Friday, December 14, 2012

5 Days of Revlon Lip Products: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains Review & Swatches

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This week was really fun, I loved showing off my Revlon lippies! Today is day 5 & to go out with a bang I'm reviewing the much requested Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Can we just start with the name? Wouldn't the alphabet have just been shorter? Seriously...it would have been. If you are new to stains though, you might not remember back to the original Revlon Just Bitten stains which were an actual liquid stain much like Benefit. I personally liked those & still own quite a few. This is their way of making a stain easier to wear, apply, & they definitely took some inspiration from Clinique & Tarte.

Left to right: Precious, Sweetheart, Adore, Smitten, Romantic, & Rendezvous.

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Sunlight

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Shade

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After wiping off the swatches. I let them set for about 15 minutes. Here are the stains.

The Shades I Own Are:

Precious- A soft cool toned nude.

Sweetheart- Hot cool based pink.

Adore- The only shade that I feel doesn't match the packaging color. This looks like a mix of berry & brown, not the berry red I thought it was going to be. This is the only shade I really note shimmer in but it doesn't translate onto the lips.

Smitten- Bright purple toned fuchsia.

Romantic- This is a deeper red that leans a bit warm. The least opaque.

Rendezvous- Bright tangerine orange.

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Packaging:
These are a jumbo lipstick form with 0.095 oz of product. This works as a retractable lipstick allowing you to turn up more product from the base & then roll it back down. It starts out as a pointed crayon shape. The packaging it all plastic & represents the shade inside which is great when I just want to grab a shade without sifting through labels. They include a matching plastic lid & I've had no issues with those coming undone even on the go. The very base is a silver plastic which is where you twist up from. On the very bottom is a coordinating colored sticker with  the shade name on it. These are very lightweight but durable.

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Product:
I find these to be very easy to apply & wear throughtout the day & night. They don't tug at my lips & leave them a bit moisturized in the beginning. The scent is very minty & I actually like that quite a bit. You might need a couple of swipes for full opacity but all of them can be built up to pretty opaque. These aren't thick or gel like at all so they don't feel like you're wearing a heavy lip product.

None of the shades contain shimmer but they do leave your lips with a slightly glossy look on the lips which does fade with wear. At about the 2 hour mark, it is completely gone & these have set onto the lips. I don't find them to last much longer than 4 hours but the tint does! These leave behind a pretty decent tint & I often find it lasts all day & into the night when I remove my makeup at the end of the day. I use these shades quite frequently & have barely made a dent to I anticipate them lasting quite a long time. One downside is the color selection needs some improvement, I'd like to see a range like the Revlon Lip Butters.

How I Wear Them: 
I usually wear them at full opacity & apply like I would a lip liner or average jumbo lipstick pencil.Because these leave behind a pretty rich tint, be very careful about application. This isn't a lip product I choose to apply without a mirror because of that. Another way to wear them is to apply as a stain by applying it lightly to your fingertip then lightly pressing it into your lips. I really like this application for Adore which gives that berry type stain. If I find they have set & my lips are a bit dry, you can apply gloss on top. I don't recommend applying these over another product as it will mess with the staining process.

Dupes?:
These aren't direct dupes of the Clinque Chubby Sticks or Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tints. If you are looking for a Clinque Chubby Stick dupe, these are a significantly more pigmented & less glossy than the ones I own & have tried. I feel like the new Covergirl option (very similar to all of these visually) is more like them. They appear more glossy & less like a lipstick itself. I haven't tried those personally (yet!) but from what I've seen, definitely more comparable. I do, however, find these similar to the Tarte LipSurgence Lip Tints with their minty scent & color selection. I love my Tarte pencils but I feel like you have more bright options with the Revlon pencils. However, as far as wearable everyday type shades, I feel like Tarte has that market better covered. One interesting thing is that I feel that the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains actually tint my lips better.

Things to Note:
-Easy to use
-Stains lips for all day color
-Fades into the tint within 4-5 hours
- Not an overly wide color selection
- Lightweight but durable packaging
- Can be applied as opaque or light as you like
- Available at drugstores for around $8- $10. I recommend waiting for a sale so you can buy them B1G1 50% or with extra cash back. They are expensive at first but I think they last quite a long time.

There you have it! I really like these & find myself reaching for them quite often, especially when I'm not in the mood for lipstick. The shades I find myself reaching for most are Precious, Sweetheart, & Smitten. The shades I find most original are Rendezvous & Smitten.

& that ends my 5 Days of Revlon Lip Products! I'm going to continue to do my 5 Days of series & next week will be 5 Days of OCC Lip Tars! Which Revlon lip products are your favorites? Any particular shades I should get my hands on?
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