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Burt’s Bees have launched a new line of lipsticks. I’ve never had much luck with “natural” lipsticks – the ones I’ve tried don’t glide on well and end up patchy, or have poor pigmentation, or some other issue – but these are surprisingly nice!
Burt’s Bees Lipstick Swatches
There are 14 shades available – I tried 7 of them:
- Nile Nude – pale caramel nude
- Blush Basin – light dusty rose
- Tulip Tide – pastel lilac
- Fuchsia Flood – rose pink
- Scarlet Soaked – deep bright red
- Juniper Water – plum
- Russet River – maroon
There’s also Sunset Cruise (orange-rose), Iced Iris (pale warm pink), Suede Splash (caramel brown), Lily Lake (purple-toned pink), Magenta Rush (magenta pink), Brimming Berry (berry pink) and Ruby Ripple (dark red).
They all have a glossy lip balm-like finish.
Ingredients: Diheptyl Succinate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Capryloyl Glycerin/Sebacic Acid Copolymer, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Candelilla Cera (Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, C12-18 Acid Triglyceride, Lanolin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Cera Carnauba (Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax), Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Sorbitan Tristearate, Glyceryl Caprylate, Aroma (Flavor), Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lauroyl Lysine, Citric Acid, Linalool. May Contain [+/-]: Mica, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 75470 (Carmine), CI 77491/CI 77492/CI 77499 (Iron Oxides)
What I liked about Burt’s Bees Lipsticks
Moisturising – These lipsticks are super moisturising. I’ve seen some reviews call them lip balms with more colour, which is exactly how they feel. Even after a few hours of wear, my lips still feel hydrated.
Apply smoothly – Unlike a lot of other natural lipsticks I’ve tried, these glide on smoothly with even colour after a few swipes. More natural brands should try to rip off this formula, because it’s the best natural formula I’ve tried!
Deep colour – The pigmentation is surprisingly good. Both the light and dark shades go on opaque without much difficulty.
What I didn’t like about Burt’s Bees Lipsticks
Fades unevenly – Unfortunately, the colour wears off unevenly, probably due to how hydrating they are. Even pressing my lips together is enough to make it start going patchy.
No lasting power – These come off super quick – an hour or two max, less if you’re eating or drinking anything. Combined with the uneven fading, you’ll want to carry around a mirror and lipstick for touchups.
Unwieldy packaging – I’m not a huge fan of the packaging. It’s lightweight plastic which feels a bit flimsy, and the tube feels a bit too long, especially when the actual lipstick bullet is the standard 3 cm long (the 9 cm tube is 3 times the length of the actual lipstick!). The hexagon honeycomb motif is cute though, and there are handy almost-true-to-colour plastic embellishments and a shade sticker on the outside of the container.
Scaremongering marketing – Burt’s Bees have this little factoid on their site:
Your skin is a sponge. Plain and simple, your skin is your largest organ, and what you put on it gets absorbed into your body. In fact, studies show that 60% of the ingredients get absorbed into your body.
Which is BS. Any introductory physiology textbook (or even Wikipedia) will tell you that skin’s main function is as a barrier, very little can get through it unless it’s compromised, and there are zero studies backing up this 60% absorption claim – no one ever has links to these so-called “studies”! I’ve seen this claim from many “natural” companies, and it honestly kind of worries me. If these companies don’t understand really fundamental skin physiology (or won’t Google for 5 minutes), how can we trust them to understand skin enough to make products that work…?
I liked these lipsticks more than I expected. I particularly liked the deeper colours – my favourites are Scarlet Soaked, Juniper Water and Blush Basin. The need for reapplication is a bit of a pain though. I’ve been wearing these on days when my lips need a bit of a break from drying lipsticks, but I still want to wear colour.
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