This is the lipstain that I wanted to try most of all. The Maybelline ones sort of disappointed me. The only shade that I was interested in was "Passion" in this line, it's a bright pink colour. The ad above, which I found in a magazine, shows 10 different colours, I only saw 4-5 at the drugstore however, and Passion is the lightest one. I really, really wish they would of made a pale pink colour drugstore lipstain, if anyone knows of a good higher-end one or drugstore dupe, please let me know. Having pigmented lips, I am not crazy about them standing out more, and all lipstains are pretty vibrant and dramatic in my opinion. Anyway, this was on sale at Rexall/Pharma Plus (in Canada) for $9.99, regularly $12.99 at Walmart, still expensive for drugstore, but whatever, "had to" have it.
So, onto the review... Revlon's take on lipstain stands out to me because right away you notice it's double-ended, one end the stain, and the other a balm (as you can tell in the pic above). The balm is like a chapstick type thingy, although it doesn't wind up at all, so you get what you see, it is however really nice and moisturizing. You apply the stain and then the balm over it. I like how the colour of the stain does not rub off onto the balm, which I was expecting it to. Make sure that the stain has dried on your lips before you apply the balm. Maybe it was because my lips are really dry but, the balm made my lips tingle, in a not so nice way, so be warned off that.
Passion is a hot pink colour, but it doesn't really translate that way on my lips, more of a light red, which I dislike. I really wish it would come out like on Jessica Biel in the picture above. Maybe I need a lip erase before putting these products on. It is quite close to the colour on the tube, which I appreciate because that was not the case with the Maybelline lipstain. I love how it looks swatched on my hand, but on my lips not so much, I have to remember to apply just a tiny bit to get the pink look. I think with a light pink gloss over it, it would look great.
In terms of application, I feel like not as much colour comes out when you apply this to your lips, compared to the Maybelline one, which applies the colour right away. With the Revlon lipstain, I feel like you have to go over areas over and over to get the colour opaque. I have to also hold the marker sideways to apply it, applying it with the tip end would be too time consuming and tedious.
Just tip, store your lipstains in a cup standing down, that way any fluid runs down to the marker end, ensuring that your lipstains do not dry out prematurely.