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A lip stain is a really nice way of putting some colour on your lips when you are looking for something that is going to look natural and pretty.
They are much less intense than lip stick and less shiny than a gloss. I like wearing one during the day or else when I have heavy eye make-up on and am looking for something that will make my lips pop without them clashing with my eye make-up.
I saw this in the shop and was dying to try it as it looked really good but I ended up being really disappointed with it.
It is a double ended stick with the lip stain being at one end and the balm being at the other.
I thought this was a great idea as sometimes lip stains can be a bit drying so I was hopeful the balm would have been designed to add some moisture and also make the stain last a bit longer too.
It is definitely even more drying than a normal lip stain so I see why they added a balm because I can’t see how they would have been able to sell it otherwise. It doesn’t feel nice going on and doesn’t look good either as it is hard to get a nice even coat of the colour.
The colour itself was really light and nothing special and although with a lip stain I want something subtle I still want it to be noticeable and this wasn’t very good. The balm it rubbish and isn’t nearly moisturising enough for the drying effects of the stain and did nothing to help with how long it lasted because even with the balm the little bit of colour that was there was gone within a couple of hours.
This is definitely not something that I would even buy again as there are so many more better ones available and for me this was one of the worst that I have used in a long time.
This is very different from a normal lipstick in that the stain end of the pen had a felt tip for applying the colour. The one I have is the lip stain and balm pen so at one end you have the stain which is the colour and at the other you have the balm which is like a clear lip salve really.
I do find it gives a great lasting base colour which doesn't fade fast at all. It is a stain. I suppose the nearest thing I have used to this in Benefit's Benetint but this I find lasts even longer that that does.
I love the fact that you really can get an accurate application because of the pen being a felt tip.
After I apply this stain to get a good base colour I then choose a colour of something like Soap & Glory Mother plucker and apply that over the stain. This means my kips have a great strong base colour and the lip plumping effect from the other product. I find the lip plumpers don't have very string lasting colours so this combination suits me well.
The end with the balm is not a wind up and down balm so the stick of lipsalve is exposed. Mine very quickly broke off and I have kind of mended it but you can't put any pressure on it at all otherwise it will break. It would have been much more useful if they had had a winding mechanism so that you only exposed the small amount of the lipsalve to apply to your lips.
You certainly need something to put on top of the stain as it is far too drying to use alone so they could with sorting the balm end out to be more useful or you can do as I do and mix the stain with a more moisturising lip product for the top coat.
This lip stain and balm is available in six different colours.
When you use this your lips need to be clean and dry so don't put anything on them before the stain. If you want a deeper colour you can apply a second and third coat of the stain. Let the stain dry before applying the balm or other lip gloss product.
If you don't suffer from dry lips you can just use the stain and the advantage of this is that it feels like you have nothing on your lips. I hate the sticky glosses that feel tacky so if you find products that you can feel on your lips annoying then the stain may suit you and you can then apply whatever moisturiser you find works on the lips after the stain has dried.
Sadly despite their advertisments to say they are against animal testing Avon, Estee Lauder, and Revlon appear to have gone along with the painful animal tests in China without objection. So a huge black mark against the company from me.
Description: This unique 2-in-1 gives you kiss-proof color with soft shine and a nourishing balm for supreme comfort.
Price Tag: £5.99 in both Boots and Superdrug.
Review: The lip stain comes with the lip balm. Please be aware that the colors are not true to the packaging. Some of the colors are less pigmented than the others, so it is better to test them before buying. I tried it recently and did not like it at all. The product is very drying, does not go on evenly. I personally did not like the marker-type applicator, it feels and smells like a marker. The marker-type lip products usually dry up pretty quickly. It badly dried my lips by the end of the day, because the lip balm on the other side was not moisturizing enough. It eventually fell off, which is rather disappointing for this price tag. The product also made my lips look splotchy and uneven, so I had to stop using it. I definitely am not going to repurchase this product. The balm stains by the same Revlon are great quality for the same price.
After trying the lipstain balm (which comes in the crayon looking tube), I decided to try the lipstain and she if this worked for me. Here are my thoughts.
