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Wednesday 8 August 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains - Lovesick, Crush and Romantic

After being in total whelm with the YSL Glossy Lip Stains, I thought I'd try again.  There's been a big buzz about the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains around, and I thought I'd give them a thorough going-over.  I picked out three shades, a bright pink:  Lovestruck, a berry: Crush and a cherry-red: Romantic.

Packaged almost identically to Clinique's Chubby sticks, they're a good half of the price (almost a third of the price if you catch them on special offer at Boots/Superdrug etc), but Revlon's USP is the "Kissable" claim, as these are balms that leave behind a stain once the balm effect wears off.

The balms are twist-up, and provide fairly good, if sheer, pigmentation.  The range of shades isn't huge (and I haven't been able to get my hands on Honey for love nor money, it struck me as something that would be a good choice for a "My Lips But Better" look), but these are pretty, and very handy:

I took these away with me on my "summer holiday" last week, and got a lot of wear out of each:

Rather predictably, given my experience with the YSL glossy stains, I find that two of these shades don't leave much of a stain behind (Crush and Romantic), and the stains that do get left behind from these is identical - obviously the staining pigment in each of these is the same shade.  Lovesick is by far my favourite, I'm a bigger and bigger fan of pink over red lips these days.

Things I don't like: The balm only fills up half of the tube, and the taste - it tastes of dusty peppermint.  Like a boiled sweetie that's been left in the bottom of your handbag picking up lint and face powder.  It's not nice, but it wears off fairly quickly.

I'm still on the lookout for Honey though, if you see it, will you let me know?

The Fine Print: Purchases.  Yes, I always buy things in threes.  Unless it's shoes, that is.  I buy them in sixes.
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  1. I have Adore, Sweetheart, Romantic, and Smitten. Romantic is my favorite lately.

  2. I have's a teeny bit darker than MLBB on me, but it's getting a lot of wear. I have the other two shades as well (which I can't remember the names of - Darling, maybe?) and they fade to exactly the same colour on me as well.

  3. I have Honey - its ok, but a tad bright for me. Needless to say, I can't wear any of the other shades - I much prefer the Clinique shade selection. But I did buy a Tinted Brilliance Balm from Pixi - same packaging as Revlon and Clinique and tints lips like Revlon. I much prefer it to Revlon, no dusty peppermint taste/smell, and the shade I have, Magnific Mauve, is a lovely MLBB shade. I'm going to pick up a few more, especially the Tinkerbell themed LE that's currently available.

  4. I have Honey and sadly on my lips it fades to a semi-bright red ? My lips aren't insanely pigmented, so I was a bit disappointed by that. The initial effect is MLBB but if we're talking stain, I expect better long term performance...le sigh. Also own Rendezvous which I thought would satisfy my lemming of orange-red lips but same deal there. Lipstick is a better option for me it seems. That or off to Clinique I go !

  5. I have Lovesick and I think it's a beautiful color for summer and spring! but the taste... ew!


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