There’s no doubt I’m a lipstick lover. Adding a powerful pout to an otherwise low key outfit can perk you up and help you to look ‘finished’, while a glide of an understated nude shade just helps to convey that feeling of effortless elegance. However, there is a downside to wearing a touch of lippie: my lips tend to become dry, uncomfortable and unable to take more than a second layer of colour. Last week I wore a fabulous Kat Von D number in a statement red shade, but after a few hours the colour had bled and my lips were feeling dryer than the dessert during a heatwave; what looks great when you step out the door doesn’t always keep feeling fab when you just want to go about your business. Burt’s Bees have always been a brand I’ve had a lot of love for (and probably the brand I’m most loyal to, simply because their lipbalms are in every pocket, drawer and handbag in my life) because their formulations are full of goodness while ensuring such a comfortable finish. They’ve dabbled in colour before with the launch of their lip crayons (which I loved and wrote about here,) but this springtime they’re taking that one step further with the launch of full on lipsticks in 18 covetable shades – all of which provide fabulous pigment and a super comfortable finish.
Housed in cute bee-inspired packaging, these bullets provide full coverage and vibrant colour with up to eight hours of colour (although I’d like to find anyone that’s able to make their lipsticks last for eight hours – maybe they don’t talk or eat for a full day?!) Like the rest of the Burt’s Bees range, these are 100% natural (but not organic) and are bursting with tasty ingredients including beeswax, Vitamin E, Moringa and Raspberry Seed Oils to help condition your lips all day long. What you will notice when you apply these is that they feel like a beautiful nourishing balm, not a drying lipstick; they glide over lips with ease to deposit a beautiful colour result in shades that range from the perfect pink and nudes, to the bold berry tones and classic reds.
I have noticed that with the darker and more statement shades it’s worth buffing your lips throroughly to remove any dry skin, as for some reason the formula can clump around dry patches and look a bit inconsistent; similarly, it’s worth applying the darker tones with a lip brush rather than straight from the bullet, as they can appear a bit patchy. Although the packaging for me does cheapen the overall look and feel of the lipsticks, it is made of 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled after use too… So I suppose that outweighs the need for something super premium and aesthetically pleasing. It still does the job, and I love the little coloured honeycomb holes, but I would have liked just a touch more material to make it feel a bit sturdier.
For £9.99 they’re a great little buy and one I know I’ll be reaching for a lot when I want my colour to last without getting the fear that re-applying will dry out my lips for days. Well done Burt, you’ve created another great addition to your ever expanding lip portfolio!
The Burt’s Bees lipsticks are available now in 18 shades, priced £9.99 each.