I am nothing but pleased with the quality and convenience of the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains thus far, but color-wise, it took a small skip to make Lovesick in particular work for me. As others have noted, the moisturizing effect of the balm wears off within an hour, and Lovesick is definitely very staining. The color is also super bright, and I wouldn't be surprised if it's the color used in the promo images. When I wear it layered up to make it look like the promo/tube color, it's a cool-toned rosey fuchsia...cranked up to 11. I rarely find color tones that my neutral-warm skin tone doesn't like, but clearly this is one of them! I look trashy, no matter how neatly coiffed the rest of me is! What I've discovered, though, is that because Lovesick is so apt to stain, I can just make one pass of the balm over my lips and leave it at that, and my lips adopt a rosey tint--just enough to bring the right dose of color to my otherwise pigmented but low-saturation lips, without looking like the too-cheery cherry popsicle look that most other popular stains would confer (think Benetint). It's more raspberry than the pink that the developed Honey looks like on me, so it's actually more natural-looking than Honey. And just that light stain lasts for so long! I like it a lot for that! So I'm giving it a 5 overall, even though the full-on color didn't work for me. I probably would buy this again because I really like the light stain look!
This is a bright fuscia color. I like the way it applies to the lips smoothly and the minty flavor of the balm. For me, this color lasts almost all day! The balm part does fade away, but it's easy to reapply or you can put a regular balm on top if you're scared of making the color even more intense. This probably isn't a color for people that don't like bright colors, but I think it's a fun one to wear, especially for spring/summer.
This product retails for $7.99 at my local Rite Aid and I purchased it during one of their 40% off sales. Lovesick is a gorgeous, bright rosey-fuchsia color (if that makes sense). JBKBS are lightly mint scented, but I can't detect a scent or flavor shortly after application on the lips. They are in twist-up lip crayon form (similar to Tarte's LipSurgences) and apply smoothly and build up color evenly. The texture of JBKBS is really nice; feels moisturizing and glides along your lips nicely, yet not too slippery. Applied heavily, the color is as intense and true to the appearance of Emma Stone's lips in the ad. Applied lightly, it gives a hint of brightness that is very wearable in my opinion. Initially, the product leaves you with a glossy finish that wears away within the first hour or so, and you're left with intense color with a satin-y finish on your lips. Very comfortable, and the color wears evenly over the course of the day -- I can still see a nice stain at the end of the workday, so the lasting power on these is at least 7-8 hours.
I am NC35-40 / MUFE F+B 32 & 34, and currently have (and love) this color, Lovesick, and Rendezvous.
Lovesick is the prettiest pink balm stain! It's hue is a real popping medium pink. (I wore it with a very complimentary cream blush by Revlon Photoshop called Flush and the combination was dynamite.) The moisturizing effects are astounding. It feels so comfortable on the lips. There is absolutely no feathering, nor a need for a lip liner.
The lasting ability on my lips would be 5 hours and that included lunch and iced tea. The application is like the Clinique Clubby sticks and is a dream to apply. It doesn't pull the lips. I have not tried a gloss as a top coat to dab in the center of the lips to give it some glisten, but eventually will experiment with this technique.
Price can't be beat, when it's 40% off at Rite-Aid. I also bought Crush and Smitten which have not been tested yet. For a cheap thrill, go for it!
This is a very beautiful color. On first application, it is a just as rich and bright to me as the ad shows. But once "dabbed" off a bit it settles to a juicy stain. Beautiful spring fuschia rose color...beautiful. Revlon...what ever you are doing differently...keep on doing it. These are light years better than your other lip stains.
For reference I am NW20 and the shade can over power me, especially if I don't have make up on, but it does work with my skin tone. I also have almost black hair, brown eyes.
I went back for a few more shades and had to get Lovesick. It might not appear as bright or as dark as it does on Emma Stone, and that could be because of her natural lip pigmentation. They usually never tell you what is really being used in ad's, or they Photoshop. If you keep applying this shade through the day, you'll get a brighter stain. Lovesick is a lighter fuchsia, so don't be afraid that it will become too purple or too hot pink. It's in between. Nowhere near as intense as the other fuchsias from Revlon. This is wearable, but still a nice pop of color. If you line with this and then fill in, your lips appear plumper. The lasting power of the stain is at least 7-8 hours. It fades gradually over time.
The color of lovesick is a vibrant not quite neon magenta-ish fuchsia. It is in the same vein as Mac Show Orchid without the duo chrome. It is not a bubble gum pink at all. I bought this color just based on the pic of Emma Stone on the store display and it is very true to life. Just a gorgeous modern color. Texture is what you would want it to be, not drying, not sticky, not slick. Slight glossiness. Love, love, love. Looks like I will own all of these, sigh.
Most lip balm/stains of this sort aren't very pigmented. I've used and loved the Tarte and Clinique ones. These top them and far surpass them. These are very well pigmented, they feel great on the lips, they last and they actually do leave behind a stain, unlike the other brands. I have all 12 shades. This spring/summer I'm very into bright pink lips and didn't have anything similar to this. I'm extremely pleased with this product and haven't worn anything but these stains since purchasing them.
I saved the best for last lovesick is a fuchsia type stain that I really dig, I'm def a bright pink or red lipstick lover so this suits me well. I love matte lips so this feels extra nice because I'm used to the dryness matte lips do. Like the other its in a twist up tube and these are MUCH MUCH better then any other drugstore marker like stain! Smell of mint, but not strong...it really smells like candy mints like certs or tic tacs. I've never smelled a lip product that smelled like candy mint..but there is no flavor I detect at all.