Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms Review + Swatches

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Love Burts Bees? Then you’ve got to check out this Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Review. 

burts bees lip balms with lids off

I was running an errand at my local drugstore, determined not to even enter the beauty section, when I saw a display tucked close to the registers…could it be?

My heart pounded as I inched closer – yes, it was!

A full on display of the brand new Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms!

Ever since our drugstore diva, Gianna at Nouveau Cheap first spied these new balms I’ve been fruitlessly searching for them.

My absolutely, most favorite lip balm ever is the classic Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm – it’s super smooth, minty fresh, a great prep coat for any lip product and has kept my lips flake-free for years.

So I was beside myself to get my hands on a few of these new sheer tinted balms from my trusted Burt.

burts bees lip balms on a white table

And I’m not the only one!

The Tinted Lip Balms ($7) were nationally launched in February and are still rolling out onto your local shelves…and being snatched up just as quickly!

The latest balms from Burt’s Bees offer “a hint of color” is six, super sheer, super smooth shades. 

Burts Bees Tinted Lip Balm Shades

Hibiscus – a sheer warm pink (with coral hints)
Honeysuckle – a sheer peachy nude
Tiger Lily – a sheer peachy orange
Pink Blossom – a sheer true pink
Red Dahlia – a sheer burgundy red
Rose – a sheer rosy red

Happily, the display I stumbled over still had four lip balms left (it’s Hollywood, you’ve got to be fast!) – and in three different shades. I grabbed all three without hesitation, barely reading the names and hightailed it to the checkout.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Swatches

woman's arm with swatches of burts bees lip balms(Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balms: Pink Blossom, Red Dahlia, Rose)

As you can see from the Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm swatches, these tinted balms give a sheer touch of color and shine to lips without a speck of shimmer.

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Review

The shades are true to the packaging, so there’s no guessing when picking out your favorite shade. And since the color is so very sheer, these shades (even the reds) are flattering for any skin tone.

In fact, ladies with darker skin may find the light shades more of a clear balm than a tinted balm, and should check out the darker hues.

These balms provide a “natural but better” color to lips in an incredibly creamy formula that just glides onto lips.

I really love the way this leaves my lips feeling smooth and hydrated for hours. And since it’s Burt’s Bees, the creamy formula comes from natural ingredients including coconut oil, shea butter and beeswax.

One word of warning: if you are expecting that Burt’s Bees rush of tingly, minty goodness, you won’t find it in the tinted balms. Instead, the balms have a subtle fruity scent.

burts bees lip balms with lids off

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Pros & Cons

Super sheer hues are great for on-the-go color (no mirror needed!)
A soothing, creamy formula you’ll look forward to applying
Provides long lasting hydration to protect against chapped lips
Subtle fruit scent and tingle free for those with sensitivities

All Burt’s Bees products are free of parabens, phtalates, sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS) and petrochemicals
The Tinted Lip Balms are made with 100% natural ingredients, like coconut oil and shea butter
All Burt’s Bees products and ingredients are never tested on animals
Burt’s Bees is a member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and use the highest approved levels of Post Consumer Recycled (PCR) and recyclable materials.

Cheers for going shrink wrap free – but the chubby brown cardboard tube, with an inner pink cardboard tube is a lot of packaging.
These tinted lip balms do not have sunscreen

All in all, I love the latest from Burt!

If you are a fellow lip balm addict, here’s a great way to add a subtle touch of color with long lasting moisture and chapped lip protection all rolled into one – five stars!

Do you have a Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm review to share?

Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. @tyna – I love anything Burt’s Bees makes, and I’ve been on the lookout for these to no avail. Hopefully they’ll make it to the stores where I live before too long. Of the colors you tried, which is your favorite?

  2. I’m a gloss fan, but I keep hearing amazing things about these lip balms. That’s sad about the mint not being there (I like the tingle!), but the color on those swatches look so great. Red Dahlia and Rose may have to be my next lip purchase!

  3. I have the Red Dahlia one. I love the color and the smell is amazing, but my lips are cracking! It’s not the same as their true lip balm. :-((

  4. @tyna – I thought the same thing about the big ol’ cardboard packaging. It’s kind of odd that a company so dedicated to green issues would double package something that doesn’t really need packaging. BUT, as I was tossing it away I had a genius idea – it would be perfect for packing! I could put my most delicate necklace in it that I don;t want to get tangled (wrap in tissue and insert!) It would also be good for pills. So I’m turning a perplexing negative into a positive!

