I'll start out by saying this: I'm a life-long Burt's Bees user. One of my first "beauty products" was the Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream that my mom bought me to help my middle schooler dry hands. To this day, I routinely keep Burt's face wipes and lipstick in my travel bag.
So when I learned that the natural brand known for products like their lip balm, cleansers, and creams was going full-on makeup, I was thrilled. (And I'm not the only one! Since the brand dropped its makeup line, Influenster have been reviewing the products like crazy.) I've always had ambitions to go completely natural with my beauty routine but have struggled in the makeup department. And for the past week, I've been using the brand's new natural makeup line to see if I could make the switch once and for all!
What I used:
I chose to test the powder foundation over the liquid formula because my skin has been breaking out a lot more than normal lately, and I wanted to lay off the heavy stuff. I was so happy with this formula! Powder can be difficult because it can be very obvious when you're wearing it, but I found this to go on really nice and light. It soaked up any shine in a flash and made my redness go down quite a bit. Sure, it needed a lighter hand over a pimple or particularly flaky skin—but that's true with any powder. Overall, this was a solid choice for me!
This had a super similar feel to the powder foundation. It was very finely milled and I could actually see the pigment pickup on my brush, so I knew it was actually depositing color. (I worry about that sometimes with natural products.) I found it to be very blendable and quite pigmented once on my cheeks. I chose the Bare Peach shade, and I'm so glad I did. It's simply lovely. A light pop of color on my fair skin!
I actually was able to test a few of the trios, but Blooming Desert was the best for me. I loved the color combo here and I found these to give the color payoff that I wanted. I think eyeshadows are the hardest natural products to get right just because you have to fight so much: application, wear, color pay off. These do a pretty good job. At first, I thought perhaps the color pay off wasn't really there, but it just took me a few swipes and a more heavy handed application than I'm used to. But I really made use of all three colors in Blooming Desert and saw the results I wanted. And what's more, they actually lasted all through the work day. Although they might not be as pigmented or vibrant as other shadows, they're beautiful, comfortable to wear, and long-lasting—all while being natural.
This has been one of my favorites from the Burt's Bees makeup line! Mascara is my daily go-to, so even if I'm having a no-makeup day, I'll have mascara on. This is an awesome for just that. It's so light and deposits just a fine coat of mascara on lashes. Now, this isn't the crazy lengthening or volumizing mascara you might find elsewhere. It's very subtle, but honestly, that's what I want! Lashes that look just a bit little longer and more refreshed!
I'm pretty picky about my brown products. I've tried quite a few pencils (they're my personal tool of choice), I feel like I'm pretty loyal to my go-tos. I first tried Blonde but that was far too light for me so I switched to Brunette, which was much better but still a bit warm. (I'm a cool dark blonde, light brown.) Overall, this pencil was pretty standard when it comes to brow pencils. It had nice color pay off and I felt like I had a lot of control when applying. It was creamy and didn't smudge for me—pretty much what I require from my brow products. My only "issue" (if you can call it that) is that I still don't quite feel like I have the right shade for me.
I really enjoyed the Warm Brown shade—it was a nice complement to my green eyes! I have slightly mixed feelings about this pencil. Let me start with the good: it's super smooth, glides on easy, creamy, and doesn't tug. (All very good things!) And the color looks comparable to any non-natural liner. The only issues I've ran into while using this product is that I have better application when I apply the liner first and then shadow. Now, this goes completely against my past beauty experience and honestly, my quirky need for everything to be in a certain order. Otherwise, if I apply it post shadow, it just doesn't deliver as pigmented of color. But this is something, I'm quite sure I can get over.
Final thoughts: Overall, I was super impressed with the products. For the first few days of wearing a full face of Burt's, I received multiple compliments at work about my makeup. (Great start!) I was primarily impressed with the wear time of the products. Sure, they needed a little bit of reapplication if I went to dinner post-work, but in all honestly, most of my makeup requires touch ups.
And although, I'm certainly glad to have all the products in my arsenal, I think it's safe to say a select few will be replacing my normal squad of products. (I'm looking at you Mattifying Powder Foundation, Blush, and Natural Nourishing Mascara, specifically.) Out of all the products I tested, these were the ones that not only competed with my non-natural, much more expensive products, but they're also what I'm contributing to the real reason I felt so good for these seven days: they kept my skin looking light and natural—and skin-like. Everything I wore still made my skin look like my skin but a tiny bit better. You could still see my freckles and different tone variations, but everything was just a touch enhanced.
Will I be going completely natural with my makeup? Hard to say. But I do feel quite confident that should I ever make the leap completely, I'll be well-outfitted.
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