I really love this lipstain and the color. It does exactly what It claims, going on like a balm but stays throughout the day. It doesn't feel sticky or too slippery like some lip glosses tend to. It is basically shaped like a big crayon, which makes it easy to apply especially if you are out somewhere and need to touch up. The color 'Honey' is really pretty. A lot of people mention that it changes color, which is true depending on how much you apply. If I do one swipe, I tend to get a lighter, bright pink. If I do several coats, the color does become a very bright almost fuchsia color. This isn't really a big deal to me and I actually find it to make the product more versatile. I have extremely fair skin and both colors work for me just fine. Overall I was very pleased with this product and want to buy some different colors to try. The only drawback is that they run at about $8 each and I don't really want to pay that much (broke college kid budget) but for the quality of the product I would definitely buy again.
Were I prone to overstatement, my review would be very short: It Turns Purple! But I'm a reasonable person so this is my review:
The color of the package and the name of the shade (honey) would you lead you to expect a soft pink. Upon application, it looks pink in the mirror. But on me this innocuous pink darkens into a shade approaching fuschia over time. Fuschia is not a good look for my warm and fair complexion. I did like the feel of the balm, though.
I LOVE this product, I have worn it so much, it is a total MLBB (slightly more pink-purple). I am fair but have quite dark lips naturally, and, as I was hoping, this makes me look a bit more 'put together' without looking too obviously like a lipstick. I find that the stain wears well and the balm is moisturising, although I do tend to reapply through the day. The nice part is, though, that I feel able to do this without a mirror, thanks to the design of the packaging and subtle colour.
Only real complaints are that the writing has worn off all my JBKBS tubes and the scent is a little odd. Oh, and I don't know why it is called 'honey,' it doesn't have any honey tones in that I can see!
I have such a love/hate relationship with this lipstain - in many ways it's an ideal product for me, but this specific shade has a few downfalls which unfortunately mean I'm only able to give it three lippies. I shall try to elaborate...
In terms of the way this feels and lasts on my lips, I love it. It's got a nice balmy feel and (almost slightly cooling) peppermint smell which means I enjoy applying it. Plus, it's nice and pigmented, and is pretty much opaque with one or two swipes. I'd say that the balm lasts for an average time - two or three hours, but as lip-balms go that's pretty good. Once the balm has worn off, it obviously feels drier, but for me it's ridiculously simple to just apply my everyday clear lipbalm over the top, and I'm good to go again. The stain lasts me at least five or six hours, depending on when/what I eat or drink in that time-frame. So in terms of wear, I say great!
However, this specific shade, Honey, changes colour on my lips after a short time (about 15/20 minutes, usually). I picked up this shade because I wanted an easy MLBB colour for school and work. It goes on as my ideal colour, but, as has happened to other reviewers, it soon morphs into a much brighter, almost fuchsia pink. Sometimes I don't mind that, but in general I want it to stay the shade it goes on as - if I wanted bright pink lips I'd have bought a bright pink shade! So that sucks.
If it weren't for the colour-changing issue, I'd definitely give this four or five lippies. As it is, I may try a different shade sometime (although I'll wait for a sale - these balm-stains are about $23 here in NZ), but I'll definitely read up on reviews first to make sure that I don't end up with the same issue as I did with this colour.
I have Lovesick and Crush, two pretty bold colors. I liked the feel of the balms and the staying power so I thought I'd get Honey to wear everyday. It's a brownish pink - like my lips but better, however, after a few minutes it changes color which I wasn't expecting and was rather disappointed to see a bright pink shade on my lips. I'm bummed this wasn't the muted pink I was hoping for.
Honey is probably the most wearable colour out of the Balm Stains. I have all of them! Some are too dark to wear every day, some are too pink. There are a couple of nudes that don't show up that well.
Honey is a browney, mauvey, pink colour. Basically a kind of muted dark pink that would look quite good to wear to the office. I feel like the colour in the tube does get a bit more mauvey over time, but I like that.
