Two Brands, Two Budgets: Bare Minerals 'Pop Of Passion' Vs MaxFactor 'Intensifying Lip Balm'

Tinted lip balms were one of the best things ever invented; a hint of a tint, partnered with a rich and creamy texture that helps to hydrate lips while adding a touch of shine, is just what I need come the summer season. I probably have more tinted lip balms in my collection than non-tinted formulas, simply because they bridge effortlessly between the need to soothe lips and the need to add a touch of colour. Although there are hundreds of different formulas, textures, tones and packs available on the high street, these two brands have outdone themselves to create a lightweight finish that still packs a punch. Bare Minerals have launched their Pop Of Passion (£16.00) in seven different shades, while MaxFactor Intensifying Lip Balm (£8.99) includes nine different tones of varying intensity within the collection. Considering one is half the price of the other, how did they stand up when they were put head-to-head?

At first glance the Bare Minerals balms certainly look the part, especially when compared to the basic and rather outdated packs of their Max Factor counterparts.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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  1. I had a Max Factor one in a bright pink shade and loved it so much it's now empty & in the bin! I fancy trying that orange one next but I have the Clarins version in Orange so I don't know! X

  2. I would definitely go for the Max Factor ones, I just don't have the budget right now to go for the Bare Minerals ones ;) I love tinted lip balms too, they are just perfectly lightweight for summer and really no fuss, which I appreciate :)

  3. I need to pick up one of the max factor ones!

    Philippa - ByPhilippa

  4. I haven't tried the Bare Minerals Pop of Passion balms but I love the Max Factor ones! Bit of a strange smell but they give a lovely tint to the lips!
    Danielle's Beauty Blog

  5. Both products look so pretty, I love tinted lip balms for Summer!

    Sara - She Who Is Short

  6. The Max Factor ones look like a great dupe but I prefer the colours of the Bare Minerals ones :)

    Amy | Lilac Lemon

  7. I have some of the Maxfactor ones and they are amazing! x
    Emma | Emmys Beauty Cave

  8. The MUA ones are also good and are only £2 (I did a review of them on my blog). Personally I do like more luxurious products sometimes (I think that applies to everyone) but I think you can get a similar effect from a cheaper brand as far as tinted balms go. Em x

  9. I'm definitely going to give the Maxfactor lip balms a go, although I definitely agree that they need a hand in the packaging department!

    Stephanie xxx

  10. I wouldn't of expected these from Bare Minerals, but I do love the Max Factor ones!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

  11. Think i like the bare minerals shades instead =]


  12. I was actually looking for a product like these on Sunday. I remember carmex doing some a few years ago. Will be trying out the max factor ones now. Thanks. M xx

  13. The bare minerals ones look very pigmented and creamy compared to the max factor ones. But I think I'd still go for the dupe for what they are.
    prettymadthings.blogspot.co.uk / / x


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