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A beach-bound essential. Protects lips against sun, wind and salt in summer’s softest tint with luscious liquid shine. Packaged in blue and white stripes, it’s a match to everything Hey, Sailor!
This review is for the 3 limited-edition Suntints Liquid Lip Balms releasing with MAC’s upcoming Hey, Sailor! Collection. This post includes photographs and swatches of the following colors:
- Sea Mist: Peachy nude with multidimensional pearl
- Rose Au: Poppy pink with gold pearl
- Abalone: See through hot pink with no pearl
These lip balms come in opaque plastic squeeze-tubes decorated with blue nautical stripes. They also come with slanted applicators.
Sea Mist technically has a peach tone to it, but it’s essentially a clear gloss with a few dispersed shimmers.
Rose Au is a transparent peachy-pink. Again, the color is so sheer that it appears almost clear with gold shimmers (more than Sea Mist has).
Abalone is a sheer hot pink and does not have any shimmers. It tints the lips pink eeeever-so-slightly.
These balms give almost no color to the lips and you practically can’t tell the difference between the 3 colors once they are applied. Normally, this would be a big strike against the product. But since these are specifically marketed as soft-tinted balms, the lack of color is to be expected.
Two things make Suntints great: (1) they have absolutely no stickiness to them and (2) they provide sun protection to your lips. It’s nice to have a lip product that doesn’t feel tacky. More importantly, you should always protect your skin (including the skin on your lips) from sun damage. Though this is true every day (rain or shine), it’s especially true during the Summer, when you’re more likely to be outside while it’s sunny. An SPF of 20 is great for everyday sun protection.
Ease of Use: 9.5/10
These balms are super smooth and are easy to apply because their lack of color makes precise application unnecessary.
Suntints contain 0.34 fl oz of product and cost $16.00 each. MAC Lip Conditioners give you 0.5 fl oz and cost $14.50 each. The extra dollar cost is from the limited-edition packaging.