This comes in a plastic tube that has the lipstain (which is like a felt tip) at one end and the balm (like a rubber) at the other. The tube is meant to symbolise the colour of the product and the caps on both ends are plastic and transparent. This is so easy and conveinent just to slip into a bag and infact multiple could be carried. This is a great feature.
Formulation and Colour
I picked the colour fetish believing this to be a deep purple, however this was not the case. It gave my lips a light purple tint but that was all. I was very diasppointed with this, as I was reall expecting a 'wow' affect and nobody even noticed this.
The first time I wore this the stain was wet enough to add evenly to the lips by the third application this was so dry it was quite hard work to get this onto the lips The stain was not too good either. This lasted a couple hours until it was totally gone and there was not ressidue what so ever. This was also not all buildable.
I decided to try just the balm to see if this did a particularly good job, it didn't, this wasn't even of the same quality of a cheap tin of vaseline.
Price and Availability
This can be bought from all Superdrug and Boots stores both online and instore and thsi retails for £7.99 it is also available from a number of stores online. I do not think this product is worth the price as it doesn't do what it should in any way. I would not purchase this again.
This product comes in a cylindrical tube with one end that is a pen type tip that dispenses the stain and the other end is a nourishing lip balm. The packaging makes this product easy to use and convenient that it is all in one product (i.e. balm and stain together on the same product). The color of the tube reflects the color of the product, which I always like, it makes it easy to find what I want when I am purchasing. I get this product at my local drugstore usually and it's around $2-3 and I ALWAYS get the shade gothic (as I am a red lip fanatic).
When lip stains really started to gain popularity a few of years ago I was really excited (and somewhat skeptical). I am a user of lipstick... especially red lipstick. The problem with most lipsticks is that they do not stay on long enough. So finding something that would stay on through eating and drinking and such was important to me and I hoped to find the answer in lip stains. And I think I did!
The application process, at least the first time, feels a little strange if you have never used a lip stain before. It feel a bit like you are coloring your lips with a marker! But it works really well! Having clean (nude) lips is definitely best for the application process, it also seems to help the color last even longer if you exfoliate your lips first. Anyhow, the product goes on clean and smooth and doesn't leave streaks or lines or anything extra in the lines of my lips. The stain soaks in incredibly rapidly and leaves your lips feeling as if they don't have anything on them at all (Wonderful!).
Once the stain soaks in you are then to apply the balm over the top to supply a topcoat and moisture. The balm is so soft! If I could get just a stick of that stuff by itself I definitely would. It's very moisturizing and provides luster without intense shine (which I personally love). My only complaint is that there isn't enough of the balm. I have found myself running out the balm before I run out of stain, not a huge issue because you could use another balm, but I thought I would bring it up.
An absolutely great product. As a red-lip enthusiast I am always on the market for new lip products that will stay better, last longer, and be as delightful (or more so) than other red lip products. This lip stain definitely fit the bill. It stays on through eating and drinking and outlasts any lipstick that I have ever worn! Recommended for sure to anyone who is looking to try a lip stain. For the price and wear-ability of this product it is a fabulous find.
***Lip Tints Why and How much***
The craze of lip tints peaked in 2012 when Max Factor introduced their Lipfinity Lip Tint which is the best one I've tried thus far. Others didn't take long to follow suit and Revlon released Just Bitten a long lasting kiss-proof lip tint with additional balm in seven shades: Gothic (Vamp Red), Passion (Barbie Pink), Flame (Bright Orange/Red), Twilight (Mauve), Frenzy (warm pink), Beloved(Light pinky beige) and Forbidden (Chocolate). Just Bitten normally retails at £8 but I purchased Just Bitten Gothic on offer for £5 when it was first introduced and i imagine there will always be offers available so it's worth shopping around.
Just Bitten provides both a liptint and a balm. Firstly I make sure that my lips are well exfoliated using a flannel and I do this in the shower and when applying my jojoba oil to my face I cover my lips as well. Once the oil has sunk in to my lips I apply the tint and unfortunately have to apply this tint in about 3-4 coats to ensure an even amount of pigment on my lips as it is rather weak in the pigment department. When the liptint has dried you are supposed to use the balm but to be honest I always skip this part as I prefer Matt lips and the balm leaves your lips shiny. Admittedly one of the other reasons why I do not use the balm is that upon my first use of the product the balm fell out and mashed up on my lip as it disintegrated leaving hard dried out bits of balm on my lips so it is not a great design.
