I had read about the Clinique Chubby Sticks and heard that the colour wasn’t that good with them. When the new Intense ones came out I was really tempted to try them, but at £16 a pop I decided they were too expensive for what is essentially a lipstick. I did a quick search online to see whether anything similar but cheaper was available, and that’s when I discovered Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain.
The Revlon product is currently on offer for £5 (regular price £7.99) at Boots so that makes them much more affordable. I am quite impressed. The balm stain doesn’t moisturise as well as real lip balm (I won’t be giving up my pocket tin of Vaseline any time soon) but they are pretty effective at hydrating your lips and the colour is fantastic. It coats your lips but doesn’t go patchy or dry like lipstick can sometimes do. It tastes of peppermint when you first apply it, which I wasn't expecting, but it isn't a problem and the taste only lasts a few seconds.
I bought the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm Stain in Crush, which is a lovely deep purpley-red (image here is Lovesick) and I have the Rendezvous classic red shade on my shopping list for the next time I visit Boots.
(Disclaimer: I purchased this product with my own money and was not paid to write this review. I just liked the product and wanted to recommend it to my readers.)