CoverGirl's Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm Cream is adds to the number of crayon-type lipsticks on the market, and while it doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles, its combination of a great formula and great performance means this easily earns our highest rating. If you're confused by the name (Is it a lip gloss? A lip balm? A creamy lipstick?) keep reading, we'll explain!
Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm Cream comes in a jumbo plastic tube with a cap. Twist the bottom of the tube and the lipstick (which is initially crayon-shaped) comes up. Simple yet effective packaging makes this easy for application on the go.
True to CoverGirl's claims, this lipstick is very creamy (hence the cream part of the name), and glides across your lips with ease. Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm Cream delivers rich color in a single coat, and feels incredibly lightweight yet is moisturizing (the balm part of the name) thanks to a formula that includes castor oil, jojoba seed oil, and shea butter among its emollients. It has an attractive, smooth finish with a soft shine (that's the gloss part of the name), and is fragrance-free, too.
This has a slight "classic lipstick" scent when it's first applied owing to the waxes used in the formula, but it dissipates within a couple of minutes.
Colorlicious Jumbo Gloss Balm Cream offers a small but varied range of workable colors, from soft pinks to bold reds. It wears for between four to five hours if you don't have a meal or drink, and fades to an even stain that's easily removed with a cleanser.
If you want to pick up a crayon-type lipstick with a balm-like feel and soft gloss finish, CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Cream is definitely one to consider—it performs well and is affordable, too! Win- win!
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. These items may be part of CoverGirl's humble beginnings, but you certainly don't see parent company Proctor & Gamble adding eucalyptus oil and menthol to their Olay products or to products of any of the other cosmetics companies they own. If those ingredients were so important, why not use them everywhere? Needless to say, the great products outnumber the disappointments, and the prices make it easy for those on a budget to be beautiful and enjoy some state-of-the-art products, provided they shop wisely.
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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