Monday, February 6th, 2012

MAC Hot 'n' Saucy Tendertone
MAC Hot ‘n’ Saucy Tendertone

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In the collection, there are four limited edition shades of MAC Tendertone Lip Balm ($15.00 for 0.20 fl. oz.), which are: Hot ‘n’ Saucy (soft cherry red), Hush, Hush (sheer gold with yellow gold pearl), Purring (sheer tangerine with pearl), and Tread Gently (soft lime green with yellow pearl).

  • Hot ‘n’ Saucy is a watermelon pink once applied. It looks cherry red in the pot, but when it’s applied, it really just provides lips with a tint of red. Hourglass Primal looks similar when applied. Urban Decay Red Light is a bit similar but settles into lines more.
  • Hush, Hush is a golden beige with gold shimmer. There’s no real color, but it adds champagne and gold shimmer and a glossy sheen. A warm sheer gloss will provide similar color, so there are lots of dupes.
  • Purring is a sheer tangerine orange. I have no idea why MAC Described this as having pearl, because it doesn’t appear to have any shimmer–it has the same shimmer-less look as Hot ‘n’ Saucy. On my lips, it adds warmth and gives them a peach tint. MAC Kumquat looks a bit similar but more pigmented and it has orange-gold shimmer.
  • Tread Gently is a sheer green-shimmered balm. Like Hush, Hush, there’s no real color, just pastel green shimmer. I think the only shade that’s really going to be similar that I can think of is MAC Spring Bean, which may be a little more yellowing.

Tendertones have SPF 12 and are supposed to combine the glossiness of a gloss with the moisture of a lip balm. MAC describes their scent as “strawberry-kiwi.” It’s very, very sweet, and a little too synthetic for me, but it’s a sweet, fruit-based scent. The texture is like a gel-like balm that glides across lips easily and smoothes out if you press your lips together. It’s non-sticky, and these wore for three hours or less on me. I tried wearing some of these to bed, but they didn’t wear long enough so I woke up with slightly parched lips. They feel good when they’re applied, and they aren’t drying; they’re hydrating while they’re on but don’t seem to have prolonged benefits from the past few days I’ve been testing them.

I’m not a big fan of lip balms that are packaged in pots–it’s better than a dysfunctional squeeze-tube that splits in your pocket–but application on-the-go is more difficult. This is a product I’d only use at home, where I could use a clean spatula or brush to take the product out and then apply it. It’s housed in a glass jar with a screw-top lid (very much like Paint Pots).

I’ve been holding off on this review, because I really wanted to give this product a few days of testing, since it’s not a formula I’ve used in years. The way I review products today is ten-fold better than I did before; the process is much more systematic and technical. They’re good, and if they were in a tube, they’d be something I’d consider using more often. Lip balm is a tough category to crack with me–it’s hard for me to get enthused about a lip balm that’s good, or even really good, because I’ve found a holy grail lip balm that keeps beating out the products I try.

One thing I do really like about these is that they’re really comfortable to wear, are moisturizing for the time they’re on and maybe a wee bit after it wears away, and they provide a little extra oomph, whether it’s a tint of color or a hint of shimmer. They’re a good, solid product.  I’ll reach for something else when I want my lips to be totally hydrated and pillow-soft, but when I want a little extra color or shimmer, I’ll definitely keep it in mind.

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MAC Shop MAC, Cook MAC Tendertones Review, Photos, Swatches

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One thing I do really like about these is that they're really comfortable to wear, are moisturizing for the time they're on and maybe a wee bit after it wears away, and they provide a little extra oomph, whether it's a tint of color or a hint of shimmer. They're a good, solid product. I'll reach for something else when I want my lips to be totally hydrated and pillow-soft, but when I want a little extra color or shimmer, I'll definitely keep it in mind.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

4/5

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Thursday, July 14th, 2011

YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick
YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick

YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick

YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy ($30.00 for 0.14 oz.) is, first and foremost, a balm. I say this to help set expectations, because for all of the fancy packaging, it is a lip balm, which means sheer color (YSL describes the color as “a sheer veil of brilliant color”). It is also described as lightweight with ingredients that will keep “lips feeling soft and hydrated for up to eight hours.” Juicy Grapefruit is clear when I wear it. It’s described as a “sheer, fresh baby pink” but it’s a glossy shine and not much else. I would expect to see more color in some of the darker shades in the range, but I haven’t tried them personally. Like other lip products in YSL’s line-up, these are mango-scented.

