Revlon Charm Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is a nifty little wind-up lip crayon in a soft pastel apricot colour. If you’re acquainted with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks or Face of Australia’s Sheer Gloss Crayons then Revlon’s Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (what a mouthful) will already be familiar to you.
If the lip crayon craze has passed you by, lemme give you the short summary: these wind-up lip crayons give a light slick of translucent colour to your lips without the heaviness of lipstick or the goopiness of gloss. Lip crayons don’t need lipliner or a lip brush to apply, making them an ideal choice for day wear or for no-fuss nighttime wear. They’re perfect for people who want a touch of colour on their lips without it being overpoweringly bold, high maintenance, or leaving a thick makeup-y feel on their pout.
Charm is a genuinely pretty soft natural colour that gently smooths the natural rosy flush of my lips without looking chalky or flat.
Charm is a semi-translucent soft pastel apricot lip colour without any shimmers or glitters. I wasn’t expecting great results from this colour, but I’ve never been so pleased to be wrong! Charm is a genuinely pretty soft natural colour that gently smooths the natural rosy flush of my lips without looking chalky or flat. The effect is more gentle and elegant than obviously nude, making it very wearable during the day and under nighttime lighting.
Charm darkens slightly on my lips as time goes by and leaves a teeeeeeeeeeny little soft apricot stain, but nothing overwhelmingly noticeable. I wouldn’t expect such a pale shade to leave an obvious stain, so I don’t count this as a negative.
In my experience – both on myself and on makeup clients – nude colours can be very hit or miss on porcelain and fair skin, with beige tones running the risk of looking completely invisible or unflatteringly brown. A translucent pastel apricot colour that gently softens natural lip tones allows me to pull makeup focus onto eyes or cheeks without looking unbalanced, all without losing definition or visually washing out the lip area. Nice!
A quick note that the entire line of Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains contains a small amount of peppermint oil. It’s enough to smell minty and create a verrrrrrrrry tiny cooling sensation, but it’s in no way enough to create an overwhelming mint fiesta. Not everyone is as big a fan of mint as I am though, so I’d suggest maybe taking a little exploratory sniff before purchasing.
My verdict? A must-have lip crayon for all fair beauties who want a wearable, elegant naturally nude shade that’s easy to apply and easy to wear.
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