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The Berry Lips are Back

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia; Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Dare; GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Matt Plum

I'm quiet and baby-faced, and I use nonsense words when talking to dogs I come across in the street, but berry lips make me feel like I'm absolutely ruthless. I've said this many a time, especially on Twitter, but I'm gonna reiterate anyway: berry lips make me feel like I have my shit together. Make-up doesn't just transform you on the outside; it also has an effect on your state of mind, and I love that.

Swatches: Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia; Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Dare; GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Matt Plum. I did try photographing them on my lips, but the lighting has been shocking recently.

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
The cardboard packaging is perhaps a little excessive, given that the lip balm itself is the same size as a standard Burt's Bees balm, but I must admit that I get a kick out of the fact my lip balm has its own case.
The test: A creative writing workshop and an intense library session, complete with snacks.
The result: This balm is super-soft and feels lovely on lips  it does its job in terms of moisturisation. Being a tinted product, the colour is obviously not as strong as that of the lipsticks, but it does leave behind a slight hint of colour, even after eating and drinking (you still need to reapply, though). The licorice scent may not be for everyone, but Red Dahlia is definitely one to try if berry lips scare you.
How much does it cost? £5.99
Where can I buy it? Boots

Sleek True Colour Lipstick in Dare
Dare is a dark, Bordeaux-red shade, and it scared me when I first put it on. But once I got the courage to wear it out of the house I felt like I could slay monsters.
The test: Breakfast (full English for me, thank you very much) and a wander round the city centre.
The result: To my amazement, I surfaced from my fry-up with my lipstick mostly intact  it was a little less sharp at the edges, and some of it had worn away in the middle, but it was nothing disastrous; it just looked like more of a stain. I was able to touch it up at the table with minimal fuss. I then wore Dare for the rest of the day, and despite being very matte it didn't feel drying at all.
How much does it cost? £4.99
Where can I buy it? Supedrug, or the Sleek website

GOSH Velvet Touch Lipstick in Matt Plum
A purple-y shade that's actually a lot brighter than you might expect.
The test: A day of shopping, plus coffee with a friend.
The result: It went all over my sandwich but not all over my face  impressive. Matt Plum is a really pretty colour, and quite a  warm purple, so you don't have to worry about looking too gothic (although, I have to admit, black lips look incredible if you can pull them off). I didn't find this lipstick drying, but it can highlight any cracks or flakes of skin, so be careful. The woman who served me in LUSH complimented this shade  always a good sign!  and said it was perfect for this time of year. I quite agree.
How much does it cost? £6.99
Where can I buy it? Superdrug

Are you a fan of berry lips? Which product would you go for out of these? Let me know in the comments!

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Beth, 23, South East England. I'm a writer with a love of books, lipstick, and the Oxford comma. I love beauty and I also love animals, so I only buy, use, and feature products from cruelty-free brands. (Seriously though, I am the person who stops to fuss over every dog she sees.) You can also expect posts about vegan/vegetarian food, and plenty of musings about life as a 20-something. Want to get in touch? Email me at

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