Unless you've been living under a rock for the past couple of months, I'm certain you'll have heard of Revlon's newest offerings of lip stains. Both these stain and balm duos and the kissable balm stains have been sweeping the beauty blogs both in the UK and in the USA.
Today I'll be reviewing the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain and Balm in the colourway 'Flame'. I initially wanted to get 'Passion' but all of the ones in Boots had been open so I plumped for this equally stunning colour. 'Flame' lives up to it's name as a fiery red with undertones of orange, something which at first I thought would overwhelm my pale complexion. I was relieved to find it actually comes across as an elegant deep red.
The stain element of this product is unbelievable. I apply this at around 8AM and it's still going strong at 6PM. It has usually faded by 11PM, but I was incredulous to find that one day where I didn't remove my makeup (oops!) it was still there! 24 whole hours of wear! Crazy! On that note though, that means that if you make a mistake with the felt tip style applicator, it's pretty darn hard to remove.
We have a dual ended product here, with the felt tip applicator on one end (the lipstain) and the clear balm on the other. I have to say that I find the balm pretty useless. It's meant to deliver the moisture so over dragged from your lips when you apply a stain, but I find that it just gives a very short lived shine. I found that the stain lasted just as long without it, and I just applied a swoop of clear Vaseline if I wanted a really glossy effect. The balm also feels rather delicate in it's tube, as though it could snap off with the tiniest bit too much pressure.
Personally I love the matte lip effect, but if this isn't for you then you might want to try the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains. These give a nice glossy and longlasting flush of colour, but in swatching I found the colours to be less intense than these stains.
Overall I love this stain. I'll definitely be going back to find it in the 'Passion' colour (a bright Barbie style pink). I find it incredible how long it lasts and how intense the pigment is. Well done Revlon!