Lip Lava is a high-shine gloss that combines pigmented, lustrous shades with iridescent sheen. The glimmering finish and rich colors bring the wow factor, all while feeling comfortably light, smooth, and non-sticky on lips.
If a shimmery gloss is on your wish list, Lip Lava fits the bill, although admittedly the hit or miss shade range could use some more universally flattering colors to round it out. As is, not everyone will find a shade they love (but tweenagers will love the trendy, multi-chromatic hues). A couple of the shades (Lava Glow and Luster) could work as glimmering topcoats.
We do need to point out that the brush applicator is very thin. That's not a deal breaker, but it does it take a bit longer to get a full, even coat of color on lips.
We also have to mention that this is a subtly fragranced formula, which isn't overly concerning but fragrance-free is always a better way to go for the overall health of your lips.
In the end, we think this will be a love it or hate it type of product for most people. If glimmering glossy color is what you're after, it's worth a look, but the shade range makes it difficult to give this more than average rating.
- Delivers glossy shine + wow-factor color and shimmer.
- Light, non-sticky formula wears comfortably smooth.
- Finding a flattering shade may be difficult for some.
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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