I'm totally engrossed in the jumbo lipstick/balm/stain trend. I have a few more to pick up (like the Neutrogena... if you like that one comment me below!) then I plan to do a larger scale comparison. I've had a couple of requests to see the Tarte version which I love & I've already reviewed the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains although I've since picked up one or two more. Overall I like this application because (as long as they aren't too soft) these pencils have perfect control & are much easier for me to take on the go & apply in a pinch. Covergirl released a similar concept except these are promoted as a "sheer wash of color" on the lips.
Twist up the color and glide on the shine. Treat your lips to a balm fortified with shea and mango butters for a smooth look with a hint of color. Sheer color in 16 shades. Soft shine without the sticky feeling
So I knew all of this going in, I wasn't expecting WOW pigmentation like an OCC Lip Tar & I was expecting these to perform more like maybe my Maybelline Baby Lips that I love so much.
The packaging on these is about average. I like that you can see the corresponding shade on the cap. These are twist up lip products so that's what the silver base is. These do come sealed with a plastic wrap which I really appreciate. My biggest complaint (& probably will forever be) with products is when you can't see the shade name on them after removing the outer packaging. Am I supposed to never open these? They do have numbers on the bottom so I was able to look up the shade names...but I just don't think that is as good. When you name your products ( & cute catchy names at that) I want to be able to see them!
I find these to be more moisturizing than the Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stains but I don't consider those very moisturizing in general because they are stains. I find them less moisturizing than my Revlon Lip Butters & they do offer some sheerer options. I was surprised on the pigmentation on these, although they are marketed as sheer, sheer, sheer! they actually pack some pigment & from what I've seen of some of the deeper shades significantly more then sheer.
I think I'm still (after over a month & a few requests for a review of these) trying to decide how I feel. These don't provide the kick of moisture for when I need something moisturizing or the intense pigment kick of many lip products. I also don't find them all that glossy. They're somewhere in between. I might need to pick up a deeper shade since that is what people tend to be preferring overall.
What do you think of the Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balms? What is your favorite jumbo pencil type lip product?