Unlike the Max Factor liptint I find the Revlon Just Bitten very drying as well as it doesn't last long fading in a very unlady like fashion, basically you have a ring around your lips of tint but nothing else remains making you look very very strange (think Jordan or a Clown). I guess that's the lightweight feature of the product that Revlon boasts.
***Would I buy again?***
Ye gods no! There is only one claim that this product makes that is correct and that is that this product is lightweight, so lightweight infact that it simply floats away from your lips. The main reason why I buy a lip tint is for durability and this product does not meet that and as for the lip balm - it's terrible and badly designed. I am quite disappointed in Revlon in releasing such a poor product as I have always found their lipsticks to be of excellent quality.
The liptint is very on trend at the minute, and the product is somwhere between a lip stain and a gloss. Revlons version of the liptint is the best I've tried so far. The product is applied in two steps, the first is a felt tip type pen applicater which is very moist and easily transfers a good amount of colour onto the lips. It's somewhere along the lines of a stain but the colour isn't as heavy and looks fresher than similar stain type products. The second step is the applying the moistuing seal onto the colour, this balm is stored on the bottom of the pen which is effectively double sided. The balm is light but is does the job and gently moisturisers lips with a neat gloss finish. The colour looks healthy and bright and once applied lasted for a few hours, although after this it fades completely. The positive of this is that no nasty residue is left on your lips but the negative is if you want all day colour you need to reapply.The packaging is pretty ,and the pen can slip neatly into a handbag for a night out ! Compared to other products on the market I think its good value for money.
When Maybelline released their lip pen I really wanted to try it, but after reading countless bad reviews I refrained. When I saw this Revlon product on offer in Boots for £5.99 I just had to try it, regardless. Just Bitten is a lip stain and a balm, which aim to provide long-lasting colour on the lips. There are around 7 colour choices, ranging from more subtle nudes to red - Flame, which is the shade I opted for.
The lip stain is applied with an applicator which is like a felt tip pen, it does smell like ink, but this is only slight. On the very first application it felt smooth, non-scratchy and was easy to apply. the colour was dense in pigment and colour and provided a deep red colour on the lips which dried almost instantly. This colour was topped up with the clear balm that is located at the other end of the stick. This balm is odourless and is instantly moisturising on the lips, added a slight sheen.
When I went to use the lip stain again a few days later, I found the nib to have dried out slightly. I did have a feeling that this would happen, but I stood the product up, with the lip stain end facing down, to help the nib absorb some product. After a couple of minutes the stain was fine to use again and didn't scratch at my lips. Waiting a few minutes for the nib to moisten is fine if you aren't in a hurry, but if you were in a rush, this wouldn't be ideal - but I suppose it is to be expected with this type of product?
The colour on my lips lasts for a good 3-4 hours before the need to touch up. There is some minor creasing in the dry cracks of the lips, but this is nowhere near as noticeable as it is with other lip colours - the balm really helps with this. The colour still looks vibrant and my lips feel soft. It is transfer resistant, it did not come off on the rim of a glass and the colour remained after eating.
This stain tries to achieve a more subtle, natural lip colour compared to a lipstick. So it is suited to daytime, work wear. It may not be suitable however, if you want a very dramatic, statement lip. Nor is it suited to those with very dry lips as the stain will just sit in the cracks.
Overall, I really like this product and will be buying it again. The RRP is £7.99 which I think is reasonable considering it is long-lasting and will only need to be applied a couple of times a day.
4 stars due to the drying issues
Revlon's Just Bitten is a dual lip product which is a lip stain and also a lip balm. The product has been designed to add long lasting 'kiss proof' colour to the lips while also nourishing and hydrating them. A lip stain differs from a lip stick in that it looks natural rather than looking like something has been added.
