Ever since I started drinking mass quantities of coffee and wearing lipstick, I have been on the search for a lip stain that was low-maintenance. The need really hit hard during college when I would apply makeup (so after Freshman year) and leave my room for hours with little time to stop in a bathroom to check my face.
I needed something that would last for hours without touch ups because in the 15 minutes I had to walk across campus, I had the choice to stop in a restroom or eat. Guess which one I picked.
I also need something that won’t get stuck to my lips on windy State College / Pittsburgh days. Something that wouldn’t smear all over face would also be nice, too.
While I am not above buying high-end products, when it comes to having a variety of colors, I don’t have the budget. I love Revlon products because they are quality drugstore finds.
But I have discovered that not all Revlon lip stains are made equal.
Anything with a marker-like tip always does great on the first application, but in my experience, it’s always downhill from there. The Revlon Stain + Balm has that effect. I purchased this when it first came out, used it once, and lost it. I thought that it was good stuff (because of the first-try placebo effect) and I purchased a second one.
I had this one for longer and it was..meh. Not impressed. I thought it was because I had just a normal marker-pen-stain thing, not the same product with the separate balm.
So I bought another one. Naturally. Then I found another shade at Big Lots and of course it wasn’t impressive either.
And then the Revlon crayon-like came out and I have at least one in each variety. I love them.
Some of them aren’t powerful stains, like the Revlon ColorBurst Balms, but they are greatly moisturizing. Some of the shades do stain a little bit.
And then there’s the Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain.
Game. Changer. I found this through LeighannSays on YouTube.
It doesn’t feel sticky, it lasts, and the color is buildable. I have the color Honey and it is a fantastic nude with a hint of pink that really pulls your look together but also adds moisture to your lips.
I think Revlon still sells the separate stain and balm product in stores, but it isn’t available online. The crayon product is a great reboot. I prefer the format of crayon-like products because they are easy to carry and apply. I just wish the cap stayed on a little bit better. It’s taken me a long time to remember that I really have to make sure it’s closed before I put it in my purse.