A balm stain? Is that possible? Most stains are dry-o-mania and many feather or just fade unevenly and impossibly quick. What about the new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains that have made their way to Singapore?
Check out my review.
These Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains come with 2.7g of product and retail at SGD$18.90 (US$15.50) each at Watson’s. Made in the USA, these retail for just US$8.99 on Ulta (http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=xlsImpprod4410269).
Not all the colours are available in Singapore (I’d love to have Charm but it’s not here!) so after some heavy swatching exercise at the store, I decided to pick up Honey and Rendezvous.
These are modelled after the Tarte Lipsurgence natural lip tints, in that both come in retractable crayon holders and don’t need sharpening.
imilar to the Tarte Lipsurgence, these have a minty scent and flavour (there’s peppermint oil in the ingredient list). It will cause your lips to tingle slightly but not for long. I’m a fervent lover of minty lip products, as they help to freshen breath (so I think), so that’s always a plus point in my book.
Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, BIS-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Squalane,
BIS-Behenyl/Isostearyl/Phytosteryl Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate,
Polyethylene, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Triisostearin, Diisostearyl Malate,
Cera Microcrystallina ((Microcrystalline Wax) Cire Microcristalline),
Trimethylolpropane Triethylhexanoate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate,
Polyamide-3, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl
Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Mentha Piperita ((Peppermint) Oil
(Mentha Piperita Oil), Limonene, Sorbic Acid, May Contain/Peut Contenir [+/-:
Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Red 7
Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 (CI 45410), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Yellow 5 Lake (CI
19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Orange 5 (CI 45370), Red 21 (CI 45380), Red 33 (CI
17200), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Manganese Violet (CI 77742)].
With a tapered end, despite its chubby size, it’s easy to apply this precisely along your lip contours. Unlike the Tarte Lipsurgence, the Revlon Balm Stains go on without a smooth glide. The texture is more like that of a balm, a unisex balm.
While Honey and Rendezvous belong to the lighter end of the shade spectrum, the balm stain applies with consistency and pretty good pigmentation. Both are mono-shades without any glitter specks.
Here’s my lip swatch with 2 coats of Honey, which is a light, cool pink, cooler than captured in my photos. Beware, Honey turns more vividly pink after a couple of minutes, much more intense than shown in the tube and on my lips.
Compared to Rendezvous, Honey will see me through a meal with the lightest of a pink flush remaining on my lips. But probably not after coffee or that digestif.
Rendezvous also intensifies slightly on the lips but remains pretty true to the shade in the tube and on my hand. Unlike Honey, Rendezvous has very minimal staying power and disappears mid-way through a meal with no colour remaining, even though it looks promisingly coral-orange!
Nevertheless, it’s a lovely warm and cheery to perk up any complexion here in the Tropics.
My verdict? I won’t bother picking up more colours as I’m rather meh about the staying power (or lack thereof). Balm potency-wise, these are not very moisturising and for those with chap-o-rama lips, you’ll need a good balm under or over them, which shortens their staying power on you.
Good to use in a pinch and handy to stash in handbags in warm climates, but I’ll save up to get Tarte Lipsurgence 🙂
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