My Accidental New Favorite Product

So... I made a mistake. Ebates was having a random 12% cash back day at Macy's last week, so I figured it would be a good time to pick up a primer. I'm completely in love with Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Primer (Sephora $30), and if you're on the hunt for a great product that does wonders smoothing out imperfections, that's your guy.

I always like experimenting with new brands, though, so I figured I would make use of the high cash back from Macy's and pick up a new primer from MAC, since they sell it there. I've always heard good things about their primers, so bing bam boom, I typed in MAC primer, and ordered it. I was probably half watching tv, half eating a snack, blah blah.

A few days later, I tore into my box and was super excited to try it out...until I went to use the pump nozzle and it sprayed out like water. I was all like whhuuuuut. Then I actually looked at what the dang thing was named and it said MAC Prep + Prime Fix. ($22)

I immediately went to the Googlers to look up what this stuff exactly was, and I'll admit I was disappointed at first. The ingredients pretty much say it's water infused with some minerals (green tea, chamomile, cucumber). I thought I just paid $22 for a glorified bottle of Poland Springs.

BUTTT. Then I started reading some reviews from some makeup bloggers who seemed to love this stuff, so I decided to give it a shot instead of ship it back for a traditional gel or lotion primer. I'm so glad I did.

This has quickly become one of my go-to products in my arsenal that I use every day. After I'm done washing my face and lightly moisturizing, I spray it all over. You have to hold it away from your face, though, because the nozzle is kind of intense.

It's instantly really soothing, and gives a hydrated and fresh feel right away. Before it dries, I apply my liquid foundation with a damp beauty blender, and blend it all in.

Then, I gently apply my Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) to my under-eye area, spray just a bit of this stuff directly onto the tip of my beauty blender, and stipple the concealer into that delicate eye area. The Prep + Prime helps the area stay smooth, and also helps set the makeup.

When I'm all done with my makeup and everything is set with translucent powder (Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder for the eye area), I do one more final spritzing all over my face again. It somehow just makes everything sit so well on my face, and look hydrated and not cakey at all. It leaves my skin slightly dewy, but not shiny. Just a nice, natural finish.

I also take it with me for random spritzes during the day, if I feel like I need a little mist here or there for some hydration or to refresh my makeup without putting a heavy setting spray on.

Another awesome use? For helping with loose shimmer eyeshadows. I spray a bit onto the tip of my brush before dipping into the shadow, and you get a much more intense pigmented look with less fallout. Jyeah!

**NOTE** This is not a setting-spray. If you are looking for something that will make your makeup not move an inch for hours, you're better off with the heavier Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray ($30)

To wrap this up, I'm really glad I accidentally bought this stuff, because it's definitely not something I would have normally purchased. Who knows, maybe I'll start blindfolding myself and clicking on random products on the Sephora website. Might just end up with something I love! Cheers Xx


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