Had to bump this down to what I'd call 3.5. Recently I've started experiencing the major colour change others complain of with this product. The initial balm application appears to be a neutral-ish mauve pink, but sometimes the underlying stain turns much, MUCH deeper, almost fuschia-red. It's still a flattering colour for me, but hard to wear, because I can't predict how it will look through the day.
Original review: Very flattering, blends-into-my-lips shade. I don't love the "crayon" style applicator; a normal angled lipstick is much easier to apply, and with something sheer like this, I don't like needing a mirror. However, it's a nice product -- smooth moist feel, and a pretty colour. I bought this at the same time as the Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle; they are practically the same colour, but this has a cooler, pinker undertone.
Nice color when initially applied and then it morphs into a bright pink hue. Disappointing that it's not true to color. Otherwise, it's smooth, minty and feels nice on the lips.
I was really excited for this product because I was looking for that perfect "my lips, but better" pink color. Initally it looked very sheer and just like that perfect color....was very moisturizing and comfortable to wear as well. However, after a short time, it turned a very unflattering, vibrant/hot bubblegum pink on me. Imagine my surprise when I looked in the mirror to see these super bright lips! Very disappointing! I love the Crush color, so I was hoping to love this one too...but alas, I do not.
If this hadn't turned into a fuchsia color after a few minutes I would be buying more of these. The Honey color looked like a MLBB shade and I was excited to try it. It felt really nice going on, the minty smell wasn't something I liked but it went away fast, and it had a beautiful color when first applied. I knew something was up when SO looked at me and said "that bright color really looks nice". Horrified to see that my lips were bright pink I tried to scrub this off. Yes it stains. Which would be fantastic if it stained a nicer color! Won't be repurchasing but will probably use it up for nights out.
Honey was the colour that I was most excited about from this collection. It is a gorgeous mauvey-pink that's not quite a "nude" but close to it. I love it because it gives just enough colour, but it isn't too light like some nudes.
I have bought eight of these so far, and plan on buying two more. They are by far the best lip product I have tried in quite some time. You can choose easily how vibrant the colour is (you can apply just a little for a nice hint of colour, or apply it in layers to build it up). I have found that regular lip stains dry out your lips horribly, and settle into any cracks you may have. This is not the case with these balm stains- these go on just like a moisturizing lipstick. They have a glossy sheen to them and over time the colour fades into a stain. It is a very natural looking stain and it looks gorgeous. I love how they won't come off your lips- so they definitely are "kissable"! They smell of mint at first, but the smell fades quickly. Also, they are tasteless (which is definitely better than having an awful taste like most lip products). Also, the packaging is perfect because there is no need for a sharpener- it just twists up.
I am so glad that I tried these stains! None of them have been a disappointment so far, so I am going to continue to buy and use these!
COLOR: "Honey" is a lightish nude pink. On me (a MAC NC20 with strong yellow undertones whose natural lipcolor is a medium to light plum/brown/pink), it is nearly MLBB (though a tad on the light side for my taste--taste which has been called Gothic at times, so take it and any advice I may dispense with a grain of salt).
INITIAL APPLICATION: creamy, smooth. The chubby swivel-up pencil applicator makes is easy to use; the "lip-feel" is creamy and smooth, with a slight minty tingle but no perceptible taste.
TEXTURE: a "balmy" finish, in that there is a subtle gloss to it. Texture on lips is just this side of natural. This is like chapstick on crack.
A minute or so after application, I tap my lips with my finger to check for transfer. Minor and easily ignored, but still, it does transfer.
An hour later, after drinking some soda and doing stuff around the house, my lips still have color on them. This time, the finger test finds no transfer.
The semi-shiny balmy finish has worn off but the color has stayed. However, in certain lights, the color seems to have shifted significantly pinker, as in bubblegum pink. It was kind of shocking, and, I think, unflattering (on me, anyway). The color shift is the reason I would not buy this color again. However, it did convince me to go to the drugstore and pick up more colors of this product.
I decided to buy this after hearing the most rave reviews on youtube and blogs, one example: "this is the best lip product I have EVER tried." Now that is quite a statement and me being obsessed with lip products and having tried a few good ones, this was top on my list to buy. I really wanted a nice nudey, pinky, natural everyday shade and everyone recommended honey so decided to get that one first.
When i was trying out the shades, I tried out a few reds and dark pinks before settling on this so my lips were a bit stained before I put this on the first time. It neutralized everything and I looked ok. A few hours later, after doing a bit of shopping, I looked in the mirror and was shocked to find that my lips were BRIGHT FUSHIA. Ridiculous was the word, and I couldn't believe I had walked around looking like that. I wouldn't mind if it was a nice pink but it was the ugliest of pinks, and whats more it was blotchy as it stained better to dryer parts of my lips. I put it down to too many stains and tried to remove it all with a makeup wipe and covered everything with foundation (it was very hard to do that, you could still see the bright colour and it made the foundation a weird neon-ey pink!) I tried again with honey over the top. Everything looked natural again. Well a few hours later the same vibrant ugly colour returned and I did start to wonder if it was honey itself that did this because I removed the previous stains as best I could, and it made no sense that an even more vibrant colour would return.
I tried again the next day, bare lips (well as bare as I could get as the stain still wasn't coming off), honey only. Wore well for a while but did the same thing again. I was seriously annoyed. I tried again, bare lips, foundation first (as a "barrier") but alas, same disgusting colour after an hour or even less. Whats more is that parts in the centre of my lips seem to be permanantly stained an ugly tomato red colour by it. No matter what I did it won't come off and its been about 3 days now.
You can't return makeup products here in the uk but I'm going to try my best to return it as "faulty" as its supposed to be the colour in the tube and nowhere does it state that its some sort of chameleon lip product. 0 stars if I could and would not recommend.
I like this one. My lips are really dry, so I use a clear balm about 20 minutes before applying the Revlon Balm Stain (I do this with all lip color.) The Revlon is easy to apply and the color is a nice pinky peachy neutral. I don't notice it changing much over time. I like that I can apply this in the morning and forget about it; I generally reapply after lunch. I also like that it fades evenly. Looking forward to trying more colors.
I like this product, but the color was terrible on my pigmented lips. Like my lips were a giant bruise. Very disappointing.
Bought this not too long ago and was thrilled that I'd found a balm like application that showed nude on my lips however after it set in and left the stain it was a bright pink color!! Not what I wanted at all I did not like how much the color changed.