This particular lipstick I am reviewing today was a gift from Q over a year ago, although I only opened it in late 2018. I’ve been meaning to review it for a while but then, surprisingly, I found it difficult to photograph! I found a nice creative solution to it and took advantage of the background blur with a low aperture. I’ll leave you to guess what’s in the background!
Burt’s Bees lipstick is usually available for £9.99, in stores like Holland & Barratt and M&S.
Its packaging is beautiful. It’s a long plastic tube that still fits fine with my storage, and it feels sturdy and practical. The design still looks unique and obviously in-line with Burt’s Bees’ branding. It does sometimes look like pulling the lid too hard will make it all pull apart but luckily I’ve not had a problem at all with it and it remains sturdy. The bullet wears a bit oddly leaving rigid lumps and bits but it’s not affected the application very much so I let it slide.
Brimming Berry is a lush red toned berry that will carry you from autumn to spring! It’s not mind-blowingly pigmented and if you look close, can be a little patchy, but it’s very easy to work with and forgiving if you’ve never tried a berry before! It’s also very comfortable and moisturising but will definitely need to be topped up after a meal. It can also be built up a lot for bolder look – an almost opaque, glossy coverage although in my experience this gets messy too.
The closest thing I have in my stash to this lipstick is the Revlon Balm Stain in Crush, which is more on the purple side. Brimming Berry doesn’t stain, but otherwise the shades are pretty similar. Brimming Berry is also a softer formula compared to Crush, which is in a pencil form and in a more harder formula that doesn’t melt as easily.
Overall, I really love this lipstick and if you are on the fence, would definitely give this a go, especially if you’ve not been sure about berry tones lately.
One thing to note though – Burt’s Bees are no longer cruelty-free as of 2017, as they have begun to sell in China. Whilst they are using a lot of loopholes to prevent cases of animal testing in China, they can’t prevent it entirely. Cruelty-Free Kitty has a great page explaining this particular case HERE. With that in mind, I probably won’t repurchase this lipstick or try anything else from the brand until this changes.