Have you ever been disappointed with a product, only to realize that the reason you were disappointed was because your expectations were not even close to the actual claims of the product? Allow me to clarify.
I'd been lusting after these new Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balms ever since Rach shared those pics with us a while back. Even though the look of this balm is deceiving (it looks like the balm is in a cool cardboard tube, but that's actually just the outer packaging) I was so drawn to the colors in the display that I became obsessed with finding this new collection in my area. I finally found it the other day at a local CVS, and I quickly purchased Red Dahlia.
Not only are dahlias my very favorite flower in the entire world, but I'm also a sucker for sheer red lip colors. I had a feeling this shade was just made for me, I'm telling you!
Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
But then, I swatched it on the inside of my arm, and became sad:
Looking at the color in the tube (which is absolutely gorgeous), I was disappointed by how sheer this balm is on the skin. I guess I was hoping the color payoff would be better, but then I looked at the packaging again. What does it say? It says:
A hint of color that cares for your lips
A HINT, folks. Not a lot, not a medium amount, but a HINT. So after I realized that Burt's Bees had given me exactly what it promised, I felt a whole lot better about this product. In fact, I now ADORE it.
Dare I say this is a My Lips But Better shade for me? I think it just might be!
Here's what else I love love love about this tinted lip balm. NO MINT! Don't get me wrong, I love mint, but I don't like it in every single lip balm I own. To my nose, this balm smells like a combination of cranberries and grapes. Not fake cranberries and grapes, but REAL cranberries and grapes. It smells so luscious I almost want to take a bite out of it. It also has a faint berry flavor to it as well, but neither the fragrance nor flavor are strong or overpowering. Each is quite soft and subtle.
As for the texture? It rocks. Smoooooth and creamy as melted cream cheese. OK, that was gross. I don't want to compare this tinted lip balm to cream cheese--I'm just trying to illustrate that this is one creamy balm, folks. My lips feel so moisturized and luscious--I can't stop rubbing my lips together when I'm wearing this.
Needless to say, this is a 100% natural lip balm and it's packed full of amazing ingredients. That's to be expected from good ol' Burt by now. But honestly, this balm is fabulous, and my only complaint is that the retail price of $6.99 is a bit steep for this drugstore-lovin' gal. Save up your Extra Bucks for one of these, gals. Seriously, I can't recommend it enough, now that I've let go of my unwarranted expectations for deep pigmentation. It never promised a lot of pigment, so I don't know why I ever thought it would have a lot of pigment!
Do you already own a Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm? Are you thinking about getting one? I'd love to hear from you!