This product was a total miss for me–I was curious to see how it would work out, and the real point of these is something that’s moisturizing (and perhaps, lightly tinted), but it’s not moisturizing at all. I would apply this, and I would feel the need to reapply after an hour, because it would disappear in that time. I applied it before bed, and my lips felt chapped when I woke up. I don’t have high maintenance lips at all, but these made me feel like the queen of thirsty lips. I would actually describe this as drying, because after an hour of wearing this, all I wanted (and needed!) was more balm.  I tried using this and nothing but this for three days, and after those three days, my lips were on the verge of making a run for it.

It has a really emollient base, common to YSL’s Volupte line-up, and it glides on effortlessly, because it’s really creamy (without being thick or opaque). It feels nice on, and it doesn’t feel drying initially.  The packaging, too, is just like the Rouge Voluptes but with different coloring, and my favorite part has always been the filigree of YSL logo that wraps around the middle (but it will hold fingerprints). It’s always nice when a high-end brand uses high-end packaging to complement their product line. These were the only high points of this product–this was one of the more disappointing products I’ve tried in the past few months.

Remember, I can only review based on my personal experience with a product–if this formula worked for you, by all means, enjoy it for the both of us! :)  I’ve seen plenty of positive reviews on this product, but I didn’t experience it myself, unfortunately!

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YSL Juicy Grapefruit (03) Volupte Sheer Candy Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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If you purchase, make sure there is a return policy! This wasn't moisturizing, needed constant reapplication, and always left my lips feeling more parched than the time before.

Product

4/10

Pigmentation

5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

2/10

Application

3/5

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Friday, May 6th, 2011

MAC Surf Baby Suntints
MAC Surf Baby Suntints

MAC Surf Baby: Suntint Lip Balms

MAC Surf Baby Suntint SPF 20 Lip Balms ($15.50 for 0.33 oz.) include three shades: Full of Grace (soft sheer rose), Lilt of Lily (soft creamy pale pink), and Pink Tinge (clean bright yellow pink with gold pearl).

  • Full of Grace is a sheer watermelon pink.
  • Lilt of Lily is a sheer, milky pink-lilac shimmered with iridescent pink.
  • Pink Tinge is a sheer, yellow-based pink with gold shimmer.

These are lip balms, and they’re designed to be sheer–this is exactly what they are: tinted lip balm. If you have naturally pigmented lips, these will add mostly gloss for you. Those with paler natural lips may find that Full of Grace deposits some color. Lilt of Lily has the least amount of color, while Pink Tinge has the most shimmer. Earlier today, I was actually lamenting doing lip swatches for these, because they’re so similar when worn, and ironically, I didn’t do lip swatches when these first launched (back in 2009 with Baby Blooms) for the same reason!

We’re on that border again; it’s expected to be sheer, but at what point is sheer too close to clear and therefore unpigmented? Full of Grace enhances my natural lip color by making it pinker and rosier, so it seems near our target. Lilt of Lily does a little but to a lesser extent. Pink Tinge adds shimmer and makes my lips look a little lighter than normal, and the sheerness is closer to Lilt of Lily but there is a little more here. It seems like pigmentation is where it should be for Full of Grace (like 9/10), while Lilt of Lily is lacking (5/10), and Pink Tinge falls somewhere between there (7/10), which averages out to around 7.

Suntints have a thicker, jelly-ish consistency and feel a little like gel lips. They’re sticky (less so than Lipglass), and they have a light vanilla scent to them. I get only two to three hours of wear with these as a lip balm, but they are somewhat moisturizing. They seem to do a good job of locking in moisture, but I don’t feel like they add much to lips, because once it’s gone, so are most of the moisturizing benefits. The Suntints come in squeeze-tube packaging, and each tube holds a surprising amount of product (0.33 oz.).

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MAC Surf Baby Suntint Lip Balms Swatches, Photos, Reviews

C
I don't think these are moisturizing enough to make for a gotta have it kind of product. For anyone who longs for Tendertones, these are definitely not a reincarnation of them.

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6.5/10

Pigmentation

7/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

7/10

Application

4/5

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Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

Sara Happ The Lip Slip
Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Sara Happ The Lip Slip

Sara Happ The Lip Slip ($24.00 for 0.5 oz.) is an ultra rich potted lip balm that will wear as the day is long. Quite possibly one of the longest wearing balms I’ve come across, but also the stickiest product I have ever tried. It has a smooth, glide-on texture, but it is so very tacky. If you thought MAC Lipglass was tacky, you’re in for a surprise. The stickiness inevitably has a hand in how well and long this wears (overnight). Though it looks pink in the jar, it’s colorless with very faint micro-shimmer (that is more reflective than noticeable). Lip Slip smells like roses but doesn’t have a taste.

