I swear, half the work of writing about beauty is coming up with punny titles for my posts. I must say that it’s a lot easier when the product I’m reviewing has its own cute little name, like Revlon’s Just Bitten Lip Stain in Honey. There was actually a period of time, long before I even thought to start beauty blogging, when I was dead set against using lip products with any color in them (what was I thinking?!), so the idea of using a lip stain at all would’ve scared me right off. But oh, how the tables have turned, because not only do I love Revlon’s Just Bitten Lip Stains, I also have them in 4 different shades! I’ll only be focusing on my favorite shade today, which is also the one that’s best for every day wear: Honey.
I have to say that I’m beyond impressed with basically all of the lip products Revlon has to offer, and I’ll even admit that Revlon constitutes a good 75% of my lip collection. The Just Bitten Lip Stains are probably the most versatile of Revlon’s lip products, as they double as a balm and have the color payoff of a lipstick, so they’re on double duty. I believe there are 8 shades in total, though I’m not entirely sure because I know Revlon likes revamping their products quite a bit and their color lineup is always changing. Apparently the Lip Stains come in two formats: a marker and a chubby pencil (if you’ve ever used Clinique’s Chubby Stick, the pencil is the drugstore equivalent of that). Since I’ve never tried the marker, and have no desire to given the fact that most people seem to dislike it due to how drying it is, I can’t say if the pencil is better or worse (but my guess is that it’s better).
The pencil lip stain is a fat, giant pencil shape in a retractable container so it won’t get smashed by the cap when you’re done using it, thank goodness. It’s super easy to apply and usually two swipes cover the entirety of the lips. When applied, it has a minty scent that dissipates after a few seconds and is super emollient with a ridiculously great color payoff for a product that feels less like a lipstick and more like a balm. Honey is a light to medium pink shade that goes on somewhat sheer at first but can be built up to a solid pink.
Honey is a great shade for us fair skinned girls, but I can see it working on pretty much any skin tone because of how buildable it is.
These stains are literally perfect for a variety of purposes: as a primer for lipstick, as a balm, or as a colored lip product without any additional products. They are a great medium between full-blown lipstick and a sheer balm, so they really add some flair to your complexion, no matter how minimal your makeup is.
This costs $8, but given how versatile and pretty these lip stains are, I’d be willing to pay triple the price. Good on you Revlon!