Last month I received free full-sized samples of the CoverGirl NatureLuxe Foundation and Gloss Balm to try via BzzAgent. [If you want to know more about BzzAgent I’ve already written about my experience with the organization here.]
Expect the NatureLuxe foundation review to be posted within the next few days but for today I’ll be discussing the NatureLuxe Gloss Balm.
What CoverGirl says:
Get the sheer color and shine of a gloss with the soft, lightweight feel of SPF 15 balm. Fortified with mango and shea butter, this feel-good formula leaves your lips feeling decadent and delicious.
- Combines the sheer color and shine of a gloss with the soft moisturization of a balm
- Available in 16 versatile, beautiful shades
- Formulated with SPF 15 for added protection
- Suggested to retail for $6.49
Let’s talk about the smell and taste of this balm first because to me they’re a major drawback.
The Gloss Balm has an artificial fruit punch smell which isn’t too strong or annoying in my opinion. The taste, though, is awful. I can detect a fake fruity taste but it’s nearly overpowered by a horrible, waxy, old lipstick flavor. It reminds me of a similarly packaged, cheap Naturistics Lip Gloss Stick I used to own back in junior high school that tasted exactly the same. Anybody remember those?
As for color, if you’re looking for a highly pigmented product that will give your lips the color you see in the tube you had better look elsewhere. The Gloss Balm in Coral provides the barest hint of color even when layered heavily.
To demonstrate I’ve taken some Before and After photos of the product on my lips. My lips aren’t very pigmented to begin with and Coral barely shows up on me.
As I hope you can see, Coral isn’t very deeply pigmented at all and it’s not amazingly glossy either. The color barely shows up on me so I can’t imagine it showing up on anyone with darker lips. As a lip balm it’s…meh. I’ve definitely tried more moisturizing, longer lasting lip balms before.
I actually prefer the Jordana Easyshine Lip Colors to the CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm. Both have a similar texture. The Jordana Easyshines have a little more slip whereas the CG Gloss Balm is slightly drier but not by much. Both last as long on the lips. Understandably, due to their slippery consistency neither product lasts very long on the lips (an hour, tops) and you’ll need to reapply. Both come in a variety of colors (16 shades for the Gloss Balms, 12 for the Easyshines). Both give the lips a glossy finish but, in my opinion, the Easyshines are a bit more glossy. However, the Easyshines, while flavored/scented as well, don’t have that nasty old lipstick taste. And the biggest selling point: the Easyshines cost $1.99 versus $6-$8 for the CoverGirl Gloss Balm.
ETA: I forgot to mention that the CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm contains 1.9 g (0.067 oz.) of product. The Jordana Easyshine Glossy Lip Color contains 1.9 g (0.07 oz.) of product.
The Easyshine shade that’s the most similar to the NatureLuxe Gloss Balm in Coral is Mango Delight which is a shimmery sheer peach.