For the sake of keeping things cozy, let's talk about a brand that I feel is cozy and warm - Burt's Bees. I always feel like I have something good on my skin when it's Burt's Bees. I am an almost religious follower of Burt's Bees Peppermint Lip Balm having used it for more than 10 years now so when, in April of this year, Burt's Bees announced that actual lipsticks were being added, I wasn't completely sold on whether I would love them as much as the lip balms. I had set the bar so high in my mind.
Coming in 14 satin finish shades, the Burt's Bees Lipsticks ($9.99 CDN) are made with beeswax, moringa oil, raspberry oil and vitamin E to comfortably and naturally moisturize lips. When I took my first good look at the packaging, I thought it looked quite chic considering it was made of 50% #5 recyclable plastic!
Upon opening the cap, my only gripe was that the lipstick tip sticks out even when wound to the bottom so you have to be careful with nicking the tip. The lipstick tube is also quite long so winding up the bullet is actually slower than what you are used to. It is such a funny thing to notice, but when it comes to winding up a lipstick, it's not my first time!
|OMG - Switch Brimming Berry and Scarlet Soaked! I goofed!|
I was expecting these lipsticks to have similar pigmentation to the Burt's Bees Lip Shimmers with just a slight hint of colour, but I was quite wrong! They are wonderfully pigmented - like real lipsticks! They still lean towards the balmy side in terms of texture, but could be classified as a "moisturizing lipstick".
Fuchsia Flood #512* was easy to wear with its perfect tones of mauve-pink. It was a little lighter than I thought it would be, but still perfectly wearable even with my summer tan.
Scarlet Soaked #520* was one of the more dramatic shades which was nice to see in a normally laid back brand like Burt's Bees. To think that you could finish off a romantic date night look with a Burt's Bees lipstick!
Brimming Berry #514* would have been the first shade I picked had I seen a swatch first because in the bullet, it looked so much darker than on my lips! This was my favourite shade of the three as purples such as this one are always what I gravitate towards.
Final verdict: These were surprisingly pigmented! They don't have the longevity of some of my other lipsticks as eating, drinking and regular wear really took a toll on the colour. I started to notice fading around the 2 hour mark. If you are someone that would prefer something more natural in feeling and ingredients, but with better colour payout than just a lip balm, give these Burt's Bees lipsticks a try!
Burt's Bees Lipsticks are available at all mass drugstores.