At first glance the Bare Minerals balms certainly look the part, especially when compared to the basic and rather outdated packs of their Max Factor counterparts. However, in the spirit of 'do it like a dupe' week - it's all about what's inside that counts. Both balms apply easily to leave a rich texture on the surface of lips with a comparable amount of pigment; there's hardly any difference between the two and you could easilymix and match without realising which brand you were picking up. The Max Factor version is a little smaller and the tip a little more precise, meaning it's a bit more practical for on-the-go and easier to apply in a hurry, but the Bare Minerals bullets are still suited to applying effortlessly.
I personally find the Bare Minerals formula needs re-applying more regularly as it's a touch lighter on the lips and doesn't hydrate over a long period of time, which considering it's almost double the price of the alternative it's a little disappointing. However, the Max Factor balm does have more of a tendency to melt - so you do need to be careful if you're out on a warm sunny day, or intend on taking one of these on holiday! In all honesty there's very little to separate these two fabulous products other than the packs and their price points. If you want to indulge and know you'll get a lot of use out the product, then absolutely pick up a Pop Of Passion - however, if you'd rather spend that extra £7.00 on a cocktail then the Max Factor Intensifying Lip Balm is more than a sufficient summer treat.
Which would you pick up - the luxe version, or the cheaper alternative?
The Bare Minerals 'Pop Of Passion' balms are priced £16.00, and the MaxFactor 'Intensifying Lip Balm' are priced £8.99 each.
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