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12 Nov

Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain V.S. Colorstay Moisture Stain

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I love Revlon products. If you have seen any pictures of me with tinted lips over the last two years, I have almost definitely been wear Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stain. Without a doubt. I basically live in them and have them several different colours and formulas – matte, sheer, glossy: you name it, I have it. My favourite colour of them all is 005 Crush, if you are curious.

But I wanted something that was darker, slightly glossier and more vampy as we entered Autumn/Winter, so I went into my local Superdrug and saw Revlon’s, then, new product: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain. Seemed perfect…or was it?

Revlon vs 2

Let’s see how the two stains compare starting with one of my holy grail products: the Colorburst Balm’s.



revlon balm


  • Reasonable longevity – a good few hours. It is a stain after all. But even stays put after eating and drinking
  • Pigmented
  • Very easy to apply as it’s a twist top
  • Because it’s a balm it is moisturising
  • Very light as feels like almost nothing is on your lips!
  • Buildable colour
  • An array of colours available


  • Lighter shades not as long lasting as darker ones
  • A little sheerer than I would like sometimes… maybe… although they are very buildable.

Honestly, that’s all I could think of… and those con’s are not even that terrible.

Basically this is a product that does what it says it will do: It stain’s your lips, it stays there a while, it is also a lip balm. I love it.

I have been wearing this balm pen for TWO YEARS. I have repurchased it several times over as it’s my go to lip product. I also love using it under my M.A.C. Dark side lipstick – another holy grail lip product for me – to increase its staining power. I usually don’t have to touch up my lips when I use that combo.



revlon bad


  • Very pretty Packaging – looking pretty ‘high end’ there Revlon
  • Lovely wide doe-foot applicator
  • Feels moisturising
  • Slightly more pigmented


  • Take’s a lot of effort to work onto lips evenly
  • Horrible texture on lips. Its very tacky – you will notice it’s there.
  • Wears away quickly… and do not stain at all.

These are not quite lipsticks, but not really balm, and not quite lipgloss as it’s not that shiny. Honestly, it’s kind of like they tried to merge oil and water together and this is what was created. If I had to categorise it it would be with the lip glosses as it’s quite thick, but not with the usual lipgloss pay off. I am not a fan of lip glosses at all by the way because they feel heavier on the lips.

I do enjoy the fact these are more pigmented, but ultimately they completely fail where I want them to rise: The product doesn’t stain, the colour doesn’t stay. The balm’s just do the job better.

I have had this product for a month now. I tried it twice, but I always end up using my Dark Side lipstick within an hour anyway as it’s more comfortable and long wearing.

Lipsticks           Left: Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain                          Right: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

I feel the picture above shows what I have said above to be true. The Colorburst Balm applies more evenly with a balmy finish and Colorstay Moisture Stain is slightly more pigmented, but patchier and with more shine.

As I have said, I love Revlon. They are one of my favourite drug-store brands (in fact I am wearing a nail varnish I picked up by them yesterday called Vixen and it’s wonderful), but Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain just wasn’t for me. Maybe I am just a balm or lipstick gal are heart, but this hybrid just didn’t work. Which is a shame as I really wanted to love it.

That said, I will forever be using my amazing 005 Crush Colorburst Balm (also 001 Honey Deuce) till the day it is discontinued… and then I will buy them all if I can.

1 Comment
  • Wendy

    wow, Gooood!!
    I have a question.
    what colour is COLORSTAY MOISTURE STAIN? It’s very pretty.

    August 7, 2015 at 12:30 pm Reply

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