What? Limited edition, no longer in production? Say it ain’t so, Joe.
Alas. Joe says it is, in fact, so. Joe also says, though, that you can still get these products at your local CCO, Amazon, or (sometimes) on eBay (watch for scams). And there seems to be a lot of pom-pom-waving for MAC bringing this product back, which is understandable because They Are Awesome.
Whereas the Korres lip butters are clearly a lip care product first and a lip color enhancer second, these are a glamour product first and a lip conditioner second — but you would never know it from the lip-feel. In the top photo, the pink shade is Sweet and Nice, and the coppery shade is Deep Sigh. These look deeply pigmented in the container but go on (with a brush, preferably) smooth, glossy, and sheer. There is a little bit of shimmer in the coloration of the product, but there’s absolutely no glitter on the lips. Very sophisticated. The lip-feel is luscious, the formula lasts for several hours, and, when worn over bare lips, it wears off without any crustiness, dryness, or blotchy color. They’re also SPF 12, which is a nice perk, and even though they’re called “balms” they’re as glossy as any tube gloss. They are smooth and totally un-sticky.
I <heart> these so much I can hardly stand it.
Only disadvantage: they’re heavy in my purse. I know — if that’s all I’ve got to complain about, it must be a pretty darned good product, right? Well, OK, I can find something else to complain about. They’re heavy in my purse because the glass base is unnecessarily large and weighty, which also (not coincidentally) has the effect of making you think there’s more product in the container than there actually is, and you know that deceptive packaging drives me nuts.
These glosses last a couple of hours on the lips; if you were just going out and smiling at people, you’d probably get five hours out of one. (That’s Sweet and Nice I’m wearing there, by the way, over bare lips.) However, if you teach or are otherwise talking all the time, it will wear off more quickly, but that’s OK. Like other MAC lip products, there is a slight vanilla/fruity scent to the product, but it’s quite subtle.
MAC Tendertone Lip Balms: I hardly know what price to assign this product, since reseller prices change all the time, but it’s currently $11.95 on Amazon.
Provenance: Purchased (via CCO).
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Good, I think. Because of the way the glass base refracts light, it’s hard to tell the actual size of the pot of gloss inside the container. If it turns out that I run out after having only had them for two weeks, I shall be revising this estimation tout de suite.
Purchase again? You bet your bottom dollar.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Let us know in the comments!)