(l-r) Lovesick, Romantic (I accidentally wound it up with the lid on, hence no point) and Honey
Firstly, the smell. Everyone seems to be complaining about the minty smell these have. I actually like this smell, and it's definitely not as strong as everyone makes it out to be. They apply the same way as the Face of Australia lip crayons, but with a much more intense colour payoff. I found that these don't apply very evenly and need a few coats to get even. I've also noticed the writing wears off fast. I've kept Lovesick in my handbag for only a few days, and the writing is already coming off!
Lovesick, Romantic and Honey
Lovesick is a bright pink. Romantic is a deep red. I wish it was more of a true red, as I think I'd use it a lot more. Honey seems to be the colour that everyone is talking about, and I actually bought it without swatching it, as there was no tester for it in priceline, and am a bit disappointed. I found it to be a deep pink colour - almost plum like, which isn't really the kind of colour I was after. In hindsight I probably should have bought Cherish.
I found these to be pretty long lasting. I wore lovesick out to dinner (with Sportsgirl bombshell over the top to brighten it up) and when I came home 4 hours later my lips were still red, and lovesick lasted a 5 hour shift at work (only just, but I did put other products on my lips with a light application of the stain). Overall, I'm a little bit disappointed with these and to me they weren't really worth the hype. Maybe I just need to wear them a bit more? However, I would like to get my hands on Rendezvous, and maybe Cherish.
Lovesick with flash (The pictures I took without the flash were so unevenly applied!)
Romantic in natural light
Honey in natural light
Ok, I admit, it looks good here. How come it never looks like this when I wear it out?!
Have you tried Revlons balmstains yet? What colours do you have and what did you think of them?