Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Review: CoverGirl ShineBlast Lip Gloss in Sparkler

A long overdue review. I was sent a sample of this review back when it first came out and just never got to it. Better late than never, though!

This gloss is from CoverGirl's ShineBlast range.

The big innovation is the brush:

Looks like a normal brush, doesn't it? It's not.

It curves, and is a bit wider on the front--it has a flat, slanted circle (it's hard to describe) that has three slits that hold more product and is supposed to sculpt your lips. I'm sorry to say, but the only good thing about this gloss is the applicator. Too bad the formula ruins its effect. A thicker formula would have been much better.

I wanted to like this product sooooo much, but I can't. I know it may seem like I'm picking on CoverGirl because so many of my reviews are negative, but really, this gloss just isn't cutting it.

To give you some idea of how disappointing this gloss is, here is what mvetsen
from Philadelphia, PA wrote on the CG site in the review section for this gloss: "I bought this lip gloss - color # 9300 in one of the Wallgreens located in NE Philadelphia. The problem is that I can not return it - I live far away." Kinda mean, but true and funny, lol!

Here's a swatch on my lips:

Ok, where to begin? Right off the bat, where is the color!? There is almost no pigmentation. Sparkler, the shade I was sent, is one of the darker ones in the range (at least in the tube), but on the lips it's almost clear with a bit of sparkle. That brings me to my next question: where is the shine!? CG promises 4x the shine with this gloss, but frankly, it's not there. Also, the formula is way, WAY to thin and smells very strongly of chemically fruit. This is a problem I have with all of CoverGirl's glosses. I keep buying them thinking that the shade may makeup for the lack of staying power and the smearing, but no, it doesn't! Not even close! A big problem with the thin formula is that it smears and melts off the lips any time you smack your lips. If you look in the pic above, you can see it outside of my lip line on the upper lip from when I smacked. My lips felt gooey and messy :( The applicator is also supposed to sculpt your lips, but with such a thin formula, it is a waste. Furthermore, the thin formula makes a mess out of the packaging.

Can you see the gloss all over the outside? Bad, bad, bad. I tend to get it on my hands when I apply it. This also begs the question of the size. The retail price of this gloss (at least where I live) is $8.99 for 0.13 oz. WHAT!? To give you a comparison, their WetSlicks Fruit Spritzers are 0.44 oz and $4.99. Big difference! For $9, I expect a lot more, especially since it was developed by the legendary Pat McGrath.


Price: $8.99

Ingredients: Polybutene, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Octyldodecanol, Triisodecyl Trimellitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Capric/Caprylic Triglycerides, Silica Silylate, Phenyl Trimethicone, Ethylhexyl Salicylate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Fragrance (Parfum) (Parfum), Butyl Methoxydibenzoykmethane, Propylene Carbonate, Propylparaben, Pentaerithrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Mica, BHT, Di Calcium Phosphate, May Contain (+/-): Carmine, Red 28 Lake, Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 27 Lake, Yellow 6 Lake, Red 7 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 (CI 42090), Red 6

Disclosure: This product was provided for consideration. This blog is not compensated for writing reviews. All opinions presented stem from personal experience. If you have any further questions about disclosure, don't hesitate to ask in the comments.

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