The product comes in a few different colours of which range between pink, red and brown. They each have a lovely and catchy name including Frenzy, Beloved, Forbidden and Flame. I chose Passion which is a lovely vibrant pink shade which is quite natural but still pretty.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be applied to clean, dry lips. I apply the side with the lip balm first to make sure that my lips are hydrated and then I used the coloured side to stain my lips. You can then use the balm again after waiting for thirty seconds in order to add a shine to the lips that makes them look healthier and in a good condition.
Packaging and Price
The product actually looks like a felt tip pen and the colour of the outside matches the colour of the lip stain itself. There is limited writing and information on the pen itself and the lip stain is protected with a translucent pink lid. On the other side of the pen you will find the balm which is also covered with a lid. The product costs around £7 and it can be bought from department stores such as Boots, large supermarkets and also from a variety of online websites.
The product is easy to apply to the lips because of the pointed and precise tip of the pen. You can easily and precisely draw around the lip line and then essentially colour in the lips. The product does need a balm first in my opinion because it is quite drying and matte on the lips and if I don't use a balm, it does pull on my lips a little bit. The balm is simple to apply but you need to wait for the stain to dry otherwise it rubs off some of the lip stain.
This lip stain will show up any dryness or cracks that you have and it does sink into them so you need to be sure your lips are in a good condition before using the product. Also the balm isn't a twistable one so what you see is what you get, which isn't much! The balm is set out quite far so you need to be careful when applying the balm to the lips as mine is on the verge of snapping. The balm is just the same as a normal lip balm, of which I have plenty, so I find myself just using my own which defeats the object of the product. My lips become quite dry with repeated use of this product and they feel quite tight and uncomfortable which I don't like. It's not that easy to dispense the stain after a while. I've had mine for only about two weeks and the nib is starting to dry out, even though I always keep the lid on tight.
The colour of the product is nice and it looks very natural. It is fairly easy to get a good and even coverage of colour and the pen allows you to be precise. The colour can be built up with repeated application so it's adaptable. The lip stain spells lovely and the aroma is a fruity which is always a good thing in a product which you are applying beneath your nose. They don't really taste of anything at all which is better than them having a bad taste. The lip stain lasts for a good few hours, even when eating and drinking, and it seems to fade in a natural way rather than a patchy way.
All in all, the colour does stain the lips and makes the lips look pretty. It is fairly long lasting, smells nice and it's easy to use. That being said it does feel quite drying, looks bad on dry lips and the product doesn't have a very long lifeline. I wouldn't bother buying this again.
I like lip colours that make an impact and so I always look for highly pigmented lipsticks. As fate has it I also have dry lips, meaning that most pigmented lipsticks will also dry my lips and make cracks obvious. So as I was browsing the shelves at Boots I came across Revlon just bitten lipstain. I have had bad experiences from using lip pens (I won't name names) and was wary about how effective this product would be. However the addition of an integrated lip balm was reassuring, as I assume Revlon were aware of the disadvantages of the first bout of lip pens (very drying).
Price and Packaging
I must admit the main allure about this product is the name. It has connotations of vampires and blood. Sounds gory, I know, but with all the hype around vampire movies, it's a positive tactical move for Revlon. The just bitten range is basically lip pens for twilight die hard fans.
The just bitten lip balm can be purchased for £7.99 at Boots. This is the average price you pay for a lipstick, so I was happy to part with my coins. The lip pen comes in 7 tantalising shades, passion, twilight, frenzy, gothic, forbidden, flame and beloved. This further cemented the notion that this clearly was Revlon jumping onto the twilight bandwagon. It's hard to test lip pens, because the colour you will get on your hands, won't appear to be the same when you apply to lips. I actually ended up purchasing twilight (can you tell I'm a fan!) Twilight is like a mystic plum. I haven't tried a plum shade before and was very excited to see the results. It's a shame Revlon haven't introduced more on trend lip colours like coral or nudes, but then I guess they don't fit in with their twilight themed range.
The just bitten lip stain and balm will give you kiss proof colour, for all those behind the gravestone kisses. The balm promises to be nourishing and provide supreme comfort. When make up brands use adjectives like 'supreme,' I start expecting a lot and usually am disappointed. Let's hope this one lives up to it or things could get bloody. (only messing.)
