Happy Black Friday! Have you bought anything today? Last year, the Jordana website did a 50% off everything sale for Cyber Monday. I don’t know if they are going to do it again this year, but just in case they do I thought it would be a good time to share some swatches of the new (-ish) Jordana Twist & Shine Moisturizing Balm Stains that have been sitting on my computer for a while.
There are eight shades available, and I bought four of them: Nude Chic, Honey Love, Cranberry Crush, and Rock N Rouge. Nude Chic has silver glitter, and the other three have no shimmer or sparkle.
As you can tell from the name, these are twist-up pencils; no need to sharpen. Like the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, they are quite pigmented with a slightly glossy finish; unlike the Revlons, they don’t leave a bright, long-lasting, somewhat artificial stain after wearing off. They do fade evenly, much like the similarly packaged Tarte Lipsurgence pencils. I’ve read that other people find the Jordana pencils very moisturizing, but I find them neither moisturizing nor drying.
I don’t have lip swatches of the other three (sorry about that – I find lip swatches so much more helpful than arm swatches) – but at least the one swatch shows you the opacity and how it sits on the lips.
I also have color comparisons to the Revlon balm stains.
Jordana Rock N Rouge is a cool red; Revlon Romantic is a warm red. They look distinctly different applied as well. I also own Revlon Adore, but it’s a very different – much warmer and more of a browned/brick red.
Jordana Cranberry Crush is somewhere between Revlon Crush (browner, darker) and Revlon Smitten (brighter, pinker). I’ve swiped these swatches with a fingertip to take off some of the shine and show the true color better – they look more similar when they’re at full strength and glossier.
I couldn’t find my Revlon Honey, but I believe it’s in between the colors of Jordana Nude Chic and Honey Love. The Jordana and Revlon bright pinks also appear similar, but as I don’t own any of them except Smitten, I couldn’t say exactly how they compare.