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I'm a big fan of both lipsticks and lip glosses but at the moment I seem to be favouring lipsticks. This is mainly due to the fact that I've discovered a new range from the brilliant brand Becca which are really lovely. Sheer tint lip colours are a cross between a lipstick and a balm, come in a stunning range of shades and contain a cocktail of ingredients to moisturise and care for lips.
I added this part on a previous review for Becca Beach tint but felt I should put it here too because a lot of people commented that they had never heard of the brand.
The Becca line of cosmetics was created by Australian make up artist Rebecca Morrice Williams. Frustrated by the lack of natural looking, long lasting foundations that were still able to conceal blemishes, Rebecca decided to develop her own range of bases and make up and after six years of scientific development, the Becca range was born. The Becca philosophy is all about creating natural, flawless looks and mainly concentrates on creating a perfect base which makes skin look amazing.
Becca has created a 3 step skin perfecting system to correct, perfect and enhance all skin tones and the huge range of 34 concealer shades and 30 shades of foundation caters for the very lightest to the darkest of skins. A huge range of cheek products, eye shadows, lip glosses and lipsticks and a large range of high quality brushes are also offered as well as limited edition palettes. Most of the colour cosmetics in the range are natural toned, allowing the user to enhance their natural features and emphasis is also made on multi use products such as the lip and cheek crèmes and beach tints.
What are Sheer Tint Lip Colours?
Sheer Tint Lip Colours are hydrating lipsticks which leave lips with a semi transparent, sheer wash of colour. The formula contains Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Honey and Vitamin E to moisturise, protect and soften. There are ten nude shades available in the range, all of which are scented with a delicate vanilla/caramel scent.
Milla (sheer black currant)
Gisella (sheer caramel nude)
Vendela (sheer rosy nude)
Estella (sheer soft beigey pink nude)
Alina (sheer orange/red)
Laelia (sheer peach nude)
Yasmina (sheer mauve nude)
Tatiana (sheer raspberry pink)
Oleysa (sheer deep nude)
Leticia (sheer soft guava pink)
Price and availability
Sheer tint lip colours are available from beccacosmetics.com where they are currently priced at £22.00 for a 3g tube of product. Becca products are also available from beautyexpert.co.uk and hairhq where they are priced the same (£22.00) and from salonskincare.co.uk where they cost slightly less (£21.00) although I'm unsure how much postage costs. The occasional bargain can be found on ebay but you have to keep an eye out as things don't seem to be listed often.
Sheer tint lipsticks are packaged in the usual matt black boxes that all Becca products come in and are wrapped in a piece of matching black, corrugated cardboard for extra protection. The actual tube is made from shiny, silver metal and is a standard round cylindrical shape. The edges of the tube (top and bottom) are rounded and smoothed which gives a sleek appearance and the whole thing is completely plain apart from a circular design which contains the Becca logo on the top of the lid and a shade sticker which contains contact info and the product name on the base.
The lid is slightly different to other lipsticks I own and have tried in the way that it screws on to the base instead of simply clicking in to place. The twist and lock design is a fantastic idea and works really well at ensuring the lid stays put and the product within doesn't get damaged. The tube also feels quite heavy which makes the lipstick and tube design feel well made and high quality. Overall I really like the simplicity of the packaging and really love the fact that Becca have been subtle with branding and haven't felt the need to print their logo all over the tube.
How to use
I don't think I need to write much here as applying lipstick isn't exactly rocket science. Becca do suggest on the their site that applying the product with a lip brush works well and helps the product to stay put for longer. I have tried this and have to say that I haven't experienced any longer wear when I've used a brush. I tend to apply in the same way I would with any other lipstick and find it incredibly easy as the product is sheer which means you don't have to be as precise as you sometimes do with fuller coverage/darker lip products.
The vanilla/caramel scent is quite prominent when applying but is really quite pleasant and not synthetic or sickly. I find that the scent lasts a while after I've applied but becomes a lot more subtle and I only occasionally catch a slight, sweet whiff of the fragrance.
Sheer lip tints feel different to any other lipstick I've tried which I think is due to the balm like hydrating formula. After applying, my lips feel nourished and hydrated but without the horrible sticky feeling that some lipsticks and glosses give. The shade I purchased (Gisella) is described as a sheer caramel nude (which is a pretty accurate description) leaves my fairly pigmented lips with just the right amount of colour for a natural look. The formula also adds the right amount of shine and lips appear moist and healthy but don't have that gloopy glossy look.
As far as lasting power goes, these aren't the longest lasting lipsticks I've used and I generally get just a couple of hours wear before I need to reapply. I've found this to be the case with most moisturising formulas and find only the drier type lipsticks seem to last a decent amount of time on me. When the colour has worn off, I do find that my lips still feel moist and conditioned and any dryness I had before applying has been smoothed which is an added bonus and one I don't get from other brands.
How long does the tube last?
The soft textured formula of the product does seem to mean that I apply a little bit more with each use than I would with other lipsticks. This and the fact that I reapply quite frequently means that I've noticed the lipstick shrinking slightly more quickly than other formulas I own. I've not found this to be a major problem though and after four months of fairly heavy use my tube is still going strong and I still have approximately half left.
Would I recommend?
Becca really is my favourite cosmetic brand at the moment and if I could afford to bin most of my stash and replace it with items from the range I would. Everything I've tried has been superb quality and the results I get from the products are incredibly natural looking. Sheer lip tints are no exception and the pretty colour, conditioning ingredients and balmy type feel I get when wearing mean I will definitely be repurchasing more from the line.
I would recommend to anyone who likes to wear minimal make up or likes the 'no make up' natural look or to anyone who's not particularly confident in applying products as it's so easy and pleasurable to use.
Becca cosmetics are not tested on animals and the company actively participates in research to prove that other methods are more relevant and reliable. The product formula is also paraban free.
Ingredients:Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Ricinus Communis(Castor) Seed Oil, Phytosteryl Oleate, lsostearyl Isostearate, Hydrogenate Polyisobutene, Polyethylene, Polyisobutene, Kaolin, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Flavor (Aroma), Beeswax, Ozokerite, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Luffa Cylindrica Seed Oil,Tocopheryl Acetate,Honey Extract, Water (Aqua), Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Caprylyl Gllycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Talc. MAY CONTAIN + /: Iron Oxides (Cl 77491, Cl 77492, Cl 77499), Titanium Dioxide (Cl 77891), Carmine (Cl 75470) Yellow 5 Lake( Cl 19140:1), Red 7 Lake( Cl 15850:1), Red 30 (Cl 73360)