Thursday, 20 December 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick - Review & Swatches

Phew that's a long name for a product! It was lovingly sent to me by my sister-in-law from Singapore, along with a few other things which you saw here. After a lot of searching on the net for swatches, I finally settled on the color Lovesick, a bright and pretty fuchsia. I've been using the product quite regularly so here are my thoughts about it.




The Kissable Balm Stains are supposed to be dupes of Clinique's Chubby Sticks, which people have been raving about in 2012. I'm yet to try one of the Chubby Sticks, so can't really give you a comparison of both but whatever I've seen and used of Lovesick, sharing with you.

What is it?

A pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 12 vibrant shades that match any look or mood. In the US, its priced at $8.

Packaging - The packaging is a cute pink plastic chubby twist up crayon. The tube is colored to match the shade of the crayon so it's very easy to figure out the shade. The silver part at the bottom twists the product up and down so thankfully, no need to search for a gigantic sharpener for these babies.



Fragrance - It smells of mint and I hate it! Revlon, couldn't you find any fragrance other than this plasticky minty scent! There's also a slight tingly sensation when applied on to the lips which goes away after a few seconds.

Color - I got the shade Lovesick, which is a bright fuchsia. Although, this is a balm stain, the pigmentation is surprisingly good. If you see the hand swatch, it looks sheer but on the lips, there is quite a bit of color, that is buildable. The color is bright but not the 'in your face' bright and there is also a slight sheen on the lips which looks really nice. This is a shade that will look good on every skin tone.




Texture - Slightly waxy but applies very smoothly on the lips. The soft rounded tip gives complete control for easy and precise application.

Moisturising - Even though this is supposed to be a Balm Stain, I do not find Lovesick to be super duper moisturising. It does not make my lips dry like lip stains do but I would also not replace my lip balm with this.

Staying Power - The balmy feeling disappears after 30 minutes of application but the stain remains for at least 1-2 hrs. This is not particularly long lasting and you do need to reapply frequently.

Overall Thoughts :

I would not say that the Balm Stain is a wonder product and a 'must have'. It's rather a 'nice to have' product. Don't expect them to be super moisturising and long lasting but if you like a lip color which is decently pigmented, gives a nice sheer finish and leaves a stain after fading, you will enjoy the Balm Stains. Don't know when these will be launched in India and unless they are priced ridiculously high, go ahead and try one.


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