we test the new covergirl hybrid - a lip balm that's also a gloss.

Lately, Twitter's exploded with tweets about CoverGirl (or should we say @covergirl) and their latest product, Gloss Balm. 

Part of the NatureLuxe series that's fronted by Taylor Swift, the product promises the finish and color of a gloss, with the moisturizing properties and soothing feel of a balm. It's got SPF 15 and costs only $6 in drugstores - but before you buy it, we figured we'd test it for you anyway, just to see.

The sticks come in pale colors like pink and lilac, and brighter ones like orange and red.  They go on easily, and smell a little bit like our childhood Strawberry Shortcake shampoo.  And they lasted a decent amount of time, even through our afternoon iced tea.

The pinks and reds are fun, and the orange is a great way to test out the shade without committing to a full-on juice colored lip, like you get with M.A.C "Morange" lipstick.  But our favorite color is a deep plum called Cabernet, which is dark and sheer - and could replace Clinique's Black Honey Almost Lipstick for our subtly sexy favorite.

CoverGirl NatureLuxe Gloss Balm, $6 in drugstores.