I've always loved a bargain, but shopping for drugstore makeup these days is an actual pleasure in and of itself. Prices may have gone up, but so has the quality and selection.
And so I was very hopeful when it came time to test the stash of Cover Girl LipPerfection lipsticks I acquired via the Beauty United blogger program.
Overall, I was very pleased. I generally find them to be smooth to apply (no drag), nicely pigmented (medium on one swipe, opaque with two), and with a moderately creamy texture. They're not especially hydrating, but they are very comfortable to wear and don't dry my lips out in the slightest. (If you have very dry lips, however, you'll probably want to layer a balm underneath.) They have a satin finish - for the most part - and they lend themselves well to precise application.
The three lightest shades have a somewhat different texture, which a little more "slippy" and less opaque. They also somewhat emphasize the texture (cracks, lines, flaky areas) of my lips, and do best when applied over lip balm and patted on with a brush or finger, rather than applied straight from the tube.
The medium to deep shades have great lasting power, 4-6 hours with minor wear. Creme fades within a couple of hours, while Sweet and Yummy last somewhere in between, though Sweet has more of a staining effect. These lipsticks don't seem to contain a masking fragrance, which means they have a faintly waxy sort of scent. Not unpleasant, and not noticeable after a few minutes - and definitely a boon to those who are sensitive to added fragrance. (Personally, I'm always in for vanilla.)
I've roughly sorted the ones I have into a warm group and cool group, with both arm and lip swatches for comparison.
Warm shades first:
|Top to bottom: Seduce, Hot, Sweet, Creme|
|Left to right: Top to bottom: Seduce, Hot, Sweet, Creme|
And the cooler shades:
|Top to bottom: Tempt, Eternal, Ravish, Tantalize, Bombshell, Yummy|
|Left to Right: Tempt, Eternal, Ravish, Tantalize, Bombshell, Yummy|
Tempt is a cool, cherry red with a strong pink undertone. Beautifully saturated and vivid, this is a great statement lip if you're torn between a classic red and a punchier fuchsia.
Bombshell is a "soft" fuschia pink, bright but not jarring, and not so blue-toned as to be unkind to less than blindingly-white teeth. This also has the smoothest texture of them all.
So overall? I'm really pleased with the the shade range and most of textures here, with some that I foresee being in heavy rotation this Spring and Summer. In terms of drugstore options, I'm glad to have the substantial selection of the full range at such an inexpensive price, especially when I'm craving a shot of something new, colour-wise.
Have you guys tried this line at all? What are your thoughts?
Availability: All major drugstores. Price varies, though I usually see them for between 8-11$ CAD. Well.ca has them for 9.99$ CAD.
(These items were provided by the brand/PR to be considered for review. I am a #BeautyUnited blogger. As part of my affiliation with this group, I receive products and special access to P&G events. The opinions on this blog are my own.)