Today’s lip product is a sleeper hit: Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Stick in Amsterdam.
Buxom is a sub-brand of Bare Escentuals — but I still haven’t gotten on the mineral wagon, so I wouldn’t say I’m fluent in BE’s product offering. I got this mini lip-color crayon as a freebie with a recent Sephora order (because the promo picture looked pretty).
If you sniff the lip crayon, you’ll smell the same burnt-sugar scent of the Buxom glosses (swatched here and here). But apply it to your lips and the sweet smell is almost entirely covered by the scent/sensation of cool, minty tingling (which seems to last as long as the product remains on your lips. Lick your lips and your tongue will tingle). I complained about the minty-ness to Mr. Salt, who leaned in and confirmed that he smelled only caramel.
On any other day, the strangeness of these features might turn me off a lip product. But the color of Amsterdam is, quite simply, gorgeous. It’s a rosy-peachy nude, as if I had Scarlett Johansson’s naturally pigmented lips. I think I’m in love.
Sephora has the exclusive on these lip crayons; you won’t even find them on Bare Escentuals’ own website. The mini is pretty tiny, but you can buy the full-size crayons for $18 each. They’re surprisingly difficult to find in Sephora’s Bare Escentuals page-within-a-page, so if you want one, they’re here.
There’s also a Dolly Does Amsterdam set for $32, containing a Buxom gloss in Dolly, mini Lip Stick in Amsterdam, eyeliner in Onyx, and mini mascara in Blackest Black.