Foundation Fall: Burt’s Bees Tinted Moisturizer (along with their new glosses, tinted balms & a blush!)

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It’s time for week two in my Foundation Fall series! Today I’m using the word “foundation” very loosely because I’m reviewing Burt’s Bees new Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer. Tinted moisturizers really seem to be in right now. I had never used one before so I decided to give this one a try. I was slightly concerned about how I would feel with the coverage level since I do have pretty bad scarring but I was able to make it work for me. I’ve also got a few other things from the brand that I’ll tell you about after the tinted moisturizer. Let’s get into the reviews!

Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer

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The Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer is $12.00 for 1 ounce of product. This was my first experience with Burt’s Bees makeup, other than lip products. I’ve been curious about their cosmetics for a long time but the majority of reviews for the line are not good, to say the least. This is a confusing product for me because I both like and dislike it. You’ll see why I feel that way after reading my pros and cons so let’s get into those.

*Skin type: combination that tends to be more oily, large pores, sensitive and acne prone with acne scarring

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Shade: Ivory

Pros:

  • The formula is 99.8% natural and uses mineral color. It contains green tea, sunflower oil and squalane. All of those ingredients have many skincare benefits that primarily work to rejuvenate and moisturize the skin. It also claims to nourish the skin with vitamins and antioxidants, help strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier and defend against environmental aggressors. Obviously, I love all of those attributes and that’s what made me want to try this tinted moisturizer over others.
  • This formula is free of parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum and synthetic fragrances.
  • The packaging is a convenient squeeze tube which is personally my favorite for foundation products.
  • It claims to leave a natural finish that is non-greasy and lightweight. I agree with this. This left a beautiful finish on my skin every time I used it. However, I do always set my foundations with the J. Cat Luxe Pro Powder in Porcelain. If you did not set this, it would leave a moisturizer/greasy type feel on the skin all day.
  • The shade Ivory matched my yellow/olive undertones perfectly. However, I will talk more about the shade range in the cons section.
  • This is a TINTED moisturizer so I didn’t expect much coverage, and there wasn’t much, but what was there helped to give my skin a more even and healthy appearance.
  • This did not break me out or irritate my skin in any way. If anything, it helped my skin to look and feel better.
  • This does have a very slight scent but it isn’t bad and it dissipates quickly.

Cons:

  • This is only available in six shades and I use the lightest. A tinted moisturizer doesn’t need as large of a shade range as foundation because it just adds a tint of color to the skin BUT six is not enough. There needs to be at least one shade lighter than Ivory and one darker than Chestnut, at the very least.
  • Burt’s Bees recommends you apply this with a sponge or your fingers. I could only apply this with my fingers because if a damp sponge barely touched it not only would it soak up most of the product, it would cause it to ball up. I’m assuming whatever oils are in this react badly with water. I LOATHE applying foundation products with my fingers so that’s a definite con for me. I did try using a brush but that just made it look streaky.
  • This didn’t save me as much time as I would’ve liked when it came to application. It took me just as long to blend this in with my fingers as it would for me to blend in full foundations with a sponge. If I’m going to spend that kind of time blending, I want decent coverage.
  • Less is definitely more with this and it does NOT build up. If you put on too much of this not only will it take longer to blend, it will ball up.
  • This is kind of to be expected but the wear time is not great. You can make it last longer by using setting powder, concealer, etc. but for the most part, you’re going to get between four and six hours of good wear. This will sink into smile lines and under eye bags, as well.
  • The thirteenth ingredient is coconut oil. That is so far down the ingredient list that odds are it won’t affect the skin. It didn’t bother me but it’s something to be aware of if you’re sensitive to it.
  • I am going through this tube unbelievably fast. I don’t feel like I’m using a ridiculous amount of product but it just doesn’t go as far as other BB Creams or foundations that I own.

The top two pictures are of my skin with no product on it and the bottom two are with one layer of the tinted moisturizer. You can see just how glowy it is and how little coverage it provides.

