Monday, May 19, 2014

A Review for You: Jordana Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains Review and Swatches

i love me some balm stains!

in this day and age all the makeup companies who knows whats up is bringing out chubby crayon lip stain gloss balm stick thangs. it first started with Clinique Chubby Sticks

aren't they pretty???

but for 17 bucks a pop they gettin kinda ugly

now you walk through any store where you can find cosmetics, Ulta, Walgreens, Kmart, anywhere, and you will find little crayon like, lip stain gloss balm stick thangs with a plethora of brands to choose from.

the crayon lip stain gloss balm stick thangs trend has taken over the world by a crayon lip stain gloss balm stick thangs storm!!!

while i have no doubt the Clinique Chubby Sticks are amazing (i've never tried them cause ain't nobody got money for that) there are tons of cheaper but awesome quality options out there in the crayon lip stain gloss balm stick thangs world. oh yes, that world does exist and it is vastly immense.

My current fav crayon lip stain gloss balm stick thangs are the Jordana Twist and Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains
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the Jordana website says
 • Moisturizing Balm Infused with a Light-Weight Stain
• Applies with a Glossy Finish then Transforms into the Perfect Flush of  Color
• Long-Lasting
• Retractable, No Sharpening Required
• Paraben-Free
• Made in USA

i say these things are the balm!.....see what i did on!
you can find Jordana products at Walgreens and their prices are very wallet friendly without sacrificing on quality. you can grab these balm stains for a measly $2.99. that's right, for less than a happy meal, you too can have your own crayon...lip...stain gloss.....whatever

now on to the good stuff

there are 8 shades total ranging from pinks to reds to slightly more nudey shades.
Left to right: Candied Coral, Tropical Frenzy, Honey Love, Cranberry Crush, Terra Crave, Sweet Pink, Rock n Rouge
the one i don't have is Nude Chic simply because it was much too nude for me!

Candied Coral is an orangey coral shade
Tropical Frenzy is a hot pink with slight purple undertones
Honey Love is one of my favorites! It's a  nudey mauve shade....a "my lips but better" shade for me
Cranberry Crush is a pinky purple cranberry shade
Terra Crave is light reddish brown, a light terra cotta shade if you will
Sweet Pink is exactly as it's name suggests, a sweet pink with cool undertones
Last but not least, Rock n Rouge is a orangey red that has the slightest bit of silver glitter. before you run away screaming, the glitter isn't chunky and you can barely see it on the lips

these balm stains are so worth more than their $2.99 price tag. they go on smoothly, and are very pigmented. they do have a scent which is hard to describe but it doesn't bother me and i'm very sensitive to the cheap plasticky lipstick smell. i wouldn't say they're super moisturizing but they aren't drying. they're glossy and do leave a pretty stain behind. as far as the staying power goes because it's a stain, you can count on that color being on your lips for several hours. the glossyness is pretty long lasting too. final verdict i love these and i wish they came out with more colors! you need some in your life.....just sayin
get it while it's hot!