Although I've been writing about beauty for years, I'm a minimalist when it comes to my everyday makeup routine. That means my idea of looking presentable typically involves just a few things: moisturizer, two coats of mascara, and a tinted lip balm. In my book, if a product requires a mirror to apply, I\u2019m inclined to skip it. What can I say? I\u2019ve gotten a bit lazier since I stepped away from office life and became a freelancer. Recently, I took a temporary, in-office gig at a fashion brand. This meant swapping my sweatpants for skirts and replacing my barely-there balm with a Power Lip (just switching out that one thing is a million times easier than doing a full face beat). A beauty editor friend who knew I was on a bold lip kick gave me a few shades of the new Liquid Lipstick from Burt\u2019s Bees to road test, promising that they wouldn\u2019t dry out my pout. I was intrigued. A lot of the liquid lipsticks I\u2019ve tried in the past tend to look too matte, and give a stamped-on effect that I don\u2019t love. However, this version has made me realize that they're not all created equal. The color payoff is S-I-C-K. My favorite shade is Wine Waters , a deep burgundy that\u2019s become my new go-to for after hours when it\u2019s time to turn up\u2014I like to go more dramatic at night. I also love the comfortable texture, which isn't what you would expect from a liquid lipstick. It\u2019s creamy, moisturizing, and delivers just enough shine (now that it's cold outside, I like to layer it with a lip balm for extra pampering). Another thing that deserves the heart eyes emoji? It glides on like a dream. (This product doesn\u2019t quite pass my no-mirror test, but hey, you can\u2019t have it all). I use the tip of the doe-foot applicator to create a precise shape, then I fill in the color\u2014no liner required. Allow me to demonstrate with Rushing Rose , a super-flattering berry shade that you can wear anywhere: Besides all that good stuff, Burt's Bees Liquid Lipstick fits in with my personal quest to live a healthier, cleaner lifestyle (less meat, less waste, non-toxic products, etc). I was pleased to discover that the smooth formula boasts 100% natural ingredients like shea butter, apricot, and babassu oil. It\u2019s also free of the things that I usually give the side-eye to when I see them on a label, like parabens, phthalates, and petrolatum. I'll be honest, I had my doubts about this product at first because sometimes products that are super-affordable don't always pop. But people, I'm happy to report that this is one of those occasions where it's nice to be proven wrong.