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

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten

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 Smitten–a medium berry color.

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: 10/10

Smitten is a bright, but still wearable, berry pink with no shimmers.

This is a great balm-equivalent of a lipstick. Smitten has a glossy finish but doesn’t have 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. The formula is emollient and the color doesn’t emphasize lip lines.

So far, Smitten has been the longest-wearing color of the entire Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains collection. It lasted on my lips for around 5 hours and leaves a very strong stain that was still noticeable by the time I went to bed. And this is all with eating, drinking, and talking throughout the day!

The product has peppermint oil in the ingredients and I did feel a very slight sensation for the first 30 seconds of wear. But it dissipates afterwards.

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 Amused, which still isn’t a dupe for Smitten.

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 Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten Swatch

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten, Tarte Lip Tint in Pouty, Amused

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Smitten Applied

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7 Responses to Review & Swatches: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Smitten”

  1. Rm says:

    Smitten is my ever first Revlon product and it was even a gift from my mum.. I love it and you don’t need a lot if you’re after a gradient-lip look or a no makeup makeup look. If you want a stronger color, you can just apply another layer and another until it suited your fancy. The formula of the lip product suits my personal taste. It has a shine but not something that is done by a glitter, it’s simply for moisture I guess as it is a stain, and it lasts long too.. I hope Revlon does not discontinue this product for I know some are into it as much as I do.

  2. euro says:

    I want to say that your awesome! it’s a hard work with that perfect blog and swatches. i appreciate this! and also it is very helpfull to me. i wanna ask you, are smitten has blue – blueish undertones?
    thank you for really hard work for us!

    • Allura says:

      I wouldn’t really say that. But it’s a berry shade, so it is pink/purple. I guess in that sense (since purple has blue in it), it’s technically got “blue” in the shade.

      • euro says:

        thank you for the answer:)

        • AJ says:

          I purchased Smitten tonight after heavy research that brought me to this blog (woot!). In case anyone else is wondering about blue undertones, I lean pretty strongly in the cool direction color palette wise, and Smitten didn’t clash with my natural shading at all. I will say at first I was unsure, but the more it wears, the cooler it leans (for me anyway). And the blog is right: it’s a pretty long-lasting stain (a selling point for me but maybe not so much for others). Happy kissing!

  3. Chelsea says:

    I love your reviews. For some reason they seem the most “real” to me. Plus, I usually agree with your reviews. Keep doing what you’re doing! This is now my favorite makeup review site.

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