As I grew older, I quickly learned that navigating the beauty aisles to find the perfect lipstick could be costly. I found that most drugstore brands didn’t provide enough moisture, pigmentation, or longevity. As for the expensive, high-end brands, I struggled to rationalize paying twenty dollars or more on a tiny tube of dyed wax and chemicals. Once again I was caught in the dilemma of sacrificing quality over quantity in the beauty industry. I started to miss the freedom I had felt as a child when wearing my mother’s lipstick. The effortlessness I had associated with the product was lost. There was no one to help me put it on and there was no one to tell me if the color suited my complexion.
Happily, Burt’s Bees released a new line of affordable, all natural lipsticks. Ranging from pale lilacs and dusty roses to bright corals and deep reds, the modern colors offer something for everyone. The formula is pleasantly moisturizing but not greasy, containing vitamin E and raspberry seed oil to offer comparable hydration to a lip balm. The recycled packaging is quite sturdy for a plastic case and the square shape and honey-comb design stand out nicely amongst the monotonous black circular tubes of other brands. Best of all, I love how buildable the color is. I can create a sheer wash of color to create a stain or layer it on for a bolder look. This means that I can wear lipstick again with the same tenacity as I did when I was younger. I can layer on as much as I like and not worry about it wearing out unevenly or worse needing a special occasion to wear my fancy, expensive lipstick.