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MAC Prep + Prime Skin Refined Zone Treatment Review

MAC Skin Refined Zone Treatment

While the rest of the country is enjoying fantastic, amazing spring weather, here in So Cal things haven’t been quite so nice. We hit the triple digits this week, and with the AC in my hospital on the fritz (I’m basically living there this month, hence, the lack of posts), you can bet that my area was absurdly hot. It was hot and sticky and there was no relief in site. By noon each day I was a shiny mess and no amount of blotting paper (I love those Clean & Clear ones) or powder would help.

So, I dug through my box of recently received items (yes, a perk of the blog, I have way too much stuff around here, but not helpful when you move into a new place and have boxes and boxes of stuff you need to try out and write about…). Anyways, I’m getting off track. I looked through my box of tricks and found this recently released product from Mac. I also have the powder from this collection around here somewhere, but I seem to have misplaced it in my move across town. Hopefully I’ll find it soon and report back. In the meantime, I’m loving this primer!

It’s a milky white liquid that you apply under foundation. Be careful to apply it after your moisturizer is dry, otherwise they seem to kind of glom together, which makes it difficult to properly blend your foundation resulting in a not so great look. So, a light layer of this on the t-zone once your moisturizer is completely absorbed. It does dry pretty fast, about 60-90 seconds. You can’t see or feel the product on your face, and if applied after your moisturizer is absorbed you’ll be able to blend your foundation as usual.

The reason to do this? Matte skin. While I wasn’t perfectly matte during this heat, this product did definitely keep me matte for most of the day, and I was only slightly shiny at the end of the day. Considering the crazy heat and how shiny everyone else was, this product was a huge success!

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  1. 4.25.09
    Jasmin said:

    Oohh.. I want to try that..

  2. 4.27.09

    Great to know – thanks! I’ll certainly have to try this out – we’ve been having a heat wave where I live, too!

  3. 4.28.09
    mai said:

    Love mac makeup. Sounds like it works pretty well. I will have to pick it up!

  4. 4.29.09
    Tammy said:

    Sounds like a great product to try! How does it compare to other primers, such as Smashbox Photo Finish primer? I don’t typically buy MAC as I think it’s overrated but I’d be willing to invest in this if it controls shine and works well as a primer!

  5. 4.30.09
    justme said:

    i kinda like this product too. its my go to primer. when i dont let it dry all the way it makes my foundation ball and clump in some areas. i havent had luck with it over my foundation, then it really messes up unless i use a 109 brush (gives me the best results both ways)