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 Sweetheart–a bright, bold magenta with silver micro-shimmers.
The Balm Stains come in pencil form with bases that twist to reveal more product. The packaging is made of plastic.
Sweetheart is undoubtedly a bold color. The shimmers are so tiny that they’re nearly imperceptible.
This is a great balm-equivalent of a lipstick. Sweetheart has a glossy finish but doesn’t have the thickness of a lipgloss. The formula is moisturizing and has no stickiness or tackiness. The product is smooth over the lips and makes them feel soft, though I found this color to be similar to Cherish in that it’s slightly less emollient than the lighter shades.
This color doesn’t emphasize lip lines and in fact smooths out the crevices on your lips, helping to make them look temporarily smoother.
Sweetheart stays on my lips for about 3 hours and leaves a very strong stain that lasts for another 3-4 hours after the product has come off! The color is so strong that when I wear it for a nighttime look, you can still see traces of the color the next morning.
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 Sweetheart 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 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.