Rating System: Poor, Okay, Average, Good, Excellent
Product Name: Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
Pigmentation: Charm-Average & Honey-Good
Wear Time: Good to Excellent (depends on how much you apply)
Amount of Product: 0.095 oz. / 2.7 g
Price: $6-$9 USD
Availability: As far as I know, these are currently only available in the States and for those of you who may not know, I am American. So I was lucky enough to have my mommy hunt a few of these down to send my way. I believe she found them at Walgreens, but they are also available at Rite-Aid, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, as well as Ulta. Sadly these are not available in Germany as Revlon isn’t available here nor are they available in the UK. I believe they are going to be released very soon in Canada though if they aren’t already as evident by a giveaway I came across on the Revlon Canada Facebook page.
What I liked: I really like the packaging personally and I find it incredibly cute and convenient. Come on, who doesn’t feel a sense of kindergarten nostalgia at the site of a lip product delivered to your lips via a chubby retractable crayon? These also have incredible longevity. As I mentioned above though, it does depend one how much product you apply and whether you re-apply as well. My first go round with these I initially applied them rather liberally and re-applied maybe twice throughout the day and I’m not kidding, the next the morning my lips still had a nice pink glow. These stains are also quite build-able. I also liked how moisturizing these felt as well as the minty scent and the slight cooling sensation you feel just when you first apply them. After that the scent and the cooling sensation quickly disappear and then they are completely flavorless.
What I didn’t like: ……can you hear the crickets? Okay, I guess the only fault I can find with these is that the tube colors are misleading, maybe the fact that you don’t get as much product as the tube would suggest you’re getting and perhaps the price point. Then again, at least you’re getting an excellent long-lasting product so I’m not so sure that’s a legit complaint especially when you can often get these on sale.
My two cents: Love love love these! In fact I can’t wait to get my hands on Adore, Precious and Romantic as well. In case you’re wondering, Charm is lovely peachy color that can give you just a subtle hint of color or can be built up to be a much more vibrant peach. By the way, the only reason I gave Charm a slightly lower rating for pigmentation is simply because it is a lighter color so naturally it is a bit less pigmented. Honey on the other hand is more of a pink rose color that many other reviews have described as being a “your lips but better” color, and I would have to agree. So if you’re curious to try these, run don’t walk to your nearest Revlon display and snatch a few of these up. If you’re a little apprehensive about trying a stain then I suggest you start off with Honey because in my opinion it is the most universally flattering color and it can provide a subtle wash of color or be built up to a slightly more vibrant hue.
Tips: I have always heard that applying a stain as a base for lipsticks can help them wear longer. So I gave this a try recently with Honey under my M.A.C. Russian Red. I didn’t go crazy and just applied a thin base of Honey before lining my lips with a lip liner and then applying my lipstick. In all honesty I did notice a bit of a difference and I will definitely be inclined to do this in the future.
I hope it wasn’t problematic that I combined the review for both of these, but aside from the pigmentation I felt very much the same the where both colors were concerned. So it seemed a little silly to do two separate reviews. I really hope everyone likes that I’ve been trying to use a similar format for all of my product reviews rather than ramble on and on. A big thanks to The Silver Nail for her constructive criticism by the way, it was much appreciated and as you can see, I took it to heart and made some necessary changes. As always, thanks for reading and check back soon.