MAC is bloomin’ crazy about bright colors and bold makeup, but they do sometimes venture out of their comfort zone.
With the new 10-piece Baby Bloom collection, MAC showcases their nuanced side with five *very* sheer tinted moisturizers and lip balms.
It’s a low-key look for hot days when heavy face makeup is out.
MAC Studio Moisture Tint, $30
From left to right: Light, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark, Deep Dark
The five Studio Moisture Tint SPF 15 tinted moisturizers are new additions to MAC’s permanent line of foundations and replace MAC’s previous foray into the World of Tinted Moisturizers, Select Tint SPF 15 (now discontinued).
The old MAC Select Tints didn’t contain moisturizer — they were just tints — and when I’d wear ’em I’d have to apply some extra moisturizer beneath the color. By adding a moisturizer to the Studio Moisture Tints, MAC kinda lessens the need to use an additional product.
But the old tints were more pigmented than the new Studio Moisture Tints and came in a wider range of colors (including varieties in NC and NW shades. The new Studio Moisture Tints are *much*
more sheer sheerer than their predecessors, and MAC consolidated the colors into just five shades:
- Light: a soft pale beige
- Medium: a warm beige
- Medium Dark: a caramel beige
- Dark: a deep caramel
- Deep Dark: a rich golden bronze
I haven’t had much success with MAC foundations in the past (they give me breakouts), but I grabbed a tube of Medium Dark to try at home.
MAC Studio Moisture Tint in Medium Dark
No doubt, the color applies *super* sheer. I barely notice a change in my skin tone and can still see freckles around my nose. It produces a very subtle shift in skin tone, but it does what tinted moisturizers are designed to do.
My beloved Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer delivers more opaque coverage, but MAC Studio Moisture Tint should work well if your skin’s in fantastic shape and all you want is subtle evening.
For now I think it’s just okay, but it has potential. I haven’t used it long enough to see if it gives me breakouts, yet, but we shall see (fingers crossed!).
MAC Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm $15
From left to right: Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm in Moist Plum, Just a Smidge, Full of Grace, Lilt of Lily and Pink Tinge
Joining the Studio Moisture Tints in MAC Baby Bloom are five new limited edition Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balms ($15).
Swatches from left to right: Suntints SPF 20 Liquid Lip Balm in Moist Plum, Just a Smidge, Full of Grace, Lilt of Lily and Pink Tinge
I get the feeling MAC had sheer in mind with Baby Bloom, because like the Moisture Tints, the Suntints apply surprisingly sheer.
I’ve been wearing Lilt of Lily for a few days, and while I like the texture (non-sticky), light vanilla scent and the rich hydration, I keep wishing it had more pigmentation.
These lip tints may work wonders for some, but it’s hard to justify paying $15 for ’em when Neutrogena MoistureShine Lip Soothers cost about $6.
Kudos for branching out
I like that MAC’s willing to try new things with sheer looks, but I haven’t decided yet how I feel about Baby Bloom.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,