Good grief, has this post ever been a long time coming. I first bought a few Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (WHAT is with the long name?) when I was in Hawaii mid-last year, swatched them, swatched some other lip balm crayons for comparison, then just kinda forgot about them.
Like, not forget forget, but I'd figured that the blogosphere had maybe already heard enough about these bright little rod o' colour and I just kept on using mine, plus a few more I picked up from Priceline during that epic buy one, get one free sale they had.
Then Revlon, hearing my Twitter laments over a brand new Becca gloss I'd cleverily dropped and smashed, sent me some lip treats to soften the blow (GOOD PR MOVE, YOU GUYS!). In that pack were three more Kissable Stains, so I took that as a sign from Cheesus above to finally review them.
There's ten shades in the line, which happens to be the number I own. However, I'm still missing the shade Honey, and have instead an extra stain from the US line, Rendezvous (Crush is the twelfth US shade and also unavailable here). Typically, it's my absolute favourite from the collection and the only one blessed with handbag privileges - the top honour that all my products strive towards achieving (or so I like to imagine. Better than thinking your lip glosses are plotting your messy death. Like my socks are).
From left to right, my glossy friends are Darling, Cherish, Lovesick, Sweetheart, Smitten, Charm, Rendezvous, Romantic, Precious and Adore.
I find each shade similar in performance - they're all lightweight slippery balms with medium pigment and average lasting power, but with a stain that lasts. The darker shades have an advantage over colours like Darling and Charm as they truly stain the skin, while these two lift off quickly after drinking or talking. Moisture-wise, my lips love em compared to the more drying texta pen type stains, and they seem to soften better than a Clinique Chubby. The packaging is cute and makes for an easy mirror-free application, but be careful when shoving on the lid haphazardly - it can lead to a smooshed balm.
Darling, Cherish, Lovesick, Sweetheart, Smitten, Charm, Rendezvous, Romantic, Precious and Adore.
The colour range is pretty heavy on Barbie pinks and purples, and I'd love to see a coral or deep berry introduced. I'm wearing the happy orange but not intimidatingly so Rendezvous the most, then Romantic for its blue-red stain and Lovesick, which is a medium dark pink that doesn't lean too purple.
Yeah, they have a minty smell, but that doesn't bother me at all as it's not accompanied by that god-awful 'tingle' some mint-scented products favour. HATE. STOP WITH THE TINGLE, BRANDS. STERRRRRPH!
tl;dr? Moisturising balm-stick in bright pop colours that give an hour or so of gloss, many more of stain. Buy Romantic and Lovesick, beg a friend to ship over the US-only Rendezvous and some Peanut Butter Cups for me.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains retail for A$17.95 or a little less if you know where to look.
Disclaimer: Three of these products were sent to me by Revlon. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that an orange lip is the ultimate man-killing device. Take my lead and watch em swoon. This post contains affiliate links. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.