The outer packaging is adorable, and the bow is certainly a nice touch, but I don’t think the actual potted balm is as decadent as the outer packaging. It’s just a plastic screw-top jar that feels a little clunky when you screw it on. At $24, I would expect more elevated packaging–not just a pretty box.

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Sara Happ The Lip Slip Review, Photos, Swatches

B+
As moisturizing as this balm is, the stickiness is too much for me. It works tremendously well but to me, the texture is too sticky, too thick. It's a pain to remove from cups, and I don't really like how my lips stick together every time I open my mouth to talk to someone. As a night time treatment, it is a lot more maneuverable, but I couldn't wear this during the day.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

7/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

3/5

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Saturday, December 18th, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale Lipsticks
MAC Calm Mode Tinted Lip Conditioner

MAC Cham-Pale: Lip Conditioners

MAC Lip Conditioners SPF15 + Lavender ($14.50 for 0.5 oz.) are potted lip balms and new and limited edition with Cham-Pale.  There is one that is tinted, Calm Mode, which MAC describes as a “light neutral beige,” while the other is colorless.  I actually found it more of a soft neutral pink than a beige–very much my-lips-but-better kind of a shade.   Well, maybe not for me, as it’s a little light, so it can look obvious and milky on my lips in particular, but it’s that type of a pink; subtle, rosy, easy to wear.  It is incredibly similar to last year’s Feelin’ Good.

The lip conditioners had a very light scent to them – vanilla and something, but I couldn’t detect any lavender to it (my nose is by no means a superior sniffer, though).  The scent of these is nothing like Fix+ Lavender (good news for me!).  Even though the formula is nice enough–smooth, moisturizing, comfortable–potted balms aren’t as sanitary as I’d like.  For me, lip balm is something I carry around in my purse or pocket, that I probably reapply a couple of times a day as needed.  With a potted lip balm, you need to be sure to use only clean fingers or else a lip brush.  I also wish these lasted longer, as I feel like they disappear within an hour or two.

I will also caution you about the tube versions of MAC’s Lip Conditioner (not promoted in this launch), as the caps easily come off in my bag.  I was constantly finding mine un-capped, rolling around in who-knows-what at the bottom of my bag, and it was just gross.  I’ll keep this at my desk or on my night stand, but it’s not travel-friendly enough for me to use regularly.  (Plus, Jack Black’s lip balms work better for my lips!)

MAC Cham-Pale Collection is a limited edition launch (official information and photos here) that is set to launch in-stores on December 26th in North American, January 2011 for international MAC locations. The approximate launch date for online is December 24th. It features color products as well as a few skincare items.

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  • Product: 26/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 3/5

RECOMMENDATION: I like the color of Calm Mode, and if you find your lips need a lil’ extra pink to make them look alive, you might consider grabbing a pot of it.

AVAILABILITY: MAC Cosmetics on December 26th (U.S. stores), January 2011 (International)

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Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Jack Black Lip Balm Trio
Jack Black Lip Balm Trio

Quick Review: Jack Black Lip Balm Trio

Jack Black It’s the Balm Lip Balm Trio ($19.50 for 0.75 oz.) includes three full-sized flavors of Jack Black’s Intense Therapy Lip Balm. Two of the three flavors are limited edition (at present) — when I inquired as to whether they would be made permanent, the brand indicated that it would see what customers’ response was. It’s a terrific stocking stuffer and an overall good deal, as individually sold versions are $7 a pop ($21 for 3).

I’m a huge fan of this lip balm.  I have one in every room, my purse, my car… you name it.  I think there are three on my nightstand, actually!  Super moisturizing, comfortable to wear, and lasts for hours.

  • Natural Mint is minty-fresh with a slight tingle (but nothing burning or uncomfortable in the least). After much trialing, I think Natural Mint is my personal favorite.
  • Black Tea & Blackberry is a sweetened berry-scented balm with a slight sweetness to taste.
  • Grapefruit & Ginger smells like grapefruit; not overly sweet, strong citrus notes, and it even tastes a bit like grapefruit.

Please see my full review of Jack Black Intense Therapy Lip Balm.

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  • Product: 30/30
  • Value: 10/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: Yes, yes, yes!  I recommend these to everybody who wears lip balm!

AVAILABILITY: Nordstrom