Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Pretty Neutral: Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle vs. Revlon Balm Stain in Honey

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Of all the products with bizarrely and needlessly long names, Revlon ColorStay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is probably my favorite (swatches of all the ones I own here). Of all the neutral lip colors I've ever tried, Revlon Color Stay Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain (*deep breath*) in Honey is definitely my favorite. Most beigey or browny neutrals wash me out, but Honey is a really flattering rosy neutral that totally works for me. I wouldn't call it "my lips but better," since my lips are naturally more of a pink than a neutral. Instead, I would call it a neutral that makes my lips look awesome - not invisible - and is totally appropriate for professional occasions when I need to look polished but not too made up. My go-to job interview lip shit.

My second favorite Revlon products are the ColorBurst Lip Butters. They're comfortable and easy to use and wear. So when Pink Truffle came out a while back, looking intriguingly similar to Honey, I thought maybe it would be worth adding a sort of dupe in a different formula to my hoard. (I'd tried something like that once before with the ColorBurst Matte Balm in Elusive and failed, but you have to admire my perseverance, right? Right?) So how do Pink Truffle and Honey compare?

Swatches of Revlon Balm Stain in Honey (left) and Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (right)
Swatches of Revlon Balm Stain in Honey (left) and Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle (right)
Pretty damned close, right? Pink Truffle, on the right, is ever so slightly warmer. Here's how they look on my mouth:

Revlon Balm Stain in Honey
Revlon Balm Stain in Honey
Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle
I actually had some difficulty distinguishing between the two of them in my photos when I went to label them, but if you look carefully, you can see that Pink Truffle is, still, a tiny bit warmer. It's also sheerer - but that's harder to tell in these pictures. Because of the different formula, Pink Truffle doesn't wear as long, but since it's glossier and sheerer, it's more forgiving if you want to reapply it without a mirror.

So success, right? Double my pleasure?

No. I'm afraid not.

I have one serious problem with Pink Truffle. It dries THE FUCK out of my lips. After wearing it for just a couple of hours, my lips are all chapped to hell. I don't get it. None of the other Revlon Lip Butters do that to me - in fact, they are generally more moisturizing than the Balm Stains. I wore Pink Truffle on a handful of different days, thinking I must be imagining the effect or that something else was causing the dryness. I've tested it enough now, though, to know for sure that it is the culprit. I wear it; my lips dry out and peel. I don't; they don't. Boo.

So I guess it's just me and my Honey. (Forgive me for that one, okay?)

Anyone else have this problem with Pink Truffle?


  1. I love pink truffle so damn much! I can't say I've noticed any issues with dryness, but I also wear a matte or longwear lipstick almost daily, so pink truffle is like a welcome relief to my lips, haha.

    Speaking of Revlon, have you tried any of the Moisture Stains yet? I picked up Milan Moment two weeks ago and I CANNOT STOP WEARING IT!! It's a muted coral/ dusty rose shade; I'm surprised by how much I like it because I am forever on team Bold Lip, but it's very lovely and easy to wear. Also, it's stains surprisingly well for such a light color. I can't speak for any of the colors, but this one is certainly worth checking out!

    1. Ah, you are braver than I. It's probably not MORE drying than most matte lipsticks, but definitely more drying than other lip butters or the balm stains. Made me sad.

      I haven't tried one of those, but maybe I will put that one on my list for a time in the future when I have a job and am allowed to buy more things (soon? I hope?). I'm intrigued. Check out this review where one of them totally changes color in less than an hour, though: http://lmchearts.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/new-at-the-drugstore-revlon-colorstay-moisture-stain/ Crazy!

    2. Whoa, that's insane! I've had stains darken throughout wear time, but I've never seen that before. I'm going to have to see if anyone else had that issue because I was interested in that shade.

  2. I've had that issue with various lip butters but I remember my pink truffle being pretty moisturizing! Where I live, all we have is a wal-mart and I swear honey is always gone or destroyed by the wal-mart dwellers who love destroying makeup so others can't enjoy it!


    1. Oh that sucks! You could always get it online, I guess, but then there's shipping to deal with.


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