Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten : Review, Swatch, FOTD

 

Hey everyone!

Revlon has recently launched the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains in India which are available across counters in 10 shades. Today I’m reviewing a gorgeous plummy fuchsia shade from this range ~ Smitten!

Price : Rs 600 for 2.7 g (Can be purchased online at nykaa.com)

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

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What Revlon says about the Product : 

 

It’s a pampering balm fused with a lightweight lipstain in an adorable chubby crayon. Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain gives softer, smoother lips with a perfect flush of color that lasts hour after hour. The gel formula comes in 10 vibrant shades that match any look or mood.

  • Lightweight Lip stain + Moisturizing Balm.
  • 100% of women who tried it felt their lips were instantly moisturized with a soft stain of color.
  • Retractable chubby crayon, no sharpener required.

Expert Tips:

Step 1: Apply Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain evenly to clean, bare lips. Build color and coverage as desired.
Step 2: Reapply as desired for moisturizing shine throughout the day.

 

 

My take on the Product

 

The Revlon Balm stain comes in a chubby crayon packaging which is retractable and hence no sharpening required. I like the fact that the packaging is entirely colored so its super easy to locate shades. The packaging is pretty similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks.

The texture of the Balm stain is smooth like a lip balm but not buttery, crumbly soft. It gives sheer color in single swipe and the color intensity can be built up by layering. It gives a very thin layer of product in single swipe so even if you layer the product in 7-8 swipes, it doesn’t get heavy or greasy on the lips. On heavy layering, it gives about medium coverage to the lips, evening out pigmented lips. The pigments are staining and are very long lasting. If you wear it layered well to its full intensity, you get a super long wear time – the stain only coming off when you remove it. If you wear it sheer, it may not last more than 2-3 hours.  I wore it layered heavily and it stayed quite well for over 8 hours after which I removed it with a makeup remover. My lips felt a little dry post a meal when the initial glossy layer wore off but I just applied some clear lip balm over the stain.

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

The balm component of the product is not very moisturizing but its not too bad either. It does give a comfortable glossy finish in the initial hours of wear but once that’s worn off, the lips may get slightly dry. If you want a flattering wear and finish from this product, you need to make sure your lips are moisturized and exfoliated before application. Since it contains staining pigments, it gets into the lip lines/cracks if the lips are chapped and un-exfoliated.

It has a mild minty fragrance which is refreshing and not too strong or overwhelming, it fades few minutes after application.

I love how versatile it is – one can wear it sheer or intense – can also transform a day look to a night look but layering the product. It is more of a stain than a balm – the stain giving long lasting color and the balm making it more comfortable to wear than a regular lip stain. Overall, I think the product is a winner! – it is very light weight, the crayon packaging is easy to use and it gives long stay color on the lips without the uneveness and dryness of a regular water based stain.

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

 

Swatches : Left – 1 Swipe, Right – 5-6 Swipes

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

 

Smitten is one of the darker shades from this range. It is plummy fuchsia shade that settles into a deep pink stain after the initial sheen wears off. I think the shade would be flattering across skin tones and being a stain with a balm texture, it doesn’t look overwhelming or too bold. It is definitely one of the best shades for medium to dusky complexions from the shade range. If you like deep pinks, you would love this color! If you’ve been afraid to try out a deep vibrant shade till now, this one would be a good one to start with since its quite toned down and wearable compared to a full coverage lipstick.

 

Worn layered heavily (7-8 swipes ) ~

 

FOTD : Plum and Pink

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

FOTD : Plum and Pink

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten

 

 

Is it a dupe for Clinique Chubby Sticks?

Not really. The Chubby sticks are more like tinted balms – more moisturizing and less staining, more forgiving on the lips. The Balm Stains on the other hand are more about the color – they stain more heavily and the texture is less buttery (less moisturizing) than the Chubby sticks. I prefer the Balm stains for days when my lips are in good condition since I like products that stay long. But if I have dry/cracked lips, I’d reach for the Chubby sticks. I have reviewed Clinique Chubby Stick in Graped Up HERE.

