I love the idea of a lip stain... minimal reapplying and long lasting color. Not so much with this one. I'm having to reapply not the balm, but the stain color quite often, even if I haven't been eating or drinking.
My lips are relatively pigmented, so Dawn looks darker on me which I'm okay with. I'm satisfied with the color, just not satisfied with the staying power.
I prefer the Just Bitten Kissable Stain/Balm over this one.
Lip stains are, in my opinion, one of the greatest products to keep in my handbag and/or cosmetic bag at all times. That being said, Revlon's "Dawn" has been a fantastic color choice for me....I have a very VERY pale complexion with yellow undertones (my BF says my skin looks like milk with a little golden honey mixed in). Combined with my auburn hair, this reddish shade of stain harmonizes quite well. I tend to wear only a touch of liner and mascara on my upper lashes, so having a stronger lip shade does not seem too over-the-top. I receive many compliments from friends, but each one of them has said that the shade does not look the same on their lips as it does on mine. I think it's safe to say that this shade will perform differently on everyone, based on the underlying pigmentation of one's own lips as well as the natural pH causing an oxidizing effect. Mercifully, CVS and the like tend to have quite forgiving return policies, which allows us all to experiment and find colors best suited for us. My other favorite of the Revlon stains is called "Forbidden." I have purchased multiple tubes of both shades, wearing one or the other of them on a daily basis for years now. These stains tend to be more wearable when applied directly on clean and newly exfoliated lips and then topped with an application of Nivea Lip Balm (in the light blue or dark blue tubes), and I never use the balm that comes on the other end of the Revlon packaging. With this technique, the stain lasts me 4+ hours, then I reapply after lunchtime and don't have to reapply until after dinner. An added benefit is that I don't leave nasty lipstick smudges on drinking glasses, or on my son's forehead.
I am a blue eyed NW10 (NW20 when tanning from a bottle).
This stain works well as a natural base for my darker red lipsticks. Instead of relying on a lip liner that might change the color my reds, I use this to keep the red lipsticks from bleeding. It creates a very natural looking deepening of my already pigmented lips. But I could see how anybody looking for a bright orange or coral lip stain would be disappointed.
I have very pigmented lips and Dawn's peachy-nude shade basically takes them about two shades darker. Very natural and very flattering. I also have very, very dry lips (I used to take Accutane and they've never returned to normal since - and it's been 10+ years) and while the stain stings a little when I apply it, the wonderful balm soothes any discomfort away. I took one lippie away for the stinging, though realistically the discomfort is only worth a half- or quarter-lippie. As with any lip stain, make sure your lips are well exfoliated before applying. to avoid accentuating any dry flakiness. Through an entire, sweltering Midwest summer day, I never had to reapply the color but I did reapply the gloss several times. But as I said before, I have dry lips anyway and reapplying lip balm is an all-day, second-nature thing. I probably even do it in my sleep. :) I highly recommend using a lip stain that comes with its own balm. When I tried applying my own lip moisturizer over the Cover Girl one, it ended up just taking off the color.
I bought Dawn and thought it would be a coral light nude type color and it immediately went to A RED. I have never had a lipstick / stain be so off in color from the package. - read other reviewers who said the same thing.. Also, it GRABS and does not deposit color evenly and while I am older (50ish) than the 3 other reviewers who were 19-25 who SAID THE SAME thing, I now know its not me but the product. The balm is fair but so cheesy that it broke off in the cap 2 hours after I had bought the product. All in all, would never re-purchase one of these nor recommend it... I would not buy again as its really so meidocre and not at all worth $10. Try Buxom lips by Bare Esscentuals lip polish stick for a better deal.
The color is nice and looks good on my lips. It last for a while and does "stain" your lips, however sometimes it takes a little while to make it dark enough to be noticeable. The balm on the end isn't bad but is similar average drugstore lip balms.
Bought it on sale for $6. Normal price is $9-$10. The color is buildable. I thought 'Dawn' would be a coral but it oxidized into a red. Packaging could definitely be better and more accurate with product color. I have not tested the staying power but a light coat survived throughout my dinner when tried at home. It does not seem to heavily dry out my lips - just keep a balm handy to moisturize. Would buy one more time to give it another try, but otherwise, not very impressed.
Only bought this because it was on sale.. Its a good thing too because the original price is 8-9 bucks for such a crappy product. The packaging for dawn looks like the stain would be a brownish pink nude color. But when I applied it its actually quite red on the lips. Its super drying and hard to apply evenly. Even though they include a lipbalm the packaging is so bad that it can easily break off. The stain easily settles into fine lines on your lip and leaves an ugly lipliner look after a couple hours of wear. Not recommended.