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Burt's Bees is one of my favourite skincare brands and the beeswax lip balm is one of my beauty essentials, as it works miracles on dry, chapped lips.
Burt's Bees are an american company who's products are 100% natural, environmentally friendly and animal friendly, so some pretty good credentials.
While in Debenhams just after Christmas, I noticed a gift set of 2 Burt's Bees tinted lip balms for £6.99. Since the individual lipbalms sell for £5.99 each, I thought this was a great deal. I have been a fan of tinted lip balms since my early teenage years when I used to buy the Boots Natural Collection red tinted lipbalm, so there was an nostalgic element to my purchase as well.
I don't wear much makeup, and I don't like the feel of a lot of lip glosses so a hint of colour, while giving me the protection of a lipbalm seems like a great idea to me.
The lipbalms themselves are packaged in a quite chunky tube, with the individual colour shown on the end of the brown tube. I was slightly worried when I first looked at these that this was the size of the lipbalm, making it very chunky and hard to apply, but upon opening the box, the smaller tube dropped out. The stick of lipbalm is the same brown colour, with very little information, just that it's a Burt's Bees product and a tinted lip balm in white letters, the colour in a deep red, and 100% natural in smaller, yellow letters under the colour.
The lipbalm itself is a deep red colour and smells slightly fruity. It goes on easily, and the colour isn't too strong, it just leaves a nice red tint, with a slight sheen. It idoesn't feel sticky or greasy, although it's not kissproof, but that's not an issue for me! It also lasts well, and has a nice taste (as I have a tendancy to lick my lips!)
It's not as moisturising or tingly as the beeswax peppermint lipbalms, but this does a good job, and is great for those days where you don't wnat to wear lipstick and still want a touch of colour.
I bought this lip balm a few months ago for around £5. Having bought it online I wasn't sure what the colour was like but it was subtle but bright enough to show. It went on really smoothly and was soft without being sticky. The moisture from just one application could be felt for ages. I was in love!
A few days later, I can't remember why, I was reading the ingredients list and saw carmine on there. One of the main things that attracted me to Burt's Bees products was the fact it was animal friendly. Carmine is a red dye made from ground up beetles. I just couldn't use it after that, not just from an ethical point of view but mainly from an ick point of view!
I would whole heartedly recommend this product if the beetle juice thing doesn't bother you! Otherwise you'll need to look elsewhere. The Body Shop does a tinted lip balm (delicious) in a similar format which is vegetarian and vegan though is slightly stickier.
WHAT IS IT?
A tinted lip balm from Burt's Bees. It is a 100% natural lip balm and comes in recyclable packaging. You can buy it in a range of six shades, I have four and my favourite is Tiger Lily.
The lip balm is supplied in a simple black tube that is sophisticated in its simplicity. It is instantly recognisable as a Burt's Bees product. The lip balm twists up smoothly but the twisting base is very thin and difficult to grip sometimes. The lid on two of my balms have been so loose that they've fallen off but this hasn't happen with all of them.
Applying this is a bit different to using a clear lip balm, the tint is subtle but will show up on your skin so you must apply with as much care as a lipstick. The very blunt end of the lip balm makes this hard to master but after you have used it a few times the end will soften to a nicer shape.
WHAT I THINK
This is an effective lip balm and the tint is an extra treat. Tiger Lily is a peach shade that gives a shiny top coat to lipstick or a natural tone if you are wearing minimal make up. The lip balm is made with Shea butter and is very smooth to apply, it melts into my lips and makes them feel moisturised immediately. I have a Clinique lipstick that I love but it's very drying, I apply this over the top and it counters this side effect. I don't like that I have to use a mirror to apply it because of the tint so sometimes use a clear balm instead, but this is my preferred product.
I have been using it at least three times a day for three weeks and my lips are in very good condition. I will put it to the test over winter because that is when I need a quality lip balm and I think this one will protect my lips from the cold weather.
The Tinted Lip Balms from Burt's Bees cost £5.99 from Boots and each one lasts about six weeks with regular use.
5 Dooyoo Stars.
Burt's Bees tinted- lip balm - 4.25 g
Cost £5.99 - available on-line, and in larger high street stores such as Boots
I have this product in two colours - Honeysuckle, and Red Dahlia. They are both wonderful colours, and as tinted moisturises they work very effectively.
I'm not a lover of lipsticks, as I find they tend to dry my lips, which leads to me licking them, which in turn leads to them becoming chapped... this is the reason that i am such a fan of tinted lip balms. These particular lip balms are available in six colours:
Honeysuckle, (a kind of natural shade)
Red Dahlia and (a kind of deep pink or cerise colour)
Because these balms are full if Shea butter you can really feel the moisturising power in them:
Featured Ingredient (from Burt's website)
Shea Butter (butyrospermum parkii) -- This natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karite tree is a valuable, nourishing addition to moisturizers for the reduction of wrinkles and to improve the elasticity of the skin and protect it against environmental ageing.
As with most other Burt's Bees products this is made with mostly natural ingredients. The are applied like most lipstick style products, and come in a tube that can be unwound, and wound back in. They have a smaller lid than most lipsticks, and a flat top, which is not slanted. For me this is not a problem - however I know for example this is something that my sister dislikes in a lip product.
Each of the two colours I have is florally scented - this is not overpowering, or sickly at all, and I assume that these fragrances match their names - although I do not know enough about flowers to confirm that for certain.
I really can't recommend these products enough, as they are just so silky smooth on application, and they leave your lips feeling wonderfully soft after application.
Ingredients: cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), cera alba (beeswax, cire d'abeille), olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera wax, cire de candelilla), helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, aroma (flavor), lanolin, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, cananga odorata flower wax, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower wax, ammonium glycyrrhizinate, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza) / May contain: alumina, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (iron oxides) / natural flavour / Love your lips with a kiss of colour / Care for your lips with beautiful, sheer colour / Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms give you a hint of colour with a soft, sweet flavour and natural ingredients that moisturise and condition your lips / Available in six flirty shades – Hibiscus, Honeysuckle, Tiger Lily, Pink Blossom, Red Dahlia and Rose / Featured ingredient: Shea Butter (butyrospermum parkii): This natural fat obtained from the fruit of the karite tree is a valuable, nourishing addition to moisturisers for the reduction of wrinkles and to improve the elasticity of the skin and protect it against environmental ageing / Directions for use: Apply Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm to lips as often as needed or desired /