Review: Burt's Bees Makeup


I was excited to be able to test out quite a few of the Burt's Bees product line. I've been looking at them in the store forever, intrigued by their all-natural makeup status. I've been slowly transitioning a lot of our family's health and beauty products to more natural options, so when I was sent these to try out, I was beyond happy!

Burt's Bees makeup focuses on including only natural ingredients and doesn't contain parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum or synthetic fragrances. I also didn't notice talc in any of the ingredients that I checked which is also a good thing. Their products are dermatologist tested and are cruelty free.

I'm going to do quick reviews on each of the products I received and let you know my thoughts on how they work and how they hold up!

I received the Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Foundation in the shade Porcelain, which I believe is their lightest shade. It turned out to be perfect for me shade-wise. I've noticed some people complaining about a really bad scent from their foundation, but mine wasn't bad. It's wasn't the greatest foundation smell, but they also don't add in artificial fragrance, so I didn't mind. The foundation contains meadowfoam seed oil, which is supposed to be moisturizing to the skin. The foundation also claims to smooth and even skin while making it look naturally radiant.

I have to say...I was not impressed with this foundation at all. Previously the worst foundation I had ever tried was the NYX Can't Stop Won't Stop, but this took over first place. I just could not get this to blend out at all. Some spots would just seem to constantly move around rather than blend in and no matter what I tried it just wouldn't sink into the skin properly. I set the foundation with powder hoping it would help and it did a little, but still didn't look the best. Shortly after the foundation began sinking into every fine line I had and even those I didn't know I had. I also began to get quite oily looking and the foundation was breaking apart even more. Definitely not a fan.

Burt's Bees Goodness Glows Rating: 1/5

Next I tried out the Burt's Bees ALLaglow makeup sticks. Their bronzer, blush, highlighter and lip product all came in stick formula. The sticks are supposed to be lightweight and non-sticky while being hydrating and long lasting. These are supposed to brighten and define your face while providing it with a healthy, illuminating glow.

The first thing that had me worried about these was the white 'core' in the middle of ALL these sticks. That's supposed to moisturize your skin and consists of Coconut Oil, Jojoba Oil, Cupuacu Butter, and Daikon Radish Extract. No pigment in the middle of the sticks at all. I'm not a fan of putting coconut oil on my face. I find it clogs pores and doesn't make my skin too happy. That being said, I gave these a fair go and did my best to make them work over top of the foundation. Here's a quick breakdown of them and I'll summarize at the end as they all seemed to be the same formula:

Bronzer: I used Bronze Splash which was extremely light...I had to keep adding it on and trying to build it up and barely...barely got a very mild bronze from it. I'm ridiculously pale as well, so I'm not sure how this would work on someone else with a deeper skin tone.

Blush: I used Suez Sands. The blush gave a healthy looking flush and I found it easiest to just swipe it right on my face and then pat it out with my fingers. This was very light too, but a bit easier to build than the bronzer.

Highlighter: I did the same with the Opal Mist highlighter, which provided a very mild glow. I wasn't really a fan of this at all...it just didn't show much on my skin. I realize this is supposed to be light and natural makeup, but I like my highlight to, well...highlight a bit more.

Cheeks/Lips: I receive the shade Dahlia Dew, which was actually pretty on the lips, but it was very hard to apply because of the giant size of the stick. I had to really try and focus on the edge of it to line and then it was harder to fill in too, while also avoiding the coconut oil centre which has no pigment.

Overall, the sticks felt greasy. It just felt like I was dragging oil across my face and there was very little colour payout. This had a tendency to move and/or remove the foundation in spots, but I'm not sure if that's the foundation or the sticks. I didn't find these to be lightweight at all. In fact it was the opposite. Because it was so greasy, it felt heavy and I just wanted to wash my face. The colours faded and didn't last through the day. I wasn't surprised given how light they were. They also contributed to my face looking oily throughout the day. I was really worried I was going to have a huge breakout from these, but thankfully I didn't. I think if I used them for another day or two though, I would.

Burt's Bees Bronzer, Blush, Highlighter and Cheek/Lip Stick Rating: 2/5:

The Burt's Bees Nourishing Mascara came in black, although I do believe they have a brown shade as well. The formula is 100% natural and contains jojoba oil and glycerin to nourish lashes. It is not a waterproof formula (which is what I usually prefer anyway).

This was an okay mascara. It coated evenly and separated lashes. The colour was nice too. If you're looking for a natural looking mascara just to give you a little boost, then this would work. If you want a dramatic lash with lots of volume and length added, then this isn't for you. It did last thoughout the day and I didn't really have to worry about smudging and flaking, so I was pretty impressed.

Burt's Bees Nourishing Mascara Rating: 4/5

The last item I wanted to mention was their powder blush. This wasn't part of the package I received and I purchased this on my own. The blush is 100% natural and contains bamboo, honey and vitamin E to help nourish the skin. I have the shade Bare Peach.

The blush is pigmented and blends out easily. The shade I have is beautiful and just adds a nice, healthy glow to the skin. It wears well throughout the day and I'm really impressed with the formula of their blush. I'm hoping to pick up the Toasted Cinnamon next. I do really love this product and even though it wasn't part of the package I received, it still is Burt's Bees and I thought it would be nice to end this post on a more positive note.

Burt's Bees Blush Rating: 5/5

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