Happy Friday, today I want to talk about some lip balms that I’ve been testing out for a little while. You might be familiar with these, but if you’re not, these are the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms. These retail for £5.99 each, and you can find these in Superdrug, Boots, and Holland & Barrett. I picked mine up from Holland & Barrett.
So I picked 3 shades, which are ‘Pink Blossom‘, ‘Hibiscus‘ and ‘Red Dahlia‘ from top to bottom. I picked these shades out with a time of year for each shade in mind. So ‘Pink Blossom‘ is what I had in mind for spring and summer, and is current in my project pan. ‘Hibiscus‘ I also had in mind for summer, but one I could transition into autumn with. Finally, ‘Red Dahlia‘ was one I thought would work really well for autumn and winter.
From these 3 shades, there was a shade for all times of year that I can reach for. The idea was to leave one in my makeup bag at all times for days when I forget to wear a lipstick, or want to take off a lipstick and but something more nourishing on my lips instead.
As far as swatches go, they’re very pretty and I can see some distinct features from each shade.When I swatched them I did bent my hand and it did hinder the smoothness of the swatch, so if you’re noticing a line through the swatches, that’s the reason why.
‘Pink Blossom‘ is a very soft pink, and one of the more pigmented looking shades on my hand. It really appeals to spring and summery seasonal vibes to me.
‘Hibiscus‘ is a warm orangey-red with tiny hints of pink. This warm tone is what makes it appeal to me as a summer and autumn shade, and a great transition for both seasons.
‘Red Dahlia‘ is the darkest of the shades, and the one that swatched the weakest, surprisingly. This is a shade that doesn’t really lean super warm or cool, but is a nice deep red that appeals to autumn and winter for me.
So off the bat, the one problem that was consistent across all 3 shades for me is that there isn’t a ton of pigmentation on me. I have fairly pigmented lips, so it can be tricky to find tinted lip balms that provide enough colour to make a difference.
‘Pink Blossom‘ and ‘Red Dahlia‘ especially really struggle to make a noticeable impact on my lips, with the latter being particularly disappointing for me. ‘Hibiscus‘ wasn’t much better, but that warm undertone was noticeable on my lips even though the shade itself was lacking.
One other issue I had that I tried my best to work around was how easy it was for the balm to bleed outside the lips. Some of this is user error: as I have accidentally over-applied. But I’ve also had this happen over time throughout the day, or if I roll my lips together and it drags the colour outside the edges of my lips. This isn’t very flattering on me, and it creates a messy appearance to the lips.
As lip balms, they’re satisfyingly hydrating, and for that it’s a great balm to grab for throughout the day. If they weren’t so prone to bleeding outside of my lips on me, I’d happy just work through these one at a time as generic lip balms.
As I mentioned very briefly, the shade ‘Pink Blossom‘ is in my project pan, but I have decided to stop using it. I’m keeping the shade aside to discuss my experiences about it in my round-up post at the end of the month, but I no longer want to work through it.
I also included the other 2 shades in my Products I’m Passing On post on Monday, and plan to pass them along to my mum as she might get a better result from them. So I’m relieved at least that they won’t go to waste.
Overall, it’s a shame I didn’t have as satisfying an experience as many others in the beauty community have. These are quite well-loved by many, and I picked these up knowing a lot of people really enjoy them. While this doesn’t mean it will work out the same way for me, I was hopeful that they’d work out. So it’s a shame, but I’m glad I tried them.
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