For once I wish this was one of the lip stains that darkened on me but this goes on like concealer and barely changes color on me at all. Most of the balm stains I've purchased do all kinds of crazy morphing on me but this one does literally nothing so now I am on the hunt for something to blend with it. Every balm stain I have does not go with it so I can either take this back or buy something to go with it. What a pain in the butt.
So bottom line if you have pigmented lips and are new to these hold out and buy honey first. It's probably the easiest to wear and the most wearable of the bunch and sold out all of the time for a reason.
I love this product! I bought this in the color charm. it doesn't show up on my lips like a peachy-nude color like the tube suggests, but rather a corally-pink color. I have mauve colored lips naturally so maybe that's why. Either way, I love the color! I'm all about low maintenance lip products, as I forget to reapply lip stick and these balms are perfect. Once the balm wears off, the stain is still there.
I'm not quite convinced about this product, or I should say the color pay-off. It's a brilliant product right next to Tarte lipsurgences and all other easy-to-apply lip colors. My lips are a light pink-peach coloring, but very pigmented. I expected this color to add a little color, but it seemed to pretty much erase any coloring of my own. Maybe it's because i've built up a pretty good tan over the summer and this color doesn't look great as a color with tan skin. I don't hate it, it just wasn't what I was expecting. In the future, I'd use this color for a truly nude lip or to erase a bit of color from my own lips and slap on a bright lip gloss.
I should clarify that I have medium cool skin and very pigmented, mauvy-rosey lips, so all of the Just Bitten Kissable stains generally leave behind a darker, pinker stain than the actual color. So, when I wear Sweetheart, it takes on a color more like Lovesick, and so on...
Anyway, I bought Charm expecting it to be a peachy nude lipcolor, as the plastic tube color suggests... It initially glides on as a nice peachy light color, but on my lips, it gradually takes on a pinker corally color. By the time the balm part wears off, I am left with a bright pinky-coral stain. I was about to return it (I had purchased it expecting a nude shade), but then realized that this is the best coral color I have ever found for my lips!!! So I am keeping it. However, if you have pigmented lips, and have experienced darkening with the other Revlon lip stains, you should know that you will be getting a pinkish coral, not a nude.
I am someone who hates having product on my lips. Even lip balm feels unnatural for me, so I only apply it before I go to bed. Despite this, I always buy lip products (stains, lipsticks, glosses, etc.), hoping it will feel light but give me a pretty color on my lips. This is it!!
I used to think that warmer colors like peach, orange, etc. would look terrible on my skintone, and always went for mauve-y, cooler tone pinks. But absolutely love how this color looks on my lips! My lips are naturally a mauve-y pink, so i think the light peachy color neutralizes it and brightens my complexion. It is light, and kind of sheer, and has a lovely refreshing mint scent to it. The best part is how light it feels. and how I DO NOT have to re-apply it! Because it's a stain, the color remains even after the shinier coating of the product wears off. The remiaining color stains my lips a beautiful light pink color, which is probably the result of the warm, peachy product color, and the natural mauve-y color of my own lips.
I have been using this every single day since I bought it, which is shocking because I never use lip products on a daily basis.
I was so surprised that I did not like this. It settled on top of my lips and wasn't very pigmented. I liked that it was moisturizing and the packaging was good, but I won't be using it again.
I feel I must begin with the fact that I'm loving these Balm Stains... except for Charm. I have them in Lovesick and Darling (so far! I will definitely buy more), which are both amazing but that was what made Charm extra disappointing.
Charm is pretty much transparent. From looking at the product, I was hoping I would get a nice peach color out of it, but there was really no color difference. I have no problem if that's what you're into, but I just can't justify spending $10 on what is essentially clear balm. Furthermore, maybe I could have looked past the nothingness that is this color except that the formula was so drying! The stick just exacerbated any little piece of dry skin on my lip. I was so confused -- both Lovesick and Darling were not drying at all and they are all from the same line. I guess the formula can change from color to color.
Revlon Just Bitten Kissables are supposed to be as moisturizing as a lip balm and as long lasting and pigmented as a lip stain.
Out of those three aspects, Charm only has two of them: moisture and lasting time. Charm lacks in the pigmentation department.
These Balm Stains are very moisturizing, Charm included. I usually need to wear a lip balm underneath any sort of lip color, but not these. In fact, I found that they're completely ineffective on top of lip balms. If your lips tend to be chapped or these simply aren't moisturizing enough, try applying lip balm on top. Nonetheless, don't apply these unless your lips are fully moisturized and exfoliated--like all lip colors, these cling to the dry/dead skin, despite it's moisturizing components.
The staying power is also pretty good. Unlike the bright shades, Charm really isn't a stain. It lasts on my lips for up to 10 hours, but it doesn't leave a stain, whereas the brighter shades will literally stay on my lips all day and night, AND still leave a stain in the morning. Charm, in my opinion, has the perfect amount of staying power.
Charm is a peach shade that unsurprisingly, but disappointingly, didn't flatter my NC35 olive complexion at all. It washed me out and simply didn't look good. I think this shade will look better on anyone with a fair or fair-to-medium skin tone.
The pigmentation is really lacking. It may just be my extremely pigmented lips, but I found out that Charm couldn't be applied with the tip of the crayon. In order for any pigmentation to show up, I had to apply it by the side of the crayon instead, and, had to layer on several coats to get anything to show up.
The packaging is (and the entire concept as well) is very similar to Clinique Chubby Sticks and Tarte Lipsurgence Lip Stains. I haven't tried those, but these are, I'm guessing, supposed to be a dupe. Anyway, like all Revlon packaging, I love it! It's very chic and high-end looking, as well as easy to carry around. No sharpening required either as it has an automatic twist-up. I don't like how the cap doesn't fit on the bottom though.
Would I repurchase this product? Yes.
Would I repurchase this shade? No.
I like the other balm stains, but this color really wasn't for me. It doesn't last very long and the color is just so neutral it looks like there is nothing on my lips at all
This color is a baby peachy color in my pigmented lips. I love wearing this with any eye makeup I'm wearing. Love that it's in a pencil form. Smells and tastes like mint. Wouldn't repurchase only because I have so many neutral lip products to use up.