Here’s a few pictures of the tinted moisturizer on different days. In the last picture on the right, I’m not wearing any concealer; just tinted moisturizer, color corrector and powder.

I typically wear my foundation between six and ten hours. These pictures were taken somewhere between the six and eight hour mark. I honestly can’t tell a difference with or without a primer. Both have significant break down where my glasses sit and around my nose and chin. The glow of the tinted moisturizer and my natural oils also broke through. That’s fine with me but might not be to someone with very oily skin.

I recommend the Goodness Glows Tinted Moisturizer but only to a certain group of people. This is going to be best for those with dry to combination skin that don’t need much coverage, don’t need it to last all day and don’t mind applying it with their fingers. I do not plan to repurchase this, despite all the pros, solely because of how it has to be applied. If I want a more natural look on my skin, I can sheer out a foundation or use a BB Cream.

Blush

The Burt’s Bees blushes are simply called blush and they’re $10.00 apiece. This formula contains vitamin E, honey and bamboo. It is also formulated without parabens, phthalates, SLS, petrolatum, talc, synthetic fragrances, or silicones.

I own Toasted Cinnamon which is described as being a tawny brown that is best for tan to dark skin tones. I have to disagree with that description. This a warm, mid-toned orange/peachy shade. I could see it working for most skin tones but it would probably be too dark for the fairest of skin and too light for the deepest of skin.

I personally love this on me. It brings warmth to my face and has a beautiful satin finish. It’s buildable, blendable and honestly one of the best blush formulas I’ve tried. There are two other shades available and I’m sure they will find their way into my collection eventually. I highly recommend this.

Lip Gloss

Burt’s Bees released a new lip gloss formula simply called lip gloss. This formula contains hydrating Avocado Oil and is supposed to leave a sheer finish that isn’t too glossy or sticky. They are $6.00 apiece and packaged in a squeeze tube applicator, which I love. I have the shades Tulip Spring, described as a red with a hint of plum, and Punch of Pink, described as pink with a splash of purple.

These glosses look pigmented in the swatches but on the lips they add the barest tint of color. I do have naturally pigmented lips and both of these just gave me a “my lips but better” kind of look. In the pictures above, I’m wearing them on top of the tinted lip balms because they wouldn’t show up on their own. In the top left picture, I’m wearing Tulip Spring on top of the tinted lip balm in Hibiscus. In the far right picture, I’m wearing Punch of Pink on top of the tinted lip balm in Pink Blossom.

I was slightly disappointed that there wasn’t more pigmentation but other than that, I LOVE this formula. It is so comfortable, adds the perfect amount of shine and is not sticky. These glosses are also extremely hydrating and I’ve been wearing them as lip balms. If you like lip gloss, give these a try.

Tinted Lip Balm

The tinted lip balms are not a new formula to me and I’ve actually reviewed them before but I bought new shades so I decided to talk about them again. They are $5.49 apiece and supposed to add a tint of color to the lips while adding moisture with shea butter. I have three of the shades: Pink Blossom, Hibiscus and Red Dahlia.

The most pigmented of the three is Hibiscus. It’s an orange/peachy shade and my personal favorite. In the picture of the swatches, it’s in the middle and I’m wearing it under a gloss in the picture on the bottom left. As for Pink Blossom and Red Dahlia, I was slightly disappointed. Pink Blossom is a very light pink shade. It does add a hint of color to my lips. It is the top swatch and I’m wearing it in the bottom picture on the right under a gloss. Red Dahlia, however, does nothing. I assumed it would be a beautiful deep red shade but nope. It’s the bottom swatch and I’m wearing it in the top right picture under a gloss.

The formula is excellent. It’s hydrating and comfortable. It’s also decently long lasting on the lips but it is just a tinted balm so it does wear off faster than other lip products. I recommend all of these except Red Dahlia because it’s basically just a clear lip balm.

Final Thoughts

I’m overall impressed with small amount of Burt’s Bees makeup that I’ve tried but I do think there’s room for improvement. Have you tried any of these products or anything else from the line? Let me know! Thanks for reading and have a great day!

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