Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Pink Blossom - review and swatches


I was sent a few Burt's Bees products to review recently, and while this wasn't one of them, reviewing those other products reminded me that I had this one lying around.

I received it from a sub box some time during the year, and I put it to one side because I remember not thinking much of the Burt's Bees formula when I first tried it years ago, plus I received this gloss in pink - a colour I don't normally wear.

Unfortunately I don't like the Burt's Bees formula this time any more than I did the first time, and while I'll finish my product because I don't like waste, it's not one I want to try again.

Burt's Bees claims/product details:
  • For just a hint of colour and 8 hours of moisture
  • The botanical waxes in these softly tinted balms will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe
  • Available in a range of 6 naturally flattering shades
  • Nourishes with shea butter 
  • RRP $12.99 AUD for 4.25g

I've photographed the bullet in direct sunlight above and in natural light below. 

It does look rather pink in the tube but it's quite sheer when swatched.

There's a swatch in natural light:


I really thought I'd love these Burt's Bees lip balms but unfortunately I just don't. I'm not sure what it is exactly (perhaps a combination of the things I'll mention below), but they don't grab me in the way that they seem to have grabbed so many others.

It's a waxy balm that comes in a standard tube that you twist up to access the product. The balm has a slightly sweet scent - to me it smells like bubblegum - and it's not a scent that I like, but I can live with it because it's not overpowering and I'm not aware of it unless I give the bullet a good sniff.

The product applies easily without tugging and deposits a nice, even layer. Having said this, I wouldn't recommend carting this around in the heat because it does have a tendency to melt when it's hot, making it much more difficult to apply. I'd say this of most lip products though, so it doesn't lose points on that front.

'Pink Blossom' is a sheer, medium pink that's not too pigmented so I imagine that many lasses will like it for no makeup days. Unfortunately it doesn't show up on me at all because my lips are too dark, which is why I haven't given you lip swatches above.

What it does do is add a nice hint of shine, but unfortunately it doesn't reduce the look of my lip lines - and, with the shine, if anything it emphasises them. I do look for something that makes my lips look less lined, so that's one of the reasons why I don't like this product.

The other reason I don't like it is that the waxy texture isn't something I love to feel on my lips. I know that lip balms are often waxy, but that's one of the reasons why I usually opt for a gloss over something like this. It all comes down to personal preference of course, but I find that waxes just feel weird and slippery on my lips (as this one does), while a good gloss just feels hydrating and I'm not aware of it once it's on. I'm aware of this the whole time that I'm wearing it.

Also, I don't find that this product is hydrating for my dry lips at all. I can put it on to ease any discomfort, but soon enough my lips will feel drier than they did before I used the product. I'm not sure why that is since so many other reviewers have said these are moisturising: perhaps it's just that the formula doesn't agree with my lips.

All in all, I can't recommend this product because it just doesn't work for me, but given how many people rave about the formula, it's certainly one that's worth testing because you may feel differently.

Not for me.

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