December 2, 2015

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm Review & Swatches

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm is a new permanent Covergirl Lip Balm Collection that’s launching in drugstores along with the rest of the Covergirl Spring 2016 Collection I recently posted about.

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

These are $7.99 each and Covergirl’s display reads “Try vs a $20 Lip Balm” which may or may not be a little nudge at Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment or other more costly lip balms on the market at the moment.

With 10 shades to choose from and cute, colorful packaging Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm do so bring the fun. You know me, I love packaging and it really sells a product to me and these are quite cute plus I love lip balm so I’m all in.

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Lip Balm

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm’s packaging (and lack pigmentation) reminds me a lot of L’Oreal Pop Balm or L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm. The packaging is a little chunkier but the idea is kinda the same. As you can see these come housed in a square tube with a brightly colored lid and “Oh Sugar” written across it. In the coming months you’ll likely see Katy Perry promoting these as Covergirl tries to capture they eye and attention of a younger demographic.

Covergirl Oh Sugar!

I wouldn’t say they are budget priced at $7.99 but you’ll likely never pay full price for these as drugstores have constant sales. They are a slightly upscale version of Maybelline Baby Lips but where as Baby lips are $2.99 or so each these will set you back $5 or more dollars. Also keep in mind I purchased these at Harmons so I suspect they’ll be a little higher in price at CVS and Walgreens. My guess-timate would be $8.49 to $8.79.

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm Swatches (Gumdrop, Caramel, Punch, Soda)

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm Swatches (Gumdrop, Caramel, Punch, Soda)

According to Covergirl these have grape seed oil and avocado neither of which seems to bring anything other than very light hydration to my drier lips. They have a slick and thinner consistency that glides on lips beautifully leaving behind a color and a hint of shine. They are incredibly comfortable and lightweight on my lips. But like Baby Lips they wear for a very short time and they also provide very light moisture. I like the slicker feel, I love that they aren’t a traditional heavier lip balm product that feels waxy or even heavy on lips, however, I do wish they provided a bit more moisture. They are actually, in some ways, even better than Sugar Lip Treatment because of the lighter consistency on my lips and the slicker texture. I like they add a nice hint of shine and color.

Covergirl Caramel Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Caramel Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Caramel)

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Caramel)

Covergirl Gumdrop Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Gumdrop Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Gumdrop)

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Gumdrop)

Covergirl Punch Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Punch Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Punch)

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Punch)

Covergirl Soda Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Soda Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Soda)

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm (Soda)

They taste horrible. I guess they tried to replicate Fresh’s fragrance and flavor because at first they taste like sugar with a little lemon in the background. But a few seconds into application and the flavor kinda goes funky and ends up tasting weird and cardboard-ish.

Now the wear time as I mentioned above is pretty short. I’d say you can get maybe an hour out of these, two if you’re lucky. They do provide a lot more tint than L’Oreal or Baby Lips so you get a nice bit of pigment from the colors. By the way, don’t assume the colors of the caps are the shades of the lip balm as that’s not the case. For example, the color Punch Cocktail has a bright pink watermelon-ish lid but the color inside is red. One of my favorite shades was Caramel which is a great natural nude on my lips. The color selection is very nice and sure, they don’t provide incredible pigment but they aren’t lacking in color pay off either.

All in all Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm isn’t a gamer changer. These are a simply lightweight lip balm that provides nice shine and excellent color. The flavor is off putting and dare I say so is the price but I wouldn’t write these off completely should you grab them up on sale as I was impressed with the color selection and thought the looked really nice on lips. Cons? Well, lack of moisture for one and the flavor for another! Pros? Great shine, great color pay off, and a super easy slick glide across lips.

Now you decide if you need them πŸ™‚

Tried ’em already?

Do share!

Covergirl Oh Sugar! Vitamin-Infused Balm are launching now at drugstores.

I purchased this item.

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  • Cass S

    man – i wish someone WOULD come up with a good dupe for Fresh – one that tastes and smells as good… and for it to be a REAL DUPE, it would need the SPF 15 or so that Fresh has in it. All these so called “Dupes” everyone preaches about – not one of them has tint and SPF in them, so to me, they aren’t really a dupe because they aren’t fulfilling every function of the original product. But at $20+ a tube Fresh is OUCH… so I strech my fresh out and alternate with the not as good tasting, but beautiful, Elizabeth Arden tinted Lip Conditioner with SPF – (color Plum is my go to).

    • Bee

      I get it, but as someone who over the past year has developed an allergy to the sunscreen ingredient in a lot of cosmetics, I’m glad to have dupes for Fresh balm that don’t have SPF. Fresh used to be my go-to daily lip product but I had to throw all of mine away. If these are SPF-free I’m very excited to try them out. I get that most people prefer to have SPF in their makeup and skincare, but some of us are allergic and we really don’t have as many options.

      • Renee

        I too have an allergy to SPF lip balms, so I’m glad there are non-SPF alternatives to cosmetics with SPF in it.

  • mirandagrosvenor

    Am I the only one looking at these and singing “SUGAR, YAASSSS PLEASE” like Adam Levine? LOL

    • Isabella Muse

      haha! I hadn’t thought of it until now but yeah, I’m joining in!

  • Elaine

    Thanks for all the news and deals! Ijust tried Jack Black Lip Balm at 25 spf and it’s great (minty one). I have fresh but don’t love the texture.
    AND–Has anyone else noticed how many companies (lower end) are making their products look so much like higher end ones….one copies Clinique one looked like the Naked pallet…etc. Guess it’s hard to copyright packages and such–or too expensive to sue another company. I did hear a story on NPR about a suit on the little tree car air fresheners – smaller competitor had to change packaging etc. Details, details. Thanks and happy Winter Season! Elaine

    • Isabella Muse

      Hi Elaine! Yup! Lots of brands doing this lately. UD actually sued VS a few year’s ago because they did a naked-like palette!

