First, here is what one of them looks like uncapped.
These are little crayon-type things that don't require sharpening. They just twist up from the bottom. And as many people have pointed out, no, the product doesn't go all the way down to the silver bit. You don't get as much as you think you do, in other words. But. Not a big deal because these are amazing and well worth the money. So, swatches.
Darling at the top, Sweetheart on the bottom
As you can see, these are pretty pigmented. These aren't really heavily swatched, either; a couple swipes of each. The color is semi-sheer, but totally buildable. Also, just for fun, this is what my arm looked like after I tried to wipe the color off.
The stains had been on my arm for about 30 minutes. As you can see, they do leave behind color. In the case of Sweetheart, the one on the left, it leaves behind a lot of color.
While in the packaging it looks pretty lilac, on my lips Darling looks like a pinky-violet. I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but it turns out that I absolutely love it.
a recycled picture from last week, wearing Sweetheart
another recycled picture; this is Sweetheart after about four hours of wear, after it had settled down into a stain
Sweetheart is a bright, cool pink and the one I wear most often. Very pigmented. There's not much else to say about it.
EDITED TO ADD:
Well, this weekend I tried another one of these, Smitten, so I thought I would share that too even though it isn't included in my arm swatches.
Smitten is a really lovely, saturated berry. This one shows up as very pigmented on my lips. I wore it with a couple of Urban Decay shadows (Sin on lid, Last Call in crease, Hustle in outer-v, Polyester Bride in inner corner), as well as my new cat-eye eyeliner routine, and the entire look ended up being almost too much for a random Saturday. Well, almost. I wore it all day anyway. I'll keep this in mind for our next date night, though.
Also, can we please discuss for a second my new aviators? I lost my pair, along with the pair I was wearing for years, in my April breakup, so I'd been looking for a new pair for several months. Why'd I choose these?
They have little neon pink arms. I'm in love with these sunglasses. And they were only $14 at Francesca's.
Anyway, back to why these Revlon Balm Stains are great:
- When they go on they're very moisturizing. They just feel nice.
- They smell AMAZING. Like peppermint. I love the scent.
- The very pigmented shades, like Sweetheart, will DEFINITELY stain your lips. I need makeup remover to get this off my mouth at the end of the day...and if something is billed as a stain, then it should stain your lips like that.
- They're just...pretty. Trust me.
- While these do go on feeling very moisturizing, as the shiny wears off (which it does), and the stain is left behind, my lips end up feeling dry. Not a big deal because then all I do is reapply the product. But some people may not like that.
- Eventually the little point will wear off making application less accurate. Again, not a big deal.
- For a drug store product these might be a little pricey. I've seen them for as much as $10, but I ended up finding these BOGO 50% off at Walgreens, so they ended up being about $7 apiece (with Walgreens prices...c. $8.99).
To conclude, I certainly recommend these. As someone who rarely goes without a product on her lips, I give these my endorsement. They're easy to wear; you can put them on and forget about them. And they're gorgeous. I'm also on the lookout for Honey, the neutral. It was gone at every drug store I checked. But it needs to be a part of my makeup stash, so I'll continue my hunt.
Have any of you tried these? If so, how do you feel about them? Are you in love with them too, or would you leave them at the store?