The final product in the Latest in Beauty Limited Edition Beauty and the Beast box is the Burts Bees Lipstick. I’ve use Burts Bees products before, but I’ve always thought of them as a skincare brand and I didn’t know that they did makeup too. The Latest in Beauty booklet says:
“With their rich moisturising colour and natural ingredients, Burts Bees Lipsticks keep your lips looking sensational and hydrated all day long. Formulated with moringa and raspberry seed oils, the 100% natural ingredients work to keep your lips feeling moist and hydrated through the day. Made from 60% recycled materials, the stylish packaging is fun to carry with you and makes application easy and smooth. For moisturising lip colour in a rich range of shades, Burts Bees Lipsticks delight.”
This is a full size 3.4g lipstick available to buy for £9.99 http://www.burtsbees.co.uk. Beauty box buyers would receive one of two shades: Blush Basin or Sunset Cruise, although there are 18 shades currently in the range on the Burts Bees website if you prefer a different colour.
The packaging is cute, there are two layers of plastic, the lower layer is pink, and the top layer is brown. The lid a cut out honeycomb pattern in the top layer of the plastic to let pink show though. It’s not a design I would usually go for, I prefer chic looking cosmetics but I do applaud this for using such a high percentage of recycled materials. On the back of the lipstick is a sticker which contains the company contact information and place of manufacture (USA).
Ingredients: diheptyl succinate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, cream alba [beeswax], candelilla cera [euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax], behenyl alcohol, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, C12-18 acid triglyceride, lanolin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cream carnauba [copernicia cerifera (carnuaba) wax], moringa oleifera seed oil, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, glyceryl caprylate, aroma [flavor], sorbitan tristerate, tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean) oil, lauroyl lysine, citric acid, linalool.
Taking the lid off the lipstick and twisting it all the way up you can see the lipstick is a decent size, which will last for a long time. I had the shade Blush Basin, which is a really natural looking dusty rose colour.
I prepare my lips by applying lip balm with my facial moisturiser, I’m currently using Forever Sun Lips SPF 30, and let it sink in whilst I do my hair. After 15-30 minutes I remove any excess with a tissue, and apply my makeup. I start by priming my skin – I’m using Balance Me ‘Instant Lift Primer’ and Revlon ‘Colorstay’ in Fresh Beige. If I was being really thorough I would avoid my lips completely when I am working on my skin, and prime them, apply concealer and then start working on the colour when everything else is done. To save time I’m priming when I prime my face, and instead of using concealer I’m just going to dab my foundation over my lips. It doesn’t completely remove my lip colour (as you can see in the picture) but it still gives me a pretty neutral base to work from and saves me a few steps if I’m in a rush.
Next I apply lip liner starting from the centre of the top lip to get the shape, and then working from the sides in. I’m using Maybelline ‘Colorsensational’ in Pleasure Me Red. Repeat the line on the lower lip to complete the outline. This lip liner shade doesn’t completely match my lipstick colour, but that’s okay because I’m going to tinker with it. Using a lip brush I gently blend the inside of the line into my lip creating more of a graduated effect instead of a harsh outline.
I apply the lipstick to my top and bottom lips. The formula is really creamy and glides on giving me a thick application of colour. I dab my lips with a tissue to remove any excess, and apply a second coat to ensure even and full application. I finish by dabbing for a second time.
I found this lipstick gave me great colour when I applied it, and was really gentle and caring to my lips. For me, the colour didn’t last long enough, and after an hour it didn’t seem like I was wearing lipstick anymore. If you like this lipstick you could try to make the colour last longer by applying something like Lipcote on top to prolong the application, or simply pop the lipstick in your bag and reapply at your leisure. That was the last product in my Latest in Beauty Limited Edition Beauty and the Beast box, now that I have reviewed all the items I’ll go back to the main article to say whether I had value for money and leave my final thoughts on what the best items in my box were. I’d usually do this straight away but I’m booked in to the spa in 15 minutes, so give it a few hours if you wish to read my final thoughts.