I am sitting at my computer once again, watching the days to my summer vacation dwindle away. I am supposed to be editing my novel right now, but I think out of sheer terror of rejection (I KNOW I WILL be rejected and that’s part of the process) I just can’t seem to still write those query letters. I have a video rendering right now so I figured before I pushed myself into my writing and editing, I’d go ahead and write a review on a product that left me pleasantly surprised.
I’d seen lip stains everywhere, but honestly they never struck me as something I’d want to try. Until one of my followers (I follow her as well) from twitter @dmarieimages posted a link to a blog she wrote reviewing various drugstore lip tints. I followed the link and was intrigued. I knew from reading her blog, I would only be interested in buying the Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm. I still wasn’t sold on them, but at least the next time I made my way to a place that sold Revlon products, I would look at them. I ended up buying Twilight and Gothic. Twilight is a deep plum-ish red type of color and Gothic is a gorgeous dark red. At first I thought the names would be better if they were switched, but only because I associate the word Twilight to the Stephenie Meyer vampire world. Let’s be honest – it’s the ONLY reason I bought that color. When I put the color on and photographed it, I can see the deep red colors that look similar to arterial blood.
Initially, I didn’t know what to think.
It looked like a marker on one end and chap stick on the other.
I had an idea of what to expect from the blog I read, but I wanted to formulate my own conclusions, nonetheless. After making sure my lips were smooth, I gave it a try. I took to outlining my lips with the stain as if I were coloring a picture in a coloring book. I always outline before I color – to me it looks prettier that way!
A word of caution if you are going to use this – TAKE YOUR TIME – it’s a stain – once it’s on your skin, it stays unless you feel like exfoliating the area. This stain has a pretty good staying power.
With my lips outlined, I began to color in between the lines. The pen felt wet and kind of cold against my lips which surprised me. It felt like I were painting water on my lips, but the color did not move. I even touched my finger to my lips thinking I would be able to wipe the stain off. Not a chance. I guess it was a good thing I liked the colors. I attempted to rub off the stain after about three hours to paint on the Gothic color, so as you can see the Gothic and Twilight look somewhat similar even though they are not similar in reality.
If you are looking for a matte look, skip the balm and go like this. The stain will last a few hours (both times I wore this I didn’t do a lot of talking so the real test will come when I get back to work next week). When you turn the tube and add the lip balm, you can see the amazing work of this product. The addition of the balm transforms this lip stain into the most amazing $9 lip product I have seen yet. The balm really moisturizes your lips leaving them silky smooth and shiny. I had all but lost my faith in drugstore brand makeup because it never stayed on my face and I was spending more money to replace the products faster, but Revlon has won me back.
The major downfall I see to this product is that the balm wears off quicker than the stain. Your lips will stay that color, but they lose their shine quickly. Have no fear! Throw on some of your favorite chap stick and save what’s in your tube for the initial application!
If you happen to see this product, I would recommend getting it. You are getting a lot for the $9 price tag. Have you tried this product?
While writing this, I was listening to “The Suburbs” by Arcade Fire