To use you simply apply to dry lips. The colour was very nice, but a little too 'emo' once applied. Maybe this is just preference and if you've got the confidence to work it, then you can work it gurrrl! The colour had built up quite strongly and seeing as I had bought the safest colour possible, I was surprised at how dark it was. I suppose it also depends on what colour your lips are in their natural state, that determines the intensity of lipsticks. I have post box red lips and usually need to apply foundation before applying any lipstick. I didn't want to use foundation with the lip pen as my lips would become too dry. But I tried it anyways and guess what, I was right. It definitely gave me a lighter shade. However my cracks and wrinkles were in plain sight for all to see! It really is not a good look. My lips looked a lot worse with the pen applied on top of foundation. This lip pen is very very drying, it seems the guys at Revlon learnt nothing from Max Factors mistakes.
In regards to the balm, it was great. I say it was great, but that I didn't say it was great WITH the lip pen. Once applied on top of the lip pen my lips looked better and conditioned, but it didn't hide last very long. It also didn't hide the cracks in my lips. I also tried it on with smooth lips after an intensive carmex'ed 2 days. And (DRUM ROLL).....It looked miles better, but my lips still felt very dry a while after using the balm.
A few days later and the lip pen stopped working! I mean this really is not on! I was quite angry that such a shoddy product is being sold by a reputable cosmetic brand.
So unless you are blessed with super soft hydrated lips, then this lip pen won't work for you, guaranteed. It really is an awful product. I'm still kicking myself for spending £8 on this. I guess it pays to read reviews beforehand huh.
If you read my review on Revlon Top Speed Nail Colour you will know that I got suckered in to another offer in Boots. This time, I went in for moisturiser and I got a booklet of coupons, one of which was for £3 off Revlon products. I wanted a nail varnish and when I went to the Revlon cabinet they had an in store offer for two products for £10 on top of which I could use the £3 off voucher. I chose my nail varnish and then the main promoted product caught my eye; the Revlon Lip Stain and Balm.
I have really pale skin which burns easily in the skin, almost like a redhead, except I am not a redhead, I am just a normal mousey brown. I like to wear either a nude lip and smoky eyes, or bare eyes (just mascara and natural shadows) and a dark plum or pillar box red lip. Anything else doesn't really seem to suit me, so I stick with the same sorts of things. I had a look at the Lip Stain and Balm shades and I selected Forbidden, which is a reddish plum colour - perfect for me and my taste in lip colours!
The product is basically a double ended stick. It's quite innovative. Although I have tried double ended stain and gloss lip products with those wand type applicators, I've never seen anything like this. It's basically a 'pen' at one end. It looks just like a felt tip and you literally draw the stain on to your lips. This is perfect though because it allows precision in application and no mess at all. In fact, you can reapply this without a mirror making it ideal for on the go touch ups. The other end is a balm, a normal lip balm which adds a subtle sheen, not glossy at all, just quite natural looking which is really suited to the current make up trend of stripping back to basics. plus the balm is quite nice used alone, it is not flavoured, sticky or heavy, it's comforting and softening.
I applied the product without lip liner after gently exfoliating my lips. The stain can be applied sparingly / lightly for a lower impact colour, but if you want to go the whole nine yards, you might need to keep 'colouring in'. It dries instantly and isn't transferable as was proven when I subsequently applied the white lip balm stick and it didn't change colour at all with the stain. The colour really doesn't need touching up - it doesn't wear off, it just fades slightly, so I think you could manage just using the lip balm all evening / day. However, I liked the strong bold colour, so I applied it around 3 times during an evening out. The lip balm however, you can apply as much as you like to keep your lips looking soft and... dare I say it... 'Just Bitten'.
Value for money wise I think this is going to be a brilliant investment, I paid £3.50 for it, the RRP was £7. I don't know about you, but I have spent hundreds on make up over the years and thrown it away, I don't like it / it's no longer in fashion / I don't wear it anymore, etc. But as I am getting older I am realising that it's far better to have a much smaller quantity of classic 'go-to' cosmetics which I know look good, will fit in with any trend and last a long time - rather than fast fashion drugstore make up (kind of like clothing too!). I think the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Stain and Balm fits in to that category and therefore the £7 price tag would have been really good value for money.
