Peacock Flare Mascara
CoverGirl certainly doesn't need to have another mascara in its stall of options (the brand seemingly has about a hundred lash enhancers!), but we can't deny that its Peacock Flare Mascara is a great addition.
As advertised, Peacock Flare Mascara has a rubberized handle, which helps with grip and precision during application, but doesn't drastically alter how you apply this mascara, so there's no new learning curve.
The applicator brush is a tight, small spoolie that does a really good job gripping every lash to ensure it's coated with mascara.
The mascara formula itself is impressive, not clumping even after multiple coats. It adds good, noticeable length, curl, and volume to lashes for a flared-out appearance. While it's not quite as outstanding as the ads for it (which, like pretty much all mascara ads, feature models wearing lash inserts), this mascara still delivers on length and volume. It's also fragrance- and irritant-free and although it contains alcohol denat., the product doesn't come into contact with skin, so the alcohol will evaporate and leave skin and lashes unaffected, so this does not impact it's rating.
It also performs well over time: No flakes or smudges, even after some mild rubbing. Peacock Flare Mascara is easy to remove with a standard eye makeup remover. All in all, a great addition to CoverGirl's stable of mascaras!
- Adds noticeable length, curl, and volume to lashes.
- Doesn't clump.
- Doesn't flake or smudge throughout its wear time.
- Precision brush coats each and every lash.
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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