Beauty Test Drive: Revlon Balm Stain

I am very possibly a lip beauty product hoarder. Alas, that is not what we are here to discuss.

I’d long admired the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain at my local pharmacy, but I never felt justified in forking over $8 for yet another lip product. Then last weekend I lost my nerve and finally bought the shade Lovesick, a vibrant-but-not-clownish hot pink.

Price/Availability: $7.49, Target

Formula: Revlon’s Balm Stain is really  more like a lightly pigmented lipstick in crayon form. I’m not sure why they call it a “balm stain” because it’s not very balm-like (which I take to mean slick or gooey) or stain-like (which I take to mean thin). It rolls on like a regular lipstick, just one that’s not got as much pigment in it. The tube of color is retractable, so you don’t need to mess with sharpeners.

Wear Time: Revlon promises the Balm Stain stays on for 12 hours and while I can’t vouch for 12 hours, I can say mine lasted about eight hours including lunch before I needed a touch up. I was expecting that I’d need to go to the ladies’ room and reapply after I scarfed my quiche yesterday, but nope! Plus, none of it came off on my teeth all day.

Overall: As someone with and on-again-off-again relationship with lipstick, I’m happy when I find new lip products that allow me to skirt that whole issue. I still prefer lip balms if I want a balm (MOR and Boots Extracts Almond are the best, in my opinion), though. I have dry skin and even drier lips, so this Balm Stain does not do anything to nourish them.

That said, I’ve been carrying the Balm Stain around in my purse all week and it always gives me a little joy to see it and reapply. I will most certainly buy Balm Stains again, although perhaps in other colors, since the hot pink one I purchased feels like a bit much sometimes! Fortunately it comes in 12 colors from pink to cranberry to orange, so there’s plenty of (inexpensive!) testing to do.

Rating: 4/5

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