Thursday, November 15, 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains: Charm and Honey




The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have finally hit Australian shores! 
I bought mine from Priceline as they had a Buy Two Save 30% offer on all Revlon products, so the total came to around $25. They're available on eBay for around $10, but I would much rather buy them in person now that I've lost a few online orders to the iffy postal service, and they're not particularly expensive at $18 each. I think you can get them cheaper depending where you shop. 
And of course, I picked the two most wearable shades. Honey is wildly popular- the first Priceline I went to had sold out of them, even when the sales assistant looked in the stocks there were none left. She kindly gave another Priceline a call, and since the closest store that had them was only a street away, I toddled over and purchased Honey and Charm. I wasn't particularly interested in these but when my Blogger friends Michelle and Lena posted about the shades Sweetheart, Honey and Charm, I decided I'd get them after all (you enablers! :p). Not all of the shades were released in Australia- sadly we miss out on Rendezvous, the orangey coral. I was waiting for my bus and popped into a shop and swatched the ones I'd bought, as well as some others like Sweetheart (hot pink) and Romantic (red) and when I got on the bus with the swatches on my hand, the girls in the seat across the aisle looked at me like I was crazy.




Charm is a sheer peachy-nude, which is a first for me because I don't wear nudes or peachy lip colours. I'm very much a natural pink kind of girl. But after hearing about how Charm stained a pinkish coral, I was intrigued and bought it to try, given that if I didn't like the way the peachy-nude looked on me, at least not all would be lost. Honey is a darker mauve-pink, a very neutral wearable shade, which stains dark coral-pink. Both are decently pigmented, with impressive wear time. When first applied they're almost glossy, but within the hour I found the glossiness wore off and left the stain behind, which lingers for about three hours. I'm almost certain the other shades (bar Precious, which is a brown-nude) would stick around even longer. I found Charm changed to the darker stain that I'd heard about remarkably quickly, after about half an hour. I don't mind though, because I like it and it looks nice and cheery without being a proper bright lipstick. I read that the initial peachy nude shade resembles MAC's Shy Girl but when I was at MAC talking to the makeup artist there, she told me that unless you've got some serious eye makeup on, Shy Girl can look a bit pale. Thankfully Charm's very sheer, so the natural pigmentation of the lips still shows through. Honey looks scarily mauve in the crayon, but applies more pink. It's quite dark but because it's sheer it's still wearable- right up my alley. I try to branch out and try blue-based pinks and brown-pinks once in a while but I always find these natural pinks more flattering. 


While I like that they have decent colour pay-off without the uncomfortable feeling of lipstick, I'm not a fan of the texture. It emphasises any flaky bits of skin so I found I had to exfoliate and apply some balm a few minutes before putting it on. I initially thought they were a bit hard and waxy compared to the Face of Australia Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons which are really soft, almost inconveniently so, but I found that was just the sealed outer layer- once you use them a few times the outer layer wears off and it glides on smoothly. Many people like the novelty of the lip crayon, but for me, that wore off pretty quickly after I bought the Face of Australia Lip Crayons earlier this year. I don't think they're easier to apply than a balm or lipstick, partly because the only lipsticks I wear are sheer, but also because I feel that the long-wearing stain element means they require careful application, especially with the brighter/darker colours like the fuschia Lovesick and the vampy Smitten. Revlon are really wiping out the competition in the drugstore lip product scene, with the Lip Butters last year and these Balm Stains- the wide colour range and cute names have made them so successful. I think the Balm Stain line could do with a peachy pink like Peach Parfait, but it's no big deal. Good job, Revlon. ;)


I generally love minty things but these have a distinctly artificial mint scent that I don't particularly like. However, I'm very happy with the two that I chose and I know I'll wear them often. Like my Revlon Lip Butter purchases, I tend to pick more wearable shades. :) Hopefully if you're in the market for some of these, you find the shades you want! They're relatively recent releases, so the shelves haven't been looted yet. :p Good luck!

10 comments:

  1. I own "Rendezvous" (from a giveaway) and I love it!

    Love the feeling of these balm stains and they last through eating too :)

    The shades you picked up look really nice! I might have to pick up some more.

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    1. Haha you're so lucky with giveaways! The stains last for ages and it's mostly a good thing but when you want them to come off they don't! I'd definitely recommend these two- though Honey might be a bit 'mature' on you. I think it's a bit mature on me for some occasions!

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  2. The colours look so pretty! I still haven't seen it around my area yet, but I'm looking forward to getting them soon! I'm a lazy girl and don't like to reapply things that often so I think these balm stains are perfect! :)

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    1. LOL I'm lazy too. The stains last for ages and they don't transfer at all! Very good for long days. Hope you like them if you buy some! :)

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  3. I haven't seen this in my local yet, which is really weird! That's disappointing we don't get Rendezvous - definitely next on my list, along with Precious (not sure how flattering it'd be on me) and Sweetheart. But no - I MUST RESIST BUYING MORE LIP PRODUCTS.

    I like the texture of these more than the FOA ones. They feel more comfortable on the lips, whereas the FOA ones are a little bit waxy in the sense that they feel synthetic in texture and a bit drying, even if they're glossy and soft. If that makes sense? I find the only thing with the Revlon is they're harder in texture.

    I'm glad you like the shades you picked - I'm sure you'll get lots of wear out of both of them :)

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    1. I couldn't find them at Kmart or Target but I found them at Big W and Priceline! I swatched Precious and I'm not keen. Sweetheart's so gorgeous but I'd never wear it so I passed. Hahahaha just when you start listing the things to buy you stop yourself lol your collection is huuuge. I definitely prefer these to the FOA ones- the FOA ones have a lot of slip, and feel a bit mushy. I like these ones but only when I've prepped with exfoliating and lip balm because otherwise it looks awful. The Revlon ones are definitely harder. But that's not a bad thing- I carried the Sundae FOA crayon in my bag for a couple of days and it broke so I'm happy these are more durable. :)

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    2. It is, but I saw Temptalia's Instagram pic of her lip product collection, and I felt a bit better :p LOL

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  4. I own "Honey" and I like it. It's easy to use and the formula is nice, but I'm not in love. I find that I don't reach for it as often anymore. I like that it leaves a stain. xx

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    1. Honey's stain is pretty dark, but it lasts for ages so I think it would be really good for longer days! :) x

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  5. These lip stains are beautiful! Love the shades you have chosen :) I agree that they appear glossy when first applied but definitely accentuate all the flakiness of my lips after a bit of time :( These definitely stain really well though as I had trouble trying to remove the colour (unless I scrubbed at my lips!) I'm glad they aren't too expensive either!

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