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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Review & Swatchfest: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Precious, Sweetheart, Lovesick, Rendezvous, and Romantic

Just when you thought Revlon had perfected tinted lip moisturizer with the Lip Butter, they released their Summer Collection and the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains that go along with it.  I first spotted all 12 shades in a newly assembled CVS display and knew they were meant for my lips.

On Revlon's website, they say these have a unique gel formula that serves to moisturize and stain lips for long lasting and fortifying wear. Not only that, but I only picked up five of the twelve colors available so there is a large shade range - everything from barely-there to in-your-face. The formula is definitely different than a true balm or stain and a gel-based "balm stain" is just the way to describe it. In some shades, the color payoff is huge, yet it isn't completely opaque, and there is a balmy sheen that lasts for 1-2 hours. Sans eating and drinking, the color itself lasts at least 5 hours without any sign of wear. The praises don't stop at the product itself. The packaging makes reapplication super easy. These balms come in a twist up chubby pencil form - similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks or Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Stains - and function similarly as well.

While these do moisturize your lips and are good at maintaining moisture in lips, the one problem you might encounter with these is if you already have dry, flaky lips. In some of the pictures below, you might notice I have some flakiness that no amount of lip exfoliation could get rid of and some shades handle it better than others. This isn't any reason to nix the lot of them on a day when you have dry lips, but I've noticed that the shades that go on thicker, like Lovesick, Romantic, and Sweetheart, you can avoid exaggerating the dryness. If you are specifically looking for a tinted something that will look good over dry, flaky lips, I would suggest Revlon's Lip Butters over these.

To see shade descriptions, see the captions below! You can purchase Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stains at Walgreens!

Lovesick: A fuchsia 

Precious: Brown0leaning apricot

Rendezvous: Light tangerine tint

Romantic: Brick red with a brown undertone

Sweetheart: A posy pink without the purple undertones Lovesick has.

From the left: Lovesick, Precious, Sweetheart, Romantic, and Rendezvous

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