I can’t tell you how excited I was to be invited to join the COVERGIRL blastflipstick campaign for BzzAgent. I’m always thankful to be included in any campaign but my favorites always involve either makeup or food, and it feels like forever since I’ve participated in a cosmetics campaign.
[If you’d like to learn more about my experiences with the BzzAgent organization please refer to my blog entry here.]
The BzzKit for this campaign contained three complimentary COVERGIRL blastflipsticks in the colors Vixen, Stunner and Minx; the BzzGuide containing information about the products; and a generous 20 coupons to share with friends.
What they say:
Mix and match shades with the flip of a stick for your unique look!
- Ultra blendable formula allows you to mix shades, just like a make-up artist
- Dual ends let you create the current “ombre” trend on your lips!
- Dual-sided stick features a creamy color on one end and a shimmery shade on the other
- 13 colorful, complementary and expertly match shade duos
- Moisturizing formula mixes perfectly without feeling heavy or dry
- Available in most groceries, drug stores and major retailers
- Suggested to retail for $8.49
Although COVERGIRL says that each blastflipstick features a creamy color on one end and a shimmery shade on the other, with the shades I tried it’s more like a shimmery shade on one end and a very frosty shade on the other.
Vixen is described as burgundy and pearl pink shades.
The lighter pink side of Vixen is quite frosty. Personally, it’s not something that I would wear on its own.
The darker side of Vixen is actually kind of pretty, sort of a natural berry pink shade with a touch of shimmer. This shade, I would wear.
And here’s the “burgundy” shade with the “pearl pink” shade layered on top, concentrated mainly on the center of the lips. The lighter shade acts as a highlight, creating the illusion of fuller lips…but also emphasizes lip lines and, as you can plainly see, I have lots of lip lines. In general, I’m not a fan of frosty lipsticks because they draw attention to every nook an cranny on my mouth.
Stunner is described as bright pink and gold shades.
The frosty gold end of Stunner, unfortunately, goes on sheer and patchy. It makes it look as if my lips are really dry when they aren’t.
The bright reddish pink side of Stunner is GORGEOUS but the texture of this lipstick is hands down the worst I’ve ever tried! It’s dry and so, so gritty.
To hammer home my point, just take a look at these close-up photos of Stunner.
The horror, the horror! Its chunky, gritty and feels, oh, so rough against the sensitive skin of my lips. It’s such a terrible shame because I love bright pink colors like this.
This is a photo of the bright pink side of Stunner with some of the gold shade applied on the center of my lips.
Minx is described as deep brown and gold shades.
The frosty, gold shade of Minx isn’t as bright or orangey compared to the gold side of Stunner. It applies more smoothly with none of the patchiness observed in Stunner.
The brown side of Minx was the most difficult shade for me to pull off. I doubt anyone except people with very deep skin tones could.
Although it looks like a creme finish color from afar, up close it has a pearly sheen and tiny shimmers.
This shade, as you can see, also settled into my lip lines.
And here’s the brown shade with Minx’s gold shade dabbed in the center.
After experiencing the COVERGIRL blastflipsticks for myself I would advise against trying them for the following reasons:
- They have a waxy scent and flavor.
- These lipsticks are lightweight and creamy with a thin, non-greasy consistency but one shade I tried felt very gritty.
- Compared to other lipsticks on the market, these aren’t very moisturizing. I’d go so far as to say they’re kind of drying.
- Pigmentation isn’t consistent. Some shades are very opaque. Others are sheer and apply unevenly.
- The frosty colors emphasize lip lines.
- The lack of finishes really limits the appeal of blastlipsticks for me. I’m a fan of creme lipsticks and I wish COVERGIRL had included a true creme as one of the shades. I’m simply not a big fan of very shimmery and frosty colors.
- The shimmer in these lipsticks travels EVERYWHERE! By the end of taking photos, I had shimmer all over my chin, upper lip and cheek area.