Burt's Bees Lip Crayon in 405 Sedona Sands - review and swatches


I received one of these Burt's Bees Lip Crayons to test recently and was super excited to see it because it's a great, wearable nude colour and I don't have many crayons at the moment so I was happy to add one to my collection. Plus I've had some good luck with Burt's Bees' products in the past so I was expecting to like this one.

Unfortunately I don't think it's a good product and I probably won't keep it because it's not moisturising enough for me and I don't find it comfortable to wear. More on that below.

 Burt's Bees claims/product details:
  • Introducing six creamy, full-coverage shades of matte lip colour in a modern crayon for truly beautiful lip colour
  • Lightweight moisture for a comfortable, everyday wear formula infused with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil
  • Colour that truly cares for your lips
  • Moisture-rich wear
  • Without the hassle and mess of sharpening
  • No added flavour or fragrance
  • Hydrates and moisturises lips, leaving them feeling soft and smooth
  • RRP $16.99 AUD for 3.1g, but do shop around

The above shot is taken in direct sunlight, and the below in natural light.

There's a heavy and light swatch, shot taken in indirect sunlight (I had to layer the top swatch a lot to get that colour pay-off):

And in direct sunlight:

Natural light:

My bare lips for reference:

Wearing many layers of product, shot taken indoors:

In indirect sunlight:

Direct sunlight:

 And in natural light:


I don't dislike this product but I don't love it either - the main reason being that I have super dry lips so I need something really hydrating, and these crayons aren't nourishing enough for me (I much prefer the Burt's Bees Lipsticks because I find those more comfortable to wear).

I have the colour 405 Sedona Sands, which is a nice pinky nude that should suit many people. Unfortunately, on me it doesn't show up well - no matter how many layers I add - perhaps because the colour is too close to my natural lip shade. 

On that, I wouldn't recommend applying too many layers of this because it starts to separate into clumps when I do that - adhering to itself, rather than adhering to my lips.

The product has a very slight crayon scent but it's not overpowering so I can live with it. It's reasonably creamy but it does tug a bit when applied, and I personally would prefer something that applies more smoothly.

As for the texture, it's really waxy to me and I don't like the feel of it on my lips. It's slippery and I'm always aware I've got it on: I prefer products that sit comfortably on the lips so I can't tell I'm wearing them.

The lasting power is ok but the product does come off on my coffee cup and it doesn't fade evenly either (it comes away in waxy patches).

The finish is nice enough - it's not completely matte and there's some gloss to it - and I don't mind how it looks, it's more that I don't love how it feels. It also doesn't reduce the look of lip lines, although it doesn't emphasise them either, but I'd prefer a product that makes my lips look less lined than they are.

On the claims: these aren't traditional 'mattes' in finish; they're not very creamy (more waxy); and they're definitely not moisturising at all - at least on me. So I would definitely test them before buying any because they mightn't meet your expectations, based on the product claims.

Overall I wouldn't recommend these if your lips are dry like mine because I don't find them comfortable to wear.

Have you tried these? Let me know what you think if so.

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