Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Revlon "Honey" Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Swatch + Review

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey"
 I've been a huge fan of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (aka the longest named product at the drugstore) for a while now. I love the shades "Smitten" and "Romantic" but "Honey" is the one that I wear the most. Although it looks a bit purple in the tube it appears on the lips as a medium mauve color. It is the most natural color from the line but it is also the one that has the weakest staying power.  Click here if you want to see what I had to say about the other colors from this range.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey"
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey"
Since their release the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have received a lot of hype because of their lasting power (spoiler alert: they deserve the hype). In my experience, the range well exceeded my expectations. Some of the darker colors can last up to twelve or fourteen hours however "Honey" is not one of those shades. The balm stains work very similarly to a marker on the back of your hand--darker colors like black and blue are easier to see and last longer than lighter colors like yellow. "Honey" is the lightest color in the range and, as a result, is the one that seems to fade the quickest. It will last for about three hours but that's nothing compared to some of the other shades.

No sharper is needed because the balm stains are twist-up pencils. Which, in my humble opinion, was a stroke of sheer genius. They're super low maintenance and, if I'm in a rush, I can apply "Honey" without a mirror. The product is infused with a fresh mint scent which I absolutely love (although if you're no the biggest fan of mint, know that it fades quickly after application). The balm stains retail for anywhere from around seven to ten dollars which puts them on the more expensive end of drugstore products. Revlon was a bit deceiving when they designed their packaging because at first glance it looks like you get a lot of product but in actuality you get about the same product as with a traditional lipstick. If you look really closely at the second picture you can see where the product ends half-way down the tube. A bit of a waste if you ask me.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" Swatch
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Honey" Swatched on Lips
 The product in the tube is significantly darker than the color of the packaging. This is unfortunate because when shopping in at the drugstore (due to the safety packaging) you have to rely soley on the color of the packaging to choose which shades you want. I have found this to be a common trend with  the Revlon balm stains which is why I highly recommend doing your research before buying one (they're kind of expensive for a drugstore product). The shades in the range can be very hit or miss but "Honey" is a really lovely shade. I wasn't the biggest fan when I first bought it but over time I've fallen in love. But I'm not the only one. At the beginning of the summer Estee from Essie Button listed "Honey" as one of her Top Ten Lipsticks--click here to see that post.

-No sharpener need (product is twist up)
-Fresh mint smell
-Fun and modern packaging

-Not as long lasting as some of the other shades
-Price (around $8.99)

In conclusion, "Honey" is a lovely and effortless shade to wear (winter or summer). I don't know how visible it would be on significantly darker skin tones but I know that it would look lovely on very light to medium skin tones. Even though the Revlon balm stains have a reputation for being ultra long lasting, "Honey"'s lasting power isn't as impressive (comparable to a long lasting lipstick rather than a stain). There are many (many, many, many) similarly packaged products on the market but the Revlon balm stains are my favorite. It easily blows the Clinique Chubby Sticks and the CoverGirl Jumbo Gloss Balms out of the water in lasting power and pigmentation.

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  1. You're right! The price is pretty expensive, but I like the pigmentation. I'm really interested in trying this out now! By the way, what camera do you use? The quality is amazing xo

    Now following. Great blog!

  2. love the color and love the just bitten lips stains!

  3. Great review! I have this one and I'm completely in love with it. It's going to make my March favourites, no doubt about it. I found it lasted all work day with just a little touch up at lunch - amazing! As much as I love Clinique chubby sticks I have to say these way outlast them.

    Rachel || A Nesting Nomad


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