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Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm

In theory, I love lip gloss. What’s not to love about a product that promises to give your lips both shine and color, without the drying properties of lipstick or the risk of winding up with that feathery, smudgy thing that happens with more pigmented products?

In reality, however, I’ve often found lip glosses to be disappointing. They’re often either sticky or slimy, insufficiently pigmented or completely unnatural looking and uneven.

 Lip gloss is my category of cosmetics that routinely earns that old saw, “If we can put a man on the moon, why can’t we perfect (X)?”

Well, we still haven’t reached perfection — that will be when someone makes a gloss with color, shine, SPF, and the ability to regenerate collagen from inside your lips without a needle — but Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm is pretty close. Here’s why I loved it.

Pros:

First of all, let us praise the color of this gloss. I got Coral Twist, but there are sixteen colors to choose from, in a variety of pinks, reds, mauves, and neutrals. The Coral was bright but flattering, lighting up my whole face. The pigment was even and bold, but not distracting; when I first saw the color uncapped, I was afraid it would turn out to be almost neon, but on my lips, it was a soft, pleasant shade. The color lasted fairly well, for a non-lipstick, and I didn’t have to reapply for a few hours.

I was also pleased with the shine. As I said, many glosses are either too greasy or too sticky, while this one was neither.

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I didn’t look like I had a piece of vinyl stapled to my face where my lips should be, either. It was just a very nice, natural looking color and shine that stood up and didn’t feather, clump, cake, or run.

Cons:

I don’t know that I’d describe this product as a balm, so much. I tried it for a few days without another lip balm product, and my lips got pretty dry — not because of the product, necessarily, but because more emollients are required to keep my lips in tiptop shape during the winter months.

This product also lacks SPF, which is a big deal if you’re the kind of person who likes to apply and go. I know I say this in every single review, but SPF is non-negotiable if you’re planning on ever leaving your house, even during the winter months. Don’t think just because you never got a sunburn on your lips, they’re not being affected by the sun’s rays. That skin is delicate, and you even just from an aesthetic perspective, you don’t want to leave them unprotected. Nothing ages you faster than wrinkly lips.

The only other con I’d mention is a design flaw: the tip of the product tends to snap off. Although it looks like a pencil, Lip Perfection is actually a twist-up stick of color in a plastic tube. If you press too hard or twist the product up too high, it has a tendency to break.

Ingredients:

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Vegetable Oil, Caprylic Triglyceride, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Beeswax, Paraffin, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Microcrystalline Wax, Limnanthes Alba (Meadow foam) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylene/Propylene Copolymer, Polyethylene, May Contain/Peut Contenir: Titanium Dioxide, Red 28 Lake, Red 33 Lake, Red 30 Lake, Mica, Red 7 Lake, Iron Oxides, Red 6, Yellow 5 Lake, Carmine

Bang for Your Buck:

Very decent. At $8, this isn’t the cheapest gloss out there, but it’s one of the cheaper glosses I’ve used that was this effective and flattering.

Price: $8.

Is It Worth It?

Absolutely. As long as you’re not looking at this product for sun protection or serious softening, it’s a great gloss for everyday use.

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