Nourishing Priming Sprays – Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray vs MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ – In-depth Reviews and Ingredient Analyses

In a previous post I looked at the top two setting sprays, according to most beauty bloggers, and evaluated which one is the best.

If you missed that post check out: Showdown: Urban Decay All Nighter vs MAC Prep and Prime Fix+. Are They Both Setting Sprays and Which One is Best? In-depth Review and Ingredient Analyses

When beauty gurus talk about setting sprays they are most often referring to either the Urban Decay All Nighter or the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ but after my analysis I concluded that the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ is not a setting spray, as its name might already suggest. While the ingredients were very good, they wouldn’t offer you considerable or any makeup protection which is what a setting spray is primarily designed to do. Make you makeup last longer.

Since the product is actually good, just not used correctly a lot of the time, I thought that putting it against a product in its own category would be most appropriate.

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So without further ado, let’s find out which spray is better for nourishing and priming your skin. The Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray or the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ ? Which one is worth your time and money?

Let’s find out!

 

Here’s a summary, green background = positivered = negative, grey = equal/neutral. For all the details keep reading or jump to the category you are interested in.

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Colour and texture

Both products are sprays so there isn’t much to compare there.

However, there is one big difference in the quality of the mist. The size of the droplets in the Urban Decay spray is nicely small and even and your face will feel equally covered. The MAC one on the other hand, is a little uneven and it gives you the feeling that some parts of your face are more wet than others. This is also visually obvious if you spray both products in the air, in front of a black background.

Winner: The Urban Decay mist is more evenly distributed.

 

Smell

The Urban Decay spray has a subtle scent which is somewhere between floral meets perfume meets spray. It’s not the most attractive smell that absolutely everyone would like but it’s definitely not a bad one either. I personally found it very pleasant.

The MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ on the other hand, has a stronger (but still not too strong) scent which is a combination of a spray scent with a floral and lemon-like hint.

The MAC spray also comes in 3 scents: coconut, lavender and rose (plus the original). To keep the comparison direct, I’m using the original (not specially scented) one here.

Winner: Both sprays smell nice and it is down to personal preference as to which one you prefer. However, since the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ has more scent options it gives you more choices and chances to find a scent you like.

 

Price

The Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray retails for £24 for a bottle of 118mL whereas the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ retails for £19 for 100mL.

For 1mL of the B6 Vitamin spray you’d pay £0.20 whereas for the Fix+ you’d pay £0.19.

However, the Urban Decay spray will last you longer as the spray is more even and therefore, is better distributed. This means that you will need to use less to achieve the same coverage.

Winner: The MAC Fix+ is slightly cheaper.

 

Packaging

This is more often a looks based category but there are actually some practically interesting differences here.

Both sprays come with an outer packaging. The Urban Decay B6 Vitamin spray looks simple but elegant and well put together. A similar story applies to the MAC Fix+ too with the biggest difference being that the bottle is transparent whereas the Urban Decay one is a yellow-green colour.

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I personally really like the colour and how it immediately stands out  from other products but at the same time the fact that you can see through the MAC bottle and instantly know how much product you have left, is a massive advantage.

Both spray bottles are made from plastic but the MAC one is a little thicker and more durable. They both come with a pump, however, the Urban Decay one comes with an outer and inner plastic pump cap, which protects from accidental spraying whereas the MAC Fix+ comes with a twistable lock which stops the spray button from being pressed. They are very different practical and visual packaging solutions but overall the MAC one can be considered a little safer, as it is easier for the Urban Decay caps to be pushed off than it is for the MAC mechanism to be twisted open. This then makes the MAC spray a little safer for travelling (also more travel friendly due to less product contained – however, note that both sprays come in travel sizes too).

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Winner: The MAC Fix+ is slightly superior due to the locking mechanism that prevents from accidental spillage and the see through bottle allowing you to instantly know how much product you have left.

 

Practicality of use/user experience

Both sprays are very easy to use and the only deciding factor here is the size of the mist.  The Urban Decay mist is more even and lighter than the MAC one which gives a better coverage and finish.

The MAC can lead to over-spraying to achieve the desirable coverage everywhere and might even left you feeling that some parts of your face are considerably wetter than others.

Winner: Just for the mist evenness the Urban Decay is easier to use and gives a better user experience.

 

Skin compatibility

The brands do not specify this so assume that both sprays are compatible with all skin types.

I have oily skin and both worked well for me but the Urban Decay contains a couple of ingredients that could actually help absorb oils.

Winner: Equal. The Urban Decay is superior if you have oily skin.

 

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Other

The Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Spray is good for 6M and is vegan but the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ lasts for an amazing 24M. If you use these sprays as your everyday primer spray, you will easily use them both (and a couple more bottles) up before their expiration.

