MAC Prep for Colour Collection was launched on April 8th, 2010. It is a relatively small release that has 3 eyeshadows, one tinted lipglass, MAC Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum, and MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50. There's not a particular focus on one area like Art Supplies where it's mostly targeted for the eyes and lips. For those of us who are MAC addicts, this is a definite breather from the never ending collections MAC has been releasing. It also gives us time to save up for the next big release, Pret a Papier and To the Beach.
MAC Prep + Prime Face Protect SPF 50 is 30 ml / 1 fl. oz and retails for $30USD and is part of the permanent collection. The primer is used to help prep the skin into a smooth canvas before applying foundation. The good thing about this product is that it's not sticky, light-weight, and does not leave a white cast post application.
MAC Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum is 30 ml / 1 fl. oz and retails for $40USD. This is a new product from MAC targeted to help brighten skin and create an even complexion. The serum is a light liquid that sinks in immediately after application. Unlike most serums, it doesn't have a strange smell or leave behind a sticky film. I can't vouch for the brightening effect just yet but so far I have a really good impression of this product.
Hey is a Veluxe Pearl formula and shows up as a warm beige with shimmer. This is a good highlighting color and is similar but not the same as All That Glitters. It is less yellow /gold than Ricepaper and has more shimmer than Vanilla or Vapour.
Prepped for Glamour is a dirty medium brown. This reminds me of a more brown version of Satin Taupe. This will make a nice crease or mid lid color but not a definite must have.
Sorcery is a reddish brown that came out with the Devil May Dare Warm Eye Shadows Palette in 2009. This color takes a bit of work to show up and is not as smooth as Hey or Prepped for Glamour. It doesn't really have much shimmer either and swatches more like a matte formula.
Just Add Colour is a bright fuchsia pink that shows up nearly red on me. I am reminded of Magnetique lipglass from A Rose Romance Collection. Just Add Colour is not frosty as Magnetique and doesn't have too much shimmer. This color will photograph beautifully and is a great introduction color to spring. Like all MAC lipglasses, it has a pleasant vanilla scent that is not overpowering.
Overall it's a small and sweet collection as a follow up to Art Supplies. If you are new to the brand, this is a good introduction to MAC's neutral colors and skin care. If you are a MAC addict/collector like I am, most of the colors here are dupable from the permanent line. I was not blown away by any of the colors but am definitely intrigued by the brightening serum.
What are your thoughts on Prep for Colour?