Release Date: December 26, 2012
Availability: MAC Stores & Online
A liquid lip balm that adds moisture while providing the right pop of color and mirror-like shine. Enriched with a special, nourishing 77 Mineral-Rich Complex. Can be worn alone or over other Lip products.
This review is for the five (5) limited-edition Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms releasing with MAC’s Apres Chic Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Pure & Tender: Plumy creamy nude
- Slightly Nude: Nudey coral with subtle pink pearlized pigments
- Nice & Simple: Bronzy gold with multi-dimensional pearlized pigments
- Rosy Romance: Bluish plum with subtle pink pearlized pigments
- Stay Warm!: Creamy light pink
MAC’s Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms come in narrow, clear, plastic squeeze tubes. The caps twist off to reveal a plastic, slanted applicator.
Stay Warm! is a light, soft pink that has gold pearlized pigments in the tube, but looks like a clear balm on the lips.
Slightly Nude is a light, brown-based orange shade that has gold pearlized pigments in the tube. It deepens my lip color slightly. The shimmer particles don’t translate once the balm is applied.
Pure & Tender is a dirty pink shade that looks nearly clear on my lips, but gives a whisper of pink without any shimmer.
Nice & Simple is a shimmering gold shade. This is the only shade where the shimmer particles are noticeable on the lips. The color also imparts gold pigment onto the lips, so be sure to blend out the color evenly over the lips. Otherwise, you get gold streaks on the skin.
Rosy Romance is a translucent rose color. The shimmer particles, again, don’t translate onto the skin. This is the most noticeable shade of the five colors.
The formula for MAC’s Mineralize Tinted Lip Balms is very emollient. The gloss has body to it without being sticky. Your lips will stay soft and moisturized for as long as the balm is sitting on top of the skin, and for about an hour after the gloss has worn off.
The colors, except for Rosy Romance, are very sheer. And, unfortunately, the shimmer you see in the tube doesn’t show up on the skin, except for with Nice & Simple. All the colors leave a shiny surface to the lips. On my lips, these last two (2) to three (3) hours before wearing off.
Ease of Use: 9.25/10
The slanted applicator isn’t the best for creating precise application, but the colors for these balms is sheer enough that precise application isn’t necessary.
These balms cost $19.50 and contain 10 ml (0.33 fl oz) of product. MAC’s Clear Lipglass costs $15.00 and contains 15 ml of product.