 

The GOOD about Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten : 

  1. Attractive and convenient packaging
  2. Smooth texture, do not tug at the lips
  3. Sheer color ; can be layered to build it up
  4. Gives VERY long lasting color
  5. Does not settle into lips lines if lips are prepped
  6. Does not get uneven
  7. Does not dry the lips

 

The NOT-SO-GOOD about Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Smitten :

  1. Needs to be applied over moisturized lips, will not look flattering if lips are dry or chapped.

 

 

Overall Verdict

 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are the perfect hybrid of long stay stains and comforting lip balms!  The product is very versatile – it can be worn sheer or layered for more intense color. The formula is not super moisturizing but for a product that stays on that long, its pretty good! As long as the lips are moisturized prior to application, there is no uneven-ness in the finish and it does not settle into lip lines either. I like staining lip colors and love the concept of a balm stain! Unless you have terribly chapped lips, do give these a try! Smitten is a gorgeous plummy fuchsia shade that would look on Indian complexions!

I have to add here how much I love Revlon lip products! From the Colorburst range to the time tested Super Lustrous range, Revlon comes out with one great product after another! Definitely my favorite drugstore brand when it comes to lips!

Rating : 4.5/5

 

[note color =”#FFE4C4″]Have you tried the new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains? What do you think of the shade Smitten? Share your comments below! [/note]

 

Disclaimer : Product sent by the brand for consideration. However, the opinions expressed here are my own and honest as always. Read full policy HERE.

 

34 Comments

  1. March 11, 2013 / 1:54 pm

    Looks so dark but wears lovely! 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 7:47 pm

      Thanks JC 🙂

  2. shivangi
    March 11, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    The shade looks lovely on you!

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 7:49 pm

      Thank you Shivangi!

  3. March 11, 2013 / 2:01 pm

    This color is really pretty! These balm stains look worth of the 600 rs spent on them !!

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 7:49 pm

      I wish they were a bit cheaper! But they are nice, can be a little drying but the lasting power is amazing!

  4. March 11, 2013 / 2:44 pm

    Looks lovely on you I think every shade looks good on u 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 7:59 pm

      Thats sweet of you 🙂 Nudes and Pale pinks look terrible on me so I stick to darker shades.

  5. March 11, 2013 / 3:16 pm

    very pretty shade..m yet to try these out..

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 8:05 pm

      Check out Romantic also, I think it’ll look nice on you 🙂

  6. March 11, 2013 / 3:23 pm

    osm shade 🙂 lovely on yu….

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 11:47 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  7. March 11, 2013 / 3:29 pm

    Love such berry shades…could be called a little sister of Rebel…as being sheerer…

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 11:26 pm

      True 🙂

  8. March 11, 2013 / 3:58 pm

    The shade looks lovely but I don’t think this is a must have product. I like to use clear lip balms and a long lasting opaque finish lipstick more than this.

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 11:17 pm

      Personal preferences 🙂

  9. March 11, 2013 / 4:03 pm

    im in love with these:P i bought sweetheart n its so pretty 🙂
    u look great:)

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  10. smitha medepalli
    March 11, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Ankita..I love these Balm stains …..I guess there’s no shade that woudn’t suit u!!!!!

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 9:08 pm

      I can carry darker shades not lighter ones though! Thank you 🙂

  11. March 11, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    Yup, made the mistake of wearing it on dry lips thinking this will moisturise it the first time…….

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 5:06 pm

      Cant do that with these 😛

  12. March 11, 2013 / 9:15 pm

    I think these can be compared with the Clinique Chubby Sticks Intense which have more pigmentation. But of course, Revlon is almost half the price.
    Very, very pretty colour…brightens up the face.

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 4:53 pm

      Thanks Dollie! From what I’ve seen of the Clinique Chubby Sticks Intense on Temptalia and thenotice, they seem to have a slightly more matte finish than the glossy finish of the Revlon Balm stain.

      I love Smitten, been wearing it often these days 🙂

  13. nids
    March 11, 2013 / 9:47 pm

    the shade if to die for… the best I had seen till now in these 😉

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 4:54 pm

      Thanks Nids 🙂

  14. Natasha Bhatt
    March 12, 2013 / 12:35 pm

    very cute and pretty shade Ankita 🙂

    • Corallista
      Author
      March 19, 2013 / 4:57 pm

      Thank u Natasha 🙂

  15. May 9, 2013 / 4:14 pm

    I too have this shade… Love it. And its looking awesome on you 😀

  16. January 6, 2014 / 12:25 pm

    I have this too, but somehow it’s much, much darker on me even with just 1 to 2 layers… I don’t understand why this is happening :/
    On me it looks exactly the same colour as it looks on the packaging? Is it the same for you? Because it seems lighter in the pictures…

  17. Joo
    September 15, 2014 / 1:11 am

    Shade is very dark for me..

  18. apeksha
    September 20, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    Every shade looks so good on you! <3

  19. aliyajamshed7
    October 29, 2014 / 3:23 pm

    Nice product to try ..good review

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