Burt’s Bees introduced their new lipstick range earlier in the year and they have become a staple in my kit…
The lipsticks come in ultra light packaging which is great for carrying around, and for a little while I did as fresh new lipsticks are lovely to have. However a palette is much easier to use as you can see all the colours, and mix them easily too. So I decided to chop them.. Some make-up artists will use a microwave to gently melt the lipsticks into the palette – we don’t have one so I just chop and press them in, which I think works just as well. There are loads of how-tos showing how to do it if you want to melt them in – I have heard of the heat messing up the textures sometimes though so be careful..
I’m always using this palette on jobs because it has such a great range of really wearable colours. There are 18 colours in all – I’m missing one hence the gap – but there seems to be a choice for everyone.
Colours in palette – First column from top to bottom – Sunset Cruise, Magenta Rush, Fuschia Flood, Doused Rose, Iced Iris, Suede Splash, Blush Basin, Nile Nude.
Second column from top to bottom – Brimming Berry, Lily Lake, Wine Wave, Tulip Tide, Russet River, Ruby Ripple, Crimson Coast.
Third column – Orchid Ocean, Juniper Water.
Here is a little selection – from the top left to right – Blush Basin, Ruby Ripple, Magenta Rush, Tulip Tide, Orchard Ocean, Sunset Cruise.
The texture of these lipsticks is nice and creamy and the colours glide on well. I have found that some are denser in pigment while some are sheerer, but they layer well so you can build your intensity. The finish is described as satin smooth which I kind of agree with; it does vary a little between colours – some have more of a sheen for example. They are definitely not glossy or shimmery though which is great. You can matt them down a bit by blotting well; and also pushing a little powder through the tissue can help matt them even more.
These lipsticks are moisturising for sure – they feel really nice on the lips and I’ve never seen them dry anyone out. In terms of longevity, they claim 8 hour moisture but I’m not sure about 8 hour colour. Personally I’m terrible with colour and eat, drink and wipe it off within a couple of hours! On shoots I always reapply quite regularly anyway to keep everything looking fresh. That said the darker colours can work really well as stains – if you blot well and work the colour into the lips then that colour has a very good chance of staying a while. Apply a couple of fresh layers over the top of this and when that wears off, the stain underneath will keep your look going.
This is Emily Unkles shot by Sarah Cresswell wearing Russet River.
I did the make-up for Ethologie back in February and we used Nile Nude for the girls’ lips and cheeks.
Ingredients: diheptyl succinate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, capryloyl glycerin/sebacic acid copolymer, cera alba [beeswax], candelilla cera [euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax],, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, behenyl alcohol, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, C12-18 acid triglyceride, lanolin, hydrogenated vegetable oil, cera carnauba [copernicia cerifera (carnauba) wax], moringa oleifera seed oil, rubus idaeus (raspberry) seed oil, sorbitan, tristearate, glyceryl caprylate, aroma [flavor], tocopherol, glycine soja (soybean), oil, lauroyl lysine, citric acid, linalool. May contain [+/-]: mica, CI 77891 [titanium dioxide], CI 75470 [carmine], CI 77491•CI 77492 •CI 77499 [iron oxides]
These are obviously not for vegans as they contain beeswax, lanolin and carmine…
What are your thoughts – have you tried these lipsticks? What do you use?