I’ve had a couple of Burt’s Bees new lip glosses for maybe about a month now and really love them so time to do a review.
I first saw these at CVS near where I live around the beginning of January (I think) but some jerk had broken the seal on every single tube. So it wasn’t until I managed to head over to another CVS that I managed to buy my first tube.
My favorite natural lipgloss has been Gabrielle Cosmetics Zuzu Luxe and I find the Burt’s Bee’s new lipgloss tubes to be very comparing in consistency, quality and staying power. Zuzu Luxe is about $18 a pop at Wholefoods or online. Burt’s Bee’s is about $9 each which makes them very appealing particularly if you like variety.
Burt’s Bees lipgloss tube 251 “Evening Glow”
Back in November I bought Zuzu Luxe in “Tango” (I keep meaning to do my Zuzu Luxe haul post but haven’t yet.) Evening Glow is a dead ringer for this shade. My only problem with it … is I didn’t mean to buy a dup of something I already owned! And it’s a little darker than my daily wear.
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Burt’s Bees lipgloss tube 221 – “Sunny Day”
Sunny Day is a really nice perfect light pinky peachy color – it’s a very easy to wear color. A sort of “your lips but better” option and I’ve been using it a surprising amount. Before I used Zuzu Luxe “Crystal” which is a nice clear gloss but I like this just that little bit more for daily wear. This one is definitely a lot less pigmented.
Both colors have a certain amount of shimmer to them but neither of them is over the top or glittery on your lips. I don’t think any of the available shades don’t use mica which is what gives it that shimmer (no matte or cream gloss here.)
Side note about Burt’s Bees: Burt’s Bees company was purchased by Clorox in 2007 but Burt’s Bees still does NOT do product testing on animals. Some people dislike the parent company enough to not want to purchase products from them, and that is your right to make that choice. I however am reviewing based on healthy ingredients and quality instead of politics on this post. It can be hard to find good natural makeup resources and I personally don’t plan on disqualifying Burt’s Bees over their parent company alone.
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Now I have some photos so you can see these Lip Shimmers compared to the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers. I also did the swatches on my arm in different lights since it can often be hard to tell what color something is online. Sorry that the first photo is a little blurry.
Burt’s Bees VS. Wet N Wild Natural Blend LIP SHIMMERS bottom line:
As you can see, many of the colors are similar but only a few could be mistaken for one another. Wet N’ Wild’s “Frost” is almost indistinguishable from Burt’s Bees “Champagne” Lip Shimmer and both “Nutmeg” colors are pretty darn close.
As I mentioned in the previous post, the ingredient list is natural with no parabens, no synthetics etc. which is very surprising for a cheap drugstore brand that doesn’t usually focus on natural products.
And when I say cheap drugstore brand, I really do mean cheap. Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmers are $5 each whereas the Wet N Wild Natural Blend Lip Shimmers are only $2 each. You can typically find then at Walgreens but if you don’t see them in the stores you can still buy them online. Amazon.com carries them but at a much higher price so I would recommend Walgreens.com or Drugstore.com if you’re having trouble finding them locally.
I am rather amazed at the quality of these for the price. They are a lot like Burt’s Bees lip shimmers so if you like those, you will probably like these. Also like Burt’s Bees the colors on the caps aren’t quite what’s inside. They aren’t quite lip glosses and they aren’t quite lipsticks so if you’re looking for something with just hint of color and shine these might be a good choice. At about $2 a pop I went ahead and bought 4 colors:
Tart / Peche 101P – I included the french name from the plastic because it really is a peachy color. I like this one a lot – it’s peachy coral lip color that’s not too strong but pigmented enough that if you know you don’t look good in peaches, you should pass. This was the least sparkly of the group.
Cocoa 107P – A strong taupe color. This one looked horrible on me but it would probably look good on someone with olive undertones or darker skin. I tried mixing it with other colors but it just didn’t work on me at all. Reminded me of Burt’s Bees Toffee lipshimmer which also did not work on me whatsoever. I don’t think I have that to compare to currently though so I might be thinking of the Burt’s Bees Cocoa color.
Frost 100P – Almost white … just a hint of pink and lots of sparkle. This one seems more moisturizing than the others for some reason. It reminds me a bit of Burt’s Bees lipshimmer in Champagne but even whiter. If you go REALLY light it can be worn by itself barely. It’s really better for making other colors lighter and I will consider it a staple item for this reason. Added to the Tart and I had an almost warm neutral which didn’t make me look dead like most neutrals lipglosses do – super happy with that combination.
Sugar 102P – A light bubble gum pink. Again very sparkly. I’m somewhat ambivalent on this one. It’s probably going to work on more skin tones than the rest of the colors. I don’t love it but I don’t hate it. It’s boring and somewhat girly at the same time… I’m not sure. Glad I bought it but wouldn’t buy it again.
As for ingredients you’re probably wondering if they are actually natural. Well they are NOT organic but the best I can tell they ARE much healthier than most lip glosses and lipsticks. I do wonder about possible consistency issues from tube to tube because of the difference in how each felt.