[dropcap]I[/dropcap] am always curious when a new cosmetic line comes to the drugstore. I love the challenge of finding a diamond in the rough so to speak; Finding that hot deal on an amazing product is a rush! When I heard that Burts Bees was going for a full colour cosmetics range, I was a bit surprised. The brand has made a name for itself in skincare, namely their cult favourite lip balm. I had heard mixed things, so I decided to do a full face with the products I got to put them to the test. Turns out, there are some definite hits and misses – keep reading to find out which products to watch for, and which ones get a pass.
Burts Bees Beauty Review
Burts Bees kindly sent me a selection of their relatively new cosmetic range for me to try! The range is made without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum and synthetic fragrance.
I first tested out the foundation, Goodness Glows, which comes in a glass bottle with a pump. It claims to be a luminous full coverage, which I am going to have to disagree with. I found this nothing near full coverage, and it didn’t build up well at all. I sadly found it patchy and it wore off quickly, even when set with powder. Speaking of which, I also was given the Mattifying Powder Foundation to try. It’s decent when it comes to setting foundation, but it has next to no coverage. In this case, the brand does state to ‘build up coverage as needed’ but most powder foundations don’t build much in my opinion. Neither of these base products would be ideal for someone who is looking to cover imperfections, and even more disappointing, the shade range is lacking and not overly inclusive.
While the base products were a bit of a letdown, the Blush in Bare Peach is lovely! It is pigmented, blends out beautifully and lasts all day. I wish there are more shades, because it is so hard to find decent blushes at the drugstore.
I was sent the Blonde shade of the Brow Pencil, but still tested it out in the name of science. The pencil is incredibly soft, but had no lasting power on me. If you find that most brow pencils tug and skip, then you might just love this. My brows are much too sparse though and need something that really grips to the skin. I was worried the Nourishing Eyeliner in Warm Brown would also be too creamy to have any lasting powder, but I actually love it! The pencil is smooth and silky, but actually grips to the lids well and is still there at the end of the day. Even better, the shade Warm Brown is very reminiscent of my old favourite, MAC Teddy. Gotta love a drugstore dupe!
Lastly, but most certainly not least, the 100% Natural Lipstick, which don’t surprise me at all given that the brand knows how to make a great lip balm. These are pigmented, hug the lips nicely, and have a balm-like feel to them. My only gripe is that I wish there were more neutral shades as the range is very red/pink/plum heavy.
Final Thoughts: Overall the range is unbalanced as far as I am concerned. The misses were big misses, but the hits were big hits? I would really love to see more diversity and will be curious to see if the range expands or not. I’ve found myself reaching for the blush and eyeliner the most and would definitely say they are worth checking out!
Have you tried out some Burts Bees Beauty products not mentioned here? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!