Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains

Following on from their great success with the Revlon Lip Butters, and soon (ish) to be released in Australia (November, hopefully) will be the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.

Designed to look like crayons somewhat similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks but the looks are pretty much where the similarity ends. Unlike the Chubby Sticks these are meant to be long lasting lip stains with a lip balm included where as the others are mostly just tinted lip balm that are actually closer to the original Lip Butters (previously reviewed here. )

Personally once i saw these appearing on International blogs I found I really didn't want to wait the 2 months plus, for them to hit our shores (probably) so i decided to get few online from here. At the time of this post the seller has them for $8 each, a steal considering how much they will be once released here.

The shades i got are, in order; Honey, Smitten, and Crush . In all there are 12 shades available, but i can't say how many will be released here in Australia, in the UK only 7 shades were launched. I picked these because Smitten was supposed to be most long lasting, Honey because it's the everyday nude pink shade i love and Crush because it reminded me of my favorite lip butter shade.

As you may or may not be able to see, Crush at the end has some tiny shimmer in it, where as the other two are regular "cremes". The color on crush in particular is incredibly similar to the Berry Smoothie Lip Butter. 

This is about the length of product  that you get, but from having used these everyday the past week or so i think it would take you a while to get through it.

Honey, Smitten, Crush. (This is probably a more accurate swatch for Smitten then the lip swatch below)


Honey is the generic My lips but better shade but I've heard a little annoyance at the fact that it's not the same color as the casing but it love it anyway and it's only maybe a shade darker. Very wearable and the most natural/nude/pink color that was available in the collection.


Smitten is very deep pink and the stain lasts the longest out of these three. It's a lovely color but i find i reach for Honey or Crush more often then this one as it's much more on the bright side and harder for day wear.


Crush is a maroon/nude pink color with a little shimmer, and as i mentioned its very similar to Berry Lip lip butter, and this one is lasts longer then Honey but not quite as long as Smitten. The faint shimmer in the product doesn't seem to show up on the lips but it's a lovely color.

The balm effect (for me) lasts about an hour, two without eating or drinking, and then your left with the stain effect which for honey lasts about 3 hours, 5 for crush, and about 8 for smitten, depending on how much wear you put on your lips in that time. Plus you can always apply another layer of the product or a regular balm if you find you like the glossy look better, as the stain effect is much more matte then the original application.

When you apply these there is a (for me) quite a strong peppermint smell which I'm not as fond of as i like a sweeter spearmint smell and peppermint is a little stinging, but it's not terribly intrusive however it does have the odd side effect of making my lips feel a little cold (but maybe that['s just my imagination).

I do like these a lot will almost certainly purchase more (probably online)  but i do find that after about 3 hours my lips get very, very dry and are a bit uncomfortable so i usually just put a lip balm on top or in the case of Crush i use my lip butter and all is well again.

I'm sure most people will love these as the color pay off is great and they last a good amount of time and the only issue i have is the drying effect which for me is rare so i guess i noticed it more from using this product.

So let's hope all the shades get released here, let me know what you think if you have tried them or are which color your looking forward to if you haven't.

Enjoy the week. :)


  1. I heard about them and I am dying to get my hands on them especially since they are clinique chubby sticks dupes. Would be interesting :)

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love these :) I have rendezvous (my fave) and sweetheart. They are everything I want in a lip product!

  3. I can't wait until these are released here so I can have a play. I'm on Project 50 Pan at the moment anyways so no online shopping for me!

  4. I have one of these in Charm and I quite like it, except that the colour of the balm fades off and then only the stain is left - which is a lot darker and more coral (whereas Charm is a peachy nude). Smitten looks like a really gorgeous colour though I can see why it'd be a bit difficult to wear in the daytime because it is quite dark. The staining power is fantastic :)