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.