My recent excursion to the drugstore only resulted in a simple single purchase, the CoverGirl LipPerfection in Scarlet Twist ($9). I have seen other drugstore brands with their cute chubby pencils and ignored them. Maybe, I shouldn't anymore. I have two chubby retractable lip pencils from Tarte which I like and wondered if this CoverGirl chubby and saturated lip balm stacked up to them.
I bought a red color called Scarlet Twist to compare to my Tarte reds. This color reminds me of a strawberry when you cut it in half, you know how the inner layer kinda turns into a pink when it reaches the center? This one has that undertone.
Since it is a glossy balm, the saturation of color is less than my LipSurgence. However, for a sheer red color this is quite nice to wear and easy to apply, and no scent at all which I found unusual for CoverGirl (or maybe, I am dating myself). You don't need that precision application with this one since the color will tint the lips just enough to give that redness without the opacity of a lipstick. If you feared red or just didn't feel comfortable in one, this one could be one to try.
Honestly, for a drugstore brand I found this CoverGirl version to be a decent and almost comparable to the high end ones. Of course the casing may be a bit cheaper and the texture may be lacking some richness but I find for about the third of the price this ain't a bad chubby lip product.