A month or so ago, CoverGirl reached out to be to see what my interest would be in testing out their new CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipcolor ($6.99 for 0.12 oz.)–but there was a caveat: they wanted me to use nothing but these lipsticks for seven days. In the interest of full disclosure, I know that there have been other bloggers who participated in CoverGirl’s challenge and were compensated for their time, but I refused monetary compensation, because I choose not to participate in paid reviews. I needed to make that clear so that you know my policy hasn’t changed on that! It’s a personal choice each blogger must make for themselves, so this is just how we do things here on Temptalia.
What’s a better test of their “silk moisturizing complex” than swatching 44 lipsticks over seven days? The biggest claim that Lip Perfection makes is that by prolonged use of their formula, your lips will be “soft, smooth, [and] beautiful” within seven days. The other claim being “in a single stroke, lips are enhanced with rich, rewarding color.” So last month, I worked through the 44 shades over a week’s period and am ready to roll out the reviews, photos, and swatches! (You’d be surprised how un-fun it is to go through and crop photos for 44 lipsticks.)
Sultry is an opaque, medium-dark, pink nude with a slightly glossy sheen.
Smolder is an opaque, warm, medium-dark brown with a soft redness and a slightly glossy sheen.
Bewitch is an opaque, dark orange-brown with a slightly glossy sheen.
Impassion is an opaque, coppery-red with copper and ruby red shimmer with a glossy sheen.
Hypnotic is an opaque, rosy brown with a lighter peach frost finish.
Enthrall is a semi-opaque, coral-red with subtle ruby and gold micro-shimmer and a glossy sheen.
On average, Lip Perfection lasted four hours on my lips, with darker shades lasting five to six hours, but the lighter shades pulled in at four hours. These tend to be more opaque in color, and this is definitely a factor in getting better wear, as it takes longer for the color to fade away. Lip Perfection lives up to the claims of rich color, and one stroke gets you there, too.
These are moisturizing in some ways, less so in other ways. I very much missed my Jack Black Lip Balm by the end of seven days, but my lips didn’t take a beating nor were they dried out, cracked, or peeling. They were fairly normal, but I always felt like I needed to reach for something to put on them (which, for the week, was a Lip Perfection lipstick). They’re moisturizing while you wear them, and when you remove them (or they fade away), your lips aren’t dying for balm, but I couldn’t go too long without putting it on again.
Just like in lip balms, sometimes they make your lips feel comfortable and moisturized while you wear them, but they don’t necessarily give you that deep-down hydration that drier lips need. These moisturize the lips, and the moisturization lasts longer than the lipstick color does, but I wouldn’t throw out my lip balm. I feel as if I’ve found my holy grail in lip balm (Jack Black), and without it, my lips were not in the same shape as they typically are–slightly less soft and smooth.
They last decently through drinking and light lunch, but it has a slightly waxy taste that I did detect when eating/drinking. There is a sweet vanilla scent to these, and it varies from semi-strong to subtle, but I could still smell a bit of the waxy base alongside the vanilla. If you are particularly sensitive to scents/tastes in your lip products, I’d recommend buying one to test (particularly from a retailer with a return policy). The darker shades will stain lips, which may be good/bad depending on your preferences. Each lipstick is housed in a square tube finished in a shiny grayish-purple. The bottom of the lipstick is colored in a way that is designed to reflect the actual shade; they’re not exact but are close enough that they’re helpful.
I really do like these. I was impressed by the creaminess and smooth glide of the lipstick when applied. The color payoff was excellent, and the shade range is lovely with a whole slew of colors and finishes. They’re certainly worth more than just a look next time you’re at the drugstore.
ingredients: Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Isopropyl Isostearate, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Acetylated Lanolin, Ozokerite, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax / Cire De Candelilla, Paraffin, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnauba) Wax / Cire De Carnauba, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetyl Lactate, Fragrance / Parfum, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Silk Powder / Poudre De Soie, Maltodextrin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Propylparaben, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Mica. May Contain/Peut Contenir: Orange 5, Iron Oxides, Lauroyl Lysine, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27, Blue 1 Lake, Red 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Carmine
I think the color range is excellent, and there are some really stunning shades that I think people would love. These are a more moisturizing lipstick, but they don't replace lip balm for me, so the rating reflects a slight miss on that particular claim.
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In July, CoverGirl launches NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara and Intense ShadowBlast Eye Color. Though CoverGirl noted a July launch, both popped up on several retailers online (like drugstore.com and walgreens.com).
NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara ($8.49)
It’s all about volume without the weight. NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara provides stunning volume that leaves lashes feeling luxuriously light and lifted. The mascara exchanges heavier synthetic waxes and polymers for natural beeswax, carnauba wax and tapioca polymers, which are lighter-feeling alternatives. COVERGIRL NatureLuxe Mousse Mascara pairs perfectly with your other favorite NatureLuxe products: Silk Foundation and Gloss Balm, for an overall lightweight look, perfect for summer!
Intense ShadowBlast Eye Color ($7.99)
Try New COVERGIRL Intense ShadowBlast Eye Color, a liquid eye shadow with a built-in primer that transforms into a smooth powdery finish. Crease-resistant and fade-proof, your look will last no matter where your summer plans take you! The Pat McGrath-designed shade palette comes in 6 vibrant liquid-to-powder shades. Available in Beige Blaze, Platinum Pop, Brown Bling, Blue Bomb, Forever Pink, and Extreme Green.
On the year that marks the Brand’s 50th anniversary, COVERGIRL Clean introduces limited edition Clean pressed powder compacts, available in African-inspired prints. Through COVERGIRL’s partnership with Children’s Safe Drinking Water, each limited edition Clean compact purchased provides a week’s worth of clean drinking water for a child in Africa, for a donation of up to $50,000.
