I hate this -- way too drying on your lips, and you have to re-apply the top coat all day long!!! Who wants to carry around a tube all day? whats the point,? If you gotta carry a tube you might as well carry a regular lipstick, at least you won't end up with dry cracking lips!!!
This lipstick made my lips soo dry and chapped. I hate how nasty it looks on me as well. The bad part is the taste. I seriously don't know how this became popular. Oh god.
These lip colors really did not last that long for me. The shades always seem a bit odd and ''off'' to me if you know what I mean. My biggest complaint with this is that the formula and texture is EXTREMELY drying, it made my lips chapped and they peeled cracked and bled. I don't remember what shade I purchased, but it was some kind of rose-mauve-pink color. It was adequate along with the packaging but nothing that unique, pretty, or special. Also the smell and taste of these are absolutely AWFUL! It's like nail polish or the paste kindergarten students use. I don't mind that in my polishes or art projects, but for my lips it's just, well, AWFUL! I usually like or even really like even to love Cover Girl products. They are usually quite good for the convience and the price, but not these. I would not reccomend these or repurchase them. My sister, along with many, loves them though and I cannot understand why.
I've bought this product a few different times in different colors. I've found that all but the nudes eventually fade into an awful fuschia-y color. The formula of these is of course dry, but it is also STICKEY! If you put your lips together before putting on the balm sheets of lip color will peel off. It's just not worth it for me.
It's a tricky product, but I love one particular shade and the lasting power. I've had serious mishaps where I've ended up with a really horrible dark ring around my lips, but the secret is to apply this stuff very evenly and LIGHTLY on well-moisturized lips. The applicator can sometimes do with some wiping off before you start. It's not the greatest quality applicator - it's crap, actually, and dumps way too much on. But the stuff does last a long time, I'd guess 4-6 hours. As for the top coat, I always end up buying an extra. You seem to need a ratio of 1:2 lipcolor:topcoat.
My favorite, favorite shade is Raisin: it's perfect on me - makes my teeth look whiter, my lips look more even, and yet natural all at the same time. I've been buying this product for years, despite its packaging drawbacks, and will continue to do so.
I chose 'My Papaya' as my new shade as I wanted a pretty, pinkish peach. It takes a bit of practice to apply correctly, too much and its drying but with the right amount, its natural and comfortable.
The clear balm smells strange and the lid often falls off but it works. It would be better if the balm was attached to the lip color, but regardless, its a great product.
A freind turned me on to this about 5 yr. ago and I love it. I drink coffee all day and it never comes off. I have gone to bed without washing my face (big no no I know) and it stayed on! The only thing I don't like is I always run out of the top coat gloss, but I found you can use plain vasoline on top and it doese not make the lipstick come off and works just as well. I wear the wine to five color and wish I could find another shade I love as well but am happy with this one. I never have to touch up or worry about how my lips look, once it is on it is on and you can use regular face wash to remove. When I tried new color I did not like I used Q-tip with baby oil to remove so as not to mess up rest of my makeup and as long as I got all baby oil off I was able to re-aply my wine five color. this is only lipstick I wear.
The lip color makes my lips appear flaky and it's very drying, and it tastes terrible.
The only thing good about it is the gloss you're supposed to put on afterwards. I use that by itself, if I want a little moisture.
The only lipstick that I've been using since it first came out! The smoothwear is the best! It truly stays on all day long and doesn't cause dryness, even without the top coat.
I started wearing this about 4 years ago. I have full lips with absolutely no color to them and can't stand to be without lipstick/color on my lips. I have worn this product every single day and can't imagine ever going back to regular lipstick. I'm amazed at how many women complain about the "dryness" - this is NOT a typical lipstick and shouldn't be treated/compared like one! Just as you would reapply your lipstick during the day, you reapply the topcoat whenever you need it (hint - whenever you start to feel even slightly dry). The beauty is, you don't even need to look in a mirror! Just swipe it on and dryness is gone. I'm in sales and don't have time to continuously fix my makeup, but need to look polished. This is especially good for a business lunch, as it stays on throughout the meal! I use Almay moisturizing eye make-up remover gel (for longwearing lipcolor also) at night and it comes right off. My ONLY complaint is the color names are not on the tubes. I have too many to keep the numbers straight and can never remember which number I need when shopping!