Have you noticed that I have a thing for tinted lip balms? I love having something in my pocket that I can just slick on without a thought. I don’t want to hunt down a mirror for perfect application, but I still want some color! I can’t be the only one that looks too pale when her lips are completely bare, right?
A few months ago I picked up a Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm at the grocery store. They were there on an end cap (and strangely enough, that end cap was right next to the ice cream. It was a sign.) so I grabbed one. I hadn’t used their tinted products in years, it was time to use them again right?
What happened next was somewhat predictable. I grabbed another one a few weeks later. And another a few weeks after that. I probably own 4 now, though since they live in my jeans pockets (and often, the pocket of my white coat at work), I usually have no idea where they are. They stay in pockets or get pulled out and put down places “where I’ll find them later”, like the kitchen counter and my nightstand. Finding a tinted lip balm to use that day is kind of amazing, a sign that it’s going to be a good day.
When I was asked if I wanted to post about Burt’s Bees, I have to admit, my only thought was… more. tinted. lip balm. yessss….. They sent me 4 products to try out (though I’ve bought all 4 formulas multiple times on my own in the past), and it was hard to fight the urge to start using these every day too. I had to force myself to take these pictures before I used them, all 4 tubes are now in various pockets (I’m wearing Sweet Violet as I write this post).
So, there are 4 different Burt’s Bees formulations, and you can see from these swatches that all four formulations are translucent and offer varying levels of pigment. The Burt’s Bees website describes different flavors on occasion, but I don’t taste or smell anything from them. I love to layer the tinted balms under all of the others, just whichever ones I happen to be able to locate.
Lip Shimmer: There are 14 shades of lip shimmer, while Peony is in the mid-tone range of these shades, on the lip it is barely tinted and has some very pretty shimmer.
Lip Gloss: In my experience the glosses offer great non-sticky shine and are usually the most pigmented of the lippies. They come in 12 different shades, all 12 have a bit of shimmer.
Lip Shine: More shine, a bit less pigmented than the glosses, the 6 shades aren’t shimmery.
Tinted Lip Balm: These ones are my favorite. There are 9 shades, and I swear I will collect them all (I’m hopeful that having so many means I’ll always have one when I want it). There’s just a hint of color, but it is enough to show up on my lips. It’s nicely hydrating and has been my go-to lip balm this winter.