Availability: ULTA, Drugstores
This unique 2-in-1 gives you kiss-proof color with soft shine and a nourishing balm for supreme comfort.
Revlon’s Just Bitten Lipstain + Balms are marker lip stains that include a clear balm. The line includes 15 different shades. This review is for the shade Forbidden–a deep, brick-red color.
Revlon’s Lipstain + Balms come in plastic markers. One end contains the marker and the other end contains a clear balm. The packaging is extremely light and convenient for traveling. My only small criticism is that the amount of exposed balm is too much, and I’m always afraid I’m going to break it during application. It would be better if you could twist the balm up and down.
I have a lot of the colors from the Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm line. Forbidden is a good color, but it’s not at the top of my list.
I’ll start with the good. The color is strong and tints your lips while still allowing the natural texture of your lips to show. Despite being a strong color, you can get an even application. The product definitely stains the lips, with the effect lasting a good 3-4 hours depending on how much you’re eating or drinking during that time.
The marker does not dry out the lips. So the included balm isn’t necessary. But it does give you the option of getting a matte effect (with just the marker end applied) or a shiny effect (with the balm on top). The product doesn’t have any noticeable scent or taste. The balm is great quality on its own. It isn’t sticky or thick, but it keeps the lips moisturized and soft.
The bad part about this color is that it fades unevenly. All marker stains wear off unevenly, but the darkness of Forbidden makes it very noticeable where the color is coming off and where it’s still adhering. Since the skin on your lips naturally exfoliates and does so unevenly, it’s hard to get a deep color like this to look graceful as it wears away. At the end of the day, there is more color on the inner parts of my lips (near the teeth) and around the edges of the lips.
You can mitigate the uneven fading somewhat by diligently keeping the balm applied on top of the color (this will also help the longevity of the staining effect). But your skin’s natural exfoliation process is inevitable, so you’ll need to re-apply the stain, apply some sort of colored gloss or lipstick on top to cover the unevenness, or just accept that it will look a bit odd at the end of the day.
Ease of Use: 9.75/10
The pointed marker makes application easy. You can be very precise (which you’ll need to be with such a deep color). Getting a smooth finish does require some blending.
For around $9.00 you get 0.09 ounces (2.5 grams) of stain and 0.05 ounces (1.4 grams) of balm. Covergirl’s Outlast Lipstains contain the same amount of stain product.
Lip Stain: Aqua ([Water] Eau), Ascorbyl Glucoside, VP/Methacrylamide/Vinyl Imidazole Copolymer, Alcohol Denat., Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, May Contain +/-: Red 33 (CI 17200), Yellow 5 (CI 19140), Red 28 (CI 45410), Yellow 6 (CI 15985), Blue 1 (CI 42090). Balm: Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Polyethylene, Synthetic Beeswax, Mica, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Oleate, Citric Acid, Benzoic Acid.