  • Erica

    For some reason I had high hopes for this, but I guess that I should be happy for my wallet.

  • Nikole

    Well, Muse, as always, thank you for the honest detailed review. I was initially excited about these; but with your review, maybe I’ll pick up just one with the darker pigment. I was hoping for something that would provide a good amount of moisture. Light hydration is simply not going to cut it for my desert dry lips in the winter. I realize that they advertised it as a balm, not a treatment, so i’m not trying to say the product is bad in any way. I just keep wishing for that super moist lip treatment that does not also cost an arm and a leg. Oh well.

    • Isabella Muse

      My pleasure Nikole. I wouldn’t say they are bad, I liked them! I especially like how they looked on my lips but…I wouldn’t say they were incredibly moisturizing sadly. If you do try I’d love to hear your thoughts!

      • Sunshine

        I use petroleum jelly for moisture. It would last the same at this, and if i added a non toxic crayon, it would look the same. I don’t see the use for this, tbh.

      • Vicki

        I have used many lip products ,from wet &
        wild to the more expensive like Estee Lauder, as I have gotten older I definitely need something with moisture and I prefer a sheer color. I purchased one of these and was like.. oh snap !!! I am in LOVE with this product. The the shade I chose is ,taffy, # 4.

  • Katherine T.

    Oh no! I had high hopes for these, but looks like a mixed review. I sure hope the bad taste was limited to a few bad batches. I love the Fresh lip balms, but at $22, they are painfully pricey and shades are limited. To save money, I usually buy a holiday set during the Sephora sale, so if I do that, it might cost the same or even less than these Cover Girl ones, and the Fresh ones have some SPF. I don’t like Maybelline Baby Lips at all (they feel very silicony and not moisturizing ), but I might pick up one of the Cover Girl ones at discount, just to satisfy my curiosity

  • Iris

    Soda looks so good. I’ll be trying out the in-store testers (I’m grateful Canada has those) and leaving the product on a while. It’ll help me get a feel for the taste to see if I mind it. Thanks for the review!

  • Robyn

    Why can Covergirl never get the scent/taste of their lip products right?? I was excited to try these because I assumed the citrus flavor would be an improvement from their typical perfumey/waxy scent. SIGHS. I’m going to pass.

  • Yen

    I literally ran to bed bath and beyond after reading all your new covergirl reviews haha! I couldn’t decide on the roses or golden eyeshadow palette so I decided to just out them back.

    I went specifically to get the lip balm in Caramel since it made your lips look so shiny and juicy! Sadly my lips are more pigmented so there was barely a tint. That’s ok, since I do like the lemony scent and slick texture. But for $6 I wish there was just a tad more color.

    On a side note, I also got the Plumpify waterproof mascara. I’m currently using maybelline’s waterproof push up drama and love it. I always use a curler before applying mascara and felt like Plumpify made my lashes more fluttery and long. The downside was the brush is big and I couldn’t work as fast, but that’s not a big deal for me personally. I did find it really hard to remove even with bi phase makeup remover! The only mascara I remember being this hard to remove was maybelline great lash waterproof. Both mascaras list petroleum distillates as the first ingredient. I wonder if that has anything to do with it, but I’m not a chemist haha. Ok sorry for that long off topic rant lol!

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! glad you found ’em yen! Aw sorry Caramel didn’t work on you, that was one of my favs! But at least you got a nice bit of shine!? I’m testing out Plumpify right now, not sure I love it quite yet but I’m a bit of a nitpick with CG mascaras! πŸ˜€ haha you’re fine!

      • Yen

        Haha yes I’m also a nitpick about CG mascaras too. I’ve only tried 3 of them in my life. This morning I applied some for work and somehow it didn’t feel quite as awesome like my first experience! So weird. I also just realized the ingredients for plumpify are exactly the same as the CG professional super thick waterproof mascara. Only two ingredients are different for plumpify.

        • Isabella Muse

          I wish it has only been three but I fear I’ve tried many many many and all have been crazy bad lol! Doesn’t surprise me, they just repromote the same formula in a new packaging haha!

  • Heidi

    I finally found these. I think I wanted them solely because they’re billed as similar to Fresh. I bought three of them, on the lighter end of the colors (Cupcake, Candy and Taffy, using coupons at Bed Bath and Beyond) and do like them. They really do have a lemon-sugar flavor, but more a fakey one. It doesn’t bother me, but I can’t say it adds to them either. They are pretty, but I agree with you that they’re not the most moisturizing formula.

    • Isabella Muse

      yay! glad you located ’em Heidi! Yeah, they def aren’t Fresh but not too bad either πŸ™‚

  • Jessica

    Which colors are the most pigmented . I want punch and I want gum drop because it looks more natural but still pigmented . Which 2 do you think are the best pigmented .
    Soda and punch look the same which color is better between those two?

  • Renee

    Am I the only one that thinks this sort of channels the Sephora Kiss Me balms minus the gimmicky sphere packaging?

    I would probably skip these unless they go on sale. I have waaaaaay to many lip balms as it is!

  • Amanda

    I bought Taffy because it was a close cousin of Kiddo by Colourpop (which they’ve discontinued). I really like that it’s not terribly pink but still a rosy nude. But yeah, not super long lasting. Wondering if it would do better with a primer.

  • Sarah

    I just purchased one of these today. Janelle Monae was on the advertisement, and in the ad the stick looked blunt (like Fresh balms) instead of the traditional lipstick shape. Thought that was misleading. I picked out the shade cupcake because it looked like a true pale pinky nude color in the ad, but it did nothing in terms of color payoff for me. They’re totally comfortable and moisturizing so it’s not a total dud!