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I had wanted a lip stain for a long time now because I had heard so many great things about it. I liked the look of the Revlon stains because of the adverts and what they promised, but you can not always trust the adverts! So, I had to see for myself.
What pushed me to purchase this was the price. It was on sale at boots for £5.00 which was a great offer so I was definitely going to buy it.
The balm itself is so easy to apply, as you can see from the picture it is like a chunky pencil so you are not having to fiddle with it to be able to apply it correctly. The colour lasts a very long time and feels very light on your lips. It barely feels like you are wearing anything, which is great as it doesn''''t make you feel uncomfortable. The balm moisturises your lips and does not dry them out at all. I would definitely recommend this to anyone because it moisturises whilst giving a great long lasting colour
Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are my summer staples.
Available in six shades from Boot;
The balms are easily the best crayon type lip product that I have ever tried.
They have a minty taste to them which can feel a little tingly on the lips on application but I really like this. The mint doesn't irritate the lips at all though, so don't panic. It just makes them feel kind of cool.
They could not be easier to apply due to being in a crayon and I don't even need to use a mirror when I put them on.
They are very long lasting and without eating and drinking will last at full colour for about six hours, after which time they will start to fade a little in the center of the lips but will still leave a stain.
If you're eating and drinking, obviously this happens a little quicker but the lips are still stained underneath so it isn't at all obvious.
They feel really lightweight on the lips and very moisturising.
They don't bleed outside the lips and the pigmentation is fantastic, despite being a balm, they could easily pass as lipsticks in this area.
The RRP is £7.99 but they are often on a 3 for 2 deal at Boots.
My favourite shade is RendezVous, a gorgeous orange shade, perfect for summer and gorgeous with a bit of a tan.
I really rate the balms and recommend them to everyone.
I had wanted to try Clinique Chubby Sticks for a while, but could never justify the price. When I saw Revlon were making a product which looked near identical for a fraction of the cost, I couldn't wait to try it, especially as it seemed to get such great reviews and feedback online.
The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain comes in a selection of ten colours, so hopefully there will be something to suit most people. The colour I chose is called Honey. It looks a dark, dusky pink in the tube, but comes out as a slightly softer pink.
The packaging, as mentioned, is near identical to that of the Clinique Chubby Sticks. It is plastic casing, the colour representing the product inside, and has a silver twist up base. The balm itself looks a lot like a crayon. I like the packaging, it seems nicely made and despite having owned this for around a year or so, none of the lettering has worn off or anything like that, so it looks in pretty much perfect condition.
The idea of the product is that it is a lip stain which is in the form of a balm to moisturise lips as well as provide a long lasting colour. I liked this idea as I find a lot of lip stains are quite drying.
To apply, you simply colour in your lips with the crayon. It's probably advisable to go round the edge then fill the rest in, as being a stain if you go over your lips and get this on your skin it's hard to get off. That's how I do it anyway.
I have to say, I really don't like the way this feels on application. I find it quite dry and it really seems to drag the skin on my lips. I was surprised by this as being called a balm, I would have expected it to be creamier.
In terms of colour I find this has good pigmentation and gives a good all over colour. Surprisingly, given how dry it feels, the finish is slightly dewy, so it does not look like your typical stain.
I guess the benefit of this being a stain rather than a regular lipstick, is that it does last well. It does seem to transfer onto cups and things a little bit, but it also leaves a stain behind, so lips have some colour quite a long time after application. I can't say I've ever really timed how long it lasts, but if I put it on in the morning, I can often still see it by mid-afternoon. It wears evenly too, so I don't find I'm left with colour around the edges of my lips but not the middle.
The main problem with this and the reason I don't particularly like it, is that I do find it incredibly drying. That was really disappointing to me as I'd bought it hoping that it would be the complete opposite. It has even got to the point where my lips have felt quite sore after applying this because they have become so dried out. I've even found myself applying non-coloured lip balm over the top of this to keep my lips hydrated, so for me it really fails on the 'balm' side of things.
