If there’s one thing my collection is not lacking, it’s lipsticks. You could name any imaginable lipstick colour and I bet you it’s somewhere in my drawers but somehow, there’s never enough. Brands keep coming out with ranges that make me look a little like the heart-eyed emoji and I keep on needing them in my life. The Burt’s Bees Lipsticks* were pretty much love at first sight when I spotted a pic of their packaging on Instagram, and as I kept hearing more and more incredible reviews I couldn’t say no. Today, I’ve got all fourteen shades swatched and reviewed for your viewing pleasure.
To start off with, the packaging is beautiful. Taller than your average lipstick tube and covered in a color-coordinated honeycomb pattern. The shade range covers all of your bases with ease – there’s a nude, pink, red or berry to suit anyone.
The formula is incredibly creamy and smooth to apply to the lips and maintains a healthy, subtle glossiness after application – it actually feels more like a tinted lip balm than a heavy, creamy lipstick. Each shade has a lovely pigmentation, staying true to that tinted lip balm feeling by being quite subtle to begin with – building to a more intense finish if desired. As with all Burt’s Bees products, they’re filled with 100% natural ingredients such as Beeswax, Raspberry Seed Oil & Moringa Oil to help hydrate and moisturise and I personally find that they’re quite lightweight and comfortable on the lips.
After a couple of hours wear, however, the formula tends to feel a little more present and a tad drying on the lips but I find this is easily fixed by either prepping with lip balm before applying or dabbing a little on over the top to extend the wear. Because the formula tends to remain glossy on the lips, the longevity obviously isn’t anything out of this world but I find that the quick blot-and-reapply trick can help.
The nudes in the range have been getting the most wear, no surprises, but it’s definitely worth noting just how extensive the range is – within each colour ‘family’ there’s a fairly wide variety to fit anyone’s preferences, I think.
500 Nile Nude – A light, beige nude.
501 Blush Basin* – A nude with a hint of pink. One of my favourites for every day.
502 Suede Splash* – A browner nude, deeper than Nile Nude.
510 Iced Iris* – A sheerer, light pink. This shade requires a little more building up than the others.
L to R: Nile Nude, Blush Basin, Suede Splash, Iced Iris.
511 Magenta Rush* – A true hot pink/magenta. Not sure this one quite works on my skin tone.
512 Fuchsia Flood* – A bright, blue-toned bubblegum pink. Also, a little too cool-toned for my skin.
514 Brimming Berry* – Similar to Magenta Rush but with a hint of berry to it. It applies a little lighter than I expected from the bullet.
515 Tulip Tide* – A similar colour and formula to Iced Iris – the same slightly sheerer pigmentation but a little more blue-toned.
L to R: Magenta Rush, Fuchsia Flood, Brimming Berry, Tulip Tide.
520 Scarlet Soaked* – Warm, candy apple red – super glossy and comfortable.
521 Ruby Ripple* – A very similar red to Scarlet Soaked but a little less warm-toned. This one just beats Scarlet Soaked for me.
523 Sunset Cruise* – A muted coral-peach shade – although not normally my cup of tea, this shade is suited to Springtime.
530 Lily Lake* – A beautiful cool-toned mauve, another one of my favourites.
531 Juniper Water* – A super vampy, purple-red-berry shade.
532 Russet River* – A beautiful oxblood-red-brown shade – not a shade that I see a lot at the drugstore but would be stunning in cooler weather.
L to R: Scarlet Soaked, Ruby Ripple, Sunset Cruise, Lily Lake, Juniper Water, Russet River.
The formula and finish of these lipsticks lead to really healthy-looking lips, which has been particularly useful for me in the cold weather that we’ve still got going on in Melbourne. The whole range has really gone above and beyond expectations for me – at last count, I found three of these hanging around in my handbag – so I definitely recommend giving them a go next time you spot a sale at your local Priceline.
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