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MintGlaze FX Moisturizing Lip Treat-Mint Primer with SPF 15
Rating
$22
Last Updated:03.08.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Not only does this tinted lip balm with sunscreen leave lips vulnerable to UVA rays (see More Info for details), it contains a high amount of peppermint oil, a known lip irritant. The minty tingle you feel is your lips telling you they’re being irritated, and regular use can incite inflammation that leads to collagen breakdown (and thinner lips). What a shame, because this is otherwise a very good lip balm that would take excellent care of dry, chapped lips!

Pros:

  • Emollient, smoothing texture to help ease dryness and prevent chapping.

Cons:

  • Expensive.
  • Sunscreen does not provide sufficient UVA (think anti-aging) protection.
  • Contains a high amount of peppermint oil, which irritates lips.

More Info:

This lip balm does not include the ingredients needed to shield your skin from the sun’s entire range of damaging UVA rays, which is essential for anti-aging benefits. The sun’s UVB rays are what cause sunburn, and the SPF number reflects the level of protection, but there is no rating for the sun’s silent, though more penetrating (and in many ways more damaging) UVA rays. Any SPF-rated product should contain one or more of the following UVA-protecting ingredients listed as “active” to ensure you are getting UVA protection: avobenzone, titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb (Sources: Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, December 2011, pages 81–90; Cosmetic Dermatology, Second Edition, Baumann, Leslie MD, McGraw Hill, 2009, pages 246–252; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, Supplement, 2009, pages 19–24; The Encyclopedia of Ultraviolet Filters, Shaath, Nadim A., Allured Publishing, 2007; and Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, and Photomedicine, October 2003, pages 242–253).

Claims

The sun-protecting balm helps maintain youthful-looking lips while adding shine.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Oxybenzone 2.5%. Inactive Ingredients: Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Polyglyceryl-2 Triisostearate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polyethylene, C 10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesteryl Hydroxystearate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Tribehenin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Silica, Tin Oxide.

May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Carmine, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Red 27 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake

Brand Overview

Cover FX At-A-Glance

Strengths: Broad range of foundation and concealer shades for those seeking moderate to full coverage; superior mineral powder foundation; good primer; most of the products are fragrance-free (but not all); very good brushes at an attractive price point.

Weaknesses: Lip balm/lipstick contains potential irritants; color range can be a little tricky for some of their products.

Co-founded by makeup artist Lee Graff and M.A.C. Cosmetic alumni’s, Cover FX is a Canadian company specializing in camouflage makeup, the area of concentration in which Graff has focused her career as a makeup artist. According to the company Web site, Graff’s dream “was to help men and women with skin conditions face the world with confidence by offering them makeup products with therapeutic benefits that would perfectly match their skin tone, be affordable, well tolerated by even the most sensitive skin, and achieve a perfectly natural, flawless effect.” Lofty goals, certainly! Cover FX manages to accomplish much of these with a line that has grown and been well curated over the years.

Many of the options within Cover FX offer medium to full coverage, but whenever serious camouflage is needed, there is a trade-off to accept that it won’t always look totally natural. To their credit, Cover FX's full coverage options look more natural on skin than many (and their expansive color options helps quite a bit).

If you don't need full coverage, there are several other products from Cover FX worth considering, from their Cream Concealer, Priming Serum to their Skin Tint, Custom Cover Drops and makeup brushes. This isn't a comprehensive makeup line (for example, you won't find eyeshadows, pencils, or mascara), but they are a cosmetics line that understands what it does best—and sticks with it.

Cover FX has an admirable goal in wanting to help people who have scars or discolorations face the world with their head held high. Without question, the right makeup can make a huge difference in such a person’s self-esteem, and as Cover FX has evolved over the years, they’ve launched impressive and unique formulas. There are a few that need work due to their use of potentially irritating ingredients—but fortunately, these are few and far between.

For more information about Cover FX, call (866) 424-3332 or visit www.coverfx.com.

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