Review: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick
For Christmas, I received my first Clinique Chubby Stick. I love it. It's pretty much one of my favourite lip products ever. So when I saw a stack of these Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stains in Boots, I had to try out the entire range! Unfortunately, I could only afford one so I naturally went for the brightest pink- Lovestruck.
Let's start with the packaging. It looks exactly like a Chubby Stick, with the exception of a coloured lid instead of the silver coloured metallics. In fact, it looks so alike that I've taken to calling it my Stubby Stick. The metallic bottom twists to push the balm up, like a Push Pop, which is handy as it stops the balm squashing against the inside of the lid. The one thing I'm not crazy about is the typeface and name. It seems to be jumping on the Twilight bandwagon, with the pointed "t"s and the reference to biting. The current ad campaign has Emma Stone looking fresh-faced in an English rose garden, so it's quite a confusing, jarring message.
Within the packaging, the balm is a bright magenta with an iridescent pink shimmer to it. Confusingly, it has a strong, synthetic minty smell to it. It's not pleasant but it quickly fades after application. On applying, the balm has a smooth, glossy consistency, if a tad too sticky for my liking. It applies evenly and is quickly, but easily, buildable to a really intense shade. The iridescence is also evident on the lips, so it gives a pretty sheen, making the lips look plumper.
As for durability, let me tell you: This stuff sticks fast. It lasts for hours! The dewy appearance fades to a matte stain that really hangs around. This is great, since I love the colour so much, but be careful if you have to look demure the next day!
Just Bitten is a really great price, too. It's £7.99 (compared to Chubby Sticks at £14 a pop) and, for the long-lasting stain, is really worth it. I still prefer the subtlety and consistency of the Chubby Stick, but as a fun shade to experiment with, you can't go wrong with Just Bitten. I can't wait to get the rest of the shades in the range. That's not excessive, right?