Based on the reviews here and recommendations by bloggers, I had to try these and I am so glad I did. I bought Cranberry Crush and Honey Love. Others have been describing Honey Love as a great MLBB and they're right on the money. This is a great every day shade, especially for a neutral work look. I'm a little on the fence with the Cranberry Crush as I would have liked it to come out a bit deeper and more wine toned, personally, but its a very pretty shade. I really haven't noticed much of a scent with these or taste either which is nice. The formula is very moisturizing and not sticky nor is it drying like some brands I've tried. I would have given it 5 stars except the staining effect wasn't as long lasting as I would have liked. However, the moisture effect was really, really nice and that did last longer than I expected. I also didn't have any issues with it traveling outside my lip lines either I will say that for the price, the moisture and the range of colors, this is a great buy and definitely recommend it!
Great product! I started with "Candied Coral" and loved it so much, I went back for 3 other colors. So far it seems these truly last ALL day. Even after washing my face at the end of the day, this color STILL hadn't budged! I had to use special waterproof makeup remover to remove it! Well worth the $2.99!
I heard all the buzz about these on YouTube and since I do enjoy the Revlon Balmstains I figured I'd check these out as well. So far I only have Cranberry Crush but I truly do love it. It feels great on my lips, not dry or sticky. It's just a very comfortable feel. In addition I think the color is beautiful and I'm headed to Walgreens tomorrow to pick up another color or two. My only complaint would be that I do notice more transfer with this than with the Revlon Balmstains, but it's less than a gloss or a lipstick would be so it's something I'm totally fine with. I waited for about two weeks for Cranberry Crush to be in stock and I honestly I think it was pretty worth the wait. The gloss does fade as does the color, but it still leaves you with a hint of a beautiful cranberry color. Not too much for a minimal makeup day look but pretty enough for a night out!
I purchased this in honey love. Its become my everyday MLBB shade. Its sort of a mauvey dark pink color. What I like most about this is the color stays true, it doesnt get darker or brighter like the revlon balm stains. Its very easy to apply and feels comfortable on my lips, not too drying and not too thin. It lasts a few hours with normal eating and drinking. For $3.00 you cant go wrong with these.
I picked up two of these at my local Walgreens recently and thought I'd share my impression. Let me start by saying that it is extremely rare to find these items in stock at any of the three Walgreens in my town and I can see why. These balms are awesome! The colors I picked up were Rock n Rouge and Cranberry Crush. Rock n Rouge is a very bright red- think popsicles or Icees. One coat is enough to give you a sheer wash of red. Two coats gives you a "look at me" pop of color, which I love. Cranberry Crush is a darker, berry red. It's a great color for a night out. Wear time is about average for a balm- you'll probably be reapplying every few hours. Now, the moisturizing part of this balm stain is not to be outdone by the color. These balms provide amazing hydration. My lips have been getting very dried out lately and my Jordana have helped keep the cracking to a minimum. They also provide a slight sheen to the lips when initially applied. Honestly I can't say enough good things about these products. Best part is they only retail for $2.99! The only thing that may turn some people off is the scent. There is a very strong artificial fruit scent when you first apply that takes a while to go away. If anyone has ever owned a Strawberry Shortcake doll, that gives you a good idea about the smell. I don't mind it personally, but it's something to be aware of if you're sensitive to smell. All in all, I'm really liking these and will definitely be getting more. I want to get my mitts on a Candied Coral haha.
I wanted a peachy balm-like lip color and saw these at Walgreen's. I'd never seen them before so only tried the 04 Candied Coral for starters. It is so moisturizing and easy to apply. My lips are quite dry and flaky this week so I was surprised at how smoothly it went on. Some of the other lip stains I've tried are dry like a marker, but not this brand. I didn't notice a smell or taste. It is a light stain and won't last forever but for the price (under $3 I think) is a great buy. I am finding that the older I get the more youthful my lips look with a balm vs. lipstick. The pencil is easy to hold and draw on the lip line too...a winner!
I REALLY wanted to love this product. I mean, REALLY.
The colors that I got (Terra Crave and Honey Chic) each turned a completely different, unflattering pinkish-peach color on my lips a few seconds after application. On my hands, the swatches look fine, but on the lips was another story.
The same thing happened with the Revlon balm stains. I've never had a problem with the Clinique Chubby Sticks, so maybe it's just something in cheaper products like this that mess with the pigmentation in my lips.
However, I really did like the price and the packaging. Even if I had to return mine.
I picked three of these up today at Walgreens. I have been wearing sweet pink for a couple hours now and although the lip balm is gone the color is still there. These are amazing! And highly pigmented.
For the price and quality, these are such a great value. I've heard that Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains are a great dupe for Tarte's Lip Surgence and I have all of those, but these are better because they don't have the drying peppermint and feel a lot more like a balm. Just wish they had SPF. I also like the colors of these better.
I have 4 of these and I LUUUUUURVE them! (The other 4 shades were out of stock and I have them on order).
The kid in me rejoices at the crayon like appearance and as a geek, I adore the twist up base mechanism - no waste either, which is always a bonus. The formula is a dream; slick, smooth, not waxy, moisturizing and smells faintly like fruit candy. Yum.
The stick of balm itself is quite firm, you can use it several times before the point even begins to blunt and you only require a small amount for each application. You can layer it to intensify the colour or just swipe on lightly for a gentle tint. The colour lasts really well, especially if you've worked the colour into your lips a bit - it's 2.30pm as I write this and there is still faint colour left from my initial application at 8am this morning. It lasted OK through eating lunch, though it has faded quite a bit (evenly at least) and could do with refreshing. For a $4 product, that is amazing performance and value!
Honey Love - a pinky mauve shade, very wearable, a bit more intense that MLBB on me
Cranberry Crush - a gorgeous plummy berry, probably my favourite!
Tropical Frenzy - vivid, cool coral pink, quite bright
Rock N Rouge - clean, sheer red
All apply evenly and semi sheerly and can be layered for added intensity and lasting power. Light, inoffensive sweet fragrance, no taste.
My only (teeny, tiny) little gripe is that the lids don't "click" shut - they seem to stay on OK in my makeup bag (so far, touch wood) but the lid just seems to pull on and off without actually snapping shut completely securely, like a lipstick would.
Will be ordering these for all my close friends as well, they are just so fun!
More colours please Jordana!
EDIT - got the other shades!
Terra Crave is a natural, russet based neutral, not too peachy or brown with just enough pink in it to look flattering.
Candied Coral - the tube is very neon, the product itself is still bright but wearable. Lovely corally pink, very vivid.
Sweet Pink, medium, bright blue based pink, with a slightly dusky tone.
Nude Chic - great neutral toned nude, the colour itself has amazing depth but this also has fine silver shimmer and I'm not sure why... am undecided on whether this is a good thing or completely unnecessary as it appears to be the only shade in the range with shimmer.
Overall, I love these!