Burt's Bees

Liquid Lipstick

0.21 fl. oz. for $ 10.00
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Burt’s Bees Liquid Lipstick is bit of a misnomer, so it’s a bust for those who are truly looking for a liquid lipstick.

This liquid lip product comes in standard packaging: a plastic tube with a sponge-tipped wand applicator. Thanks to numerous moisturizing ingredients (among them castor oil, babassu oil, shea butter, and apricot kernel oil), this is very emollient, which is beneficial for lips, but that’s not exactly what how this product is advertised…

This lip product is so slippery that it’s more of a lip gloss than a liquid lipstick. The emollience is such that even though you get bold color from a single swipe, coverage is patchy, so you have to make a couple of passes to achieve even color.

We disliked that this migrates around lips and gets onto teeth easily. It’s also not long-wearing as claimed; it wears off in only a couple of hours, even less time if you eat or drink something.

That aside, there’s also the issue that this contains fragrance, plus the fragrance ingredients limonene and linalool, which can cause lip irritation.

Though this is reasonably priced, there are many better options (some of which are for less money, too) on our list of Best Lipsticks.

  • Mix of moisturizing ingredients is good for lips.
  • Bold, attractive color.
  • Patchy application.
  • Is not long-wearing as claimed.
  • Contains fragrance and fragrance ingredients, which aren’t the best for lips.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Burt’s Bees® Liquid Lipsticks glide on smoothly for an intense hit of color. This long-wearing formula delivers all-day moisture leaving lips looking lush and healthy. This 100% natural, liquid lipstick contains conditioning Apricot and Babassu Oil, Shea Butter and essential fatty acids to maintain soft, happy lips.

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Oleic/Linoleic/Linolenic Polyglycerides, Lanolin, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Mica, Silica, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cera Alba [Beeswax], C12-18 Acid Triglyceride, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Hydrogenated Apricot Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Apricot Oil Unsaponifiables, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil Unsaponifiables, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Aroma [Flavor]*, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Linalool. May Contain [+/-]: CI 75470 [Carmine], CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 [Iron Oxides], CI 77891 [Titanium Dioxide] *Aroma Naturel / Natural Flavor.

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. Its also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brands offerings, but some to be wary of, see our individual reviews on Burt's Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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