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

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous

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 Rendezvous–a red-orange with gold 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: 8.75/10

Rendezvous is a bold orange color with a strong red undertone. The color applies quite opaquely while the shimmers are subtle.

This is a great balm-equivalent of a lipstick. Rendezvous has a glossy finish without the thickness of a lipgloss. The formula is less moisturizing than with the previous colors I’ve reviewed, but has no stickiness or tackiness. The product is smooth over the lips, makes them feel soft and doesn’t emphasize lip lines.

While orange is very on-trend for the Summer season, I don’t find this color flattering. It’s a bit too red-based, and I think the redness is emphasized slightly by the warm-toned shimmer. I do think it would look much better on deep, warm-toned skin. But lighter skin tones will likely have a tough time pulling off Rendezvous. If you are light-skinned and set on rocking this orange, you should apply and then dab the color off to leave a more subtle tint behind.

This color stays on my lips for about 3 hours and leaves a strong stain that lasts for another 3 hours after the product has come off.

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!). Tarte’s lip stain in Joy is similar to Rendezvous, but is more peachy (and, in my opinion, much more wearable).

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 more slowly because the pigmentation is very 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 Rendezvous

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous Swatch

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous Swatch, Tarte Lip Tint in Joy

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendezvous Applied


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8 Responses to Review & Swatches: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Rendezvous”

  1. Akari says:

    I find my NC10(if they still made it) to NC15 skin can rock this pretty well, even bare-faced or simple. I even find the red takes some of my “sallowness”yellowness away. I do, however, think any body can rock any color if they coordinate with the right makeup(blush, eye-makeup, etc.). My sister, about NC10, sometimes looks really weird when she wears the “right” red lip-color for her(blue undertoned) and the wrong makeup and hair makes her look really washed out. I think it really takes experimentation and trial and error to find what looks good on people. I think the quality point downgrade was a bit unfair in that sense. I would say peppermint oil, not color, should lower the quality, since peppermint oil has long-term bad effects and sensitive people will not be able to stand.

  2. Mika says:

    I just wanted to say that the shape of your lips is gooorgeous! I am not going to pretend I’m not jealous

  3. Sarah says:

    I love your blog but I have a suggestion. When you are posting pictures of lip products would it be possible to include a photograph of your entire face wearing the product. Sometimes it is hard to tell what the lip colour will look like on the whole face from just the close up picture of your lips. Thanks so much for all your great swatches.

    • Allura says:

      Thanks for the suggestion. I don’t think I will do photos of more than the lips for a couple reasons. (1) Everyone has a different skin color and tone. Showing the color matched with my skin won’t help unless you have something very, very close to my skin. (2) It would take too much time. I already work full-time and it’s hard enough to keep up with the number of photos I take and edit everyday.

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