Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick
CoverGirl claims their Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick offers "a waterproof formula that locks in color and moisture for an unrivalled, all day effect." The all-day moisture claim is an exaggeration, but CoverGirl makes up for it with the lip-staining power and well-curated range of shades to complement deep skin tones!
Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick offers full-bodied color in just one swipe and comes in rich variations of berry, red, burgundy, violet, plum and fuchsia tones. What's particularly great is that the creamy texture and satin finish offer a flexible, comfortable feel on lips—no cracking, crumbling, or heavily lacquered feel, which you may have experienced with other "long-wear" lipsticks in the past.
The top layer of product wears off within the first couple of hours, taking the moisturizing feel with it, but all is not lost. The rich pigmentation that Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick offers leaves a stain of color for that lasts for another few hours. (This also helps the color withstand a good dose of water, as claimed.)
Where things go marginally downhill is the fact that the color slightly feathers outside the natural lip line, even if you don't have lines around the mouth. However, depending on the color you choose and your natural skin tone, that effect may not even be noticeable.
FYI: The formula is also lightly fragranced, though in minimal concentration and it quickly dissipates so we're not concerned about its potential to irritate.
All things considered, Queen Collection Stay Luscious Lipstick falls short of its all day moisture claim, but wins us back with its richly pigmented shade range to complement deeper skin tones. And, did we mention the price? It's a true beauty bargain!
- Full-bodied, smooth pigmentation in just one swipe.
- Flexible, lightweight creamy texture wears comfortably.
- Leaves a stain of color for longer-lasting results.
- Well-curated shade range to complement deeper skin tones.
- Not as moisturizing as the claims make it out to be.
- Some may experience color feathering.
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.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.