Availability: ULTA, Drugstores
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 Honey–a medium pink with gold micro-shimmers.
The Balm Stains come in pencil form with bases that twist to reveal more product. The packaging is made of plastic.
Honey is the kind of pink almost anyone can wear. When someone is looking at you, they don’t really register the micro-shimmers, but the shimmers do give the color dimension.
This is a great balm-equivalent of a lipstick. The formula is very moisturizing and has no stickiness or tackiness. The product is smooth over the lips and makes them feel soft. The texture is thin, though I found Honey to be a teeny-bit thicker than the texture for Charm and Precious.
Unlike with Charm and Precious, this color didn’t emphasize any flakes on my lips. The color also doesn’t emphasize lip lines.
Honey stayed on my lips for 2-3 hours. The product stains the skin, so even after the balm had come off (post-eating and drinking), the tint remained for another hour to an hour-and-a-half. This color is actually pretty strong, so the tint from the staining effect was more noticeable than with the lighter shades.
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 slightly more moisturizing (not to mention a lot cheaper!). As you can see from the comparison swatches, there is no true color dupe for Honey 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.
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.