Lipstains are currently quite in vogue I believe, there does seem to be a lot of brands coming out with them at the moment. Long ago I used to use Benetint but I found it always bled, and until recently I wasn’t aware there was such a thing as a lip liner to prevent lip colours bleeding and I still don’t own one.
Anyway, I have three of the new Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain & Balm’s here and was keen to give them a whirl. The three shades I was sent are Twilight (top), Flame (middle) and Passion (bottom).
So each one is double ended, with one end being a felt pen style applicator and the other end being a stick of balm. I’ll show you the colours first then talk about the product. These have all been hastily applied so forgive me!
First thing to say is that Flame is a bit redder that it’s showing in that picture. A bit more scarlet. Clearly Flame and Passion are my clear favourites with Twilight being a colour I would never wear really. I will say that it bears no resemblance to the outer packaging, unlike the other two though!
The colour is buildable and with the first one, I did go over it so many times it became much darker than it should have been. The balm is a nice touch but these don’t feel drying so I’m not sure it’s necessary, but I suppose it’s nice to have the option to add a bit of a sheen rather than the dull finish of a stain, but I always thought that was the point of a stain! The balm. Well went I went to use the balm on the Passion one for the first time it just snapped off, rendering it useless, its a bit of a design flaw I think as you can’t retract it, what you see is what you get, if it breaks off that’s just bad luck. However, it is a nice soft balm that adds a gentle sheen to your lips making them look quite kissable!
The stains themselves are gorgeous and wear pretty well, evidence of stain will be found on my lips many many hours later, but its patchy. That’s another thing, if you look closely at these pictures you’ll see the colour itself looks patchy, I’ve tried other lipstain pens and they always do this. I don’t mind it really, it all adds to the less perfect look of a stain, but you do have to be careful to not be too patchy! I also found them a bit tricky to apply to the top lip as the pen is angled in such a way that the tip isn’t so wet as it is when it’s angled down for the bottom lip. Still a bit of posing/twisting/contorting later and I’ve found I can do my top lip with the tip angled down so long as I paint in the outline first.
So my consensus. Despite the negatives I’ve mentioned, I love them! The colours are beautiful, nicely pigmented for stains too, and they wear pretty well. I’d prefer to wind out as much balm as I need rather than delicately trying to put the whole stick on without snapping it but y’know these stains are £7.99. I suppose adding in a wind up mechanism may have pushed up the prices somewhat…
I really do recommend these and they come in a colour for everyone I think! Just be prepared for a little streakiness and for the stain to bear no resemblance to the tube in some cases 🙂
Available from http://www.boots.com/ and I think there are 7 shades.
*Disclosure – PR Sample