The product is available from Boots, Department stores, Superdrug, some Supermarkets and online. Thank you for reading!
Boots were offering a free Revlon lip product when buying a Revlon foundation. I happened to be buying a Revlon foundation so that was fantastic news to me, especially as this product is usually £7.99 in Boots. I thought I would push the boat out and try something new, having always been curious about this product after seeing the TV ad.
REVLON JUST BITTEN - FLAME
*Ease of use 5/5
Simply colour your lips with the felt pen, then apply the balm over the top. The colour dries instantly on your lips and then the balm helps to keep lips moisturised.
This lipstain really does last, sometimes I wake up the next day and it is still on my lips! Albeit slightly faded. No need to worry about marks on your teeth like with lipstick and no mess like with a sticky lip gloss. However, you should ensure that you exfoliate your lips prior to application because if they are even the slightest bit dry then the stain tends to highlight the dry bits and patchy lips are never a good look.
The colour I have is Flame and I would definitely recommend it. Using just a little colour makes lips look naturally pink and luscious or you could draw on (well it is a felt tip pen!) a lot of colour for really bright red lips. I will definitely be investing in more colours!
I think this is a fantastic product and perfect for if you are too lazy like me to bother reapplying lipstick/gloss all the time. You can use it for a subtle effect or for a much more dramatic look all in the one easy to use pen. Just don't forget to keep your lips moisturised!
I've never really been into lip colours and have usually gone for light pink, clear or shimmery lip glosses. However recently I decided I wanted to try a bolder colour so headed for Boots to look for a lipstick. I've always been wary of lipsticks in bold colours as they tend to slide off easily and can often end up on your teeth, so when I noticed this lipstain pen on the Revlon counter I thought I'd give it a try.
There were several colours on offer, most were browns and reds which were all a bit too dark for me, but one was a bright pink colour called 'Passion' so I went for this one. It cost £7.99 which in my opinion is quite expensive for a lip colour but I couldn't see anything like this on the other counters so went for it.
It literally looks like a felt tip pen, the entire barrel is a bright pink and it has silver writing down the side. The packaging appealed to me as it is a bit different and I thought it was cool that it looked like an actual pen! It has two ends one for the lipstain and one for the balm. Both ends are covered by pull of plastic lids, again just like a felt tip pen!
The product promises to provide 'kiss proof colour with soft shine', 'nourishing balm' and a 'lightweight feel' and I think it delivers all of this perfectly. At first it felt a bit odd applying the lipstain...the applicator is exactly like a felt tip and it felt a bit wrong putting it on my lips. The felt tip end allows you to really control where you are applying it and I was able to apply the colour very accurately first time. I began by drawing around my lips then filled in the middle. The colour can be applied very lightly for a subtle look, or you can build it up if you want it to look a bit more bold. The colour looked great, it did look much more dramatic on my lips than it had done on my hand, however I really liked it. It is a very bright pink colour, which when applied to the back of your hand looks similar to a pink highlighter, however when applied to the lips looks more like a bright fuchsia colour.
To begin with it feels slightly wet and cold on your lips, but this only lasts a few seconds and then it dries. Once it dries you wouldn't even know you had applied anything at all as there is no wet or greasy texture left behind, just a great colour. It does have a very slight drying effect which is where the balm comes in. The balm is like a small version of a chapstick and you simply spread it over the colour and gives a nice shine and moisturises your lips at the same time.
Once it has dried the best thing about it is the fact that you really don't need to worry about it sliding off and ending up on your teeth or face. It really is safe, to the point where if you were to apply it and wanted to remove it, you would probably struggle! I've used this when going out for a meal and on a night out, and on both occasions the colour has lasted really well. It does fade slightly particularly when eating and drinking, but it fades evenly and still looks good and like its meant to be like that. The gloss effect doesn't last quite as long, and like any lipgloss slides off quite easily, so I always take it with me in my bag, or another clear lipgloss to re-apply on top.
As I mentioned before it's not that easy to get this colour off, and when I have used it in the evening I can still sometimes see a hint of it the next day, however this didn't bother me. And it really is the point of the product that it stains lips and holds the colour, so you can hardly complain about it still being visible the next day!