It lasts a decent while- probably at least several hours, and even when the balm has worn off, it leaves a nice wash of colour behind. And because it is a balm stain, rather than a regular balm or lipstick, you don't have to apply as often, so the tube will last you a long time!
This is probably the only balm stain I will repurchase, mostly because I'm using it quite often and I don't really envision finishing any of the other ones off.
I've only given this a 3 although I do like it and find I am wearing it now nearly every day - easy to apply and comfortable to wear, and a pleasant soft pinky brown colour. However, my main gripe is the packaging, even though I notice it scores quite well generally with other reviewers for packaging. I haven't had it long and already the cap has cracked slightly. Also, I don't know if the name of the lipstick was originally on the side, but if so, it has completely disappeared already, and there is nowhere on the product that reminds you of the make and title. Only the colour name and shade still appears clearly on the base. So if I were to forget where I bought this, and that it was a Revlon product, then it would be annoying in future if I wanted to repurchase and had forgotten what it was! I'm sure this can happen if you own a lot of lipstick products and sometimes stop wearing a particular one for a while, to return to it later on. Apart from that, I think it's an excellent lip gloss/stain and good value, comparing well with Clinique chubby sticks.
UPDATE - I'VE ADDED A LIPPIE because although the packaging disappointed me, I find this has become one my few staple lipsticks - the colour looks good and it's convenient to use. When I need to restrict my make-up choices, eg when travelling, this will certainly be in my make-up bag and will probably be in my handbag most of the time.
ANOTHER UPDATE -
Well last time I meant to add a Lippie, but it looks like I didn't, and I'm now going to leave it like that because Disaster happened. This lipstick melts in hot weather if you leave it in your handbag. I had it in one of the inner pockets of my expensive new Kipling bag. Maybe if I had it inside a strong make-up bag within the handbag, it might have been all right. As the top of the plastic casing had already cracked ages ago, when the lipstick melted (in the recent bout of lovely UK weather), it leaked out over my new bag. I suppose because it's a balm/stain rather than a full-on lipstick, the consistency is not so stable under certain conditions. I may re-purchase, but will have to be careful in future.
I have very dry lips with stubborn flaking which is very unattractive and not conducive to wearing lipstick.
This is the first product I have ever tried that moisturizes my lips long term. I only have to use it every other day or less frequently to make my lips soft and smooth.
I don't know which ingredient/ingredients are so beneficial to my specific problems but they work.
My only gripe is that the color is a bit too gray, which is a bit unflattering but it fades within the first 15 min leaving just the pink part of the pigment visible for hours.
Revlon, please never discontinue this product.
Overall, this product is of good quality but I won't repurchase because I think the colour doesn't suit me.
Product: This is my first time trying my balm stain, and with all other Revlon products, I am impressed with this balm stain. The colour lasts for a very long time and doesn't transfer onto glasses or water bottles when you drink water. Even after you drink water, there's still a stain of colour on your lips (not an obvious one, just a flush of colour).
Colour: The colour seems to change colour when its on your lips and when you test it on your hands. On my hands, it looks like a mauvey colour. On my lips, it turns into a more pinkish colour which doesnt suit my skin tone as well as the mauvey colour would. I'm tan and the pinkish colour doesn't look that nice on me. I was looking for something MLBB but this is not it! I wish Revlon has a wider range of colour for this product, because the product is really awesome! Would definitely repurchase if there's a more suitable colour for me.
Application: I love the stick and crayon-style stain, its easy to apply and doesn't get everywhere. I've read reviews of the lid breaking but mine's still fine so far.
I can't decide if I like this color or not--sometimes I do, sometimes I think mehh, nothing special. Honey is a pinky-mauve color that looks very natural on my NC35-40 skin. It's actually quite close to the natural color of my lips. I love this line of lip balm stains and it's nice for days when you just want to look put together but not made up, so I'll keep it, but probably won't repurchase this color.