These balm stains cost £7.99 from Boots and Superdrug. I seem to remember I got mine when Superdrug had an offer running, so I didn't quite pay the full price for this, which makes me feel better about the fact I don't like it!
On the whole, I would not recommend these. I do think as a stain they are effective though. The colour is strong and they last very well. The fact that I found this quite dry and difficult to apply and the way it dried my lips out so much however, means I would not consider purchasing another one of these. I do wonder if perhaps it's just me, because as noted at the top of this review, I researched the product and it seemed to get rave reviews, it just didn't work for me. Given my experiences, personally I would not recommend it, I'd suggest trying something else instead.
The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain -
If you don't know about these - OMG Seriously you should know about them. They are the best lip products I have ever tried. I have fell in love with them since I tried them. If you have not then you need to go out now (yes even if its the middle of the night) and get one of these last longing lip stains.
They last all day, I come home with shock to see that the lip stain is still on my lips.
Colours I have brought so far are CHERISH & RENDEZVOUS. Cherish is a beautiful pink, I didn't realize though how bright it was going to be. It is a bright pink, like a barbie pink I think. Still its beautiful. Rendezvous is a gorgeous red. I would say it has a hint of orange to it. I love this colour, as it really suits me.
This product is worth getting and I can't wait til I get the rest of the colours.
As soon as these lip balms were released I just had to get my hands on them. I previously owned a couple of the Clinique chubby sticks which I have to say I loved but retailing at about £17 I just couldn't afford to splash out on anymore, so when I heard revlon were releasing an £8 alternative I couldn't wait to try it out.
Personally I love the bold range of colours they offer but if you are not someone who is as daring with your lipsticks then maybe the selection of intense colours isn't for you. The wide variety ensures that there is something for all skin tones and I bought shade 10 first of all which is a bright red because I thought it complimented my slightly darker skin tone very well.
If I'm being honest I never thought that this balm would be as good as Clinique's, especially considering it was less than half the price but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The balm is very creamy and moisturising and doesn't the dry out the lips if not reapplied throughout the day. I have worn this product on my lips for more than 6 hours and although it lost a bit of the intensity it had when first applied it stayed put very well. The stain also doesn't rub off when eating or drinking like many other balms of this type. The shape of the balm provides for an even application as it simply glides over your lips and you can outline your lips with the pointed bit of the balm first before filling them in with the fatter sides giving you fuller lips.
I really recommend this product to anyone wanting a burst of colour as well as moisturised lips.
As an avid make up lover, I am always watching beauty videos on the internet and this product was raved about. So like the an advertiser's dream, I went out in search of this product. I found it in Boots for £7.99. This did seem pricey to me but I had heard such good things about it that I had to buy it anyway. I swatched lots of colours on my hand and decided to go for the colour 'Honey' which is a wonderful dusky rose colour.
+ The Packaging +
Revlon is famous for its intricate packaging, from the Revlon lip butters right through to their range of stains. This particular product comes in a pencil like tube. It is in a colour which is supposed to represent the lip stain inside. The end of the tube is a silver colour, and this part is used to twist so more of the product comes out of the top. The cap fits snugly onto the top, so I don't worry about mess in my make-up drawer.
+ Advantages and Experience +
I really love this product. The colour 'honey' is really wearable for me and I use it nearly every day. Even when I go out in the evenings, this is really good because I can swipe a little lip gloss over the top and it makes my lips look really plump and full. The tip of this lip stick had a point, almost like a pencil shape, which means it is really easy to apply. So even though the product has the consistency of a lipstick overall, the first layer reminds me of a balm, it is a little more sheer, but then when you add more layers of the product, it becomes really build able and I find the colour payoff is awesome.
