MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm Review & Swatches

MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm are available in five shades for a limited time with the new MAC Apres Collection for Spring 2013. This is an exciting release for MAC as these balms are a new product. Yes, you might want to liken them to Suntints but believe me they are their own product.

Take a look!

MAC Mineralize Tinted Lip Balm are $19.50 each and weight in at 0.33 oz. The price is disappointing considering Suntints are the same size and were $15.50 each I believe.

I don’t feel like these are similiar to Suntints in the least. Suntints have more of a Lipglass-like tackiness where as these have a smooth, gel-like feel with no tacky or sticky feel or finish.

I love the texture. They have a super shiny finish with a lighter feel on lips. The texture can be likened to a balm slash lipgloss hybrid. They keep lips pleasantly hydrated through the wear with a glossy finish that doesn’t quit. The texture is very similiar to MAC’s Lip Conditioner in the old tub packaging or even The Body Shop’s Lip Balm. The smooth texture allows the balm to glide onto lips easily.

Did I mention how much I love these?

After trying out two shades I instantly wanted to pick up the remaining three. But I’m reconsidering.

They have a problem.


Oh MAC how I wish you made them true to color. Unfortunately both shades I tried looked identical on my lips. They have a transparent finish with very little color pay off. A mere hint of tint that’s not very visible unless you’re REALLY looking closely. Sad, sad sigh!

I tried out Pure & Tender which is a dusky golden pink and Slightly Nude which is a golden coral. Neither showed very much color on my lips. If you’re lucky enough to have paler lips they might show through with some tint. But pigmented lips might find it difficult to detect any color at all.

I’m still deciding if I want to skip the other shades or just go ahead and indulge in the hopes they have better pigment. But I think I might just stick with these two.

Slightly Nude and Pure & Tender

Overall, GREAT formula! Just wish there was a bit more tint to them….! All in all a most excellent lip balm that provides a glossy finish and hydration. It’s the lack of pigment that disappoints. They missed the Muse Approval mark by only a tiny bit…


Def worth indulging in a shade or two just don’t go too crazy as it appears they will all look the same on lips no matter the color(s) you choose.


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  • 12/27/12 0:47 Ivy:

    Hi muse, I love love love your blog and all but I wish you could sheer out your lip swatches in the future :) because they’re so thick, the color looks exactly like it is in the tube–even though, As you said, it’s so sheer that it’s nearly transparent :( a sheer swatch would be great since we wear thin coats of gloss on our lips, not super thick ones 😉 just a thought!


  • 12/27/12 1:49 Marilyn @ Lipgloss and Spandex:

    Aw, I’m really bummed that they aren’t very pigmented! Especially at that price. They look so pretty though.


  • 12/27/12 8:53 Danii:

    What is up with all the glitterized boxes? It’s pretty but so random. I like the packaging and yay for not really seeing glitter in the swatches (maybe faintly). Sucks there’s no pigment!


  • 12/27/12 13:18 KLee:

    I know they get a lot of flack, but I love me some Suntints! I’ve been hoarding them at my local CCO. Anyway, I bought the Mineralize Lip Balm in what I thought was the “darkest” color – Rosy Romance. It hasn’t come in yet…and i haven’t seen swatches out online yet – but I’m HOPINGGG that it’s not as translucent as the other shades seem to be.

    As always, thanks for your review and swatches Muse! That was fast!


    • 12/27/12 13:25 the Muse:

      klee update me, I wanted it, but was scared to splurge as I thought it would look the same as these :-/ my pleasure!!!!!!!! sorry they weren’t up sooner, I got busy with the Holidays! 😀


  • 12/27/12 13:34 KLee:

    My order won’t be here until Jan 2nd :( But I’ll come back and update when I have my grubby little hands on it!


    • 12/27/12 13:36 the Muse:

      can’t wait to hear! don’t worry *pats your back* that’s around the corner!


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