Have ya'll seen all the lipstains in the drugstores lately? It seems as if everyone is coming out with one: Covergirl, Maybelline, and Revlon all have lipstains in their current collections. This Revlon one drew me in over the others with it's catchy "Just Bitten" (vamp theme!) name and the dual ended product with lip balm on one end.
So, here is my review for Revlon's Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in the color Frenzy
The idea: Lipstain is a product that "stains" your lips (rather than coating your lips like a lipstick). It is transfer resistant and long-wearing.
Here are my tips and thoughts about Revlon's Just Bitten in Frenzy:
- start with clean dry lips in order to best apply the product (you don't want anything "coating" your lips like lip balm as the color needs to soak into the skin on your lips)
- the color of the stain is the exact color of the product tube
- Frenzy is a beautiful bright raspberry color (perfect for "perking up" my fair skin and complementing my complexion)
- The product is dual ended with the lipstain on one side of the tube and a lip balm on the other side (save the lip balm until after the lipstain is applied and dry)
- The lipstain has a very light berry scent. The lip balm is unscented and clear.
- The lipstain applies like a felt-tip marker and feels wet initially on your lips, but dries quickly.
- The stain is beautiful on its own, or topped with a gloss.
- Suggestion for all felt tip products(feltip eyeliners and lipstains): store tip side down so that the product goes to the tip and the tip does not dry out over time.
My wear test:
- You can reapply lip balm or gloss on top as needed.
- Lipstain does not dry out your lips like how a long-wear lipstick does. It just stains them.
- Lipstain does not transfer color. So, no worries about getting this vibrant color on your coffee mug, your teeth, or your honey (so, pucker up! :)
- Lipstain wore really well all day, but it did slowly fade over time. I wore it through coffee, water, lunch...
- Slight fading noticed within the morning hours, with more significant fading after eating. Even though the color faded, the lips were still visibly "berry" looking later in the day...but, the color was much less vibrant. So, the color will wear all day with decreased vibrancy. I purposely did not reapply as I wanted to see how long it lasted. I almost like the color better after a few hours of fade-time. I was dissapointed that by the time that I got home from work, the color had almost completely faded. BUT, that was after 8 hours of wear (with no reapplication, just reapplication of lipbalm). I think that ideally, a reapplication after lunch would give this product all day-color with just one touch up. And, I think considering how much you have to reapply regular lipstick, one touch-up is pretty good. Plus, I like the color a little better after it fades.
Overall: A big rave for Revlon's Just Bitten! Looking forward to trying more shades from Revlon and some of the other brands as well. (Revlon offers 10 shades, yes...all with vamp-themed names, how appropriate! You guys know that I will have to try Twilight!!!).
Revlon's Just Bitten lipstains retail for about $8.99. But, as you readers know, I hardly ever pay full price! Picked this up during a Revlon sale at Ulta (plus had a $1.00 off coupon), so I ended up getting this product for just a few dollars. The trick to really saving money on cosmetics is to know what ads are out (check online or your newspaper)...and to combine a manufacturers coupon with an in-store sale.
Hope you enjoyed reading!