Yesterday the internet told me it was apparently National Lipstick Day, (this is everyday for me). Perfect timing for another of my favorite drugstore lip products!
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or you are a graduate student, you’ve heard about Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. (Henceforth known as Balm Stains, because I’m too lazy to type that ridiculous name over and over again).
The hype is accurate, these are a great lip product for someone on a beer budget. Really, anyone can enjoy these guys, they’re quite lovable.
PS: I buy mine at Target where I can usually get them for $6.99. At CVS or Walgreens they’re usually $8.99, which I give the side eye.
So before writing this post, as I sat at my vanity smearing multiple Revlon lip products on my arms and face, I really really really debated whether to feature the original Balms or the Matte Balms. (I know you’ve all been there.)
However it came down to the original Balms for several reasons:
1. I love that they leave a stain. The pink/berry shades are particularly long lasting. This means I can apply the balms and forget I have them on, but still look put together.
I am not joking about the stain. I wore Smitten when I ran my first half marathon. 13.1 miles later, I still had a stain left. (Yeah I wore lipstick and mascara for a half marathon-DON’T JUDGE.)
I’ve also SNORKELED in the Balm Stains and though the balm shine left, I still had lip color. The other snorkelers were terribly jealous, they hadn’t thought to wear Revlon Balm Stains. I could tell.
The Matte Balms have pretty good staying power, but I don’t think they could have survived half marathons and snorkeling. That is some impressive shit.
2. They are low maintenance.
Though I love the Matte Balms, I do have to check on them from time to time to make sure they haven’t smeared.
With the original Balm Stains, I just throw them on and go about my life. They stay in place and are lightweight. At the end of a day of wearing the Balm Stains, I do make sure to apply some Baby Lips or other soothing lip treatment, because they do dry me out a bit. BUT IT IS WORTH IT*.
*Refer to above stories.
3. They are buildable
Some days I want a really berry lip. Some days I just want a hint of berry. These stains are fairly buildable and work with whatever your opaque-ness mood is. I find the Matte Balms are really pigmented, which is great, but you have to commit to your color.
In conclusion, my purse always has a Balm Stain in it. (And 5 snacks.) Mattes are for special occasions, when I’m not feeling lazy.
So without further ado, my favorite colors:
J/K. They really are all my favorites, but I did narrow it down into the 4 colors I wear the most. Honey and Smitten I use for work, Romantic and Sweetheart are my casual colors.
I get compliments on these all the time, so if that’s your life goal: buy these immediately.
BONUS: My current favorite color for the summer is what I call Orange Lips Lite. Rendezvous is a great color if you want to try orange/coral lips, but are a little scared.
(My eyes watered so much after that picture. That AC was intense!)
Stay tuned on Friday when I reveal my final, favorite drug store lip products. (Hint: There are two, I couldn’t cut it down to one. I’m sorry, I tried.)
Question/s of the Day:
-How much do you love the Revlon Balm Stains?
-Are you more into the Matte or Lacquer Balms?
-Do you wear lipstick and mascara for events that maybe you shouldn’t? (ex: running a half marathon, going into outer space, taming wild horses, etc.?)