Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain VS Tarte LipSurgence

There is a ton of buzz among beauty lovers about the new Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (which is a ridiculously long name so throughout the remainder of this post they will be referred to as just Balm Stains).  One thing I have had several people ask me is, “How do they compare to Tarte LipSurgence?”  I am writing this to compare and contrast just that.
I do enjoy both and they are very similar yet different.  Let me explain…

First off, they are similar in appearance.  They have the same type of packaging, the same twist-up “bullet”, and the same color-specific packaging.  The packaging is the actual color of the product so when you fish it out of your handbag or what-not you already know if it is the right color immediately.  

They are about the same in length, the Balm Stains are slightly taller but only by a smidgen.  Even though the Balm Stains are taller the LipSurgence actually have slightly more product.  Tarte LipSurgence are .1 oz and the Revlon Balm Stains are .095 oz.  Not enough of a difference to really bat an eyelash at but I suppose some people want to know these small details.  

They also have a similar texture.  They glide on the lip and leave a balmy feeling/finish.  The LipSurgence has a little more slip than the Balm Stains but overall very, very similar.  The biggest difference in the product itself is the “flavor”.  Tarte LipSurgence has that cold, minty feeling when applied–the Balm Stains don’t.  They both actually have the same minty scent though.  The Balm Stain has no cooling effect at all.
The pigmentation of both brands are the same.  For something marketed as a balm, I find that these have the pigment of a good lipstick.  It should be noted that when you wear this, you definitely need to realize that these will STAIN your lips.  And yes, the LipSurgence AND the Balm Stains will leave pigment on your lips for hours.  The Balm Stains tend to last longer than the LipSurgence does.  You have been forewarned:  Apply these with commitment because they aren’t going anywhere!  Both brands have a wide variety of colors available and I am sure that you can find one to suit your taste.
L to R: Smitten Balm Stain, Rendezvous Balm Stain, Fever LipSurgence.
I would like to mention that I really like the fact that both lines have bullets that come to a point resembling that of a lip liner.  Because of the fact they are highly pigmented I enjoy being able to line the lips before filling it in with the same product.  It saves on time and money.  (And you know I am a fan of both!)  Speaking of money…  Revlon Balm Stains retail for $8.99 (but you can always find a good BOGO50) and the Tarte LipSurgence retail for $24 (but you can usually find these in special value kits).
Here comes the real question…  Which does My Newest Addiction Beauty Blog prefer?

Because they are soooo similar and only have very small differences the Balm Stains are a better value for the money.  Will I stop purchasing Tarte LipSurgence?  Probably not!  When they come bundled in with other products in value kits, Tarte’s products sometimes rival drugstore prices.
It has been pointed out that these could possibly be similar to the Clinique Chubby Sticks but I don’t own any of them so I wouldn’t be able to compare those… YET! :) If there is something that I didn’t point out and you have a question about it, feel free to leave it in the comments below.  Thank you!

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  • DianaLuv

    Very nice review :)

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Thanks! *hugs*

  • Brittany

    Nice review! I’ve actually never tried Tartes lip stains. And would you believe that I actually haven’t even tried the Revlon Lip Balm I got! Who am I? I need to get on it!

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      MISSBRITTANYBOO!!! Get on it girly!! :) After seeing you got the nude color the other day I went back for it and it was sold out! T_T I was devastated!

  • Jini P.

    I just bought a Balm Stain based on your rec the other day, but haven’t tried it yet. Can’t’s red, my favorite color. Thanks for the great review!

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Can’t wait to see a video of you in it! ;)

  • Mandy

    Great review, I’ll be purchasing some soon.

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Awesome! :)

  • Beauty on a College budget

    I only have one so far and have been using the lip stain for a week now but I am in love! Best thing ever!

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Great, right?

  • Tina B

    Love the comparison of these! I’ve been wondering about the Revlons and have never tried Tarte. Seeing how similar these are I could buy two or more Revlons instead of one Tarte so I’ll be heading back to the drugstore! I LOVE your photos, by the way!

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Thank you so much! I try to take good photos. It is so hard to capture most color products correctly.

  • RChelle Mullins

    I agree that they remind me of the Clinique Chubby Sticks which are also beautiful but again you were probably also correct in thinking that Revlon is the better deal. I like more pigment so I’ve been on the fence about if I’m going to try a balm or not.

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Do it! I bet you will love it!

  • ~Becs

    I love your reviews…my wallet has other feelings for you though…lol

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Awwww! BECS! :)))

  • Junella

    Great review! I was hoping someone would talk about these. I bought some of the Revlon ones and I made the mistake of trying on the bright pink. You’re right, it’s not going anywhere and I looked like such a weirdo going to the grocery store and work with bright pink lips lol

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      LOL Commitment right??? I know the feeling girl. I looked crazy going to bed the other night with RASPBERRY LIPS

  • grace

    Oh my! This is so good to know, b/c those Tarte Lipsurgence balms are my absolute favorite. If there is a similar option for so much cheaper, I’d be all over it. Thanks for this!

    Also, I found the Clinique Chubby Stick does NOT have the same staining/staying power.

    • Laura MyNewestAddiction

      Thank you Grace! That is good to know! :)