A few months ago, I had the joy of going out to Tofino to learn about Burt’s Bees new makeup line launch. It was an exciting day full of information and makeup and I immediately wanted to share my review with you all.
Of course, though, I had to wait as the products hadn’t yet launched in Canada – so here we are, a few months later with a full review. I
am actually really glad we had this delay time because it really gave me an opportunity to really try the products out and develop my full opinion for this Burts Bees Makeup Line Review.
Burts Bees Makeup Line Review
I’ve worn this foundation a number of times now and I have to say, I really love it. I find that using 2-3 pumps achieves my ideal look and coverage.
I tend to like a lighter coverage foundation as I have freckles. I have found using this amount of foundation really evens out my skin without covering my freckles which I really like.
This foundation has a somewhat satin natural finish which is really beautiful. It does have a tendency to look a bit shiny on the forehead area, but that’s easily fixed with a bit of setting powder.
I have found that this foundation looks just as good at the end of the day as it does at the beginning.
Of course, it will fade in spots that you’ve touched throughout the day (ex. or, if you have watery eyes like me) but that is pretty typical of all foundations. I did not find that it clung to my drier spots.
Mattifying Powder Foundation – $17.00
The mattifying powder foundation is a very light coverage and lightweight foundation.
It’s very comfortable to wear on the skin, but it is a drier formula so it wouldn’t be a great foundation for those with dry-prone skin.
I have actually found that this foundation works best as a setting powder with the liquid foundation.
Blush Makeup – $10.00
Their powder blushes come in 3 shades:
Shy Pink – A soft rose-toned blush:
Bare Peach – A peppy peach tone blush:
Toasted Cinnamon – A bronzy/ terracotta-toned blush:
Burts Bees Makeup Line Review: Blush
The blush was one of the items I really liked in the collection. I enjoyed that they applied a bit more subtle but were easy to build up as I hate when you apply blush and suddenly have a huge punch of colour that is challenging to blend out.
I also really liked the shades they came out with, and in particular, really loved Bare Peach and Toasted Cinnamon.
Those more orange/peach tones are ones I tend to gravitate to and wear often.
Shy Pink is also very pretty but I tend to stay away from pinky toned like this as they can sometimes add redness into my already red-prone. skin.
At the Burts Bees launch back in early October, they let us know that their mascara was a really important part of their makeup collection.
They had really wanted to create a mascara for those who just want a natural swipe of mascara. This mascara isn’t intended for those who love big spidery lashes, but instead for someone who wants something more natural and simple.
As someone who loves long thick lashes, this mascara isn’t really for me. But, I do appreciate that they created something that stays true to their commitment to natural beauty, and I do think there will be people out there who want a natural looking lash.
The trios come in 4 different shades:
- Shimmering Nudes
- Blooming Desert
- Countryside Lavender
- Dusky Woods
The eyeshadow trios were an item that I feel can be improved upon. In my opinion, each trio should contain a highlight, a colour, and a neutral matte tone shadow.
Some of the trios only have shimmers, and I feel that that takes away some of the versatility of the trio.
In addition, some of the shadows appear quite faint when you apply them, and some of the mattes can take on a more patchy look.
My favourite of the trios is Blooming Desert, though I also think Shimmering Nudes and Dusky Woods are pretty. Countryside Lavender was the most disappointing as all the shadows in this trio were too faint, or applied patchy.
Another item that I feel can be improved upon is the Nourishing Eyeliner Pencil.
While the pencil colours are pretty, actually applying them is a bit tricky. The pencil formula is a bit harder and so you need to work the eyeliner onto your eye.
I had hoped that the pencil would glide on a bit easier. Though, once you get the pencil warmed up and working, the colours do apply beautifully.
For me, the eyebrow pencil was a major favourite from the collection.
The pencil is very soft and easy to apply. It actually could almost be considered too soft, and at times you’ll find you apply too much of it, but it’s easily fixed by using the spoolie brush on the other side.
I personally have been a fan of the eyebrow pencil and have found myself reaching for it more and more. This product is easy to use, quick to apply, and easy to fix – win, win, win!
For years I have been wearing Burts Bees lip balms, lip tints, and lipsticks. They are some of my favourite products to use year-round on my dry-prone lips. Their lip products have always been excellent, and I found their Glossy Lipsticks to stay true to that.
Overall, I think the line has some total hits and some misses. I think it’s a great launching point for them and that over time we’ll see them improve and develop new products. I really love their intense focus on providing a natural and healthy makeup line to consumers.
Their products are all formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, SLS or synthetic fragrances, and they are not tested on animals.
While I know not all chemicals are technically bad for your skin, I do like to see that some of the ones we know to be bad for us aren’t in these products. And, as an animal lover I love knowing that Burts Bees is a brand that does not test on animals.