Lip color for ladies who don’t like lipstick

For this week’s IFB Project, I thought it would be a great opportunity to explore lip color options for ladies who don’t like lipstick — like myself! I am a chapstick kind of girl, and I don’t like my lips to feel dry, so I’ve never really gotten into lipstick. And once I’m out for the day, I don’t like to think about having to reapply any lip color. The perfect solution? Lip stain!

I’ve written often about my love for the Revlon Just Bitten lip stains, like here, here and here, and my collection has grown to five lip stains. I keep them all in a cup in our downstairs hall bathroom, so it’s one of the last things I add before heading out the door.

Librarian for LIfe + Style | Lipstains in a cup

I have one “Just Bitten” lipstain + balm, and four “Just Bitten Kissable” balm stain sticks. I personally prefer the latter because they’re more like crayons, they feel softer, and the color seems more subtle. Also, the bottom is retractable, so no need to worry about sharpening! 🙂 I have learned that to maximize the duration of the lipstain, it’s best when I apply the stain when my lips are dry, so that the color really sinks in. And because the balm stain sticks are softer and feel more moisturized, I don’t have to apply chapstick until mid-morning or later.

So here are the colors in my current lip stain collection, along with closeups that show how the color looks in real life.

Librarian for Life + Style | Revlon Just Bitten lipstain + balm: Frenzy collage

This was my first lipstain purchase, as detailed in this post, and this color is not part of the current “Just Bitten” collection. It stains a medium pink. The marker is really easy to use, but the results can be inconsistent as the marker tip can dry out. At times, I’ve just used the balm part as a kind of chapstick.

Librarian for Life + Style | Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain: Honey collage

The “Honey” option is my most recent addition, and I love this more natural, subtle color. It’s similar to my natural lip color, but amped up just a little.

Libraria nfor Life + Style | Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain: Adore collage

The “Adore color” is a more russet shade, good for when I wear red clothing.

Librarian for Life + Style | Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balm stain: Lovesick collage

A really bright, fun pink color! I often use this shade for a night out. The shot above is after 10+ hours of wearing this lip stain!

Librarian for Life + Style | Revlon Just Bitten Kissable balmstain: Crush collage

This shade is a really nice dark pink. I also often use this one as a base to layer on another color, like I’ve done above (layering “Lovesick” over “Crush”).

Do you have any personal lipstick faves? Please leave a comment and let me know!

And just to let y’all know, I wasn’t compensated by Revlon for this post; I just wanted to demonstrate how much I personally love these lip stains! 🙂

Link ups:  IFB Project #108


6 thoughts on “Lip color for ladies who don’t like lipstick

  1. Tess

    I did try one of those “marker” lip stains that was similar to Just Bitten, I can’t remember what it was called but I think it was by CoverGirl because I remember the “face” of the product was Drew Barrymore. I liked the berry-stained/popsicle-stained color but I didn’t like how it also colored in the little parts of my lips that were peeling.
    Now I just stick to Burts Bees tinted lip balms (the ones in the dark tubes, not yellow). They have a nice array of colors that give my lips a little extra pop but still look very natural, subtle, and don’t have any of that shimmery glitter stuff which always looks so bad and fake on me. And they are absolutely goof-proof to put on, I don’t have to worry about it.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

      Thanks so much, Tess! I have a couple of tinted lip balms, as well, which I really like. And I totally get what you mean about the color in the peeling lips — that’s why I like the crayon version of the Just Bitten line, because it doesn’t do that like the marker version does. Also, I think those tinted lip tins — not the sticks, but the circular tins — would be a good option, too.

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