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 Romantic–a medium fire brick red.
The Balm Stains come in pencil form with bases that twist to reveal more product. The packaging is made of plastic.
Romantic is a semi-translucent fire-brick red color. As the color fades, it loses the brick tone a bit and leans more toward a candy apple red tone.
This is a great balm-equivalent of a lipstick. Romantic has a glossy finish, but isn’t as glossy as many of the other colors in the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain line. This gloss isn’t thick, sticky, or tacky. The formula is very moisturizing, but isn’t as creamy as some of the lighter shades. The product is smooth over the lips and makes them feel soft. The formula is emollient and the color doesn’t emphasize lip lines.
Romantic is extremely long-wearing, though the product itself is not transfer-proof. The color stays strong for 5-6 hours. And this is all with eating, drinking, and talking throughout the day! The color does emphasize lip-lines a little as it fades because the color sticks in the crevices of your lips more than on the surface.
The product has peppermint oil in the ingredients but I didn’t feel any tingling sensation 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, the closest color in Tarte’s line is Fever.
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.
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.