    Now, on to the balm, I’m reviewing Rose. Very subtle, very pretty! I see the color a lot more on my arm (as seen above) then I do on my lips. But I love to keep it in my purse all the time and know that I have a bit of color in any color emergency.

    But honestly, I expected a bit more from Burt’s Bees. I absolutely miss the tingle. And it doesn’t feel quite as nourishing as their original balm.

    So, great for sheer, natural color. But look elsewhere if you need heavy duty moisture. I give this 3 stars.

  5. Melissa @turboterp – keep your eyes peeled! I found mine at a CVS and I’ve heard others found a display at their local CVS. Also, word is they are in stock at Ulta and Target. Good luck!

    I do really miss the tingle of the classic Burts Beeswax Balm – I’ve actually been applying a coat of original and then a coat of tinted balm – ha. I’m sad to hear that these balms aren’t doing the job for you @Charissa – maybe you can try the double application method too, since you’re loving the color so much.

    I ended up keeping the lightest shade, Pink Blossom – I’m not sure it was my fave color (the Rose is super pretty) but it was the best for my fair coloring and needs (swipe it on on-the-go sans mirror). The pink shade is super subtle but it almost stains my lips with a very even, light pink that adds a nice finishing touch to my normally colorless lips.

  6. I am really liking tinted lip balms lately – will keep an eye out for these. Thanks @tyna!

  7. Well I guess that gives me a reason to go to Target! I really want to see (and buy) the Tiger Lily.

    Oh and I noticed they have these balms at amazon as well – so you can get any color you want online – just have to wait a little while. And I need instant gratification!

  8. Those are pretty. I’ve been contemplating these actually. I never pick them up because I’m afraid of the scent! I really, really hate scented things because they tend to irritate my allergies. But, I might try these out.

  9. I have Red Dahlia and I REALLY like it! I agree with the packaging thing though, yes there’s no shrink wrap but there’s a whole lot of cardboard. Then I feel bad throwing it out, so then it just sits there…but, I do love it. I’m getting the Pink Blossom next!

  10. I think tinted balms are very easy to use for girls who are so quick and on the go. I would definitely try these out. They remind me of those Stila ones that are named after every day of the week. Do they still sell those? Can’t beat the $7 price tag if it’s of good quality!

  11. OMG I am so excited to try these! I love Burt’s Bees regular lipbalm–I used it all the time in college and got several of my friends hooked on it as well! I also like their lipshimmer, although I don’t like the small size, because product seems to get all over the cap and such. And sometimes the shimmer seemed a bit too much… basically, these tinted lip balms were what I’ve been wishing Burt’s Bees would make.

  12. Burt’s Bees makes a mean lip balm- I will definitely have to try these! I applied their lip balms going through high school like I was some sort of addict, lol. The only thing from them that I never loved was their gloss… the colors were pretty, but they were just so thick and oily with these huge chunks of glitter… bleh :P Back to the subject at hand- these look perfect for summer (well, except for the no SPF… I’m actually pretty darn surprised about that!)

  13. I’m thinking I will pass on these, I’m more interested in the CoverGirl Nature Luxe line of lip balms. Will any of you be trying those out and reviewing for us?

  14. Looked for these today and my store didn’t have them. I use Burt’s Lip Shimmer which is sorta like the same concept and absolutely love them. They do have a minty flavor to them and give you color…probably a little more than these would. But as a lip balm addict, I must try these too. I’ll have to continue my search.

  15. I am obsessed with Burt Bees Lavender scented hand cream, so I just have to give these a try!!

  16. Hibiscus and Honeysuckle sound dreamy for the upcoming springtime and all its outdoorsy, no-makeup fun days. I love Burt’s original formula, too. Who doesn’t have a Burt in their glove compartment or purse?

  17. Keep your eyes peeled ladies, I keep seeing coupons on the displays at my local drugstores. Nothing makes a new lipbalm more tempting than saving money on it to boot!

  18. @tyna: Yay! I’m so glad you were able to find these, and that you like them! :)

    @stef: What a genius idea! I was racking my brain trying to figure out a use for that coardboard packaging, and I LOVE he idea of using it to protect small items when traveling. I never in a million years would have thought of that, and now I have a place to put my (faux) diamond studs the next time I go on a road trip!

  19. Just picked this up at Target in Red Dahlia–these are super sheer and super moisturizing. I definitely didn’t get a burgundy look from this–just the barest hint of my lips but a little better tint. But I’m okay with that. I love a tinted lip balm and at least I can tell there’s a little color, so I’m a pretty happy girl. I’m going to pick up the Rose shade next :)

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