Jumbo lip pencils are having a huge moment right now, and it seems that every brand has their own version. Today I am reviewing the Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms. I have two shades, Mocha Twist and Plum Twist. Here’s what Cover Girl has to say: “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.”
The Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms have a very similar look, size, and packaging to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Strains. The body of the tube is the same color across the whole line, and the caps indicate the shade. Like many jumbo lip pencils, they twist up and do not need to be sharpened. One extremely frustrating thing about the Jumbo Gloss Balms is that Covergirl did not include a shade name on the actual product. Once the outer plastic is removed, the shade name is lost forever and only the shade number is left for reference.
The Jumbo Gloss Balms feel very good on the lips. They are moisture rich and comfortable to wear. I didn’t find them particularly heavy and they aren’t sticky in any way. The shea and mango butters really work well for a soft, smooth application. I thought that they were more comfortable than the Revlon Balm Stains, actually. Plus, they are travel friendly and easy to use on-the-go. I really want to like the Jumbo Gloss Balms, but I don’t.
The real problem I have with the Jumbo Gloss Balms is that, at least the two shades that I have, are too sheer for me. I know that they are supposed to be sheer, but I have two of the darker shades in the line and I really have to build them up to get any color pay-off. On my hand, you can see some color with these heavy swatches. However, on my lips it is a different story.
I went over my lips several times with Mocha Twist, but no matter how much I tried to build up the color it looks just like my lips. I may as well be using chapstick. Mocha Twist didn’t change my lip color at all.
I got a bit more color pay-off with Plum Twist, but still not very much, Again, this is me going over my lips several times trying to build up the shade. It’s pretty, but having to pile on the product, of course, makes it feel much heavier on the lips and much less comfortable.
In addition, I can’t get the Jumbo Gloss Balms to last more than an hour on me before fading completely. Maybe it’s my particular body chemistry, but these things will not stay put! I feel like I have to constantly re-apply. I’m sorry, but if I’m going to pay anywhere from $7-$9 (or more in some places), I want more from my lip products. I have heard many fantastic reviews of the Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms, and they appeared in many monthly favorites posts. Maybe other people have had better luck, or else really wanted extra sheer lip color. For me, though, Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms are a fail. It’s just not worth it for so little color combined with such short wear time.
How about you? Have you tried Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms? What were your thoughts?