|Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Rendez-Vous|
Let's compare them in details!
Starting with the name, I think we can all agree that Clinique did a better job with their simple and fun Chubby Stick than Revlon with their mouthfull of stuff... I don't even want to write it again! My husband now calls every jumbo pencil he sees (lip crayon or eyeshadow or whatever) a "Chubby".
Clinique 1 - Revlon 0.
Now let's take a closer look at the packaging. In both case, we have a colorful, Crayola like jumbo pencil, easy to use and not requiring sharpening.
Clinique did not invent this kind of crayon: Tarte and their LipSurgence existed long before, although I don't know if the brand was actually the first to launch such a product.
Clinique and Revlon versions look very similar if not identical, yet they don't contain the same amount of product! Clinique Chubby Stick is 3g, while Revlon Kissable (let's shorten it that way) is only 2.7g, which is 10% less. I know, you wouldn't have guessed just looking at them! So it's not really half price after all...
Clinique 2 - Revlon 0.
What about the color range? With their new shades recently released, Clinique now has a choice of 16 different colors, while Revlon comes in 12 different shades.
Clinique 3 - Revlon 0.
When it comes to the price, Revlon is obviously way more budget-friendly: $8.99 vs $16 for Clinique, plus there's always sales on Revlon in drugstores.
Clinique 3 - Revlon 1.
We've analysed the hard facts, now let's talk about how these 2 lippies feel and look.
For the scent/flavor, I was surprised to discover that Revlon Kissable is minty. It's very personal, and I know a lot of people enjoy a fresh minty scent, but I really HATE it, especially the icy feel on my lips when I apply it. I'm glad it doesn't last long! The Chubby Stick, on the other hand, is not scented or flavored.
Clinique 4 - Revlon 1.
|Clinique Chubby Stick in Fuller Fig|
Now the soft texture of the Chubby Stick is the main reason why I love it so much. It glides easily and feels like it melts on my lips, and applying it is a real pleasure. Unfortunately, Revlon Kissable did not meet my expectations in this department: it's noticeably dryer and doesn't apply as smoothly, which causes uneven color and emphasis on the dry areas of my lips. Not cool for a balm.
Clinique 5 - Revlon 1.
As for the moisturizing effect, Clinique Chubby Stick performs a lot better. It's comfortable to wear and really hydrates my lips, while I find the Revlon Kissable slightly drying, especially the Rendez-Vous shade... Balm, you said??
Clinique 6 - Revlon 1.
Both products are similarly pigmented, although from my experience, the color intensity with Clinique Chubby Stick can vary according to the shade. With the ones I own, however, both brands perform pretty much the same.
No points earned!
The Chubby Stick finish is a lot glossier than Revlon Kissable, that I would describe more as a satin. I like both so I won't give points for the finish either.
Revlon Kissable Balm Stain, with the word "stain" in its name, promises long wear time, while Clinique Chubby Stick doesn't mention that. Indeed, the Chubby doesn't linger very long on my lips and needs frequent re-application, whereas the Kissable leaves a long lasting stain behind. With Rendez-Vous, the problem shade, this stain seems to become darker and brighter, turning from a light orange to a reddish coral... weird.
Still, the Revlon crayon can resist a light meal, which is a really good performance for this type of product.
Clinique 6 - Revlon 2.
|Clinique Chubby Sticks in
Super Strawberry, Woppin Watermelon|
Whole Lotta Honey, Mega Melon
Time to count the points! Well the math is easy... Clinique 6 - Revlon 2
No, Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain won't replace Clinique Chubby Stick in my heart! It's cheaper and lasts longer alright, but for everything else, the Chubby Stick remains the best.
Overall, you might be fine with the Revlon version if your lips are not too dry and the lasting power is the most important aspect for you. But if you look for comfort and a real moisturizing effect, stick with the Chubby.