Beauty Review: Clinique Almost Lipstick

It’s the new trend in beauty – a product that boasts perfect balance of lipstick and lip balm in one tube. I have small lips and they’re insatiable when it comes to moisture, so I’m always on the hunt for a product that provides enough pigmentation without leaving my lips resembling a wrinkled prune. So, I was pretty pleased to read that mattes were out (temporarily) and sheers are in. Today I’ll be reviewing Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in two shades.

PRODUCT AND PACKAGING

This product is housed in a chic, slim brushed silver tube, with a full metal body and cap. I love the look of it, but it doesn’t show the colour of the product inside, so a clear window at the top would make shade identification easier. Don’t let the colours fool you – as the name suggests, the colours are beautifully sheer. ‘Shy Honey’ is an intense O.M.G. fuchsia in the tube, but applies as the slightest hint of pink with shimmer. ‘Black Honey’ looks well…black in the tube and applies as a universally flattering berry tint. Out of the two shades, I preferred ‘Black Honey’ as it was more pigmented, flattering to my skintone, whilst ‘Shy Honey’ was more like a clear lipbalm and I found difficulty building the colour up to the desired intensity.

APPLICATION

On application, both the lipsticks were extremely moisturising and had a soft, glossy finish. They didn’t bleed and faded evenly. Due to the high levels of emollients in the product, the lasting power of the product is compromised – this is exactly what I expected. I certainly enjoyed whipping out the luxurious tube for reapplication, and as the colour is so sheer, you don’t need a mirror for precise application.

OVERALL VERDICT

This product is perfect for those who shy away from loud colours, as it’s the best way to transition from lip balm to lipstick. For all the Tinted-Lip-Balm-Aficionados, Clinique’s Almost Lipstick is sure to impress. Its highly nourishing and hydrating formula make it also perfect to prevent windburn or chapped, dry lips. Yes, I am looking at YOU, Winter. What a cruel, punishingly-cold season you are!

PRICE: RRP $36 at your local Clinique counters or www.clinique.com.au

Rating: Black Honey 5/5, Shy Honey 4/5

 

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32 Comments

  • hausoftina
    Reply hausoftina Thursday 12th July, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    This sounds like a fantastic product! Definitely want to try out Black Honey.

  • Reply aalana Friday 6th July, 2012 at 10:34 am

    sounds really good!

  • Reply Linda B Friday 6th July, 2012 at 12:23 am

    I have never tried Clinique lipsticks or lipbalms. I would love to try. Love the colour.

  • Reply thugsy Thursday 5th July, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Would love to try

  • Reply doogs Thursday 5th July, 2012 at 7:58 am

    love

  • Reply bardie Thursday 5th July, 2012 at 7:53 am

    thanks

  • Reply jarjar Thursday 5th July, 2012 at 7:50 am

    i would love to try

  • Luci
    Reply Luci Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 9:44 am

    I love Clinique, this would be exactly what I need for winter!

  • spunkx
    Reply spunkx Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 9:36 am

    sounds like a great option for an everyday/office lip look

  • Reply KNY Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I love the Black Honey – my all time favourite lippie!

  • lanalang
    Reply lanalang Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 4:11 am

    I love Clinique! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • wanita
    Reply wanita Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 1:13 am

    I may have to go invest in some of this MWAHZ

  • Reply sappheire Wednesday 4th July, 2012 at 12:22 am

    Clinique is always innovative

  • Reply punkemohardcore Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 11:33 pm

    Sounds nice.

  • Viggy
    Reply Viggy Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    Looks good!

  • sommy7
    Reply sommy7 Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 10:48 pm

    Might try this one

  • Reply toniachef Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    Sounds great for what I need for work, a touch of colour and a lot of moisture!

  • MissSharlene
    Reply MissSharlene Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Clinique is quite pricey for me! Oh, the joys of being a poor uni student haha.

  • Reply srslyalex Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    I love sheer colours so will definitely need to look at a swatch of this!

  • Reply Claireo Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Sounds great!

  • Reply AmberB Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    Sounds great – would love to try

  • Reply maggielyly Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 6:45 pm

    might try it!

  • Reply MsKimo Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    This sounds really good, however, is the texture buttery? Like a lip butter or more on the lipstick side, thanks!

  • Reply djchilds Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    I recently bought this in Black Honey and I love it!

  • violetflower61230
    Reply violetflower61230 Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Love it!

  • Reply amelia121005 Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    this is exactly what we need in our pockets at the snow

  • Reply MelanieLilly Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Looks cute!

  • Reply rubylikespie Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This looks great. I always have to carry around lip balm AND lipstick!

    • Reply Jenny Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 5:57 pm

      Yep, that’s definitely the bonus!

  • Reply ozproductjunkie Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    Great review! I’ve heard really good things about the Black Honey shade from ppl overseas.

  • Reply T1NA Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    ooh sounds exactly like what i need! thanks!

  • Reply BellaB Tuesday 3rd July, 2012 at 10:09 am

    Probably not for me , I prefer stronger colours. Thanks for the review.

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