I am a huge fan of colored lip balms. I like to be able to apply a color that doesn't look like it's wearing off, when it is in fact wearing off. I like to be able to just grab a tube and apply, without the aid of a mirror. So, when I saw the new Covergirl Gloss Balms, I figured I'd give them a shot. I wasn't really drawn in by the "NatureLuxe" name. I have a hard time thinking anything put out by the major companies is all that natural. But that's just me being cynical.
The two colors I got are Coral and Sandstone. They both are colors that would look natural on, of course Coral is more of an orange shade and Sandstone is a warm, medium pink.
Sandstone applies with a lot more pigment than Coral. It also has a good amount of sparkle too it that makes it feel a little bit gritty on the lips. Coral was barely visible when I swatched my fingertip. I had to rub and rub to get it to show up. In a way, this sounds exactly like what I want from a colored balm, but I expected a little more. Perhaps I should've tried a darker shade like Clove or Peony. It's just such a gamble trying to figure out if a company is going to make something too sheer or too pigmented. I'd say Sandstone was the closest to a happy medium.
If you like washes of color, then this is for you. If you want a more tinted balm, then I would recommend shopping around. I know Madd Style Cosmetics makes some lovely ones, as does Sleek Make-Up, MAC, Tarte and Deluxe Beauty.
Sandstone on the top finger.
Coral on the lower finger.