From Berry Balms to Nineties Nudes: Burt's Bees Lipstick
An Introduction to Burt's Bees + Lip Colours
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Burts Bees Lipstick launch here in the UK (Our North American Friends have had them for some time now) and I had a delightful time playing with the products and rediscovering the line.
Firstly, I forgot that there are sooooo many lip products with a complete range of finishes. I did a bunch of swatches on my arm (pardon my veins) all in Pinks so that you can see the look of all the different products.
Burts Bees Lip Colour Products
Here is a rundown of the Many Burts Bees Lip Products with their finish and color payoff
- Lip Shine: Whisper: Sheer Colour, Glassy Finish
- Tinted Lip Balm: Pink Blossom: Hint of Colour, Moisturising
- Lip Shimmer: Raisin: Shimmer, Colour, Moisture
- Gloss Crayon: Pink Lagoon: Opaque Gloss, Moisture, Colour
- Lip Gloss: Ocean Sunrise: Pearly Glossy, bit of colour
- Lip Crayon: Niagara Overlook: Opaque Colour, Soft Matte Finish
- Lipstick: Iced Iris: Satin Finish, Full Colour.
I use Burt's Bees both on myself and at work a fair bit. If you have followed me for a while, you will know that I love the Lip Crayon in Napa Red and wear it a lot. I use the Lip shines and glosses at work regularly.
The New Burt's Bees Lipstick
The new lipstick comes in a choice of 18 shades and is in recycled and reclyable packaging which is pretty great. It applied nicely, although I felt that the colour is SLIGHTLY sheer to start with and could do with a few layers to really get a stronger colour. The texture was creamy and comfortable and had great colour delivery.
The Gloss Crayons have a shinier finish, and look lovely, but are not as glossy or shiny as other glossy products. They are however quite handy for easy on-the-go application.
A Brief History of Burt's Bees + Green Beauty
A Quick look at The Burts Bees Brand:
Founded in 1984 in Maine by Hippy Beekeeper Burt Shavitz and his then Partner Roxanne Quimby. He made honey, she made candles from the wax, and somehow, a very successful skincare company was born. There is a bit of murkiness that follows: Quimby bought out Shavitz in 1999, and the company sold to Clorox (AEA Investors) in 2007. Reportedly, Shavitz only got a small part of the deal (still in the millions), and the current ownership would explain the global exposure and big push we have seen from the brand in the past few years.
Cruelty Free Status
Further questions have come up only in the past few months as they have begun to sell in Mainland China, but apparently they are currently successfully circumventing their Animal Testing Laws and here is their statement on it . And Cruelty Free Kitty ( who is use as a cruelty-free reference point) no longer lists them as a cruelty Free Brand. However, they still have their Leaping Bunny Status. I had a conversation with the Whole Foods UK Beauty Buyer in the Fall and she did not have a problem with Burt's Bees, and I think the brand presents a great option for people trying to clean up their beauty regime and for those exploring natural beauty who are not Vegan. They also support Charitable work, like-minded entrepreneurs and practice ethical and sustainable forms of business, so for me, they may not be perfect but they are pretty darn good. All their lip products hold a Think Dirty Rating of 3 which is very safe
Cover image of Louisa Facchino-Stack by Charlotte Kibbles, Hair by Darren Hau, Makeup by Me (this is an older image, not using burt's bees - I actually am not sure what I used)
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