Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains - (belated) review and swatches

11:04 AM

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.


Natural light
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.

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20 brilliant comments

  1. I got these from US and I have smitten, Rendezvous (my fave), crush n romantic ..

  2. I was shattered when they decided not to include Rendezvous here in Australia (Seriously... why?! In all the teaser posters, it was featured, and it's one of the more unique colours in the range!)
    There are a few more I'd still like to pick up from this range, but not at full price, I think! I'll wait for another BOGO... please Priceline?
    And lol - sexy details. :P


  3. These look great - awesome swatches and photos of them!

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  4. I missed the BOGO :( Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

    Great swatches, cheers :)

  5. These look so beautiful lined up together! My favourite is Honey and Rendevous is really pretty! I love how the balm stains are in the crayon form, it makes them super cute :) I agree that the shade range leans a lot towards the bright pinks which don't suit my skintone very much :(

  6. How do you get PR samples sent to you when you have (wrongly) only a couple hundred followers? :) xx

  7. Ι'm so jealous!We don't get them in Greece and they seem amazing!

  8. Gurrrrrl - you want berry? You need Crush (thank you eBay). Weirdly enough (I'm not into wearing full on lip colours though), I don't like the balm colour on me, but the stain left behind is absolutely delightful, over which I smush some Lanolips 101 (or equivalent) for moisture and shine. Trust me - you need it!

  9. I'm in Singapore next month, and they seem to have Crush so I can't wait to slice me off a piece of that!

  10. Good thing you have two of the Rendezvous - from your pictures and swatches, it would be my fav, probably followed by Romantic.
    Oh gosh, I need to get these!

  11. Very nice lip color looking so nice. all the color are very nice I will try to get this son do my lips i think brown color will go perfect.

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  15. I still don't own any of these! Your post has made me want to try them out.

    Samantha xo

  16. Get on it! Def worth a try.

  17. Love the beautiful
    color available in this range , I think we can use it as lip balm also I
    would love to try them soon.


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