Burt’s Bees’ Liquid Lipstick – Swatches & Review

Hello! Today I’m reviewing the recently released Burt’s Bee’s Liquid Lipstick. I saw them at a display with a $1.50 off coupon at CVS and was intrigued. Despite my dislike of previous Burt’s Bees Lip products I grabbed the most lightest most nude looking shade of the display and decided to give it a try. (Scroll down for swatches)

So this is a new launch and Burt’s Bees came out with 12 shades of their new liquid lipstick formula – the shades all have kitschy names like Niagra Nude and Coral Cove. The lightest nude color I found at CVS was called Pouring Nude, and funnily enough is nowhere to be found on Burt’s Bees website. I thought maybe they did a last minute name change after they launched but even the colors don’t seem to match up to the shade I found in the store…who knows. Anyhow, lets just move on to my experience with their so called “liquid lipstick”. 

Smell –

I’ve always had issues with Burt’s Bees lip products for no other reason other than they always smell so bad. With the exception of the lip shimmers (which smell strongly of mint) they usually have an expired lipstick crayon kind of smell. These are no different when it comes to a strange smell… the smell is reminiscent of a strange combination of my memory of Now and Laters (my least favorite candy) as well as my grandmothers red lipstick which was bought in the 60’s and was at least 30 years old by the time I got my hands on it. In other words, the Burt’s Bees’ Liquid Lipstick smells slightly sweet, but also undeniably like old makeup. The taste is just as bad when you lick your lips unless you like bitter crayons. Don’t ask me how I know what crayons taste like, I mean, we all did that in kindergarten right? Just me? Well, I guess not every kid was as weird as I was, but I digress…

Application –

The applicator is pointed and slanted which allows for precise application which is a plus for me since I have a prominent cupid’s bow.

Swatches –

Pouring Nude is a peachy orange nude with a gold shift. Despite its semi-tacky texture you can sheer it out for a wash of color.

On the lips it seems like this shade emphasizes texture and has a gold shift that I think takes a wearable shade into the not wearable category for someone looking for an everyday nude. Maybe is just me, and it would look great on another skin tone, but on me I find it very unflattering.

Texture & Pigmentation –

As for the texture, it most certainly is not a dry down liquid lipstick, it’s more like an semi-opaque gloss and quite a moisturizing one which is a plus. In fact they remind me of the Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick Formula. The biggest difference I can see between them is Bite Beauty’s formula leaves a stain and at least the Burt’s Bees’ Pouring Nude shade does not. Bite Beauty’s formula is also a bit more opaque and tacky. If you are looking for a more affordable option these might be an option for you if you can get past the smell/taste. But in my opinion, the higher price tag is worth having a better taste and experience with your lipstick.

Ingredients –

The ingredients are pretty clean which makes me happy, but for those who are curious, here is the full ingredients list:


Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, oleic/linoleic/linolenic polyglycerides, lanolin, polyhydroxystearic acid, mica, silica, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, cera alba [beeswax], C12-18 acid triglyceride, sorbitan sesquioleate, hydrogenated apricot kernel oil, hydrogenated apricot oil unsaponifiables, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil unsaponifiables, orbignya oleifera seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, glycine soja (soybean) oil, tocopherol, citric acid, aroma [flavor]*, ammonium glycyrrhizate, benzyl alcohol, limonene, linalool, may contain [+/-]: CI 75470 [carmine], CI 77491 •CI 77492•CI 77499 [iron oxides], CI 77891 [titanium dioxide] *aroma naturel / natural flavor.

Conclusion –

So let’s sum up with the pros and cons:


  • Cruelty Free
  • Formulated without talc, parabens, and phthalates, petroleum, and SLS
  • Affordable ($9.99 at CVS)
  • Pointed applicator allows precision
  • Moisturizing


  • Not Vegan (beeswax & lanolin)
  • Slightly sticky
  • Weird smell/taste
  • Emphasizes texture

For me the off putting smell and taste is enough for me to do a hard pass on these, which pains me because I really want to support cleaner drugstore brands. I do think Burt’s Bees has some wins with their makeup, I just have never had much luck with their lip products because of the smell. Currently I’m testing their B.B. cream which I will be reviewing here and on my YouTube channel shortly and I am really enjoying it so I’m not giving up on them. Anyway, stay tuned for that review and thanks for reading!

Have a beautiful day!

<3 Amber


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