November 20, 2014

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick Review & Swatches

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick is a new Spring 2015 permanent Covergirl Lipstick Collection that’s popping up at drugstores now. Covergirl is obviously taking the Colorlicious idea and running with it this year as they have brand new Colorlicious Lip Lava Lipglosses out now as well as the original Colorlicious Lipglosses that launched earlier this year. So why not a Colorlicious Lipstick right?

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The Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick is available in a plum, nude, reds, and pinks shade selections. It appears to be about 40 shades total that are launching from what I’ve seen at drugstores. Unfortunately, the display at Harmons was picked over rather badly as people had opened and swatches colors so I was limited to purchasing two colors only and ended up test driving one since one of the shades I didn’t really love.

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipsticks

Honestly for me these just remind me of a slightly revamped Covergirl Lip Perfection Lipstick formula. I actually don’t like what I’ve tried so far but might have to give more shades a try before deciding completely. But for now, this is my experience with the shade I did try (I’ll revise this review if anything changes). As you can see the packaging is the same square barrel that the original Lip Perfections come in but done up in a solid color that represents the shade inside. The tubes have a clear lower barrel that shows the shade inside but unfortunately, I feel like the shades are slightly different within the tube. For example, I purchased Ravishing Rose which looked like a pretty dusky rose but inside is a lighter pink frosty rose.

Strangely enough I got two frost shades which never look good on me. These were sealed so I didn’t want to crack them open prior to purchasing them so I had no way of knowing about the frost finish. Le sigh!

Covergirl Romance Mauve Colorlicious Lipstick

Covergirl Romance Mauve Colorlicious Lipstick

Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick swatches

Covergirl Romance Mauve Colorlicious Lipstick Swatches

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Covergirl Romance Mauve Colorlicious Lipstick on Lips

Covergirl Ravishing Rose Colorlicious Lipstick

Covergirl Ravishing Rose Colorlicious Lipstick (Sorry no swatches, this one is going back, no way I can pull it off!)

They have a light plastic-y vanilla fragrance and flavor which isn’t terribly pleasant so beware sensitive users. The texture is creamy, soft, and slightly balm once applied. The formula doesn’t drag during application and applies beautifully however, the texture ages my lips for some reason as it falls into my natural lip line and looks very on. I dislike the texture with a passion as it’s a formula that makes itself very well known on lips. It’s not necessarily heavy but it isn’t lightweight either. Pigmentation is quite good with full opacity on a single pass.

Again, I’ve only tried one shade but so far Covergirl Colorlicious Lipstick disappoints. Covergirl isn’t really my favorite drugstore brand to be honest so it’s no great surprise I dislike these lipsticks. I am however, willing to try a few more shades and give them a second chance just to see if the issues I experienced were isolated to the color I choose. I’ll update you when I do!

Anyone try them?

Do share!

I purchased this item.

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Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • Andi

    Do you not return used cosmetics? I don’t think they can resell them once they’re opened anyway!

    • Isabella Muse

      i rarely return anything to be honest. They have a little seal on the bottom so it was my hopeful they’d be able to resell it. Seemed wasteful to swatch something that I wouldn’t be using and returning anyway.

      • Monica

        A lot of drugstore companies are being a pain about being able to send damaged products back. The drugstore I’m a cosmetics manager at can only send back certain damaged products to the companies (Milani, Wet N Wild, Physicians Formula). All the big ones (L’oreal, Revlon etc) will not take back damaged/used products, even if it comes to us damaged from them! Good thing is, we donate a lot of the slightly used products (broken seals) to a women’s shelter. Most of my slightly used makeup goes in my garage sale & I usually get rid of all of it.

        • Isabella Muse

          i didn’t damage it Monica just took a photo of it and replaced the label. It’s actually still sitting on my desk, chances are it’ll get donated to a friend/family member as I have a knack for not heading back for returns 🙂

          • Monica

            Anything a customer takes home & returns, even if they don’t use it, we unfortunately have to consider it “damaged.” Sorry I wasn’t clear on that ☺. However, in your instance I would probably put it out for sale since Cover Girl doesn’t take their products back & it was never actually used. Sadly, a lot of customers open sealed products at drugstores anyway because they can’t see the colors, are jerks 😮 sometimes & whatever other reasons. We take everything back though & will do so until other competitors change their policies. However, something returned like that could definitely be donated by our chain as well. We do this with over abundance of imposter fragrance testers too!

  • reena

    I am not a fan of frost shades either….somehow it makes teeth look yellow (imo). testers r so helpful! its so sad when they don’t have testers to swatch prior to purchase!

    thanks for the review!

    • Isabella Muse

      my pleasure reena! yeah 🙁 it sucks…! the bottom of the barrel shade is cool but not quite the shade’s that’s inside :-/

  • Krystal

    I’m really disappointed they these have a frost finish. I just find that looks really immature and unflattering on many!

    • PAGE

      i have disliked frosts my 20’s they did not look right..and i am 54, so seen a lot of trends..things come in and go out.frost should go bye bye..few of us are bridget bardot..and MUSE LOOKS GREAT IN ALL she swathes..and these show they are not the best..ty so much..was going to try helped MUSE ONCE rock.

  • Sarah S.

    Ugh, besides the product itself (how dumb the finish is a mystery), they won’t be winning any cute packaging awards. Uggo!

  • Heidi

    This gets me to one of my pet peeves: I wish cosmetic companies would mark whether a product, especially a lip product, is a shimmer, matte, frost, pearl, etc., finish. I loathe frosty lip products. Milani is the only one I can think of that does that, and NYX online, lets you know, but aside from that, not many do.

