Anyway, if you're looking for these, I would start at CVS (and if you've seen them elsewhere, please do let us know in the comments!). They're also available on the Ulta website but I don't know if they're available in-store yet.
Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balm in Blackberry Honey
(retail: $4.99, 0.09 oz)
I love that these come tightly safety-sealed in plastic (see above). Just like with the Revlon Balm Stains, et al., these are twist-up sticks that don't require sharpening. For size comparison, Revlon Balm Stains are 0.095 oz. for $7.99 and the Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balms are 0.09 oz for $4.99.
From the Sally Hansen website:
A nourishing lip balm with a hint of tint and boost of moisturizing shine. The lightweight formula smoothes and hydrates lips, for 30% more moisturized lips, instantly! The results? Visibly healthier lips that feel rejuvenated and renewed. Available in 10 natural shades.
Ingredients: HYDROGENATED POLYISOBUTENE, BIS-DIGLYCERYL POLYACYLADIPATE-2, SQUALANE, BIS-BEHENYL/ISOSTEARYL/PHYTOSTERYL DIMER DILINOLEYL DIMER DILINOLEATE, POLYETHYLENE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, TRIISOSTEARIN, DIISOSTEARYL MALATE, CERA MICROCRISTALLINA/MICROCRYSTALLINE WAX/CIRE MICROCRISTALLINE, TRIMETHYLLOLPROPANE TRIETHYLHEXANOATE, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, POLYAMIDE-3, DISTEARDIMONIUM HECTORITE, ETHYL VANILLIN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRA-DI-T-BUTYL HYDROXYHYDROCINNAMATE, PROPYLENE CARBONATE, PROPYLPARABEN, TIN OXIDE, DICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, TOCOPHEROL, [May Contain/Peut Contenir/+/-:MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C RED NO. 28 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 45410), D&C RED NO. 7 CALCIUM LAKE (CI 15850), FD&C BLUE NO. 1 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 42090), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), CARMINE (CI 75470), FD&C YELLOW NO. 5 ALUMINUM LAKE (CI 19140)].
Made in the USA
Here's one swipe (left) and several swipes (right):
Texture and consistency: This product feels a bit slicker and lighter than a Revlon Balm Stain on my lips. It never feels heavy and I find it to be nicely hydrating. It actually feels more like a Tarte Lipsurgence to me, but not quite as slick. There is no pulling or tugging during application.
Pigmentation and staying power: Again, I think this is more like a Tarte Lipsurgence than a Revlon Balm Stain. The color is obviously sheer, but it's buildable. It's not heavily pigmented right out of the gate (like a Revlon Balm Stain). On my NC20 skintone, Blackberry Honey takes on a brownish-raisin type of color. On deeper skintones, I think this would probably read more like a "Your lips but better" type of shade. Staying power is quite good for me--I can average anywhere from 3-5 hours, depending on if I've eaten a meal, etc. This color also fades evenly and leaves a very, very subtle stain behind as it fades.
Flavor and fragrance: This balm smells like cocoa powder and there's a mild chocolatey flavor to it as well. Both the flavor and fragrance subside about ten minutes after application.
Comparison to Clinique Black Honey: I was digging around my stash trying to find my old tube of Black Honey but I could not find it (sorry). But going from memory, I don't think this is an exact dupe, color-wise,. though it's certainly in the same general ballpark. It also has that same chameleon type of feel to it, and I can see it reading as more of a brick red shade on some people, while looking more brown or raisin on others. It's exactly like Clinique Black Honey in that sense--do a Google image search for "Clinique Black Honey" and you'll see that it looks red, brown, raisin and everything in between depending on the person.
FINAL VERDICT: For $4.99, I'd say that these are definitely worth a shot if you're OK with sheer, buildable color. If you're looking for something that has the same type of "POW" to it that a Revlon Balm Stain has, then Blackberry Honey might not be for you. But if you're OK with building for pigmentation, this shade might be a nice option as we head into fall/winter. It's a lovely, chameleon type of color that will probably read more red on some and more brownish-raisin on others. It's definitely a work-appropriate shade and I love the texture and hydration of this product as well. The mild cocoa powder fragrance and flavor are fun (especially if you're a fellow chocolate lover) and I'd definitely try some other shades in the range.
Do you own any Sally Hansen Colorfast Tint + Moisture Balms? If so, what shades do you own and how do you like them?
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