So, being the sucker that I am, I tend to get suckered in by good deals on cosmetics when I see them. This tends to happen frequently at my local Walgreens. They tend to have deals such as "Buy one, get one 50% off"! Seeing this on already inexpensive products makes me think 'Well, why not give it a try?'. So I did.
I first bought two of Jordana's Twist & Shine moisturizing Balm Stains months ago. One even got bumped around in my bag so much that the silver print on the side got worn off. (Whoops!) Then a few days ago, I decided to buy two more. They are basically a cheaper version of Revlon's balm stains that will cost you about $8, where as the Jordana Balm Stains will cost you about $3 a piece at full price. They also compare to Tarte's LipSurgence Lip Tints. Being so inexpensive, you tend to take a chance with the quality. So, how did I turn out?
- Nude Chic: I'm going to be honest. This was one of the colors that you could say I really took a chance on. Thank goodness I didn't have super high expectations for it since I was a bit disappointed. When put on my lips, it gave just about zero color. Only sparkle. Way too much sparkle.
- Candied Coral: They did not lie in the name. This IS coral. Lots of color pay-off. There can be a sheen with this one, but I don't see sparkles. This is probably one of the most impressive of the four that I own. It's a color perfect for summer, and the color pay-off is ah-maze-ing.
- Rock n Rouge: How can I say this...? It's the perfect shade of red. It's not orange-y, but a deep, classic red that will really stain your lips even after you try and wipe it off. It isn't dry, nuh-uh. There is a sheen to it, caused by the small amount of sparkle in it. Sorry, matte lip-lovers.
- Honey Love: Ohhh, Honey. This color. It comes off a bit purple-tinted, but not in a bad way! In a good way. I think this is a color that could work for lots of skin tones. There is no sparkle with this one. It is not matte, but does not give off a lot of shine. It's a good color for an everyday look Good color pay-off. Possibly my favorite.
Out of the four that I own and have tried, I only had one fluke. I can accept that. I think the more vibrant the color, or less of a nude, the better your chances of getting your money's worth will be. I'm very pleased with what I have. I mean, only $3 for these babies? You can't go wrong.
Link to Balm Stain's here, where you can find out additional information such as: Long Lasting, Paraben-Free, Retractable, and made in the USA.