Monday, September 30, 2013

Revlon Balm Stain vs Jordana Twist and Shine

This post will be a side by side comparison and review of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Lovesick and the Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain in Tropical Frenzy. Clinique introduced us to chubby pencil or or lip crayon with their Chubby Stick. However, they are moisturizing and sheer. Then Revlon introduced their Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains which quickly became favorites due to their bold pigmentation and great staying power. For many, the Just Bitten Balm Stains were the first long wearing product that felt comfortable on the lips. While it's not truly moisturizing, it didn't leave your lips feeling as dry as a desert. 

Many other companies came out with their variation of the chubby pencil, none of them could outlast Revlon. Fast Forward a year and Jordana is bringing us their version, Twist & Shine which also claims to be long wearing. Could Jordana possibly win a place in our hearts?  Truthfully, Jordana was hardly on anyone's radar aside from their Best Lash Extreme Mascara which had caught the attention of some popular YouTubers. However, Jordana is backed by quality as they are owned by the same company as Milani.  

The packaging is similar. Hot pink with silver lettering with the biggest difference being the twist part at the bottom. Revlon chose silver whereas Jordana chose to keep it the same color as the rest of the tube. 

Jordana Tropical Frenzy (top) Revlon Lovesick (bottom)

They do swatch a bit differently with Revlon being a tad darker than the Jordana. Once placed on the lips the color difference is negligible at best. So will Jordana be able to shove it's way into the limelight of comfortably long lasting stains? Let's find out. I applied the Revlon on the left side and I applied Jordana to the right. As you can clearly see the transition is seamless from one side to the next. 

Revlon (L) vs Jordana (R) 1 hour 

When applied to the lips they look and feel quite the same. I don't notice that one feels lighter or has more gloss. It's feels like I am wearing one solid product rather than two different products. After one hour of wear you can clearly see that they seem to be wearing evenly.

Revlon (L) vs Jordana (R) 2 hours 

Again after two hours both sides still appear to be opaque and glossy. It doesn't seem that either side is is wearing more quickly than the other.

Revlon (L) vs Jordana (R) 3 hours 

I will admit that between hour 2 and 3 I ate some pasta and garlic bread. As you can see it has lost some of it's gloss and it's worn off a bit on the inside. However, both sides are still wearing equally well.
Revlon (L) vs Jordana (R) 4 hours

Again, it's clear that both sides are wearing equally well and the stain is still quite evident. I am honestly surprised that Jordana is hanging tight with Revlon.

Revlon (L) vs Jordana (R) 6 hours 
 After six hours I think it's safe to say that Revlon and Jordana wear equally well. They both have great  staying power, provide great color and feel nice on the lips. The are two main differences between the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and the Jordana Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stain. The first of which is that Revlon offers 12 shades and Jordana offers 8 shades. The second is the price. Revlon costs $8.99 at several drugstores. Jordana is cheaper priced at $2.99 and is available only at Walgreens.

Not all of these are mine. My sister allowed me to borrow some of hers for a photo shoot and swatch fest. I will say that of all of these colors the one matte is Tarte Envy. I would also say that between Revlon Sweetheart and Lovesick and Jordana Sweet Pink and Tropical Frenzy there is no need to have all four. They are all so similar that it's just a waste to have all of them.

Although not tested in this experiment I find that the Tarte Lipsurgence wear as well as the Revlon and the Jordana; but, I don't find that Tarte wears any longer than the other two. Tarte retails for $24.00 each. So unless you are looking for a matte formula there is no reason that I can think of to splurge for Tarte unless it's just something you truly want. 

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