Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain Swatch Megapost!

I may have purchased a couple more Balm Stains over the past few weeks…

Revlon Balm Stain in Charm, Rendezvous, Romantic, Crush, Smitten, Sweetheart, and Honey

Charm, Rendezvous, Romantic, Crush, Smitten, Sweetheart, and Honey

Since the formula is so similar between the shades, I decided to do one big megapost of all the swatches and a general review of the formula. (The fact that I am swamped with work right now might have contributed to this decision.) Here goes!

Revlon Balm Stain in Charm, Rendezvous, Romantic

Charm, Rendezvous, Romantic

Revlon Balm Stain in Crush, Smitten, Sweetheart, and Honey

Crush, Smitten, Sweetheart, Honey

Revlon Balm Stain Charm swatch

Charm

This is a strange color. Sometimes it looks like orange creamsicle and other times it’s sheer enough to look normal. To be honest, it’s not my favorite shade, but I think it could look better on someone who looks good in nude lip colors. Nude lips on me = corpse. If you have naturally pigmented lips, this could look amazing!

Revlon Balm Stain Rendezvous swatch

Rendezvous

Rendezvous is definitely one of my favorites. The tube is very orange but in reality it’s a jelly red-coral that can be worn full on for a more intense look or sheer. Really can’t go wrong with coral in summer!

Revlon Balm Stain Romantic swatch

Romantic

I reviewed this one a few weeks ago and for whatever reason called it Adorable, which doesn’t even exist as a shade. Here’s a better picture of it, which shows that it’s a bright tomato red.

Revlon Balm Stain Crush swatch

Crush

Crush is a deep berry that I actually really like. I think it’s much more wearable than Smitten (the next shade), especially when blotted down.

Revlon Balm Stain Smitten swatch

Smitten

Smitten is a bright fuchsia that looks alien on me no matter what I do. The stain is so strong that I really can’t blot it down well. On the other hand, it’s near impossible to remove, so it will wear all day without issues. Reminds me a lot of MAC Girl About Town (which looks so great on cool fair skin and medium/dark skintones).

Revlon Balm Stain Sweetheart swatch

Sweetheart

Sweetheart is a bright pink that, once again, is a bit too cool for my coloring, which I couldn’t tell from the outside packaging. There’s another warmer bright pink that I will probably get next time they’re on sale.

Revlon Balm Stain Honey swatch

Honey

Finally there’s Honey, which looks like a nude pink here but definitely has more purple tones in person. I’ve worn this almost every day since I bought it, and several of my coworkers have complimented. A great “my lips but better” shade to fall back on!

PRO

  • Darker shades stain very well and last through eating and drinking
  • Mint-scented (pro for me, could be a con for others)
  • Easy to apply accurately thanks to crayon-style tip
  • Lots of product, don’t need much for each use
  • Good value, especially since there are drugstore sales/coupons to use
  • Not drying

CON

  • Not moisturizing, either
  • Lighter shades (like Charm) don’t really stain and don’t last well
  • Packaging makes it hard to choose shades (clear window, please!)
  • Small and somewhat strange color selection
  • Hard formula crayon probably hard to use on mature skintypes

OVERALL

In my mind, the pros outweigh the cons by far. I wish I could find shades more easily than ‘trial and error”, but it has been fun trying all these new colors. Keep ‘em coming, Revlon!

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