Burt’s Bees Lipsticks – Dupe for Mac Velvet Teddy
One of my first purchases in high school with the purpose of making me look less deadly looking in the morning is the Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm in Hibiscus. I was afraid of the chemicals that would be in most drugstore lipsticks, after finding out about the statistics which state that women consume an outrageous amount of lipstick a year. It’s been four years since those days, and I’ve probably consumed multiple tubes of lipsticks by now, and Burt’s Bees is still sticking to their 100% natural promise. Except now, they’ve stepped up their game, releasing the Burts Bee’s lipsticks ($9.97 CA). While I thought that the tinted lip balms were too stiff and pulled on my chapped lips, these tell a different story.
The packaging is bulkier and longer than most lipsticks. The tube has corners (square) instead of the classical circular tubes. With that being said, it is VERY light. And would be good for traveling when you’re trying to pack light; however, some people may think that the light weight makes it seem cheap. Good thing, though, ladies and gentlemen, is that this packaging is recyclable! If you’re like me, you don’t finish lipsticks very often, but if you do find your holy grail lipstick within this line, you can give back to the environment a bit remembering to throw it in the blue bin.
On the Burt’s Bees website, we see that it claims to give you 8 hours of moisture. This was not true for me. I forgot to bring my lip balm one day and use this in its place, and woke up the next morning with CHAPPED lips (never exfoliated my lips so much in my life…). It smells like synthetic fruit that disappears within the first few seconds of applying it. It contains 0.12oz/3.4g.
There are 14 shades in the Burt’s Bees Lipstick line. From nudes to reds, to purples, you’ll most likely find something you’ll enjoy. I have Sunset Cruise and Suede Splash:
Sunset cruise: classic coral (pink with orange)
Suede Splash: brown nude
As seen in the swatches below, Suede splash is a DUPE for Mac’s famous nude: Velvet Teddy ($21 CA). The colours are very similar, except Velvet Teddy has a tinge of mauve (reminiscent of Mac Twig, or Maybelline Touch of Spice). Sometimes my lip colour wears off and my lips look washed out. Many times I want to apply a lip colour, but feel reluctant to do so if I know I’ll be eating in an hour or so. The Burt’s Bees option is safe to consume, so I like I can justify putting this lip option on.
In the swatches, I passed Velvet Teddy on my arm twice to get full pigmentation, and Suede Splash three times to get the same level of pigmentation.
The longevity is fairly impressive. Since this applies like a lip balm, I thought the wear time would only be one or two hours. This lasted 4 hours on me and faded nicely once I ate.
Overall, I think this is a great product if you like natural products, and if you are looking for a cheaper, or more natural alternative of Mac’s Velvet Teddy, try this one out!The Burt’s Bees Lipstick lasts surprisingly well throughout the day and has great colours. However, I would not recommend purchasing this if you are looking for a moisturizing tinted lip balm/lipstick hybrid. You may be disappointed by it’s moisturizing properties.