The Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains have created quite a stir in the blogging community. I haven't seen one negative review, and after hearing about the comparisons to my beloved Clinique Chubby Sticks, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them whilst in London. The balm stain that eventually came home with me is a bright pink shade called Lovesick.
To be honest, I'm not head over heels with this product like I'd thought I would be. It's far from being a bad product, but it can't measure up with my Clinique Chubby Sticks. Clinique Chubby Sticks are far more balmy and moisturizing than this Revlon Balm Stain, but it is also true that the Revlon Balm Stains seem to be more pigmented. The color payoff of the shade Lovesick is great, especially when you build up the color.
Even though I have to disagree with the word 'balm' being used when it comes to this product, the 'stain' part is definitely true. After the lipsticky layer of the product wears off in an hour or so, your lips remain rather strongly stained for a few extra hours.
The last thing that needs to be mentioned is the smell. Most of my lip products do not have a particular smell, so I was quite surprised when I first put this Balm Stain on my lips. It has a strong minty smell that some people might love, but I can't say I'm too fond of it myself. Probably because it reminds me of those terrible plumping lipglosses that sting and numb your lips. Thankfully, this Balm Stain does not cause any discomfort, so who knows, I might even end up liking the smell after I get used to it.
All in all, I would say that the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are good products, but not great. I prefer the Clinique Chubby Sticks, which unfortunatelly cost twice as much, but if you are not willing to spend that much money on a lip product, I would suggest you to try out the Revlon version instead. You can get the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains here for about 9€.