Burt's Bees Lipstick in Blush Basin - review and swatches


I've had this product for ages now and for some reason it's one of those items that just didn't want to photograph well. I must have taken four or five rounds of shots of just this product in the last few months, and eventually I gave up and I've now returned to the first ones (of course, ha).

Fortunately I do have plenty of clear shots after these opening two, so we'll just move right along and focus on the product. You may remember that I was sent a bunch of Burt's Bees products to review last year: this was one of them. While I didn't love the lip crayon (reviewed here) or the lip balm (reviewed here), I do really enjoy this lipstick so hooray for that.

Burt's Bees claims/product details:
  • Intense colour meets conditioning 8-hour moisture
  • Full-coverage, vibrant colour in 14 shades 
  • Made with 100% naturally moisturising ingredients like moringa and raspberry seed oils to help soften and condition your lips all day long
  • Ingredients also include beeswax and vitamin e
  • Smooth, satin finish
  • Doesn't dry out lips
  • Helps to hydrate and moisturise lips, leaving them feeling soft and smooth
  • Made from recyclable packaging
  • RRP $19.95 AUD each, but do shop around

There's the bullet in direct sunlight:

And in natural light:

There's a swatch in direct sunlight:

And in natural light:

My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product, direct sunlight:

And in natural light:


I'm a tough subject when it comes to lip products because my lips are super dry and I struggle to find lipsticks that don't make matters worse. Happily this one doesn't and it's easily my favourite of the four Burt's Bees products I received to test.

I have the shade 501 Blush Basin, which is a nice everyday pinky nude that has some life to it and it doesn't pull too pink or cool on my medium colouring. While the pigment is there, you do need to build it a bit to get the colour to show (that's probably partly because my lips are quite dark), but I don't mind that and I'd prefer to build colour - rather than have something I can't whack on without a mirror.

These do have a sweet, sugary scent that's not overpowering and I don't mind it. The formula is nourishing enough that I can wear it on my dry lips without a balm or gloss - plus it doesn't dry out my lips after a few days' wear (many lipsticks do), so that's a huge plus.

The product applies smoothly without tugging and it's super comfortable to wear. It also doesn't emphasise lip lines - something I personally look for in a lipstick - and while the lasting power isn't great, it usually isn't for creamy products like this and I don't mind that.

I really like the look of the packaging, too: it might feel a bit cheap/plastic, but it doesn't look that way and the lid clicks firmly into place so the product should travel well enough. The only annoying thing about the case is that it's super long so it looks silly on my lipstick stand because it's so much higher than my other lippies, so I have to keep it somewhere else (yeah ok, first world problems ; )).

Overall I recommend these and I would consider buying myself more shades from the range. I wouldn't however pay full price for them because $20 AUD seems a bit steep for a 'budget' lipstick (damn Australian prices), so I'd wait for specials before buying one.


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