These arent glossy at all. They remind me of a crayon shaped cheap lipstick and they smell like waxy crayon! I thought I would be able to at least use them without a mirror like a regular lipbalm ...but they dont go on very evenly at all so you have to use a mirror with them. Just meh.
I have always wanted to try the Clinique Chubby Sticks, and came close to purchasing one once, but they just didn't have any colors I was particularly interested in. So of course, when drugstore brands began releasing similar products, I decided to try one of those instead. After not seeing any colors I wanted from the Revlon line, nor any from the E.L.F. line, I saw a Covergirl display of these and immediately fell in love with the color Watermelon Twist. It's a bright pink, very summery. It looks lovely aganist my cool toned fair skin and brown hair. I line my lips first to make them look fuller, then apply this. The color can be sheer or full, depending on how you apply it. I prefer it to be more intense. There is really no glossy look with this, at least for me, so I'm not sure why it's called a jumbo GLOSS balm, but I don't mind too much. The only bone I have to pick with this is that I feel like it dries my lips out a bit. I have natrually dry lips though, so it's not like there's a huge difference or anything. Also, it will cling to dry areas, so if your lips are super chapped this is a no go. Overall, I love this and will be repurchasing. I have a feeling I'll be wearing it a ton come summer. The price is 6.99 at Target, but I got three dollars off. I think 7 dollars is a bit pricey for this, so watch the sales. And the packaging! It comes in a dark grey (?) tube with a cap the color of the balm. The other end is metallic silver. The balm itself twists up as you use more. I'm not sure what I'll do once the point its gone...it will just be a flat little stub and won't be as fun to apply, but I guess I'll just have to deal.
UPDATE 4/12/13: I don't know what happened, but after two days of using this, it stopped being dry and began feeling good and slightly moisturizing on my lips. Also, I can see a slightly glossy sheen from it now. I suppose it just needed to be 'boken in' a bit like some mascaras. Still a 4/5 though because I don't feel like it's an HG.
It was on sale so I decided to give it a try. I was going to get the watermelon twist but decided to go for something a bit brighter- haute pink twist. I love it! The colour is great. It is vibrant right away,you don't have to build it up like to get the bright pink colour. Very happy with it and I will definitely be re-purchasing! Wears well over a little lip balm too (which is a must for me).
I picked this up in 215 Watermelon Twist and I love it! I'm planning on getting some more shades next time I'm at the drugstore. It comes out as more of a lighter pink than it appears on the packaging, but I think it's a perfect shade for spring. I found this very wearable, but it can also be built up to be more noticeable. I'm quite fair and it's just a nice baby pink that I think is really good for my skin tone. Doesn't drag while you're applying it, and doesn't fade patchily.
The staying power is much better than I expected. They're definitely not drying, although I didn't find them to be overly moisturizing. Then again, I have very dry lips so that may just be me. The finish is really nice, a sort of natural matte. Overall, an amazing product! I'll definitely be repurchasing/buying a couple more!
After purchasing (and loving) Haute Pink Twist, I went back to the store and bought Blush Twist and Berry Twist. I'm very picky about lip products, and so far I'm happy with the LP Jumbo balms. The color is very buildable - I get really subtle, everyday, wearable color with one or two swipes, and full color (i.e., ''statement lips'' color) with three. The colors are all pretty matte, and I like to soften them up a bit with some clear lip balm (I don't do super bright and super shiny at the same time). The balm goes on smoothly, and has kind of a creamy texture. It's always even, never patchy, and in my experience it's easier to control than other creamy lip colors (NYX crayons are particularly challenging for me to apply). And, so far, nothing has ever come off onto my coffee cup, which makes me think the colors I've worn are at least semi-long lasting. The only downside to this particular lip color collection is the smell...it's a very distinct cheap lipstick smell. However, I am more than willing to disguise the smell with a scented lip balm, because I am so thrilled to finally have a few lip color options that don't make my cool/clear/"winter" complexion look garish and clown-like. I'm trying to ease into wearing lip color, and I find that the Berry Twist is a more chic and wearable alternative to bright reds in my case.
I had high hopes for this gloss/balm. I loved the twist up ease of use and was hoping this would be a lot like a cheaper version of Clinique's Chubby Stick or Urban Decay's Super Saturated High-Gloss Lip Color. Sadly no such luck. This balm/gloss is not high gloss at all, the color selection is good but all the ones I tried (Jam Twist, Plum Twist and Mauve Twist) all turned a weird bright pink...all three changed color after about 30 minutes.
Wear time is not nearly as good as I expected...nothing better than an average lip gloss without the moisturizing feel I was expecting.
All in all a disappointing purchase. Instead of glossy sheer color with a moisturizing feel it was only average or below average lip balm...not gloss at all.
I love these new Cover Girl lip balms. I have Cocoa Twist, Apricot Twist, Rose Twist, Coral Twist and two of the Queen collection balms in Copper Stars (similar to Cocoa Twist) and Radiant Rose (similar to Apricot Twist). The QC balms have a very faint shimmer and a little more depth of color, but they are not gaudy. These balms are not super shiny or goopy, which is fine with me. I especially like the fact that I can slip them into a pocket and apply without a mirror whenever my lips feel dry. They can be used alone for a very soft look or over another lipstick.
When I unwrapped the coral one, it broke, so be careful when unwrapping. You might also want to try to keep the plastic wrap on the cap so that you can keep the name (and not just the number) of the balm on the product.
Overall, I love them and will certainly keep buying them.
Not bad for my first jumbo balm stick. Not amazing, but considering I picked it up at Walmart I'm pretty happy with it. Application goes on smoothly with a satin finish. I bought 'Rose Twist' and the color is very flattering and brought out a little extra pinkness while enhancing my natural color.
I like how the drugstores are catching onto jumbo lip pencils :)
Price: $8 CAD
Texture: glossy balm
Pigmentation: sheer; buildable
I have Mauve and Plum, both of which are very pigmented and applies beautifully. Mauve one is only a shade or two darker than my lips so I like plum better. It's initially sheer but buildable.
Not as opaque as Revlon staining balms though. I prefer Revlon for lip prosucts any day
really liking these! i got them buy one get one half off at CVS with my card. i forget the colors i got but one is your basic blush color and the other is more apricot. i like them a lot-they're more matte than clinique chubby sticks and the revlon version, and more natural-looking. i always think these things could be more moisturizing, but it's not bad.
i like that they last, too.