I am so happy with this product. It is like the Revlon Just Bitten lip stain and the Revlon LipButters combined into one super cool, super neat product. I love it! It is moisturizing and easy to apply. It has really good lasting power throughout the day and while it doesn't stay as on as bold and as bright as the product appears when you first apply it, it does fade into a pretty softer shade. It does smell quite minty--similar to the Tarte lip tints. But it isn't really that overwhelming and I didn't even notice it the first couple times I used it.
Here is a closer look at the tip of the product. I've heard people say that it is very similar [especially packaging-wise] to Clinique's Chubby Stick. Now I've never owned one of those so I can't make any comparisons. But I can say with certainty that is also very similar to the Tarte Lipsurgence lip stains--except those are much, much more moisturizing. These are moisturizing but not nearly as close to those--but then again, they're a quarter of the price so I'm not complaining.
Having said that, I think this is an excellent product. I've only tried two so far and this is by far my favorite. The product looks darker in the tube and quite frankly it can look a little intimidating, but it goes on the skin in a very beautiful candy apple red color. At first, it gives a nice subtle sheen to the lips but that will disappear within an hour or so. This is not the product if you want a bold, bright stain that won't budge for hours. But it is the product for anyone looking for a subtle long lasting lip color that is super moisturizing.
If you are trying to decide between buying a LipButter, a balm stain, or a lip stain, I would chose the lip balms. They are the best of both words. There are about twelve shades available currently in the line and I can't wait to get my hands on more. They are a bit pricey for the drugstre [somewhere around eight plus dollars] but I think they are well worth the price.