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Battle of the Lip Exfoliators: MAC vs Leaf and Rusher

Pretty lips are healthy lips, but most people deal with the occasional bout of chapped lips. When Chapstick isn't enough to smooth your lips, they simply need good exfoliation. You can use a warm, damp washcloth to scrub away dry skin, but when you're away from home, turn to a lip exfoliator to get rid of the flakies. I've compared two of my favorites, MAC Prep + Prime Microfine Lip Refinisher and Leaf and Rusher Tx Lips. To compare and contrast (and to see which one is a favorite in the Jolie-Pitt household),


Prep + Prime Tx Lips Advantage
Scent MAC's signature vanilla scent Nothing strong; vaguely sugary. MAC, no contest.
Best for Exfoliating and conditioning dry lips before lipstick application, or as a balm on its own. An overnight treatment for parched, flaky lips. MAC
Odd but true Resembles the Sears Tower. Brad Pitt's a fan. Leaf and Rusher. Love ya, Chicago, but... it's Brad Pitt.
Pluses Swivel packaging creates no-mess application. A little bit goes a long way. It's a draw. MAC's packaging is neater, but Tx Lips lasts forever.
Drawbacks Leaves little black bits on your lips, which makes it look like you've just devoured a top-soil sandwich. Leaves sticky sugar particles on your fingers, necessitating paw wipeage. Leaf and Rusher. At least sugar crystals are clear.
Results Prep + Prime leaves lips smooth, plump, and silky. Tx Lips exfoliates the worst of the flaky lips, but it's not as moisturizing. MAC.
Price $14.50 $21 MAC, obviously.
Join The Conversation
Frzkey Frzkey 8 years
I've had chronic chapped lips all my life and NEVER heard of lip exfoliators before. A tooth brush is fine - when you're at home - but completely useless in the middle of the day in your office building surrounded by curious coworkers or right before an important presentation or interview! Now if anyone has a solution for that gunky line of lip balm I sometimes get from my lip balms I'd be eternally grateful.
lilsimon76 lilsimon76 8 years
I luvvv my LEaf and Rushner Lip exfol.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 9 years
I use one of Everyday Minerals and it is great.
kahribar kahribar 9 years
Gee I must have missed this earlier in the week! I am going to try the smashbox one as it is 15 percent off everything on monday with free shipping then next time I will try the MAC one as they are becoming my new fav.
Mintie Mintie 9 years
Petroleum content concerns me. I wonder which, if either, is petroleum free.
lovealways lovealways 9 years
I don't really like lip exfoliators in tubes. I had Tarte's FRXtion, which worked well, but when I pushed harder on it the product came out of the packaging! I use CO Bigelow's lip exfoliater when like a charm.
chiquita29 chiquita29 9 years
How funny, I read about this product in a magazine a couple of days ago (the MAC one, never heard of the other). I'm waiting to get one of those free shipping emails to order one.
Glosslizard Glosslizard 9 years
How does the MAC Prep & Prime compare to Tarte's FRXtion?
nals33 nals33 9 years
I will be heading to the MAC counter next time I'm at the mall. :)
divapupgirl divapupgirl 9 years
personally i like smashbox's exfoliator..
emalove emalove 9 years
I like the C.O. Bigelow lip exfoliator...comes in a tube like the MenthaShine glosses and it works really well. A lot cheaper than both of these too!
soulight soulight 9 years
I agree with tinywhale, but only because I bought a lip exfoliater from Sally henson and it was so heinous that I decided to give it up and go old school.
bellaressa bellaressa 9 years
I use to utilize a towel. I received a free sample of Philosophy Kiss Me and it does wonders.
tinywhale tinywhale 9 years
I simply prefere the old trick with the wet toothbrush... it works perfectly, does not cost anything and you always have your toothbrush with you anyway.
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 9 years
i use a lip exfoliator called Lip Scuff... I love the stuff... Makes my lips super soft. Since I have full lips I take pride in them b/c I know they will be seen..
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
You can never go wrong with MAC. :D
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