Allow me to preface this review by saying it wasn't until a few weeks ago that I welcomed bright, bold lipstick back into my life. After two and a half years of wearing Invisalign approximately 20 hours a day — during which I didn't dare apply color to my lips for fear of smudging, smearing, and staining my plastic trays — I'm throwing myself back into the lipstick ring, full throttle, with this creamy berry shade by Burt's Bees.
And lucky for me, I love berry lipstick. While some may beg to differ, I happen to find the rich wine hue überflattering against my fair skin (which I'm pretty sure is somewhere between warm and neutral undertones, but, you know, undertones are hard). It's probably why I tend to wear similar shades all year long — no matter the season, temperature, or special event. (And apparently brides-to-be are catching on, too, because, according to a recent Wedding Report from Pinterest, there's been a skyrocketing shift in searches for "berry lipstick" from those about to say "I do." Who knew?!)
But this one, Burt's Bees Lipstick in Juniper Water, was a welcome addition to my routine. And not just because I loved the color. Made with nourishing ingredients, including beeswax, raspberry-seed oil, and fatty acid–packed moringa oil, this lipstick, immediately after applying — and hours later — left my lips feeling far from parched. They felt — excuse the word — moist the entire time it was on my lips. (Makes sense, considering the label claims a full eight hours of hydration with every wear.) As someone with chronically dry, chapped lips, this was major for me; however, I've got to be honest here, my lips did begin drying out before the full allotted eight hours. (The color also, unlike most berry shades, did not make my teeth look whiter, which I would have appreciated.)
As for the formula itself, while I tend to prefer matte formulas for their staying power, I found that this one managed to last on my lips longer than a typical creamy lipstick. That doesn't mean it didn't move, though. The slightest touch to my mouth (a common occurrence as I'm a self-proclaimed face-toucher) managed to smear the color to other parts of my face. (Ugh.) Luckily, I work in an office with an overabundance of face wipes, but for those who don't have the same luxury, proceed with caution. To avoid smears, after applying a few coats (maybe with a liner for a more precise shape), I'd recommend blotting off the color with a tissue to create a more stainlike finish. That way you'll be less likely to make a mess.