Issue 126

Cruelty Free Make Up: Burt’s Bees Lip Collection Review & Swatches

I love a beauty haul. In my quest to find the holy grail of anything and everything, I'm always on the lookout for wonder products and the older I've got, the more important it has become to me that the brands behind my favourite products put cruelty-free ethics front and centre.

With that in mind, I've always liked Burt's Bees but have to admit I had a fairly outdated view of them - in that I had an idea they only made a limited number of skincare products. I was wrong. So this month alongside Hollyoaks actress (and friend of K9 Magazine) Sarah Jayne Dunn, we have been putting Burt's Bees latest makeup products to the test.

Here's Sarah...

This month, when I was given the opportunity to review Burt’s Bees new lip products from their newly launched make up range, I jumped at the chance. I do love a tinted lip balm!

What I didn't expect to receive in the post were quite so many different types of lip product! Alongside their well-known skin care products (of which Kim really recommends the Anti-Blemish Solutions scrub for oily and spot prone skin - she tells me it made a massive difference), Burt's Bees have released a whole range of makeup products including foundations, highlighters, eyeshadows, eyeliners and mascara.

Kim and I were both sent a selection of their different lip options - the tinted lip balms, the lip crayons and the satin and glossy lipsticks.

Burt's Bees Lip Balm: Review & Swatches

I’ve always been a fan of the Burt’s Bees lip balm (priced around £5.99 each), finding it super hydrating and nourishing and it seems like a natural progression that the brand would move into makeup and beauty.

We were both instantly fans of the tinted lip balms. There are six shades to chose from all just adding a lovely hint of colour, perfect for the days when you’re running around and you don’t have much time to throw any makeup on but you still want a little bit of colour on your lips.

They smell delicious, not surprising with ingredients such as Shea butter and coconut oil, and they really do nourish your lips without drying them out, something I’ve experienced with other brands.


Pink blossom swatch (a very light, subtle pink)


Zinnia swatch (a light peach/orange)

Between us, we received all six shades and my favourite colour has to be the Red Dahlia (Kim's too, closely followed by Sweet Violet for a lovely subtle mauve shade). It adds a nice depth to the lip giving a healthy glow, I’ve been using this as my daily balm throughout the day.

They claim to provide eight hours of moisture (Kim got around three hours of coverage on typically dry lips), but I’ve been reapplying after eating. We both really loved the lip balms, although Kim felt some of the shades that look similar in reality look very similar when worn.


Kim wearing Red Dahlia: swatch (it applies lighter than it looks)

Burt's Bees Lip Crayons: Review & Swatches

The glossy and matte lip crayons (priced around £9.99 each), of which I was sent a selection of both, provide slightly fuller coverage than the tinted lip balms.

They look like a chubby crayon with a pointed nib and twist barrel to expose more product when the crayon starts to run down. They are still jam-packed full of nourishing ingredients such as Shea butter and jojoba oil but they don’t smell quite as yummy as the balms but are still pleasant.

What’s fantastic about these products is that they contain 100% natural ingredients and their packaging is 100% recyclable, something that all companies should be striving to do in my opinion.

The pointed nib of the crayon means that precise application is easy and the matte crayons are just that, whereas the glossy crayons have a lovely sheen finish to them. We both really liked the pink Sedona Sands and I was a fan of the red Redwood Forest shades in the matte.


Sedona Sands swatch


Redwood Forest swatch

In the glossy lip pencils, the Santorini Sunrise and Pacific Coast were my favourites. Kim really liked the Pink Lagoon and Tahitian Sunrise, although on dry lips she says she found flaws showed easily in the darker shades.


Kim wearing Pink Lagoon: swatch

You definitely feel like you have more coverage than a balm with these crayons but they’re still light enough to wear day to day. We're both big fans.


Kim wearing Tahitian Sunset: swatches

Burt's Bees Lipsticks: Review & Swatches

The glossy and satin lipsticks (RRP approx £9.99) are more along the lines of your traditional lipstick, packaged as you’d expect.

There are only six of the glossy lipsticks to choose from in lighter/nude shades, all offering medium coverage.

They have a lovely glossy finish and claim to be long wearing leaving lips smooth and beautifully soft. I have to say I was a little disappointed with the coverage of the glossy lipsticks. I thought they’d offer a bit more coverage and colour but I found them to be more like a tinted lip balm. Saying that, they are super hydrating and great for everyday wear.

The satin lipsticks come in a whopping 18 shades.

My favourite is Ruby Ripple, a beautiful deep red that looks great for a bolder day time look or an evening or event. Kim quite liked the pinker Blush Basin.

She thinks the Peony Dew is a pinky-brown-nude that will suit most people and told me it brought back memories of the 90s classic, Rimmel's Fudge Brownie.

These lipsticks do offer more full coverage and really do last.


Sarah wearing Ruby Ripple: swatches

They keep your lips feeling hydrated whilst maintaining their rich colours and they contain yummy ingredients such as Moringa and raspberry seed oils.

They've been my go-to lipsticks since they arrived for a full-on makeup look or for when I’m feeling bolder during the day. I’ll definitely be investing in more of the 18 shades available.


L-R swatches: Nile Nude, Blush Basin, Peony Dew and Crimson Coast

So, What's the Verdict on Burt's Bees Lip Collection?

All the lip products I’ve received I’d recommend, I have them conveniently stored everywhere now - handbag, jacket pockets, car and my son Stanley's bag so I always have a nourishing lip colour to go to wherever or whatever I’m up to.

Well done Burt’s Bees. Recycled, recyclable packaging, not tested on animals, 100% natural ingredients and the products deliver on the beauty and hydration side too. You are winning!

Many thanks to Burt's Bees for sharing their products for review in K9 Magazine's cruelty-free review series. 

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