Review & Swatches: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Darling”

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling

Availability: ULTA, Drugstores
Price: $8.99

Company’s Description

It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.

Revlon’s newest hot lip item is its Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain, which the company markets as a cross between a lip balm and a lip stain. There are a total of 12 shades available, all of which you can see here.

This review is specifically for the shade Darling–a light-medium pinky-lilac with pink and silver micro-shimmers.


Packaging: 9.75/10

The Balm Stains come in pencil form with bases that twist to reveal more product. The packaging is made of plastic.

Quality: 9.5/10

Darling is a playful color and a wearable purple-toned lip color because it’s balanced by pink hues. The micro-shimmers are noticeable, but not in-your-face.

This is a great balm-equivalent of a lipstick. It has a glossy finish without the thickness of a lipgloss. The formula is very moisturizing and has no stickiness or tackiness. The product is smooth over the lips and makes them feel soft.

This color doesn’t emphasize lip lines. In fact, I’d say this color smooths out crevices in the lips and helps make them look temporarily smoother.

Darling stayed on my lips for about 3 hours. The product leaves a medium-strength stain on the skin, so even after the balm had come off (post-eating and drinking), the tint remained for another 2 hours.

Despite having peppermint oil in the ingredients, I don’t feel a tingling sensation. The product has a minty smell too, but has no effect on the lips.

I do not personally have the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms, but from what I can tell, they aren’t a duplicate for Revlon’s Balm Stains because Clinique’s product doesn’t stain the lips. I do have all of Tarte’s LipSurgence Lip Luster Tints. I like the Revlon Balm Stains a tad more. They are more moisturizing (not to mention a lot cheaper!). As you can see from the comparison swatches, there is no color dupe for Darling in Tarte’s line of lip tints.

Ease of Use: 9.8/10

There’s really nothing to application. Just color over the lips like you would with a crayon! The pencil form allows you to be precise and the balm formula glides without resistance over the skin. You do have to apply this color a little more slowly because the pigmentation is strong, so a less-than-smooth line will be noticed.

Price: 9.25/10

For under $9.00 you get 0.095 ounce of product. Tarte’s Lip Luster Tints are $24.00 and contain 0.10 ounce each. Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are $16.00 and contain 0.10 ounce.

Final Grade

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling

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Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Darling Applied


Yves Rocher Creator of Botanical Beauty

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One Response to Review & Swatches: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Darling”

  1. Vickie says:

    I love this lip balm stain! I think Darling is my favorite! Such a beautiful color. The best lip product that’s come out in a long time!

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