Friday, November 23, 2012

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 5 Crush

Hello darlings!

I feel like I've morphed into a bit of a goth this fall. Alright, maybe not, but I'm certainly into fairly witchy dark lips and nails lately. When I bought Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Crush, it was on a bit of a whim. I'd purchased Rendezvous (orange shade) when I was still undecided about Clinique's Chubby Stick in Oversized Orange which I now love. Actually, I purchased Crush partially because I was still undecided about Clinique's Chubby Stick in Voluptuous Violet. But I think I expected to find it too dark and return it. But my tastes have changed and I actually find myself reaching for Crush a lot lately.

Part of the reason I like Crush is because I've been getting over a lip allergy and dealing with a lot of peeling and flaking. Crush gives me the coverage I need to disguise all of that (and my pale lips) without the heaviness of a lipstick or balm that would catch all those flakes in a very unattractive way.

Color: Crush is HIGHLY pigmented. This is the kind of color you wear when you really want a nice, dark lipcolor. It's a very deep berry shade, a dark pink with a blue undertone that can look a bit purplish from a distance.
Scent: There is a very faint mint scent to the product. I only smell it in the tube and as I'm applying the product.
Feel: When you first apply it, it gives a sort of tingly feeling to the lips. I don't think it has any lip plumping effects so it's probably just the mint. On the lips, it feels like your average balm for the first hour or two and then it can start to feel a little drying. I always get a feeling of tightness. I either swipe off the balm and reapply it, or layer a regular lip balm on top. If you start with a lip balm underneath, you're not going to be able to build up the color as much. You can get more of a just bitten kind of berry lip that is much more subtle than wearing Crush on its own. I find this is less drying but I personally don't like the look as much.
Application: When you start to apply this lip balm, the pencil does drag on your lips a little. However, I find that as you build up the color, the product does glide on pretty smoothly.
Moisturizing/Drying: This is a tough one. I've worn it on days when I feel like it keeps my lips from drying out. And I've worn it on days when my lips end up peeling. I'd say overall, this is more a drying product than a moisturizing product but if you start with healthy lips without any flaking, cracking, or peeling, this won't dry your lips out too badly. Just be sure to keep a lip balm handy and apply it the night before and the night after you use this product and you should be fine.
Wear: As I said, it can be a little drying but on a positive note, I don't experience any feathering or migration during the day.

CONCLUSION: I've kind of fallen for this lip product. I wish it wasn't as drying but I can deal with it for the color. If you like the color, I would recommend this product. It's a nice (very pigmented) alternative to more expensive lip crayons.



  1. Definitely a fabulous colour on you! Cheers for the swatch. I haven't been certain as to whether to try it as there as other pics of gals with thin lips sporting it & bold colours are really something thin-lippers should avoid.

    Yeah, I know that's a personal prejudice & they like the colours, but it really does draw attention to the fact that they have no lips.

    You, on the other hand, have great, full lips. No wonder you're feeling drawn towards stronger colours! Definitely a winner for those who might be nervous about a full on dark lipstick. It seems to have the advantages of the colour but a sheerer version that actually stays in place without feathering & disappearing within an hour.

    Hmm. I'm convinced. I'm mad about matte but I'm going to give Crush a whirl for relaxed days!

    1. Thank you. :) I've never gotten a compliment on my lips before. I hope Crush works out for you.