Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick
Included in the list of what to love about CoverGirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick is its moisturizing, opaque color available in a range of 12 shades from neutral to classic to trendy to goth. The finish isn't too shiny, the texture isn't too heavy, and the emollient ingredients will ensure you'll get the creamy, full coverage of lipstick in a liquid form.
CoverGirl claims that their product rivals "a $20 lipstick," and their packaging, including the "soft touch precision applicator" (a squeeze tube topped with a hole-punched sponge) is obviously a nod to Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick by Too Faced. Though CoverGirl's is half the price.
While Melting Pout is great, this kind of direct comparison highlights where its performance falls ever-so-slightly short: it transfers more easily, feels slightly stickier, and doesn't wear quite as long. But none of these drawbacks is obvious or severe enough to take it down in our ratings— especially since this lipstick is fragrance free, while its "rival" contains skin-irritating scents. It's worth noting that both products, like most liquid lipsticks, tend to bleed a bit after a few hours of wear: something a good liner will offset.
In short, this is a well-performing, fragrance-free lipcolor at a stellar price.
- Formula contains several moisturizing ingredients.
- Comes in a wide range of intense pigments.
- Provides creamy, full coverage.
- Texture is light, smooth, and moisturizing.
- Transfer- and feather-prone.
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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