Next up are two products you’ve probably read about before: The Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters and the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Both were released last year with much fanfare.
The Colorburst Lip Butters are truly moisturizing, totally unscented tinted lip balm, akin to the Maybelline Baby Lips or the Burts Bees lip tints. They come in so many colors (my last count was 20). They have a lovely, smooth texture and deliver impressive pigment for a balm. They’re nice for low-key makeup, to look finished and put together. Sugar Plum is my BFF.
However, they will not make it through a meal– if you plan on wearing these, make sure to stash it in your purse. The only other downside I can think of is truly subjective: with such delicious names, I do wish they were scented!
Red Velvet is an amazingly pigmented darker red. Sugar Plum is a very wearable sheer mauve. Pink Truffle is a ‘my lips but better’ shade of neutral pink. Peach Parfait is a peachy pink shade close to Pink Truffle, but with golden shimmer.
The Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are essentially drugstore versions of the Clinique Chubby Sticks and Tarte LipSurgence Stains, and I think Covergirl just released their own version, as well.
These guys are subtly glossy colors meant to moisturize, then leave a stain once the gloss wears off. It’s been my experience that this is only ever true of the brighter or darker colors, high end or not. Like their very expensive Tarte cousins, these have a pleasant minty scent. They last longer than the lip butters, but I wouldn’t call them long-wearing. Maybe 3-4 hours or so before you’ll need to reapply.
Honey is a no-brainer color if you’re pale, it’s the type of color that keeps you from looking washed out while requiring little maintenance. Smitten is a pop of color that brightens. I took lip swatches, but disregard that it looks a little patchy– I’m still figuring out how to swatch staining lip products, and the various stains I swatched built up on some of the drier patches of my lips. I do not have application problems with this product.
Overall, these are fun, casual products that won’t break the bank (they run $6.50 – $7.50 at drugstores), and can be a fun way to try new colors. I totally want to grab a few more shades!