I bought this on a whim while visiting Monsieur Raptor. I’d never read any reviews for it – a rare occurrence for me! – but I felt like I was on holiday, and thus deserved to treat myself (to a tinted lip balm, naturally).
The packaging is kind of weird, a little deceptive, but in the best kind of way – the balm is packaged in a cardboard tube about 3x the size of the actual product, making you wonder if the product itself is equally bulky. It isn’t, thankfully – it’s the same size as Burt’s Bees’ regular lip balms.
Although it’s quite sheer, as it is a tinted lip balm, the pigment in this really surprised me – it’s so good. Like, almost on par with some of Clinique’s chubby sticks. It leaves lips a lovely, just-bitten kind of red, but in a very natural way; it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a lip product, it just looks like you have naturally red, glossy lips (I guess it helps that my lips are quite already quite dark – a blessing and a curse, because I am unable to wear some lovely pinks and corals, and am restricted to reds and plums – so it will probably look different on those with lighter lips).
It’s very hydrating – possibly moreso than Burt’s Bees’ original lip balms.
I rate this so highly: I’d actually go as far as saying “get one of these before you buy a Clinique Chubby Stick as it does the job almost as good for 1/3 of the price!”. There’s a pretty good selection of shades too – the Boots website only shows, like, 3, but if you go in store, or to John Lewis (or buy online!) there’s about 9 different colours. I have this in “Hibiscus” , but I’m already looking at getting “Red Dahlia”.
It’s also a bonus that it’s a 100% natural product, made with coconut oil, shea butter and bee’s wax.
Have you tried Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm?
Overall Rating: 10/10. Best tinted lip balm I’ve ever used!