundations. I was hunting for a good highlighter which can make the face bright and add some glow. Finally I decided to buy this highlighter pen from MAC, I knew I would never be disappointed by this brand.

Packaging : It comes in opaque, black, pen like packaging. One needs to twist the bottom of pen to get the product out. It has in-built brush as an applicator. The cap shuts tightly and it is very travel friendly.

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Shade : The shade is light yellow in colour, which suits light-medium skin tone ladies with yellow undertone very well.

Formula : The highlighter is liquid-y and very silky in texture. It blends easily and smoothly, but it might cling to dry patches if skin is not well moisturized before. I recommend using a good eye-cream and moisturizer underneath even for oily skinned ladies. It is meant to bounce light and make the face bright and flawless. For this purpose it contains light reflecting particles and very tiny shimmer particles. The shimmer is not harsh and isn’t visible on the skin once it has blended.

Application : I use it on the high points of the face e.g. under the eyes in the form inverted triangle, on the forehead, bridge of the nose, top of cheek bone, cupid bow & on the chin and blend it with help of a beauty blender or fingers. As an under eye brightener this highlighter cannot be used alone. As it has sheer coverage, concealer is a must for dark circles and the highlighter is used over it to brighten and lift the area. For other areas it can be used alone.

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Finish/effect : The effect it provides is just mind blowing. I am highly impressed. It gives a beautifully brightened face, without being glittery/shimmery. When you are tired or your face looks dull, just a few strokes of this highlighter will give the face ‘A Life’. As in pictures below with and without flash, one can clearly see how it bounces back the light. It will never give those horrible flashbacks, so don’t be worried. It hides dullness and any imperfections. Please note that the swatches are heavy and my hands are more tanned than my face. The product doesn’t emphasize pores and fine lines. It doesn’t make the face oily either.

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Lasting power : It lasts for 7-8 hours with base makeup, afterwards it starts to fade evenly.

 

Pros

  • Sturdy travel friendly packaging.
  • Highlighter has a silky texture and blends like a dream.
  • Available in many different shades that suit a wide variety of skin tones.
  • Makes the face bright, glow-y and flawless.
  • Doesn’t settle into fine lines or emphasizes the pores.
  • Doesn’t make the skin oily.
  • No breakouts.
  • Does what it claims, worth every penny.
  • Long lasting.

Cons

  • May cling to dry patches if skin is not moisturized.

 

Verdict : A+

Price : $26.00 for 3.6ml

Recommendation :Highly highly recommended for light to medium skin tones. If you haven’t tried yet, just go and grab it. I am definitely going to repurchase this.

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