I really love the lip offerings from Revlon and think that they stand head and shoulders above other high street lip products. Their lip butters and balm stains are some of my most loved staple make-up products, so I was intrigued when they brought out this new product recently. The Baby Stick, slightly strange name aside, sounds extremely promising on paper - a dual-use lip and cheek tint that, according to boots.com, delivers a "matte effect with high pigment color [that is] great for on the go". I was put off purchasing one when they were first released, due to reading some pretty unfavourable and disappointed reviews, but Superdrug currently has a 3 for 2 offer on so I was able to pick one up for free to put it to the test myself.
Firstly, I completely disagree with the "matte effect" and "high pigment" claims. In my experience, this tint is very low pigment and gives a slightly dewy effect on the cheeks. If you're looking for high pigment then this is definitely not the product for you. I picked up the shade 'Pink Passion' as it looked the brightest on the shelf, but I still have to spend a considerable amount of time building it up to a decent colour on my skin - bear in mind that I am also extremely pale, so if you have a darker skin tone this will be even more difficult. I don't mind the effect that it gives. It's a very subtle wash of colour that I find works better on my lips than my cheeks, due to the almost waxy consistency. It could work for days when you don't really want to wear make-up but want a very slight tint on your lips and cheeks, but if you're going for a full made-up look then I would stay clear. For this reason, I think I may pack this for my holiday next month - I'm not planning on wearing much make-up during the day and this is subtle enough that it could be thrown in a handbag and applied on the go for a verrry natural, sheer hint of colour.
I really hate to contribute to the negative reception that this product has received but the formula is rather disappointing, especially as Revlon lip products are usually so consistently high quality and impressive. The Baby Stick has a very poor colour pay-off and is definitely not up to scratch in terms of formula. I'll probably get some use out of it but I definitely won't be rushing out to buy another. Pink Passion is by far the most pigmented of the bunch, so if you're interested then that's the shade I'd recommend. I just hope that Revlon will pay attention to the poor feedback and perhaps re-release these products with an improved formula and higher pigmentation because the idea is awesome, it just unfortunately doesn't work too well in practice.