I've had a couple of the CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipsticks before, and recently picked up a couple more; I have to say, everytime I wander over to the Lip Perfection display, I am impressed with the color choices. I think that of all the drugstore lines, Lip Perfection has the most unique shades and finishes, from pink frosts and red metallics to iridescent purples. If you are hankering for a kind of "crazy" lip color and don't want to spend much on it, it's worth heading over to your local drugstore and seeking out this line!
The shades I'll be showing you today are Romance (265), Feline (385), and Everlasting (345). But first, let's talk about the formula in general. It is a fairly thin (as opposed to thick and creamy) formula, and as such, it tends to emphasize lines on the lips even though the color doesn't collect and settle into the lip lines. CoverGirl's website claims that the Lip Perfection lipsticks are "enriched with a silk moisturizing complex" and that they will "help sustain moisture levels," completely transforming lips in 7 days of use. I don't think this is the case for me; I wouldn't be able to wear these 7 days straight without some seriously chapped lips! These don't accelerate the drying process of my lips, but they do nothing to improve the condition of my lips, or even protect them the way that some non-moisturizing but thicker formulas will. However, the upside of this thinner, dryer formula is that it stays put without migrating longer than creamier formulas will. These lip colors are also intensely pigmented; I can get full coverage with just one swipe, although I usually add a little more to try to provide a bit more of a cushion. I don't notice any taste with these, and the scent is pretty innocuous, standard "lipstick waxy", but fades quickly. A great thing about these that I like is that the ends of each lipstick has the color of the shade in the tube, so if you have multiple tubes, it's easy to tell them apart without opening them or flipping them upside down and checking the name. However, the case (a metallic deep violet grey) does hold fingerprints like the dickens, so if this is a pet peeve of yours, be warned! You can find these lipsticks at most big box stores and drugstores; they will run you about $6, depending on where you find them, though you can often find CoverGirl on BOGO1/2 if you wait and watch sales.
Now, moving on to the colors! Let's start with Romance, shade 265. This is definitely my favorite of the three; it's a beigey pink with a hint of flattering iridescence. It's just a step into the pink side of a nude lip color, and goes with a lot of different makeup looks, while still brightening up my face more than a traditional nude lip color.
|The case! They all look like this, just with different shades represented on the bottom lucite covered portion.|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Romance|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Romance; look at that fine shimmer!|
|Swatch of CoverGirl's Romance|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Romance on the lips|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection lipstick in Romance|
Next up is Feline; admittedly, this is not the most flattering color on me ever. I wanted a kind of retro frosted yellow-pink to wear with my Star Trek: TOS uniform. Note: this did not look great with my red dress! Despite not loving the shade on me, I think it's a pretty pink that might work well for someone else. Plus, I kind of dig the name!
|Feline, twisted up|
|Swatch of CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Feline|
|Wearing Feline on my lips!|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Feline|
Finally, I bring you Everlasting! This shade is really amazing; it's difficult to find finishes like this from most drugstore brands. It's a brightened burgundy with a metallic finish and glitter strewn throughout, yet it doesn't feel gritty on the lips. The finish on this actually reminds me of the Kat Von D Foiled Love lipstick. It's a showstopping color, I just wish it didn't emphasize lip lines so much! I'm sure with a bit of gloss on top of it, that wouldn't be nearly as noticeable.
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Everlasting!|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection in Everlasting; enlarge this to get an idea of the shimmer and flash this shade has! It's really neat.|
|Everlasting; Check out the texture of the product, it'll give you some idea of the glittery/ metallic finish|
|CoverGirl Lip Perfection Lipstick in Everlasting|
I just had to include a blurry photo of this on the lips to give you an idea of how much of the metallic finish/ glitter translates; quite a bit, actually!
|Blurry/sparkly CoverGirl Everlasting|