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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in Honey and Crush

 Just like with the lip butters, I'm a million years behind every one else buying these. But why not share them anyway? I've only picked up two shades so far but now that I've tried them, I want MORE. These are possibly my favourite lip colour products of all time. (Big thing to say, but it's true) I love the look of stains but like a lot of people I just find them impossibly drying and because they're so uncomfortable I always end up adding lip balm or sometimes even gloss, which of course completely takes away the intended effect.


Regardless of my raving, there are some substantial negatives. First up, the bizarre menthol scent. These smell like vapo-rub. If you don't what that is, imagine really strong mint crossed with antiseptic. How nice is that? It's not overly terrible though and you can't smell it once it's applied. I've read a few reviews with people saying that they actually like the scent, but for me, if you're going to scent makeup it should be something less clinical. Secondly, the price. £7.99 isn't an enormous amount of money, but it is substantial for a high street product, particularly when you only get 2.7g of it. I'll be honest and say it's a lot of the reason that it's taken me so long to buy any. Luckily a lot of the Revlon range is on offer for £5 each at Boots at the moment which is a far more palatable price for me!
Here they are on me:


Honey surprised me. I was expecting a much more muted almost neutral shade. I actually got a bright, but still undeniably pretty, pink. I do like it, but I think I'm still on the hunt for a more nude shade. Crush is such a stand out gorgeous berry shade. It's deep and vampy and not for the faint of heart. I got a few looks for wearing this outside in the day but I'm going to interpret it as jealousy. Who can blame them? 
The formula of these is to die for. It's a lovely, smooth, lightweight balm with an inbuilt stain. Long after the sheen is gone, a beautiful pink stain adorns your lips. And wow at the lasting power of these babies! I am amazed. I've had Crush on all day and I still have vibrant pink lips. I also love how you can build these shades up to create a darker, stronger colour. Also have to compliment the packaging, I know it's pretty much directly swiped from the Chubby Sticks, but there's no denying that it makes a great housing for the product. The silver twist up section at the base is really nicely incorporated into the design. My only gripe is that the lid doesn't fit on the opposite end of the stick. I don't know about you, but if I can't put the lids on the back end I put them down and it takes me half an hour to find them again. Things literally disappear if they touch the floor. Guess I'm just gonna have to be extra careful!

Final Verdict: get one! or two or three...

What do you think to these? Are they better than the Clinique Chubby Sticks?

Lauren

54 comments:

  1. Love how these look on!! I want some now!! :D Lovely post :) x

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    1. I was so impressed with them! Let me know how you get on with them :) thank you x

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  2. I have Honey and love it! Both of these look great on you :) x

    Evelyn @ We Were Raised By Wolves

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    1. seems like a big favourite for a lot of girls and I can see why :) thank you! x

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  3. I've been wanting to try these out for so long! I've noticed that Honey is a favorite for a lot of bloggers! Looks gorgeous on you!

    katiechamel.blogspot.com

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    1. Can't recommend them enough. BELIEVE THE HYPE! Thank youuu x

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  4. Crush is beautiful I might get it while they are on offer in boots xxxx

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    1. it's stunning! You absolutely should x

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  5. I almost bought one of these today in Boots but I felt like I didn't need it! These look so gorgeous on you; I'm regretting not picking them up now! xx

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    1. Such amazing products, who cares if you don't need it ;) haha thank you :) x

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  6. The second one looks amazing, and it's got a lovely shimmer to it :)

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    1. it does look really glossy when you first put it on, gorgeous colour x

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  7. Nice review! I have the lovesick one and really like it :)

    Kimberley x

    Http://kimberley77.blogspot.com

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    1. so tempted for lovesick! I keep looking at it every time I walk past a Revlon stand x

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  8. These things definitely started off my obsession of lip products.
    The best lip product I have ever tried.
    xx

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    1. I don't blame you, I want more already x

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  9. I love these!!! The staying power is amazing!!!

    http://thelittlethingsbb.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I was absolutely amazed! Does exactly what it claims to :) x

