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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review & Swatchfest: Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Glosses


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Glosses

Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish Stick was the first skin care product I ever used. It was a long-time fixture in my pre-teen and teenage beauty regimen, so I was full of nostalgia and intrigue when a few of Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Glosses landed on my swatching table. They've been in the color cosmetics biz long since I graduated from my blemish stick, yet I hadn't ventured beyond their Lip Shimmer prior to now. What a mistake that was!

The line of 100% Natural Lip Glosses is made with sunflower oil - a lip smoothing ingredient that keeps your pout hydrated. With it, and a few other ingredients, the formula of this gloss stays put for a relatively long period of time (about 1.5 - 2 hours without eating or drinking) before I need to reapply, but it lacks the super-sticky that so many glosses have. As a result, it doesn't offer a ton of slip when blotting my lips, but it's not at all uncomfortable, and it definitely delivers on the hydration the sunflower oil promises!

Of the 12 shades within the line, I've tried 7 and feel I have a good idea for how both light and pigmented shades function.

  • Evening Glow is a sheer warm-toned medium red with small gold shimmer. 
  • Autumn Haze is a sheer light champagne with gold shimmer.
  • Fall Foliage is only slightly darker than Autumn Haze in the tube, but nearly identical on the lips.
  • Ruby Moon is a sheer berry gloss with very faint gold shimmer.
  • Ocean Sunrise is a sheer light dusty rose with soft pink shimmer.
  • Nearly Dusk is a sheer medium mauve with subtle light purple shimmer.
  • Starry Night is a sheer deep purple wine.

The darker shades, like Starry Night, Evening Glow, and Ruby Moon, have a tendency to wear slightly unevenly when piled on for maximum pigmentation (seen in the swatches below), but I attribute that to user error. All look beautiful as light, but pigmented washes of color on the lips. Unlike some pigmented glosses, these don't leave unevenly stained lips behind once they are worn off!

While none of the glosses in this line have a scent that I can detect, they have a taste that is sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. I want to say it tastes like honey, but it's so subtle that I can't quite put my finger on it.

Despite carrying a drugstore price tag ($9), the packaging of these feels nice and sturdy and come with a doe foot applicator. Those who hate getting massive amounts of product on the wand at once will love these. Just a small amount comes out and doesn't leave a ton of excess product on the rim - a situation that can then sometimes lead to excess product on your hand, face, and shirt when you aren't careful enough (I not-so-fondly refer to it as "The Case of the Reappearing Lip Gloss").

Overall, these glosses are great for those who truly love sheer washes of glossy pigment on their lips, but also want moisturizing benefits. I found a printable coupon for $1.50 when poking around on their website, so make sure you use it if you are already set on getting some of Burt's 100% Natural Lip Glosses (or any other Burt's Bees lip product)!



Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Glosses

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Evening Glow

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Evening Glow


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Autumn Haze

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Fall Foliage

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Fall Foliage


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Ruby Moon


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Ocean Sunrise

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Ocean Sunrise


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Nearly Dusk

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Nearly Dusk


Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Starry Night

Burt's Bees 100% Natural Lip Gloss in Starry Night




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