I get asked on an almost daily basis which foundations and concealers are the best for pale skin tones, and this series is going to explore all different types of products from varying brands and at all price levels which will hopefully help you to make a decision on which foundation and concealer is right for you!
In universal skin tone terms.. I'm an NC15 in Mac. However, Mac isn't really doing it for me at the moment, so i'm on the hunt for a replacement that will be the perfect foundation for My Pale Skin.
Packaging: The Mac Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm comes in a sparkly plastic tube which a screw on lid. The lid is made out of standard Mac matte black plastic ... the material that no matter how much I try, I can't seem to get away from. The packaging doesn't really have the wow factor, but it is functional.
Coverage: The product gives a light coverage, it can be built up to a certain extent, but if you're looking for a product that will fully cover blemishes without the need for a concealer, this is likely not the product for you.
Colour: The Mac Prep + Prime BB Beauty Balm in Extra Light is on the warmer side of the pale spectrum as it has a slightly beige/pink undertone to it, make sure you check it in daylight if you have yellow or cool undertoned skin.
Finish: This product gives a luminous dewy finish that naturally blends into the skin without looking heavy. It enhances the skin, and I find that on my pale skin it gives it more life and stops it looking dull.
Final Verdict: I wasn't sure what to make of this product at first as it's so different to anything i'm used to wearing. The Mac Prep + Prime offers a similar amount of coverage to a tinted moisturiser, and is the perfect product for hot summer days as it offers 35spf. It's light, easy to apply and the finish is natural enough to look like you aren't wearing anything at all. However, if you're looking for a product which will cover blemishes or dark circles then you may be disappointed with this one as you will need to pair it with a full coverage concealer to mask any problem areas.
In regards to colour, i'm pleased to report that it has PASSED the pale test, although if you have cool toned skin, make sure you check it in daylight for peace of mind. The one major downside with this product I do have to warn about is that if you get it in your eyes - it stings like crazy! So make sure you take your time when applying near the eye area. Quite a few times I had to bathe my eyes after getting a bit happy with the foundation brush... I do think this product is worth a shot if you're prepared to stump up the £24.00 and if you're on the fence, ask for a sample to try it out before you buy!
As Always, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this foundation or what you'd like me to try next, let me know in the comments.