Here’s what Urban Decay says about the B6 Vitamin spray:

“Want to give your skin a quick hit of vitamin B6 and calm a multitude of sins? B6 Complexion Prep Spray preps, primes and balances the complexion while evening out skin tone, absorbing oil and reducing shine.
Spritz B6 Complexion Prep Spray on any time of day to hydrate, prep and soften your skin with vitamins and antioxidants. Use it in the morning to prep and “wake up” your skin, during the day to refresh your skin (without messing up your makeup), or at night before your treatment. Versatile enough for people of all ages and skin types, this energizing formula is great for your skin AND feels amazing. There’s no such thing as too much! (And vitamin B6 is so good for your skin, that you’ll want to use it all day long.)
Our formula (created in an exclusive partnership with Skindinavia) is so scientifically advanced, it contains the FIRST patented, stabilized form of topical vitamin B6. We loaded this spray with skin-nourishing ingredients. In addition to stabilized vitamin B6, this high-tech formula contains antioxidant vitamin E and exfoliating willow bark.

In a clinical study of B6 Complexion Prep Spray, after 8 weeks of use:*
• 81% of participants had a measurable reduction in oil and surface shine.
• 72% showed a visible improvement in the appearance of fine lines.
• 78% had more radiant, even-toned skin.
*Based on instrumental measurement and clinical grading in a 30-person study.

B6 Complexion Prep Spray comes in a sleek, soft-touch neon green bottle with a white sprayer and a frosted white cap. Like our setting sprays, the sprayer emits a calibrated, microfine mist that goes on so light, you’ll hardly feel it.”

 

Here’s what MAC says about the Prep and Prime Fix+:

“A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup.

Soothes and refreshes skin, hydrating, dermatologist tested, ophthalmologist tested, non-acnegenic.”

Which one enhances eyeshadows best?

Even though the MAC Fix+ is not a setting spray, many use it for enhancing eyeshadows as it does a very good job in making the colours more shiny and a little more intense. As a result, I thought it would only be fair to test the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin spray’s ability to enhance eyeshadows too but the results were not as good. It seemed to enhance the colour slightly but I believe that’s just due to the “colour being wet”.

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Winner: The MAC Fix+ has a longer lifetime and enhances eyeshadows a bit more.

 

 

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Results

Both sprays are both very good products, both primed my skin nicely and both contain some ingredient goodies. The winning difference is literally down to which one is the most nourishing for your skin so see the Ingredients section below.

Bear in mind that if you spray these over makeup, you are not necessarily giving your skin all the ingredient goodies they contain because we don’t know how far and if at all, those ingredients would penetrate the makeup to reach and be absorbed by the skin. As a result, if you want to take advantage of the skin nourishing ingredients of these sprays, use directly on clean skin.

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Ingredients

The Urban Decay B6 Vitamin spray contains 32 ingredients of which 23 can offer you some kind of skincare benefit (some more than others), 4 potential negatives and 7 irritants. The MAC Fix+ on the other hand, contains 15 ingredients of which 12 can offer you some skincare benefit, 2 are potential negatives and 7 irritants.

Of course, the Urban Decay contains more skincare goodies but with more ingredients often also come more potential negatives. More is not always better and the best spray for you highly depends on which ingredients you are missing from your other skincare products as well as which spray your skin tolerates better.

To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.

 

Ingredient positives for the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin spray:

  1. Aqua / Water – Water based formulation.
  2. Hydrolyzed Corn Starch – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in).
  3. Propanediol– Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
  4. Xylityl Phosphate – An anti-dandruff and deodorant.
  5. Salix Nigra Bark Extract / Willow Bark Extract – A skin protector and soother.
  6. Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate – Provides a cooling effect on the skin.
  7. Glycereth-5 lactate – A skin conditioner.
  8. Xylitol – A skin conditioner and humectant (=locks water in). It is thought to boost levels of hyaluronic acid and ceramides in the skin. Check out: Hyaluronic acid – the fountain of youth?
  9. Isononyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner that leaves a silky feeling on the skin.
  10. Ethylhexyl Isononanoate – A skin conditioner.
  11. Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate – There is speculation that this could provide a moisturising effect.
  12. Silica – An absorbent and anti-caking agent, good for oily skin. Can improve spreadability and help the product adhere to the skin. It can even prevent setting of the product.
  13. Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate – A skin conditioner. A form of vitamin B6. Can reduce oil production.
  14. Panthenol– Form of vitamin B5. A moisturiser and potential acne treatment.
  15. Ethylhexylglycerin – A weak preservative and skin conditioner that is often used in ointments for eczema.
  16. Tocopheryl Acetate – A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  17. Hydrolyzed Soy Protein – Skin conditioner, humectant, soother and anti-oxidant.
  18. Fructan – Skin conditioner and humectant.
  19. Caprylyl Glycol – Skin conditioner and anti-microbial agent.
  20. Butylene Glycol – Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin.
  21. Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder – Skin conditioner, locks moisture in (=humectant). Some consider it to have anti-flammatory properties and protects against UV-damage. This is not a sunscreen and you still need SPF. Some have reported it to stimulate collage production and therefore, reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
  22. Maltodextrin – A film former which can protect your makeup. Some studies suggest it might enhance the anti-ageing activity of weak acids.
  23. Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?