The balm stain, as Revlon has called it, goes on so smoothly and sits on my lips like a colourful, moisturising balm and has a slight sheen. Then when I have been wearing it for a while, the sheen wears off, but leaves behind this gorgeous flush of colour that lasts quite a long time. I make sure I exfoliate and moisturise my lips before I put it on and this means the stain lasts even longer and goes on really smoothly.
This product also has a wonderful scent. Now let me explain this, usually I am not a fan of minty smells and almost didn't buy this product because of the smell. But it has grown on me so much. Its like a sweet spearmint smell. I was worried that it would give that weird tingling sensation on my lips when I applied it, but was surprised to find that it doesn't do this for me. The smell also wears off quite quickly so it doesn't annoy me. I would say, don't be put off by the smell because as it wears away, it is such an insignificant part of this product. The staying power has been brilliant and I love the way it applies.
+ Disadvantages +
There aren't many disadvantages to this product. The only thing that I have found is that when the product starts to wear off, I find it leaves a darker colour stain on the outside of my lips. Obviously this is because I have been eating, drinking and talking etc. But it just means I have to notice this before it happens and reapply in those areas. I think this product is a little pricey, but sometimes you are able to pick Revlon products up on offers.
+ Verdict +
I'm really pleased with this product and hope to buy some other colours soon. I think these would be good for a huge range of skin tones because there are so many colours available. The balmy finish of this lip product feels so nourishing and not at all heavy like some lip sticks.
I love that I can create lots of different looks with this, intense by building up the colour and sheer by using only one layer. Really, its a good all rounder and I would definitely recommend it.
I was so excited when these lipsticks came out as they were supposed to be a dupe for the Clinique Chubby Sticks, which at £16 each were out of my price range. First and foremost, the formula of these is lovely. They are so creamy and moisturising and have great colour payoff, which is good for a formula which is so moisturising.
However, what I didn't like about it was the smell - it has a peppermint smell, which smells nice but I found it tingled on the lips, which I didn't like. Also I found that after 2-3 months both of the balm stains that I bought took on a strange, almost rancid smell. I've experienced this with very cheap makeup before, but never with Revlon products. I wouldn't have minded but I didn't even use these lip stains very often because the colours I bought weren't natural, everyday colours.
Out of the range of colors, I found only two which appealed to me - Cherish and Rendezvous. Cherish is blue toned pink colour and Rendezvous a very vibrant orange - coral colour. Since buying these I have tried a lot of other of these products and find the Revlon ones to be a big let down compared to other similar products.
I think these are so popular because they were the first on the market, available in chemists such as Boots and Superdrug, but I reckon the Soap and Glory and Bourjois ones are much better.
Instead of paying a small fortune for Clinique's Chubby Sticks I have discovered a much cheaper alternative, in the form of Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. These lip stains (or balms, or whatever you want to all them) cost only £899. This might seem like a lot of money, but when you consider how much a Clinique Chubby Stick costs, this pales into comparison. Having used a Clinique Chubby Stick (two of them, in fact) and having also used a Revlon Just Bitten Lip Balm, I feel I am able to compare them both. Revlon's is almost as good, but not quite as excellent as Clinique's version, in my opinion.
Revlon's Balm Stain givens me really good coverage and though at first it is nice and glossy and moisturising on my lips, I do find that the gloss effect wears off pretty quickly. And needs to be reapplied if the glossy look is what you are after. On the other hand, the lip stain itself does just that - it stains the lips. The colour pigmentation in these balms is really excellent and lasts longer than the Clinique version. The only reason I rate the Revlon version slightly lower is due to the fact that I personally feel that these do dry my lips out ever so slightly. Once the gloss has vanished, my lips will remain stained throughout the rest of the day but then I am left with a sort of 'matt' effect, which can both look and feel quite drying.