    • Michelle Luna/Michelley/Chelley

      Old post, I know, but… Revlon and/or L’Oreal, either one or both of those lines mark their lippies with the finish, last I knew… wish I could remember more clearly but I am brain fogging from missing dinner today…

  • Lacy

    I think the romance mauve looks good on you! I love the color and the swatch is nice too. But I know what you mean about frosted lip colors.. not my fav either!

    • Isabella Muse

      aw thanks lacy 😀 you’re good for my ego btw I found the argan mascara!!!!!

  • Jane

    I look like old sweat socks in frost lipsticks, but that first bullet looks like a Lipstick Queen color, i.e., gorgeous.

    Cover Girl use to have decent lipsticks – the iteration before this one (in some ghastly silver tube I think) and their old blister packed ones weren’t terrible.

    Thanks for sparing me a regretted impulse buy. : )

    • Isabella Muse

      oh my pleasure who knows you might want to check them out Jane if you find a sale, you might like ’em!

  • Rebecca

    I was a fan of most of the Lip Perfection line. I think they had a lot of unique shades (I got past the weird scent), but I hope this isn’t a collection of mostly frost shades. Their LP line had some gorgeous 90’s cremes and vampy shades, like Euphoria.

  • Monica

    Cover Girl loves to change their packing & revamp their products. I think they’re trying to gear their products towards a younger customer base, especially using Katy Perry as a new Cover Girl. They revamped their colored lip balms to Smoochies with cute, teen names (Txt Me! Tweet Me! 2Cute) & their flavored lip gloss tubes (anyone remember my fave Guava Splash?) to Smoochies Sizzle Gloss. Cover Girl always reminded me of my grandma because she used their Clean Liquid makeup so I’m guessing they’re trying to get away from that image.

  • Terry

    Thanks for the warning Muse lol I have never been a fan of covergirl’s lipsticks. The smell is just off to me and the pigmentation and coverage is just blahh. Even with many swipe and layering I can see the lines of skin on my lip.

    • Isabella Muse

      yeah, same here, weird vanilla plastic play doh fragrance taste…! same here, they seem to fall into my natural lip lines!

  • Terry

    Most likely the formula and pigmentation is to thin. So other drugstore lipsticks are deft more worth it than covergirl.

  • Lacy

    So I picked one of the nude shades honeyed bloom up with the new almay lippies and i have to say I freakin hate this lipstick.. it’s awful… the smell is exactly like you said if not worse and I found it to be drying and made my lips look dried out. Also I don’t know what’s up with these lippies as far as ingredients but it even made my lips itch/burn slightly and I have to wipe it off.. IMHO these are craptastic… The color was beautiful and so was the pigment payoff but the smell/texture/feel and look of this was so tragic. #covergirlfail

  • CJ

    Hi i have been researching online i got a lipstick from Rimmel and it seems to have iike a crack on the lipstick exact same to the one in your close up photo of the lipstick you reviewed is this a fault or just a regular thing with them.


  • Willow

    ….seems we all came here to check out some lipstick swatches, and wound up just enjoying your supercute jewellery! ;D

  • Moni

    Why do you have the policy to return if you don’t like too and consider people jerks
    When I see a tube of lipstick already I open the tube to see the color since it doesn’t always match the case color. I don’t try on the lipstick. It really sucks when there is no testers. As a woman of color it’s hard to find foundation/lipstick (who doesn’t make me ashy) to match so if there are no tester I have to return it or exchange for a darker shade. I’m the darkest of my family and I’m a student who works part time to pay for my makeup. Testers will really help a lot. Thankfully newer products have a display of testers

    • Monica

      The reason we don’t have testers is because of theft. I work for a regional drug store chain & most of my fragrance testers get stolen, even with anti theft/electronic stickers on them. IMO, I think makeup testers look messy, no matter where you’re at, whether it’s Target, Sephora or Neiman Marcus. Additionally, most chain drugstores (Wal-Mart, CVS etc) don’t supply testers, hence the customer friendly return policy. Also, I run 2 departments (cosmetics & video, which is another story). It’s impossible as one person to have to rent videos, help customers with appropriate beauty choices, put away 5000+ pieces of products AND on top of that I’d have to sanitize every single tube of lipstick that a company makes. Ain’t nobody got time for that! Also, the reason this is in place is to keep loads of teenage girls who open every single tube of lipstick & want to put it on. Trust me they do it & with nail polish too! However, I blame the big cosmetic companies such as CG, L’oreal, Revlon because they no longer accept used & or damaged/opened products back. The individual drug store takes a loss if we don’t receive some sort of monetary credit from the cosmetics company. This is why we donate the opened & returned merchandise.

  • Libby

    I tried Caramel Kiss. It is a very pretty nude/pink shade for fair-skinned people. But the smell and taste? Horrid! I am not sure how to describe it. It gags me.

    I don’t know why cosmetic manufacturers do this. They have to losing sales. I will not repurchase this product.

  • CarrieAnne

    Isabella – I agree. Rite Aid and CVS have such good return policies I literally tried on one of the new Colorlicious shades before I drove out of the parking lot, and back it went. I forgot the name, something pink, and it looked like the old Barbie pink silvery-iridescent frost finish of a Revlon lipstick I coveted from my aunt back in the 80s. 🙂 I just picked up Ravishing Rose before I read this, and although it is quite frosty, the color picks up as a kind of light raspberry shimmer on me, thankfully. I think I’ll be keeping it but “toning” it by combining with other lip colors.

    • Isabella Muse

      haha I’ve gotten those before Carrie! Hate those barbie pinks 😀

  • amy

    I agree about the scent and how they accentuate lines but I was hoping that was just for the light colour that I own. Sorry if I misunderstood, is the mauve one frosty? An online friend in Australia posted a lip swatch of the covergirl colorlicious in romantic mauve. I wonder if it’s different. Her swatch didn’t look shimmery/ frosty