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  10. Love them both! Crush is just amazing isn't it.

    absolutebeaut.com

    Xx

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    1. it's such a beautiful colour. No regrets :) x

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  11. adore the second one! x

    appletoothpaste.blogspot.com

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    1. Crush is my favourite too :) go bold or go home! x

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  12. I always wanted to try these but never got round to, they look lovely on you though :) x

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    1. I can't recommend them enough! definitely try at least one if you can :) thank you x

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  13. I have literally just posted on my blog about wanting the Honey lip stain! I normally just use the Chubby Sticks - I like the glossiness! Though I like the lip stain effect with the Revlon ones as CS's don't have this. Am very tempted by Honey though!

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    1. it's really nice! You should definitely try it while it's offer :)I still want some chubby sticks! maybe the intense colour versions though x

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  14. Crush looks absolutely lovely! I'm not sure if it would suit me though. x

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    1. You never know :) I think berry tones suit most people :) x

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  15. lol. i'm behind you. but would love to try these pretty colors.

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    1. there are so many nice ones in the range, I want at least another two :) x

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  16. These are definitely on my wishlist now! Great review.

    Www.addiction-a-la-mode.com

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  17. I can't say I've tried the chubby sticks...mainly because I've always read bad reviews. I have both of these shades and I love them. I'm definitely with you on the scent/slight taste. Not my favourite! I prefer these to a lipstick though :)

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    1. Strange isn't it? good job it doesn't last. Yeah I agree, I find you get a much nicer even fade on these, I always end up with lipstick lining my lips after meals :/ not a good look x

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  18. I have both of these shades and I adore them! These are such great lip products!

    http://kitschsnitch.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. Love that deep berry!

    ~Sherine
    Confessions Of A City Girl

    I recently launched my eyewear line, Enerjiee , check it out!

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    1. it's gorgeous, I don't have many really deep lip colours so this was a nice change :) x

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  20. I've never tried Clinique, which is ok because I'm pretty happy with these. Love both colors, especially Honey.

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    1. I don't blame you, I think it's just curiosity pushing me to want to try the chubby sticks x

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  21. Ooh these look lovely! I actually have one of these is a crazy bright color, I like the minty smell and taste, but hate the color I have, much too bright for me. But these are shades I adore! I might pick up one of them, I love the product, smoothness, pigment, and staying power, I just need to pick better shades for myself :P


    Haylee
    xo

    http://www.dolledupdaily.com/

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    1. Maybe you could layer a paler lipstick or balm over it? Amazing formula! x

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  22. That's so odd! Mine didn't smell at all.. hmm! Loved your reviews, your colours look amazing! I may have to hunt for the other colours while they're at 3.99!

    http://cakescupcakescosmetics.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. oh really? Maybe it's particularly strong in these shades. Who knows :) I wish I could find them for that price! My sainsburys only has a small rimmel stand and that it's :( jealous x

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  23. I've been wanting to try these for ages and now I've read this, I will 100% be picking these up! Also I adore your blog as I am plus size too and it's really nice to see people embracing it :)

    http://ash210392.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I'm so glad! Absolutely, beauty comes in all colours, shapes and sizes :) x

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  24. I agree! I love this too! I couldn't believe how much I would love it when I first got it. =)

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    nancy

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  25. Wow these look really moisturising on you. What do you prefer, these or the lip butters? xx

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    1. I like them both for different reasons, but if pushed I'd probably say the balm stains for pure longevity :) I've only tried one shade of lip butter so far though, I had four so I decided to split them up. I'll post about them soon :) x

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  26. I have one in Honey and I love it. It's the most wearable one for day time and suits many different skin shades which is why it's so popular. When I bought mine there only 3 left :)
    Oh and the smell is the peppermint oil which helps whith the hydration! It's not bad at all, infact I like it and it goes away after maybe 5 minutes. I've had mine on now for about 6 hours and it's still pretty pink.
    Now I must try that Crush shade ooooh :}

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  27. i have this too and i simply love it <3

    http://drpoisonivy.blogspot.in/

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