Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss Reviews
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Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss

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This lipgloss is okay- not horrible, but not great.

Nov 28, 2010
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Pros:Moisturizing, natural ingredients, shines lips, nice (subtle) color.

Cons:Orange-peel flavoring, would prefer olive oil instead of castor oil.

The Bottom Line: A decent lip gloss for shine and moisturization, but I'm not loving the orange flavor.


I have a difficult time finding a lip gloss probably because I have so many high standards. This hits some of the standards on my list, but not all of them, and falls short of being a great lip gloss. It's decent and works okay, so I'll keep it for now, but it's not going on my top 10 list or anything.

The one thing that caught my eye was that this Burt's Bees Super Shiny Lip Gloss in Sweet Pink is 100% natural. I also liked the ingredients (well, some of them). I thought the pink looked like a nice color, but you never know until you get it home and try it on. What this provides is super shine on the lips from all the moisturizing ingredients. The pink iridescence in it also makes my lips shine nicely. It is a very subtle color, so it's best to put lipstick on first and then this over it. It's mostly used for moisturizing dry lips, providing shine and only a tad (tint) of color. If I feel like I'm not in a makeup mood, then this without lipstick is just fine. It lasts a good half an hour to forty five minutes (like any other lip glosses out there) before it gets absorbed into the lips (or rubbed off). This is not overly moisturizing and has a slight bit of tackiness in it (which is important for it to stay on the lips). The shine is pretty on my lips and my lips feel nice and moisturized, but this still is not my favorite out there. It is VERY difficult to find a natural or organic lip gloss that not only stays on the lips, but has those "perfect" ingredients, has great shine and great color. I could name a dozen chemical-laden lip glosses that work great, so it is a process to find that perfect natural version of lip gloss that also works great.

I bought this at a vitamin store for around $6 and sells online for $6.99. I don't think that's a terribly great price when there are less expensive brands such as Alba or Desert Essence (Lip Glosses). It's a tube with half an ounce of lipgloss inside, you twist off the lid and press a little out and onto the lips.

When I read the ingredients in the store, I thought that this seemed okay to go ahead and try, but the one thing that the ingredients is missing is the "type" of flavor. The ingredients are; Castor Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Acacia Decurrens Flower Wax, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Silica, Flavor, Sweet Almond Oil, Tocopherol and may contain titanium dioxide, iron oxides and carmine. As you can see, the type of flavor is not listed and I found out soon after using that it is an "orange peel" type of flavor/scent to it. I'm not terribly fond of orange peel/grapefruit/citrus scents in my lip gloss, and I wish they would either skip the flavor altogether or come up with something that's not so overwhelming (taste-wise) like vanilla or coconut. I hate having orange flavor on my lips and then I go and sip some coffee or something (orange and coffee do not mix!). So this is not something I like and I guess I didn't think about what "flavor" meant on the package. I wish the packaging would have been more specific, I would have probably not bought it because it is orange-flavored! I like most of the ingredients otherwise, but not sure how I feel about castor oil (it can cause stomach cramping if digested, but on the lips seems like such a small amount). I really would have preferred something like coconut oil, olive or canola oil as the first ingredient. The last ingredient that may seem "iffy" to people is carmine. Carmine is from the shells of bugs or something, meaning it's a natural coloring instead of the synthetic coloring agents. I don't mind, it doesn't gross me out, but vegetarians may not like it so much.

Keep in mind that this lip gloss is considered "natural"- which almost any company can put on their label (there is no regulation for the word natural), and it's not organic. I'm not in LOVE with the Burt's Bee's line, but I decided to give this a try anyway. Burt's Bees products took off because of their natural ingredients for skincare and makeup and the concept was great. The company has been sold to a big corporation and now it doesn't seem as appealing (well, to me). I don't even see any "bee" products in this actual lip gloss, like honey, bees wax, propolis or anything!

With all that said, this lipgloss is moisturizing, and pretty nice. It isn't perfect, but works good at shine and moisturization nonetheless. Overall I give it a 3/5 stars.


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