A while back, I reviewed Adore from Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain line, and in this review I thought I’d put the three pinkish shades I own together because so much of what I have to say about them is the same. These pencils lay a soft stain down on your lips and cover it with a balmy shine.
This is an unusual formula that you can’t really compare to traditional lipsticks, stains or balms exactly. They go on like a shiny finish lipstick, with semi-opaque color (but sheer enough that any lip pigment will influence the color), and then the shine fades over time but a soft matte stain is left behind for quite some time. After the shine has faded, you can actually apply a plain balm over the stain as your touch-up rather than reapplying this product, and it will look like you just put it on.
The shine tends to wear off after just a couple of hours, so if the shine is important to you then you’ll be touching up that frequently. If on the other hand you’re okay with it fading to a matte stain, that will last you for a good 4-6 hours. When these go on, they feel hydrating. After the balm wears off, not so much. I’ve talked to friends who find them still very comfortable at that point – I find them a tad drying, but that’s also true for me with plain lip balm, which I have to reapply pretty frequently!
These also do a great job of not transferring color, which I suppose is what the “Kissable” part of the name means. The stain really acts like a stain, staying on your lips and not getting onto coffee cups, skin, etc.
All in all, this is a really good formula and the main question is whether you like what it does or not. As I mentioned above, these are not fully opaque, so darker colors will tend to be more “true” in color payoff than the lighter ones.
That’s Cherish, Sweetheart and Smitten, going from left to right.
Cherish is a medium bubblegum pink with blue undertones – definitely cool enough that it won’t work with all warm skin tones, but a flattering color for many.
Sweetheart is a warm medium pink with cherry undertones – it’s probably the most universal of these three shades because it’s close to neutral.
Smitten is a medium raspberry with cool undertones but not as cool as Cherish.