It's very easy to use these sticks and they work in much the same way as the Clinique Chubby Sticks. They twist up from the bottom and the lip stain pops out the top. The sticks are nice and thick, almost fat, I suppose you could describe them, and as such they are easy to apply and I never feel that I have to be very careful or very precise when I use them. I use it straight from the stick itself, though I have a friend who prefers to use a lip brush with hers, though I feel this sort of defeats the object of having it in stick format.
As I say, the colour lasts well, all day in fact, and there is rarely a need to have to reapply, unless I feel that my lips require more moisture or more of a gloss effect. I do actually use a dab of Vaseline over the top whenever I use these sticks as I feel that my lips can feel quite dry by the end of the day.
Overall, however, I do feel that for £8.99 these do represent slightly better value for money than the Clinique version, however, having said that, Clinique wins on the moisture front a I hate having dried out lips.
Still recommended, though.
I have very dry lips after a few years of abusing them with matte lipsticks and lip cote, after seeing videos about the just bitten lip stain balm on youtube I decided to pick a couple up. I own love sick (which is the one in the picture) and darling which is a light purple.
This looks very similar to the Clinique chubby sticks, the plastic encasing is the call of the product with a silver effect twister at the bottom. The lid is also the same colour as the casing with all writing written in the same silver as the twister.
Sometimes revlon can be quite stingy but this is not the case this a casing is almost full from top to bottom and this is going to last me a very long time.
Colour and Pigmentation
This is a little mixed when it comes to the two I have. Love sick is very highly pigmented, where as darling is not so much. They both create a sheer event and need to be built up towards something more opaque. I could do this with lovesick in two of three layers whereas darling would take a lot more. I believe the product is intended to be sheer.
Darling is a pale lilac a colour great for spring but due to this is not very noticeable, whereas love sick is so bright this noticed straight away.
The glossy effect does not last very long but what you are left with is a gorgeous stain that lasts most of he day. I always reapply lip products and lunch time as this just keeps it fresh. As said before as the darling is so pale the stain is not so noticeable but it does create a better natural lip.
This is still showing the next day but is easy to remove with a a makeup wipe.
We have to remember this is not a full lip balm it is a kind of multi product. The balm is semi moisturising and Is definitely better for the lips than the lip cote after a number of days use I did see a small improvement in my lips.
This is expensive at £8.99 for a drugstore products, but I am not going to buy this type of thing very often so I feel it is worth it. This is very easy to find at most drugstores and also online.
I had seen these Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains by Revlon being raved about for ages so I was very pleased when I received one as a gift recently. They cost £7.99 which is a lot more than I'm willing to pay at the moment as I'm really trying hard to save money.
The balm stains come in a chubby pencil format, I suppose they're probably copied from Clinique's Chubby Sticks, and they do look similar. Most of the pencil is coloured the same as the shade of the balm, but the end is silver metal, as you can see form the picture above. They have a plastic pull off lid which is also the same colour as the balm.
The balm stain is really easy to use, I find the chubbiness of the pencil makes it really easy to handle. I apply it straight from the pencil, but you could apply it with a lip brush if you felt this was necessary. I also find because the tip is quite wide it is quick to cover my whole lips with it.
I find this feels just like a moisturising lip balm when I apply it, which I was glad about as drying lip products are one of my pet hates and the main reason I tend not to bother with lipsticks. It glides onto my lips really smoothly and it's easy to get a nice even coating. It can be applied quite sheer or built up to look much bolder depending on the look you're going for or what you're comfortable with. I tend to just do one coat of it as I like quite a subtle look.
The colour I have is called Cherish and is a bright pink colour, it might actually be the one pictured above but I'm not 100% sure as there are a few pink shades. It isn't as bright on the lips as it looks but it is a lovely shade of pink which will definitely stand out if you apply it quite boldly.
I find the colour stays on much longer than the feeling of the balm does. The balm doesn't really last longer than an hour for me, but my lips remain stained with colour for about 4-5 hours, at which point it's easy to re-apply. Although the moisturising feeling of the balm does wear off quickly it still doesn't feel like my lips are dried out.The good thing is that although it does 'stain' my lips with colour the stain is easily removed with a good makeup remover, so if you find the colour doesn't suit you you're not stuck with it until it wears off.