 

Ingredient positives for the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ Original:

  1. Water/Aqua/Eau– Water based formulation.
  2. Glycerin– Found naturally in the skin so can be seen as a skin replenishing ingredient. A skin conditioner that helps improve and smooth the appearance of skin. A good moisturiser that is almost always present in moisturising products.
  3. Butylene Glycol– Skin conditioner that can also prevent moisture loss from the skin.
  4. Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract– Skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
  5. Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract– An anti-oxidant and anti-flammatory.
  6. Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract– Also known as green tea extract. This ingredient has multiple benefits including: anti-oxidant, fragrance, skin conditioner, UV light absorber, anti-microbial, astringent, skin protecting, tonic and possibly helping the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin.
  7. Tocopheryl Acetate– A more stable form of vitamin E. A hero anti-oxidant molecule. A skin conditioner that also enhances the ability of sunscreens. Can help with inflammation. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
  8. Caffeine– A potent anti-oxidant, skin conditioner, that can wake up the skin and improve the appearance of puffy eyes. It can sooth and penetrate the skin and reduce redness. It slows down the process of photo-ageing.
  9. Panthenol– Form of vitamin B5. A moisturiser and potential acne treatment.
  10. Arginine– A natural aminoacid that can act as a skin conditioner and anti-oxidant.
  11. PPG-26-Buteth-26– A skin conditioner and fragrance ingredient. It has the ability to restore the appearance of dry, damaged skin by reducing flaking and improving suppleness.
  12. Disodium EDTA – Can enhance the penetration of other ingredients.

 

 

Ingredient negatives for the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin spray:

  1. Alcohol Denat. – There is evidence suggesting that low molecular alcohols (denat. or not) damage and dry the skin. This can in turn enhance the penetration of other compounds into the skin, although sometimes this might not be a negative. Additionally, since this product is a spray that is used over makeup, not all or any of this ingredient might actually reach the skin.
  2. Propanediol– Can hydrate the skin but is also used to increase the absorption of other ingredients.
  3. Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate – This compound provides a cooling effect on the skin. Any type of skin feeling like cooling, burning, itching etc could be a sign of skin damage.
  4. Parfum / Fragrance – This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin

 

Ingredient negatives for the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ Original:

  1. Fragrance (Parfum)– This ingredient represents an undisclosed mixture of compounds that give the product scent. There’re more than 3000 molecules that fall under this category and I personally do not like that there are some ingredients that are undisclosed and hidden under this general name. Fragrance also does not offer any skin care benefit, in fact there is some evidence that it can damage the skin.
  2. Disodium EDTA – Can enhance the penetration of other ingredients.

 

Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:

This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.

If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.

Check out: What is sensitive skin? What are the causes and what can we do?

The following compounds present in the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin spray have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Butylene Glycol, Parfum / Fragrance, Coconut Acid.

The following compounds present in the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ Original have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance (Parfum), Phenoxyethanol.

 

Full list of ingredients for the Urban Decay B6 Vitamin Infused Complexion Prep Priming Spray:

Ingredients (Ingrédients): Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Phenoxyethanol, Propanediol, Xylityl Phosphate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Salix Nigra Bark Extract / Willow Bark Extract, Menthyl Ethylamido Oxalate, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Xylitol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Silica, Pyridoxine Cyclic Phosphate, Panthenol, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Fructan, Phenylpropanol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum / Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Coconut Acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate.

 

Full list of ingredients for the MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ Original:

Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Caffeine, Panthenol, Arginine, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Fragrance (Parfum), Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol.

 

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Verdict

Both sprays contain a lot of ingredient goodies and your skin will benefit from both. Even though, the Urban Decay vitamin B6 spray contains more of them, is easier to use and will last you longer I wouldn’t necessarily say that I recommend it more than the MAC Fix+. Both products are good and which one you should use highly depends on which ingredients you are missing from your other skincare products.

These products might not be the most nourishing primers out there but they leave you with little excuse of not nourishing your skin, even when you don’t have time or can be bothered. They are so easy and fast to use and do not break the bank either!

It doesn’t happen often but I recommend both products.

 

I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
Beauty is a very personal thing, we all have different skin, requirements and biological build which can influence things. What worked for me might not work for you and vice versa. Have you ever tried these products? Did they work for you? Let me know your experiences below!

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