Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm have recently launched as part of Covergirl’s Spring 2013 Collection. These are a chubby tinted balm pencil that gives lips a kiss of color and is available in sixteen shades.
The glossy balm pencil has really mad a huge dent in the lip market. There are a good deal of brands releasing these types of pencils lately every since Clinique broke the market with their own chubby pencils. Soon after drugstores started catching up and releasing their own version. Spring seems to be getting a mighty push for this type of pencil as I see a good deal of brands launching them including Neutrogena.
Cover Girl has the chance to rule the market though since there gloss balm pencil has a good deal of variety backing it. Revlon also has a nice shade selection to take advantage of. I think variety of shades can definitely be a tip off in the right direction.
How’s the formula though?
These are pretty much your standard chubby pencil design housing .13 oz of product with a swivel up design. The swivel up design means you won’t need a sharpener.
Mauve Twist, Scarlett Twist, Coral Twist, Apricot Twist
The pencils are easy to use on the go and travel very friendly-like for touch ups. They offer sheer to medium color pay off depending how much you apply with a balm-y texture that isn’t as dry as Revlon’s Kissable Balm Stain and not as moisturizing as Tarte’s LipSurgence or Clinique Chubby Balm. The balm-like texture is a little heavier on my lips and does accentuate dryness and flaky areas so be sure to prep well prior to application to avoid a less than smooth lip look. I didn’t love the texture on my lips to be honest, they felt a little too heavy and they looked less than smooth. Plus they had no real shine or glossiness to them which was disappointing. They do provide quite good color but I actually prefer Revlon’s version of this pencil since the colors have more vibrancy to them and these have more of a cream finish that I find unflattering.
On the upside they do keep lips pleasantly moisturized through the wear and provide a good deal of color.
I’m trying to find reasons why I can’t rave them but it’s hard to say. Pigment is here, some hydration, easy to travel with, convenient to use, price very good ($7.99-$8.99 per pencil sometimes cheaper in the case of BOGO offers)…..they aren’t lacking anything. I think perhaps I’m just a little meh on the color selection. All four shades I tried I wasn’t happy with. They all had unflattering cream finishes that looked very mod on my lips. I also felt a little disappointed at how they seem to accentuate even the smallest amount of dryness on my lips and amp it up to 150. Even if my lips weren’t dry they gave the appearance of being dry.
As for me, I think I’ll stick with the Tarte, Clinique, and Revlon’s versions.
If you tried ’em I would LOVE to hear your thoughts.
Available now at drugstores.