|Left to Right: Cherish, Charm, Darling, Smitten, Honey|
The balm stains are a chubby stick that twists up so you don't have to sharpen them which is a plus. They are a cross between a moisturizing lip balm and a glossy lipstick. They have a nice minty smell but they don't really make your lips tingle at all like Buxom products. They also don't dry out my lips which is a huge plus for a stain.
I believe there are somewhere around 12 shades. There is a nice variety of reds, pinks, peaches, and darker shades as well. In terms of staying power these really do stain your lips pretty well. I do find that after eating and/or drinking that the color can bleed out a bit so I do need to reapply every so often but the base color is always still there. The darker colors also tend to stain more than the lighter ones.
|Left to Right: Charm, Smitten, Darling, Honey, and Cherish|
Below are some swatches of Charm and Honey. Charm is probably my least favorite out of all of them since it is not very pigmented and doesn't look great on chapped lips. Charm is a pale peach color and is probably the lightest shade in the collection. Honey is a your lips but better shade. So I think this shade could work well for anyone. I like this especially for Fall but its probably not my favorite of all of them. I hope you can see the nice gloss in the swatches. This gloss wears down on your lips pretty quick but you are still left with the stain.
|Swatches Left to Right: Charm, Honey|
The next three colors that I have are probably my favorite since I lean more toward pink colors for my lips. Cherish is my favorite out of all of the ones I have. It is a light cool pink color with a would say some blue in it which I like. Next is Darling which is a lilac/pink color. I really like the hint of purple in this color and think that it works great. Finally is Smitten which is the darkest one I have and the one that stains the most. Smitten is a bright raspberry pink color which is nice for a bold lip but yet still very wearable.
|Swatches Left to Right: Cherish, Darling, Smitten|
I highly recommend giving this product a try if you haven't picked them up yet. They are just really beautiful and so easy to use. Most drugstores are carrying them now. They retail around $10.49 for .095 oz. so they are a little on the pricier side for drugstore but you can sometimes find a deal at Rite Aid for 40% off or buy 1 get one free deals at CVS or other drugstore. Also they are probably less expensive outside of NYC. Have you tried these yet? What are some of your favorite colors?