Tuesday, September 18, 2012

A Review for You: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain

I'm back today with a little review.  This is something I've been meaning to do for a while, for this particular product.  The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stains came out earlier this year.  I want to say it was two months ago, but I could be wrong.  When they were released, I picked up a few at Target and have been using them off and on since then.  I'm actually glad that it took me this long to get around to doing this review, because my opinion changed of two of them!

Without further adieu, I will get on with it.

The shades I purchased are Cherish, Charm, and Lovesick.

But let's just talk about the actual product first. 

If you have ever stopped by a Clinique counter, you'll realize that these Balm Stains are a bit of a knock-off of the Clinique Chubby Sticks.  I have one or two of those Chubby Sticks, and I can say that I've never been very impressed with them.  As far as color quality, scent/flavor, pigmentation, and staying power, the Revlon version wins hand down.  The Revlon Balm Stain has gorgeous color payoff, awesome pigmentation, and a minty/vanilla scent/flavor.  Also, when they stain, they mean stain.  Your lips might not look like the glossiness that they are when you apply the Balm Stain, but the color stays on your lips.  Typically, I just reapply chap stick over the stain until it's completely worn off and then reapply the Balm Stain.

Revlon even wins for the price, too.  I don't usually like to compare price when looking at drug store/department store.  Obviously, department cosmetics are going to cost more.  Side note: I have a minimal budget for cosmetics, but I want to purchase things that work!  If I can squeeze an expensive product that works into my budget, I will.  However, I do like to look at price per unit, which matters if you're concerned with how long your product is going to last (i.e., how often you're going to repurchase it).  The Revlon Balm Stains are about $7.59 per 0.095 oz. and the Clinique Chubby Sticks are $16.00 per 1.0 oz.  Wowza!  You can get nearly the same amount of product for a little less than half the price of the Chubby Sticks!  I was very happy when I realized this.

Now, for the colors!

I wanted a good variety of colors, but I also didn't want to purchase the whole line ... okay, who am I kidding??  Of course I did!  One word for you.  BUDGET. 

Okay, so I wanted a bright, a neutral, and then something in between.  As you can see Charm is the neutral color.  I really, really liked this color when I first tried it out.  I would wear it on bare lips, no problem, at first.  And that's not to say that there is a problem now.  This color, in my opinion, looks better on me when I have a little sun on my face.  Now that the weather is cooling off and I haven't been outside much lately, it sort of makes my lips look blah.  I have, however, been using it to layer over bright in-yo-face colors and it looks gorgeous over fuschia lipstick!

Second up, Cherish.  This color surprised me.  To me, the package is not quite the same color as the product.  The product is a lilac-toned pink, and that is just not my thang.  Or so I thought!  This color is so, so pretty.  It's not too purple-y, just enough pink-y.  And that's all I've got to say about that.  Try it.  You'll love it.

Third, we have Lovesick, which is one of those bright in-yo-face colors I've been wearing lately.  If you want bright fuschia, this is the color for you.  This color, being so bright and fierce (yes, I just said fierce), lasts a l-o-o-ng time on the lips.  It's not quite an every day color for me, but it is gorgeous with the majority of my outfits.

So, that's it!  I hope you enjoyed this little review.  This type of thing is fun for me, especially since I do like to research products before I purchase them.  Although, if I'm going to be honest, I only do that about 50% of the time.  The other 50%, I'm tossing things into my basket on a whim!  It is frustrating when I can't find a proper review for something, though, so I'd like to put more of these out there.

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