Al in all I really like my balm stain and if I wasn't trying to save money I'd definitely buy it in more shades.
Upon first view of this lipstain it reminds me of the more expensive but not necessarily better Clinique chubbysticks lipgloss/lipstains.
Revlon have made the packaging slick in appealing colours combined with a silver ending at the base.
I picked this particular shade as i am indian in origin and as such find that certain lipglosses can look too pale or shiny on my lips and i prefer to have a more subtle look especially when wearing makeup at work.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that colour when applied to my lips matched the shade of the actual container which very often not the case.
I applied the lipstain in the morning prior to going to work and didnt have to reapply till after lunch which i was very impressed with as normally i have to apply my lipsticks two to three days during the day.
The balm also had a cooling sensation when first applied however this ceased after a couple of minutes.
Overall this is one of the first lip products by Revlon I have enjoyed using and I would recommend this as a great product to use for wearing at work or at the weekends.
Lip balms, stains and sticks are probably my biggest beauty indulgence and the thing that I buy most often. I have my favourite go to ones but I also like experimenting with new ones to see what they are like.
The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain appealed to me when I first saw it as it really resembled the Clinique Chubby Stick which I really like but obviously this is much cheaper than that. I wasn't sure it would be as good but I remembered that when it first came out it was sold out everywhere so I thought it must be quite good to have done that.
As this already is a balm with a colour added to it I thought it would be nicer to use than most of them and it definitely is. The colour goes on nicely and evenly and I usually only need one coat but it is easy to build the colour up if I want it more intense.
I have the Darling shade which is a sort of purple/pink colour on my lips and it is really unusual and really nice. I had been looking for a shade like this for ages but with most of them that I tried which looked like this colour on the packaging didn't really look like that on my lips. This is much truer to the colour which I wanted and it is subtle but you can definitely see that I have it on my lips and once it has been built up it is more intense.
The crayon makes it so simple to apply and I also really like how it looks when I bring it out of my bag in public as it looks really cute and like a more expensive product than it actually is.
I also really like how this feels on my lips and it is moisturising enough that I do not have to worry about applying anything on top of it to moisturise my lips. The colour isn't quite as long lasting as I would like however and I do need to reapply every few hours.
This costs £7.99 but is often on promotion in boots and I would recommend it because I like it and think it is a good product for the money. There are other stain/balm combos out there that feel just a little bit nicer but they are also much more expensive and for the price of this I think it is good.
I wanted a lipstick that would last all night so i didnt have to keep re applying lipstick constently. I spent ages in boots trying to decide. I then found this lipstain in a range of lovely colours. I picked the pink one. I dont use the testers in the shops so as soon as i got home i tested it. I fell in love straight away. Easy to apply and dont have to apply loads tp get a fantastic coverage. It lasted all night. On the afternoon i put it on at 5.30pm and went to a party i was dancing anf drinking andnit still stayed on!!!! I got loads of compliments on how lovely the colour of my lipstick was and people was shocked at how long it had lasted bearing in mind i applied it about 5pm and this was well after 11pm. Would really recommend this product if you want it too last all day or night! :-)
I absolutely love make up and when something new comes on the market I just have to try it. I'm not really a lipstick or lip gloss girl because there is too much maintenance involved but lip tints and balms is something I can cope with. I saw this not long ago and decided to give it a bash.
The Lip Balm Stain will set you back roughly £7.99 from Boots and slightly cheaper from some other retailers. Unfortunately Revlon is not one of those brands that are stocked in places like Wilkinsons so you probably won't find it dirt cheap but it is worth checking out deals in big supermarkets.
