Thursday, March 24th, 2011

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters Preview

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters ($23.00 for 0.12 fl. oz.) is a new and permanent product that will release in-stores on April 7th. There are three shades: Bright Forecast (mid-tone peachy coral), Light Boost (soft yellow cream), and Radiant Rose (light shell pink). They come in a twist-up, pen-type applicator. These highlighters are designed to provide a “sheer wash of color to highlight, brighten, and perfect.” Since it is a new product, I can’t review it without actually testing it — so I ask for your patience while I spend the next day or two testing out the wear.  Please hold all questions until I’ve had a chance to actually test these out!

For now, here are swatches…

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters
MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters

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53 thoughts on “MAC Prep + Prime Highlighters Preview Swatches

  1. Émilie

    Seriously, last night I’d dreamed about a dupe of “Touche éclat” from YSL… and now my dream comes true :D (I know, this dream sucks but hey, it’s now reality with this highlighter !)

    • cloudburst

      That’s funny! I was wondering the same thing – if these are MAC’s version of Touche Eclat. I hope they can function that way.

    • Just today I finally picked up By Terry’s Expert Touch pen – Which is her CURRENT version of Touche Eclat (a product she created herself when she was with YSL). I’m eager to test these as well to see how they compare to the two products but at first use, I like the By Terry product. It’s not quite the same… It’s more matte finish, smoother, less runny and more pigmented (though it comes in fewer shades than the YSL product).

  2. Cindy v

    I know you haven’t had a chance to review them yet, but would you be able to see how they act as concealers around the eye area?? The colors look pretty!!!

  3. I think Radiant Rose will look really nice with my cool skin tone. I can’t wait to see what you think!

  4. Nina

    that last one you swatched is lovely! thanks and have fun testing!

  5. Stephanie

    WOW, it seems like every brand is releasing a new highlighter. How to choose!

  6. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of sara Sara

    can’t wait for these to be released! I love the Touche éclat and def love to have a dupe from MAC

  7. How do these compare to the old Studio Lights?

  8. snm

    I always love the products from Prep and prime line and I really have high expectations from these:) recently I thought that every brand has those pen shaped illuminators(which I have never tried to this day lol) and there comes my fav brand too:) I can’t wait for your reviews Christine,though I have already decided to love them:)

  9. Edelmc

    Years ago mac brought out something similar to this called studio lights. Does anybody else remember them? They weren’t that great so fingers crossed that thesemight be better

  10. Debbie

    looking forward to your review =), my eyelids for some unknown reason are slightly darker than the rest of my skin tone and its very noticeable when I don’t wear e/s or concealer which can be drying, hope these are the answer to my problems!

  11. Stephanie

    I’d love to get the Bright Forecast for my NC44 skin! I think it’d work wonders on the medium-deep to deep skintones!

  12. Adrienne

    Which one would look best on nc20?

  13. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Arantza Arantzazu

    I know you are testing them right now, but I would like to ask you what do you think about the peachy one for the dark circles, used as a color-corrector.
    Don’t know… It’s just a suggestion on the trying of these new products =)

    • Hachiko

      I had this thought as well. I know you said they’re sheer, but perhaps you could try taking pictures of it as a corrector for your review, with and without concealer on top?

  14. Amanda Enn

    Wow, I’m so excited for this product! I can’t wait for your reviews!

  15. Amanda Enn

    how exactly would you use these?

  16. Diana

    this looks like a poor version of dior’s skinflash.

  17. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kelsey Kelsey

    Very excited to read your review, although I don’t think I’ll purchase.

  18. Oooh loving the look of these already!

  19. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kayvid Kayvid

    Definitely got my eye on the peachy one…not sure of how to use it though…LOL!

  20. Sarah

    Christine, do you think the “bright forecast”(peach one on the top) would work as a apricot/peach blush on light skin??? Thanks !

  21. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Kayvid Kayvid

    Also the very light pink one seems like a very good potential under-eye brightener to use before the concealor…

  22. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Emily emily

    cant wait to see a review.. hey christine if possible could you do a tutorial on how to use them.

    thanks xx

  23. Cristina

    After you try them, please let us know if the pink one it´s similiar to strobe cream!, tx!

  24. Devangi

    Can any of these be compared to Benefit High Beam or are they too matte to provide that dewy glow?

  25. Luna

    I know this has nothing to do here, but have you picked a winner yet for the MUFE giveaway?

    • Yes, I picked a winner and the winner confirmed last night – I announced it on Twitter! :) I’ve been doing MAC stuff all day long so I haven’t had time to catch up on anything else.

  26. Svetlana

    YSL Touche Eclat copy cat lol. I love Touche Eclat and MAC is a cheaper brand than YSL so I really hope this works :))

  27. ashley

    THANKS FOR THIS CHRISTINE!!!!!!!!!

  28. Dana

    It’s about time Mac came out with this. They are a little late on the Touche Eclat knock-off bandwagon… better late then never :)

  29. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of traci Traci

    I can’t wait for the review!!
    I’m eager to hear how they compare with MAC’s studio moisture concealer, which I looove

  30. Emily

    OMG MAC MAKES SOMETHING LIGHT YELLOW?! *buys 10*

  31. Jazz

    Wait how many collections is Mac gonna release in one day ? This is overkill Mac. We don’t need multiple collections in one day – give Christine and other bloggers a break please

    • Three — Primed for Perfection & Bronze Everyday are smaller launches (the latter with a lot of permanent products) and all products are permanent, then Quite Cute, which is not that large of a collection (decent-sized for sure, but it could be worse, ha!).

  32. Pamela S.

    ill def hold off till i see your full review and grading. but i usually cant use highlighters as i have very oily acne prone skin and im already one big highlight LOL.

  33. Debbie

    This looks very similar to boots no 7 radiant glow concealer which is awesome

  34. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Cristine yang

    it’s already available here in korea

  35. Vale

    Love the pink one!

  36. Vvn

    I love the idea of these product.. but I don’t want to pay about £15 for what is essentially less than 5ml of product.. :( saddening!

  37. tawny

    this is the most excited i’ve been about a new mac product in a long time. i really love these types of products especially the pale one. looking forward to your review.

  38. joanna

    would it be crease proof? i really need something other than UDPP!

  39. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Romina romina

    when is this review coming out?

  40. Sarah M

    I remember MAC brought out these kind of highlighter pens years ago. They were an absoolute staple in my kit, until they were sadly discontinued. I hope these are just as good, if not better than the original.

  41. Hopefully we get to see the review today :) I am so excited lol. And I don’t think its that big of a deal them coming out with 3 collections in one day, seen as how 2 of them aren’t very big. The Radiant Rose is so pretty. And so is Light Boost. Cant wait!