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Review & Swatches: Bare Escentuals BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Stick

by Amber on June 24, 2010

in lipstick,makeup,new products,product reviews,swatches

In case you haven’t been properly introduced, please meet BUXOM.  She’s a Bare Escentuals brand and she’s very sassy–so watch out.  As a Sephora-exclusive, BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Stick is a multi-tasking lippie with loads of color that acts as a lip liner, lipstick, and lip plumping conditioner all in one.  Check out these hues:

Amsterdam — deep berry
Barcelona — scarlet apple
Berlin — creamy pecan
Bombay — rose
Brooklyn — harvest fig
Havana — deep violet
Las Vegas — vibrant pink
Marrakech — nude
Milan — sun-kissed apricot
Monte Carlo — magenta

These have a rich, creamy texture and are loaded with plenty of pigment without a waxy feel.  There’s a little bit of a cooling mint sensation which I love–mint just ranks up there on my “things I really like” list (along with lemon and anything buttercream frosting related).  BUXOM Big & Healthy Lip Stick makes it easy to keep the stick sharpened for easy lip lining with a built-in sharpener that you can pop out of the bottom.  See that colored piece on the bottom that corresponds to the color of the lippie?  If you take that off, there it is!  They also twist up, which rocks.  Let’s check out the three shades I tried out: Bombay, Marrakech, and Havana.

While Marrakech isn’t a shade I would wear every day, what I really love about is it that it’s that perfect beige flesh tone which can be really hard to find out there in the lipstick world.  They always end up being too pink or too brown, and in the past I’ve had such a hard time locating a shade like this, Marrakech would have made my life so much easier!  Bombay is a great everyday rose-pink, and Havana as you can see–is a gorgeous vampy violet color.  Havana gives a staining effect as it wears off, which I think makes it more low-maintenance than traditional dark lipstick shades because they start to flake and expose bare lip.  With Havana, I was left with a pretty medium berry stain which I didn’t mind just leaving alone.  Another point of difference I don’t want to miss with these is that they are paraben-free too, so if that’s something you prefer in your products, these are for you.  Who else are these for?  Anyone who wants to see how much easier a lipliner/lipstick combo pencil can make your lipcolor world go ’round, and anyone who likes creamy, non-drying lipsticks with rich pigments.

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine my opinion of the product in this post.  Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding my policies for using editorial samples.

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