Colorlicious Lip Gloss
This lip gloss from CoverGirl promises moisturizing coverage in rich shades, but the truth is there isn't anything that sets this gloss apart from the rest of the pack.
Colorlicious comes in a standard clear tube with a doe-foot wand applicator. It feels smooth going on, though it isn't as moisturizing as claimed, and it doesn't leave the lips feeling moisturized once it's faded, which takes only about an hour.
This gloss has an attractive soft shine finish and comes in a good range of colors, including many neutral, softer shades with some good pinks and reds in the mix. While we do agree with CoverGirl that the colors are "true-to-tube" (Of course they are, the tube is see-through!), they're definitely not opaque or even semi-opaque—they're actually quite sheer, which is one reason why the results don't last long.
One other thing to note: This gloss does contain fragrance, and it's noticeable, at least for the first 15 minutes or so you're wearing it. CoverGirl doesn't list the source of that fragrance, so we can't speak to whether or not the fragrance components might be bad for your lips; it is something to keep in mind if you prefer your lip products to be fragrance-free!
Overall, this isn't a bad option if you're in the market for a gloss, but there's nothing special about it that makes it a must-have.
- Applies smoothly.
- Attractive soft shine finish.
- Comes in a good range of shades.
- Color is quite sheer and fleeting, despite CoverGirl's claim that the color quality is "rich."
- Has a noticeable fragrance that lingers several minutes after application.
Strengths: Inexpensive and widely available; a hugely improved selection of foundations, several with reliable sunscreen; good concealers; enviable pressed powders; some fantastic Lash Blast mascaras; mostly great eyelining options; a vast selection of lip color options, from the long-wearing Outlast to sheer lip glosses to the wholly impressive Lip Perfection lipstick;several great options in the Queen Collection.
Weaknesses: The older foundations are seriously lacking; the newer Advanced Radiance foundation has great texture but disappointing SPF rating; powder blush and eyeshadows; terrible makeup brushes; all of the "Clean" products contain irritating ingredients.
Since 1961, CoverGirl has been slowly building a portfolio of cosmetics that today is about as all-encompassing as a makeup line can be. Originating from the same "medicated" ingredients found in Noxzema Skin Cream (which was never medicated in the least, but seriously irritating for skin), the debut products are still available, albeit with slight modifications. The good news is that for the past several years CoverGirl has consistently updated their line with some very impressive products, especially their foundations, concealers, and vastly improved pressed powders. They also offer some excellent eye and lip pencils, lipsticks and lip gloss, and one of the all-time best long-wearing lip paints, Outlast.
What's puzzling is that although many of CoverGirl's latest products are progressive, they tend to hang on to the lackluster-to-poor options, including abysmal powder blush and eyeshadows and their long-standing, very irritating Clean Makeup.
CoverGirl's Web site is extremely easy to navigate, and presents a wealth of product information, along with practical (if somewhat cutesy) tips and tricks for successful makeup application and for finding the shades that work best for you. CoverGirl's consumer relations department is consistently helpful if you have any questions or concerns. For example, if one of your favorite items was discontinued, you might want to know what replaced it, and they will let you know. Such service and customer concern is yet another powerful reason to believe CoverGirl really has its (class) act together.
For more information about CoverGirl, owned by Coty, call (800) 426-8374 or visit the Web site at www.covergirl.com.
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