I was at CVS recently looking for a more natural lip color and stumbled upon a selection of Covergirl Lipperfection Jumbo Gloss Balms ($7.99 on the Covergirl site). They had a great array of colors but I chose Rose Twist (#225). I’ve been really into the jumbo pencil-style lip colors lately so I hoped this would fit in nicely!
The packaging is nice — very sleek and attractive, easy to just toss into your purse or glove compartment. The color itself is a bit more bubblegum pink than I expected — not the most flattering for me and not something I would wear regularly. The consistency of it is so nice — a cross between a lipstick and a balm, truly. You don’t need to put any kind of lip balm or gloss over it unless you’d like a much more shiny/glossy finish — it’s very moisturizing. It takes quite a few swipes to get it as pigmented as I’d like — good if you like the freedom of having a more sheer color or a bold one, but could be frustrating if you’re usually going for a richly pigmented look. One big downside is that this color didn’t last hardly at all for me. It comes off like CRAZY — I sipped some tea maybe 30 minutes after applying it and my mug is now covered in 50% of my lip color. So I definitely wouldn’t recommend it for long-lasting power, but it would be good for a more casual look if you don’t mind applying it multiple times throughout the day.
Ultimately I’d give it a 5/10 — the lack of staying power is a big downside for me, but I’d be willing to try some more colors!