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Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Shine Review

Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Shine

I purchased Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Shine as part of my recent Burt’s Bees haul (which includes their surprising BB Cream). I chose Pucker. The rich red color is what initially attracted me to this lip gloss. Unfortunately it’s another fail for Burt’s Bees’ products.

Burts Bees 100 natural lip shineThe Application

This lip gloss comes in a convenient squeeze tube with a slant tip applicator and is small enough to fit in a pocket or evening purse. The consistency is smooth and oozed out of the tip nicely. (That could really be taken another way) It’s a bit thick and goopy when you first apply it to your lips. However, after it warms up it seems to melt onto your lips. The result is nice. It’s smooth and the viscosity is spot on. It’s not so thin that you don’t feel like you even applied anything, and it’s not so thick that your lips stick together.

Burt's Bees lip shine swatchThe Coloring

I chose the shade Pucker because it’s a gorgeous red, like homemade cherry pie. Red is hands-down my favorite color of lipstick to wear on any occasion. So you can imagine my disappointment when I realized this Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Lip Shine sucks. And to be clear, I knew this was a sheer formula but thought there would be at least a hint of color somewhere. You really can’t tell the difference between it and clear gloss unless you squeeze on a thick layer.

Burt's Bees lip shine swatch blendThe Scent

The initial smell is sweet, fruity and delightful… then things turn towards the dark side. After being disappointed in its lack of color, I felt at least I had the nice consistency and a pleasant scent. Wrong. I was washing my hands when I caught the odor of cat pee. Since I have a cat, my first thought was that he had had an accident. I searched in vain for his mishap. I gave and went to make myself a cup of coffee and I smelled cat pee again in the kitchen. None to be found.

After making my coffee and taking a sip, which left some gloss on the rim of the mug, I went in for another sip. I caught the strong scent of ammonia yet again as the mug approached my lips . That’s when I realized that my cat hadn’t peed anywhere, it was this damn 100% Natural Lip Shine crap! I read the tiny ingredients list printed on the back of the tube and saw that it contains Ammonium Glycyrrhizinate. Apparently it’s an Ammonia Salt that’s extracted from Licorice Root. The ammonia scent is rather strong and since it’s on your lips, you constantly smell it. Furthermore, men aren’t going to want to kiss someone who smells like cat pee.

Burt's Bees lip shine The Nature of It

With so many new “Organic” and “Natural” cosmetics flooding the market recently, you really need to be careful of what you’re using. Burt’s Bees has been around much longer than most of these “Clean Cosmetics” and has a strong, loyal fan base. The problem is that people just assume that are clean, nontoxic, and natural because they were one of the first to boast “Natural” on their labels.

The truth is that the ingredients on this lip shine is far less than stellar. Questionable ingredients like the Ammonium, Polyglycerides, Hydrogenated oils, Lanolin, Beeswax, Carmine and Titanium Dioxide can also be found in their products.

The All in All

Another crappy product from Burt’s Bees! The color doesn’t show up, it smells like cat pee, and it contains harmful ingredients.


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