In August, I was lucky enough to be sent these CoverGirl products free to review from Influenster. I was so excited to try these products since they were both already on my radar. I have now had a month to test out these products and I would love to share my thoughts with you guys!
CoverGirl Melting Pout Liquid Lipstick
The shade I received is 105 Gel-ful, a play on words of joyful. Most of their shade names feature this same play on word format, such as “gel yes” and “gelfriend.” Gel-ful is a very pretty coral-pink colour. I think this shades suits me a lot. Sometimes a straight up pink colour doesn’t look good on me but peachy or coral-pinks do.
There are a total of 12 shades in this line. There are mostly darker and more dramatic purples and reds, with only a handful of lighter pinks and nudes.
I really enjoy the gel formula of this lipstick. Keep in mind that I am not a big fan of lipsticks that dry down. While, yes, they last longer, I just can’t stand the feeling of dry lips. The Melting Pout leaves my lips feeling comfortable and keeps them feeling moisturized enough that I’m not begging myself to wipe it off and apply lip balm instead.
I find the formulation very creamy and pigmented with a satin finish. I also think it applies very evenly, at least with this shade. The best part is how easy it is to apply with the foam cushion applicator. I usually struggle when it comes to applying liquid lipstick but the Melting Pout makes it a breeze. I find I can be very precise and not make a mess of my lips.
This is how it looks on my lips. You can see how even and pigmented it looks. I did not use any concealer to clean up the edges nor did I use lip liner or any sort of lip primer. In photos, it is coming across more pink and less coral. I find the coral to come across more in person.
As far as lasting power, you will have to reapply after eating or drinking, but that is the price to be paid for a comfortable lip formula! Frankly, I’m willing to pay that price. 😉
The best part about this liquid lipstick? It’s only $8.47 CAD at Walmart! Not only is it a fantastic price point but you get 8 ml of product which is a good bang for your buck!
CoverGirl Vitalist Elixir Foundation
The shade I received to review is 610 Classic Ivory. From the looks of it, I thought it would be a pretty good match. But it turns out, it’s too dark for me and too orange for my skin tone. There is one lighter shade, Ivory, which looks to be more of a match for me.
In total, there are only 14 shades of this foundation. I find that to be on the low side considering how many different skin tones there are in this world but it’s pretty middle of the pack compared to most drug store foundations.
This is how it looks before being blended. It’s a creamy consistency.
The packaging is perfect! It comes in a beautiful glass bottle and has what we all desire in a foundation – a pump! It’s so nice when a drug store foundation comes with a pump when so many high end foundations can’t even give us that convenience! The lid is a clear plastic which I think they could have replaced with a silver or gold lid so you don’t have to see the mess of the foundation inside the lid. It just makes life more difficult for a blogger to take nice pictures! 😉
You may have noticed that the name of this foundation is different in the States. It’s called “Vitalist Healthy Elixir.” Here in Canada, they have left out the word “healthy” and it is called simply “Vitalist Elixir” instead. While I don’t know the official reason for this, it’s my best guess that our laws in Canada prevent them from calling it “healthy.”
This foundation has SPF 20 and is oil free. It is also claimed to be infused with vitamins but the CoverGirl website fails to mention what those vitamins are! It just says “a special antioxidant and vitamin complex” and leaves the rest to our imaginations!
This is the product blended in. You can see how orange it is on me close to the bottom of my hand and wrist!
Now let’s get into how this foundation looks and feels on the skin. First, let’s note what CoverGirl claims this foundation does. On their official website, they say it is hydrating, has “buildable coverage that glides on smoothly for a flawless look,” and gives the skin a luminous glow. I will touch on all these claims and let you know if I feel the foundation lives up to these claims.
First off, this foundation oxidizes on my skin. While it’s already very warm toned, which doesn’t suit my skin, the oxidization makes it flat out orange. Not cute.
I would describe the coverage as low to medium but it is buildable. When applied with a beauty sponge, the finish looks even and pretty skin-like but the coverage is low. It didn’t cover my pimples or acne scars but the redness I get in my cheeks was hidden. After adding another layer on top of my scars, it covered better but they were still visible.
With a brush, I find this foundation to apply pretty streaky but it could also be the brush. The coverage is much more medium with a brush. I found my pimples to be well hidden compared to applying with a sponge. However, it leaves the skin looking heavier so you have to decide what look you are going for.
Overall, I think CoverGirl’s claims are pretty accurate. This does feel nice on my skin. I’m not sure if it’s hydrating it but it certainly isn’t dehydrating it. I agree that the coverage is buildable and that it glides on smoothly but up close, I wouldn’t call the finish flawless. If I didn’t have pimples or acne scars to cover, I’d say a light layer of this is pretty close to flawless though. And the last claim – I was expecting more of a glow, to be honest. I’d say it leans more demi-matte than glow-y, which works better for my skin anyway.
Unfortunately it’s difficult for me to report back on how this foundation holds up over time. Since it’s way too dark, I couldn’t exactly go out in public wearing it so 2 hours is the longest I had it on for. For what it’s worth, I feel like it looked nice for those 2 hours. XD
That concludes my review. I had no idea it was going to turn out to be this long so if you actually read this, kudos to you! XD I hope you found it helpful. Much love!