Saturday, 28 July 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Adore and Crush

Following the Colorburst Lip Butters, Revlon has another superb winner on its hands with the new Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Designed to be a lightweight lip stain and moisturising balm in one convenient twist-up crayon, these are much more affordable alternatives to Tarte's Lipsurgence Lip Tint and Clinique Chubby Stick.

I purchased the Kissable Balm Stain from, where they usually retail at US$8.99 (2.7g) with a 'buy one, get one 50% off' offer. The Tarte and Clinique versions retail at US$24 (3g) and US$16 (3g) respectively. Both the Tarte and Revlon versions are made in the USA, while the Clinique Chubby Stick is made in Canada. Currently, the Balm Stains come in 12 shades, according to the Revlon website. These were recently launched in the UK as well, where they retail at £6 but with just 7 shades available. They are scheduled to launch in early September in Japan at 1260yen with 6 shades available. I'm not sure if/when they will be released in Singapore.

I love the Balm Stains as they wear comfortably without drying out my lips and several shades have impressive color payoff, certainly much better than Clinique's Chubby Sticks which tend to be very sheer. Thanks to the peppermint oil, these have a light tingly feeling when first applied but this wears off quite quickly. There is no discernible taste. Although there is some transfer to a cup when drinking, the lasting power is impressive through meals.

05 Crush is an intensely pigmented deep berry red that managed to survive almost completely intact through a pasta meal. When I blotted it off, it left a berry stain that was slightly more noticeable around the external edges of the lips.

55 Adore is a more work-friendly brown-toned red. Like Crush, its tenacity is surprising and it took several wipes with tissue to remove it completely.

Below are swatches of my Revlon, Tarte and Clinique lip balms and tints.

The Clinique Chubby Sticks tend to be too sheer for my liking, although they are non-drying as well. Tarte offers the widest range of shades in shimmery, glossy and matte finishes but it's the most expensive. Spirited, a skin-brightening coral orange, has become a fast favourite of mine.

While it's not an original concept, Revlon's Balm Stains are well worth checking out as they are surprisingly well pigmented, long-lasting and easy on the wallet. I'll definitely be picking up a couple more, and hope that Revlon will introduce new shades in the future.

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CedriCeCCentriC said...

I was in London last weekend and visited at least 4 Boots stores.They were always sold out on the Revlon Just Bitten. Guess it must really be a winner.

Kas said...

(forgot the captcha just now).
Really like the 2 you picked! have been seeing these in the US magazines for quite a while and hoping they will make an appearance here!

Haru said...

hi CedriCeCCentriC,
I had the same experience when I was in London a few weeks ago. The displays at several stores were either empty or had just a few of the shades in stock.

hi Kas,
Hopefully they will arrive in Singapore around the same time as Japan!

MilknCookiie said...

They sound really good, I'm hoping Holland is wise enough to add this to their limited Revlon stock!

★ Cookiie

Sara Kye said...

Oooh they look really lovely on! Especially like how Adore looks on you!

Beauty Box said...

Adore sounds like my kinda colour!