COVERGIRL Limited Edition Clean Compact is available now at Food and Drug retailers until supplies last, and available at WalMart starting in June 2011.
Chanel Cassis, MUFE #6L, UD Crash, UD Rockstar, MUFE #4L, CoverGirl Violet Voltage, UD 1999, Guerlain Bohemian
Plum (Purple) Eyeliner Comparisons & Dupes
I split up purples into two, because I had a lot of plummy shades and then several more violet/blue-based purples, so I thought it was best to separate the two as they are similar to each other!
Chanel Cassis Long Lasting Eyeliner is a dark plum with a near matte finish. (Review)
Make Up For Ever #6L Aqua Eyes is a plummy purple with a cooler finish–less red than most plums have. (Review)
Urban Decay Crash 24/7 Liner is a darkened plum-brown with a frosted sheen. (Review)
Urban Decay Rockstar 24/7 Liner is a darkened plum-brown with a frosted sheen. (Review)
Make Up For Ever #4L Aqua Eyes is a medium plum (Review)
CoverGirl Violet Voltage Liquiline Blast is a red-toned plum with a near matte finish. (Review)
Urban Decay 1999 24/7 Liner is a lightened red-tinged plum with gold shimmer. (Review)
Guerlain Bohemian Stylo Yeux is a burgundy plum with a metallic sheen.
DUPE ALERT! Crash and Rockstar are surprisingly similar. Crash appears to be slightly brighter/plummier.
DUPE ALERT! Makeup For Ever #4L Aqua Eyes is a slightly lighter, sheerer version of CoverGirl’s Violet Voltage, which is really weird to say. The CoverGirl one does require layering though, but it comes together a little better in the end–also seems more matte.
Formula/Wear: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast is the only one that I have any issues with based on my experience. CoverGirl just requires more layering, as it is not as pigmented as the other shades here. I have not tested Guerlain Eyeliners in full, so I cannot comment on wear.
CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick
Quick Review: CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick
CoverGirl Bronze Glow (770) Continuous Color Lipstick ($5.49 for 0.13 oz.) is a coppery orange that applies nearly opaque with a slight frosted sheen. It’s creamy enough to apply evenly with little effort, and the color coverage is noteworthy for a drugstore brand. For me, the biggest was surprise was the lack of scent (or taste)–so many drugstore brands have the most synthetically sweet scents I’ve come across, which be a big turn off for some. The wear was average (four hours), and I didn’t find it drying, but I didn’t find it moisturizing either.
The packaging feels cheap, and it seems like it gets dinged up quite easily, as the inside is all scratched up, and this is photographed brand new. For the price tag, I think you sometimes have to give up nicer packaging, though.
Welcome to Swatch-all-idays! To start 2011 off on the right foot (or post, as it may be!), Temptalia is going through a backlog of products we have photographed, swatched, and often tested but in a slightly different manner. Quick reviews may be partially incomplete, such as a blush may only be swatched on the arm rather than shown on the face. It is our hope that what we are able to provide is still helpful!
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Ease of Use: 4/5
RECOMMENDATION: This is a nice, affordable choice for warmer skin tones and deeper skin tones.
CoverGirl Blue Boom, UD Deviant, Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief, NARS Kitty, MAC Hi-Def Cyan, Korres #13, MAC Smoothline, Milani Aqua, MUFE #7L, UD Electric, Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi, tokidoki Rondine
Blue Eyeliner Comparisions & Dupes
I think I may have more blue eyeliners than any other color in my stash. It’s definitely a close race between blue and green, though! These are just medium to light blues – I kept navy blues separate.
CoverGirl Blue Boom Liquiline Blast is a medium-dark ocean blue. (Review)
Urban Decay Deviant 24/7 Liner is a medium-dark ocean blue with subtle silver sparkle. (Review)
Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief Dream Hyperliner is a medium-dark ocean blue with subtle silver sparkle. (Review)
NARS Kitty Eyeliner is a medium-dark blue with a cream finish. (Review)
MAC Hi-Def Cyan Chromagraphic Pencil is a sky blue with a cream finish. (Review)
Korres #13 Eyeliner is a periwinkle blue with a cream finish.
MAC Smoothline Technakohl Liner is a darkened blue-based teal with a satin sheen. It’s more aqua than blue.
Milani Aqua Liquif’Eye Liner is a medium-dark teal. Though not included in this comparison, it is very similar to Urban Decay’s Covet. (Review)
Make Up For Ever #7L Aqua Eyes is a bright, lightened blue. (Review)
Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Liner is a bright, lightened blue. (Review)
Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi Dream Hyperliner is a bright, lightened blue. (Review)
tokidoki Rondine Glitter Eyeliner is a medium sky blue with silver glitter. (Review
DUPE ALERT! I think it’s safe to say that CoverGirl Blue Boom Liquiline Blast, Urban Decay Deviant 24/7 Liner, and Tarina Tarantino Glamorous Thief Dream Hyperliner are very, very similar. I would say they are dupes, with the exception of Glamorous Thief being a smidgen darker.
DUPE ALERT! It is apparent that Make Up For Ever #7L Aqua Eyes, Urban Decay Electric 24/7 Liner, and Tarina Tarantino Kanzashi Dream Hyperlinerare very, very similar.
Formula/Wear: CoverGirl Liquiline Blast and NARS Eyeliner are the only two that have any issues based on my experience. CoverGirl just requires more layering, as it is not as pigmented as the other shades here. NARS, however, I’ve had a lot of migrating issues with, but I encourage you to read the review and the comments. tokidoki Glitter Eyeliner stays on well but can be scratchy against the lash line due to the glitter particles.