TheBalm • For Keeps Watercolor Lip Stains • Lipstick

rated 3.6(5 reviews)

Average Rating.3.6
Would buy this product again.80%

rated 1 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* tiddleywinks on 12/1/2011 1:50:00 PM more reviews by tiddleywinks

Age: 44-55   Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool   Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

Sorry, y'all, but this is a big disappointment. This one reminds me of the fake tattoos I used to use as a child. It's a little like taking a child's paint set and mixing water in with a brush, and then you get a bright Kool-aid effect on your lips. Colors are not pretty or unique, just bright like a Halloween costume. Fades very, very quickly, and unevenly. Leaves a ring around the edges of your mouth. Silly looking. I have products from TheBalm that I am perfectly happy with, but this is one rates a two-thumbs down. Go ahead and spend the extra dinero and get Hourglass Aura stain. It lasts most of the day and you'll be way, way happier with the results.

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rated 3 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* syeung2 on 8/8/2011 10:50:00 AM more reviews by syeung2

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm   Hair: Black, Straight, Fine   Eyes: Brown    

Product - Ah, lipstains. How nice it would be to find a lipstain that stays put all day, doesn't transfer, doesn't fade down to an unsightly ring, doesn't show off lip imperfections, and comes off without a fuss at the end of the day. This one does 3 out of 5 - it is hard to remove (but I can live with that), and it will fade some if topped with lip gloss or balm or if you lick your lips and rub them together a lot. Excellent, dense pigmentation. Excellent staying power, but less so if topped with a gloss or balm. For best results, lips should be clean, dry, and relatively smooth before applying. Wet the brush then rub into the product. The less product (or more water) you use the sheerer the color will be; it takes some practice to get the color intensity you want. I rinse the brush under running water before storing back in the compact. The Plum Berry shade is a dull, very hideous, very dark slightly-plummy grey in the pot, but thankfully wears more like a blood red when applied sparingly and a vampy cabernet wine when applied more intensely. The Brown Sugar shade looks like a golden caramel-bronze in the pot, and wears a tad darker and with a metallic sheen. Fading to a ring is much more noticeable with the Plum Berry shade, since it's a more dramatic color.

Comparisons - Easier than lipstain marker types for me to apply and get good results. More comfortable on the lips and less hassle than two-step paint-and-topcoat types.

Packaging - Compact with two round 26mm pans of color, full size mirror under the lid, and a brush well for the included mini lip brush. The lip brush head is a good size to work with; a longer handle would be nice, but it is still usable. A recessed mixing well would be a great feature to add to the compact.

Overall - Seems steep at $28, but a little product goes a long way. It takes a little practice to get the desired color, but it will never melt, leak, dry out, or turn rancid over time. Really pleased with this and likely to get the other color combo as well.

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rated 4 of 5 revolution7153 on 3/31/2011 3:01:00 PM more reviews by revolution7153

Age: 36-43   Skin: Combination, Cool   Hair: Brown   Eyes: Brown    

These are powder-based lip stains that are water activated. Each mini palette comes with two shades, and there are two palettes to choose from. I chose "Petunia Pink/Raspberry Red". The quality is very good-I prefer these to the typical "marker" style lip stain. The brush-on application allows for much better color control. Petunia Pink appears anywhere from very pale pink to vivid deep fuchsia, depending on how much you apply. Raspberry Red is a much deeper, true red but again, depending on the amount of water used, it can look very sheer. The price is quite high in my opinion-I think theyre 28.00 on Sephora-but I dont regret my purchase and will probably buy the other duo as well.

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rated 5 of 5 Redmosaic on 1/17/2011 2:39:00 AM more reviews by Redmosaic

Age: 44-55   Skin: Normal, Fair   Hair: Brunette   Eyes: Brown    

I have tried so many lipstains, including Lipink, drugstore brands, Sallys brands...and these are fantastic. I have both sets, have had them for over 7 months and even with frequent use they are still practically full. The colors are so concentrated it only takes a drop of color diluted with water. I have painted the colors with the included brush or my own brush, and have also dabbed using a finger. I have mixed the colors, used singly, used as a base under lipstick or gloss and have even mixed some color over gloss! The packaging is so 68 psychedelic hippie, I love the box and container.
The colors are rich, dense, and intense and i have blotted them to lighten . Frankly, if you have fun with colors you will love to play with these.
The only weird thing is if I dont have a lipstick or gloss over the stain on my lips, when I lick at my lips the stain does come off a bit onto tongue and mouth. Still leaves a stain on the lips though!
I love these and I do recommend.
My next test will be to see how the colors hold up during/after any kind of kissing. Is there a stain that works then? :)

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rated 5 of 5 *TOP REVIEWER* glamourdoll on 1/11/2011 5:30:00 PM more reviews by glamourdoll

Age: 36-43   Skin: Oily   Hair: Black   Eyes: Black    

Wow, these are awesome. I first got one for my Mom as a Mother's Day gift and she said she LOVED it. Well that meant I had to try it to. I do like lipstains, but this appealed to me because it's not one of the marker-type products. My complaint with the marker-type lip stains is that you can't tell how much product you have left as you use it. If you get anything creamy or emollient on the tip of the marker, it's pretty much ruined. Or, it is hard to tell what color the stain is since there is no correlation between the packaging & the actual color inside (I am talking here about the CoverGirl lipstains). So I have given up on the marker-type lipstains. This lipstain is great. The compact holds two pots of lipstain. I chose the compact with the Petunia Pink & Raspberry Red. It comes with a little brush for application (although I think you could use your own full-size brush if you wanted). I just dampen the brush with a little bit of water, work it over the stain, and apply it to my lips. I think with lipstains, this works best on lips that are bare, clean, dry & smooth--and this product is no different. I do like putting a little bit of lip balm on top after I am done just to make my lips feel soft. Both the colors are beautiful. The pink is bright (but not clownish) and the red is just gorgeous. The red seems neutral to me (not blue, and not orange). There is another set with two different colors but I haven't tried the other duo. I think $28 may seem steep but truth is, I could easily spend that for 3 CoverGirl or other drugstore lipstains and not been happy with any of the colors. As far as I know this is the only lipstain of this type (in a pot & not a marker) on the market. I would totally repurchase this!

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