The product comes in a kind of thick looking plastic pencil style. The outer tube is the same colour as the tint you choose. There is a nice silver coloured metal end and then the balm is the opposite end pointed like a pencil. I like this design, it is really simple and functional but Revlon has kept it simple so it looks stylish.
The balm has a lovely silky smooth feel to it and goes onto your lips easily. It is a cross between a lipstick and a lip balm which is perfect for me as I find lipsticks tend to dry my lips out whereas this keeps them hydrated. I do find the colour does wear off relatively quickly but because it is a balm and not a lipstick it is easy and quick to reapply without the aid of a mirror.
Probably my biggest issue with this range is the colours available. Now I'm not terribly adventurous but it does strike me as weird that there are only 3 pinky shades in this range and no red at all. There are two very dark almost browny/aubergine colours which I wouldn't go near and then the other options are coral/orangey red or purple. Not of these are really my bag and I do really wish they'd done a straight forward red colour because this is the one my make up box is missing.
That said, the shade I have mine in - honey - is beautiful and really compliments my pale skin and freckles. Hopefully this range will sell well and they'll expand the colour selection, I'll certainly be first in line.
Overall, I wish they were a little cheaper but no doubt they'll last me a lifetime so who can complain?
I love using products that add a bit more colour to my lips. When I started to see lip stains appearing on the shelves I was a little amazed. Admittedly I'm not one for buying lip products all that much. This is mainly because when it comes to my lips, I don't like to experiment with all different colours... I prefer to keep it fairly neutral. By neutral I mean dark pinks and subtle reds. Although I do like coral colours occasionally too. In general though, I tend to stay away from the lighter colours, as I find that darker colours suit me better. Anyway, when I saw lip stains appearing, I wanted to try a few out in the hope of liking them enough, to end my lip gloss wearing days.
The first ever lip stain I tried, was the Rimmel 1000 Kisses Lip Tint. I really liked the colour, and how the colour lasted pretty much all day. It was cheap, easy to apply and was actually non-transferable (as long as you didn't apply the balm after applying the tint). The only thing I didn't like about it was how the lip stain, looked like a felt tip, so it almost felt like I was colouring my lips in with a felt tip! However this one eventually died, and instead of buying another one, I thought I'd give Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain a whirl.
Revlon's balm stains have quite an attractive packaging I'd say. What is nice is that the colour of the packaging corresponds with the colour of the product itself. Although all of the feature the same silver writing for the name of the product, and a sliver plastic base which you twist to reveal more product. When looking at a couple of the testers, I initially thought that the product that was visible, was all the product there was. However when I got home, I realised that there was a whole other 2 or 3 centimeters of product that is hidden inside the tube. What I liked about these balm stains was that although the stick looks quite thick, the tip is shaped to a slight point, so you can easily control where it is applied. However this obviously becomes more blunt as you use it, and so the tip becomes less precise. This means you have to be careful when applying to not accidentally go to far, because it can stain around you lips a little if you do.
Revlon has several shades of the lip balm stains to choose from, in different colours, so you can easily find a shade you like. I bought this in the shade 001 Honey, it's a subtle yet pretty, dark pink/ neutral brown colour. And what's nice is that the sticker showing the colour (almost) exactly matches how the colour looks when I'm wearing it. The product does feel slightly moisturising on the lips like a lip balm, without any stickyness etc. Although I still like to apply a lip balm underneath. The colour itself lasts for a few hours even if doesn't feel like there's really any product there. The colour does fade slightly with drinking and eating and stuff. However I'd say for a product to stay on your lips past a couple of hours is pretty good. This does give a slight shine to your lips, (but not lip gloss shiny) so for those who prefer a completely matte look, probably won't like this. What I also like about these balm stains is that they have a slight minty smell too them, but isn't overpowering and does fade after a few minutes.
I'be had mine now for a couple of months, and although I don't use it every day, judging by the amount of product I have left, I can imagine if you did wear this every day, it would last a few months. However when this does eventually run out, I'll probably try one in another shade.