I was out shopping for a long-lasting, bright pink lipstick when I came across Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick (#020). It’s an intense fuchsia pink that glides on easily and feels like a lip balm but looks like a lipstick!
The balm stain formula provides an even coverage and is moisturising (while the balm lasts) with a long-lasting colour stain. For me, it took about 4 hours for the balm to wear off completely, but the stain lasted all day (8-9 hours). The colour wasn’t as intense after a few hours, but there was still a lot of colour on my lips.
The colour is easy to build up and the balm has a slight minty smell as it contains Peppermint Oil. Upon initial application, the balm does tingle slightly, but this wears off after a few minutes. If your lips do continue to tingle or they sting at all, remove the balm stain immediately, as Peppermint Oil can be an irritant to certain skin types.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is packaged in a 2.7g retractable chubby crayon stick with a silver twistable base. The crayon doesn’t require sharpening, although its best to limit the use of the tip to outlining the lips and using the sides to fill in the lips, as this will help to keep the point ‘sharp’ instead of it becoming rounded or flat.
The balm does bleed slightly into fine lines and wrinkles around the lips, so I’d recommend the use of a pencil lip liner if you’re wanting a crisp, neat outline. If you don’t have a matching lipliner, use a nude one (one that matches your natural lip colour) and blend the edges of the lipliner onto your lips with a cotton bud to prevent any harsh outlines.
If you feel that the colour is too intense for daywear (Lovesick is really bright), apply the balm stain to your lips and rub them together to work the product into the skin. Blot with a tissue before applying a clear gloss or lip balm over the top. The balm will still stain the lips and provide some colour with less intensity.
I did find that any dry patches on my lips were accentuated by the stain. To prevent this, exfoliate your lips with a warm wash cloth or soft toothbrush before applying a small amount of lip serum or a tiny amount of eye cream onto the lips (to lightly moisturise them) before applying the balm stain.