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Thursday, January 10, 2013

Cover Girl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm- Apricot Twist

Who can resist the siren call of a new lip product? That's right, no one. Okay, okay, there are flaws to my previous statement, but anyone who has taken the time time to read this probably knows where I'm going with this. The allure of a 'new' lip product is something I quite enjoy. Will it be all sorts of amazing, or all kinds of bleck? It's always a gamble, but that is half the fun.

I decided to take a little gamble with one of Cover Girl's newest offerings, their Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms. The verdict?.... Read on to find out!

It seems like 2013 may be the year of the pencil. With more and more balms and glosses popping up in pencil form it will be interesting to see if more variations of formulas appear as well. I think it's safe to say that I (and likely many of you) immediately thought of Revlon's Just Bitten Balm Stains when I saw that Cover Girl would be introducing their own pencil-house lip product.

The formula of the Revlon Balm is quite different from that of Cover Girl's, but the packaging is much the same: a twist up, jumbo pencil. While the Revlon pencil looks larger, you're getting 0.1 oz of product, while with Cover Girl you're getting a smidge more, with 0.13 oz. The price varies, but from what I've seen, the Cover Girl balms end up being about a dollar cheaper compared to Revlon.

The texture of the gloss balm is great. It's firm enough that it applies easily and the point of the pencil should last reasonably well, while it's also soft enough that it doesn't tug or pull. The formula is smooth, and feels like a balm, but it does deliver a nice dose of shine. The colour is advertised right on the tube as being sheer, which is why I opted to only try one shade, but there is fair pigmentation, at least with the shade I tried. It was easy to build up the colour to get a nice level of both shine and colour, but you're not going to get a full opaque look with these. Based on the fact that balm is in the name, I didn't find these to be very moisturizing at all. I can't say that it made my lips any drier, but there certainly wasn't any hydration added either.

I found that this wears well for what it is. It lasted about 2-3 hours before the bulk of the colour was gone. I like that the formula feels really light on and isn't the least bit sticky. These will be a great alternative for those looking for some shine, but don't care for traditional sticky glosses.

Apricot Twist is a pinky-coral shade. I had my eye on a few different shades, but as always, I tried to go for something a bit outside of my 'comfort zone'. After swatching and using Apricot Twist, I realized I always end up picking the same type of shade when I try to switch things up. I did a fast comparison of some similar shades that I have in my stash and it seems that MAC Cut a Caper is really similar to Apricot Twist. Cut a Caper is just slightly more pink toned, but on the lip, they really do look the same.

Overall, I don't mind these Gloss Balms, they're a fast way to swipe on a touch of colour in an easy to wear formula. Have you tried these yet? Thoughts?

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