I would definitely recommend this product, it is particularly good for those who are a bit wary of bold lipsticks and want something 'safe'. I would also recommend it to anyone who wants a long lasting lip colour that they don't need to constantly re-apply.
The problem with lipsticks i find is that although they look nice when they first go on, the minute you eat or drink something it instantly rubs off on the glass and by the end of a meal you may as well not have bothered with the lippy anyway!
So determined to not be beaten I went in search of an alternative which is when I came across these lipstains by revlon. I tried a sample on my hand and saw that it didn't rub off easily and decided to take a gamble.
I tried the lipstain for a wedding I went too, eating a drinking all day and couldn't think of a better test!
I'm impressed, it really did stay on. I will say that the colour did lose intensity as the day wore on, but essentially it didn't make my lips look bare. So whilst I did have to refresh I'm going to be fair and say that it really was an a morning to very late night wedding and it would be unfair to ask any make up product to have such staying power!
The downsides? Well i'm not crazy about the balm. I now have two of these stains and have found that the balm has actually broken off at the base and therefore makes it pretty useless. The lipstain can be a bit drying on your lips so it is wise to have the balm, but i don't think it works as a design.
The price isn't too unreasonable. It's mid range i'd say and actually i'd rather pay around £8-9 for a lipstain that i will get good use out of than a lipstick i just get frustrated with.
I was in Boots on a rainy day and this product caught my eye - and well, sometimes you just need to treat yourself with some new make-up product.
Revlon Just Bitten comes in 7 different shades:
Most of the shades are pinkish or purplish, but I bought the Gothic shade, which is the reddest of the range.
The product comes in the form of a thick pen, like a large felt-tip really. Written down the length of the pen is 'Revlon Just Bitten'. The packaging is simple looking and nothing special, to be honest.
It is double-ended, and each end has a plastic lid. On one end is the lipstain and on the other, the lip balm.
The lipstain has a rounded felt-tip like nib, slightly pointed at the end. The colour is a deep scarlet. When applied to the lips, the nib feels full of moisture and a decent amount of product comes out as you sweep it along your lips. It's much better than the Max Factor Lip Tint pen, which is a very similar product, but one that I found very hit and miss as the pen seemed to be too dry and therefore difficult to apply.
On the other end, the lip balm is white, like a regular chapstick. The balm is about an inch or so thick which I would consider to be a reasonable amount. It is odourless. If you apply the lip balm on its own, again it is the same as a chapstick, and your lips feel moisturised.
How you use this pen is up to you. You can choose to use the stain, the balm, or both. I applied the lip balm first so that my lips were smooth and even. I then applied the lipstain. The colour of the lipstain glided on more easily when applied over the top of the balm - it seems like the balm provides a more even surface, meaning that the lipstain goes on evenly rather than blotchily. To finish, I applied another layer of lip balm over the top. I was worried that the lipstain might end up all over the balm when I did this, but only the tiniest residue went onto the balm.
The shade I chose was a lovely shade of red, not too orangey or bright. Red lip colour can be tricky but this, to me, seemed pretty perfect.
I think this product is a very good idea. Some lipstains can dry your lips out after they have been applied, but the lipbalm ensures that this isn't the case. The lipstain dries quickly so you don't need to worry about it being wiped off when you apply a layer of balm over the top.
I found that the lipstain did not bleed, gather in the corners of my mouth or in the natural creases of my lips, or transfer to my teeth. I found I could also apply it without the aid of a mirror; the balm helps to distribute it evenly.
I applied this and then ate my dinner and had a cup of coffee. The colour faded only slightly so this seems to be a fairly durable lip colour. I drew a line on my hand to see how well the colour stayed put, and it could only be removed by vigorously rubbing it off with a wet cloth.
I do wonder how well the balm will hold up - as with all chapsticks it seems like it could break off or melt a little in the heat. To be honest, if it does, you'd still be left with a really lovely lipstain - and you can always carry your own chapstick if you really feel you need it!
I will be buying this product again, without a doubt, and I'll be trying out some of the different colours.
The Boots website is selling this for £7.99, but I was able to buy this for £6.99 in my local branch.