Tuesday, March 25, 2014

COVERGIRL Lip Perfection Lip Color in Tantalize (Bombshell Collection)

Hey y'all!  Spring is "officially" here!  Of course for those of us who live in extreme cold weather conditions, Spring might sneak in for a day or two, and then in the blink of an eye its Summer.  Weather, like other aspects of life, is not as clear cut as we plan it to be in our calendars. 

Today, I would like to share with y'all a beautiful lip color for this Spring.  I have already featured this lipstick in my Radiant Orchid: Pantone Color of the Year post.  

A few weeks ago, I reviewed another Cover Girl Lip Perfection lipstick in the shade called Delicious.  Although many other beauty bloggers loved this shade, it was a disappointment for me.  The color did not suit my skin-tone.  The formula and scent of the product made it all the more disappointing.  Some of my readers commented on that review that such a shade has been a challenge for them to wear as well. 

Well, in addition to Tantalize, I have found a range of lipsticks by other brands (PurMinerals, Chanel, Milani, and Rimmel) that might serve as a suitable alternative to Delicious. 

Tantalize is a bright lavender pink with purple-red undertones. Fortunately, this shade lacks the gray, yellow, and white undertones that are typical of lavender pink shades. This was my issue with Delicious. 

Given that Tantalize is a richly pigmented and bright shade, it applies non-streaky and opaque in one or two swipes.  The formula is creamy, which makes the application feel smooth.  However, after trying four Lip Perfection lipsticks about two years ago and three in the recent past few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that the formula can be hit or miss depending on the shade you select and overall just does not feel emollient.  

As for reference, my lips are generally in normal condition.  I do experience slight dryness at times. The only lip balm that works for me and I am not allergic to is the Fresh Sugar lip balm.  My lips have a lot of natural lip lines, so it is difficult for me to wear light, nude, and milky shades.  The lines have been there since I was a baby and there is nothing "natural" I can do to change it.  I just hope it does not get problematic with age or wearing lip products. 

This lipstick feels smooth when you initially apply it, but over the duration of the wear my lips look matte. I prefer to describe the appearance as "matte" rather than "dry" because I don't want to mislead anyone into assuming that this lipstick is drying.  It is not drying per se, but it definitely does not make your lips look moisturized.  The formula of these Lip Perfection lipsticks remind me of MAC's satin formula.  In a nutshell, I would not recommend this formula to those who have dry and chapped lips.  At the same time, I do not want to deter those of you who do not have lip lines and/or dry or chapped lips from trying some beautiful shades that the Cover Girl Lip Perfection line has to offer (i.e., Ravish). 

I hope this post was informative and helpful. Your friendly comments are much appreciated. 
Come back soon. Thanks!

Special Announcements!!!
1. I am definitely planning on having a blog sale in May.  I am graduating this May from law school and moving, so I should probably downsize my makeup collection.  Some of the items I am planning to sell include Tarte blushes in Natural Beauty and Exposed, Milani blush in Delicioso Pink, The Balm In-stain blush in Houndstooth, YSL lipsticks, Chanel lipsticks, and Too Faced lipsticks. What are your thoughts? Please feel free to email me if you are interested and share this with your friends. I have not decided on the prices yet as I am very new to this whole idea, which a friend suggested. I was explaining to her that I really enjoy reviewing products, but sometimes it gets expensive when you are student and a work-in-progress. 
2. Because I am graduating this May, I may take the month of April off from blogging or post minimally.  I have several projects due in April prior to final exams. Following exams, I will have to start packing, etc.
3. I have a lot of interesting products lined up for review: Milani Power Lips, YSL Baby Doll Lip and Cheek, Sonia Kashuk Spring Collection, Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy lipsticks, and more. So, stay tuned! I probably will not be able to resist writing reviews till May. Please follow me on Instagram for previews of whatever is to come up on my blog, sneak-peak swatches, and brief reviews. 

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  1. First I am so so proud of you for graduating soon! SO exciting, and this lipstick looks amazing on you! I think I might need to try it, to ease me into the whole radiant orchid thing! I hope you have a good week love!


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