Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige plum.” It’s a subtly warm-toned coral brown–there’s some orange and a smidgen of rosiness to brighten the brown coloring of this shade. It has a soft, luminous finish. Bobbi Brown Guava is slightly lighter. Chanel Pimpante is brighter, warmer. Cle de Peau R9 is pinker and shimmery. Burberry Devon Sunset is pinker.

This shade had mostly opaque color coverage with a very light translucency overall.  The pencil is creamy enough to apply evenly and easily without tugging or pulling at the lip, but it’s not so creamy that it slides around on the lip, so the wear time is good, too–a nice four and a half hours.  It’s lightly hydrating while worn and doesn’t leave you wanting to make a mad dash for your lip balm after it wears away.  Clinique’s Chubby Sticks all twist-up, so there’s no need to sharpen.

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Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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This should be a flattering, easy-to-wear color for neutral and warmer complexions; but even cooler skin tones should be able to wear this because there's not too much orange/warmth and the rosiness will help.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9.5/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “beige plum.” It’s a muted, reddish plum with a natural sheen–not frosted or shimmery but enough of luminosity that it doesn’t look matte. Tom Ford Casablanca is rosier. NARS Christina is darker, less warm-toned, and shimmery. MAC Brick-o-la is a touch browner. Chanel Etole is very similar in color. Chanel Rouge Orage is less plum.

One of my favorite features of Clinique’s Chubby Stick range is that they’re twist-up pencils, so there is no need to sharpen–which means there is no wasted product being sharpened off of the point! No need to freeze, just twist and go. Broadest Berry has very nearly opaque color coverage; which is great if that’s what you prefer, but the Intense range is only supposed to have medium coverage (“not quite sheer, not quite opaque–just the perfect happy medium,” according to Clinique).  Broadest Berry wore five hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time.

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Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's a bit more pigmented than one would expect, but it applies evenly and easily, and it wore well, too.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense

The Grandest Grape is the Sweetest

Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is berry-red with a glossy sheen. NARS Afghan Red is a touch lighter, less red. MAC Rebel is more fuchsia. Guerlain Guet-Apens is lighter. Guerlain Nuit d’Amour is darker. Guerlain Bee is purpler.

This shade yielded semi-opaque color coverage; there was enough translucency that my natural lip color was still a bit visible, and my lip freckle was very much visible still (always a good measure of opacity!). This shade wore exceptionally well–five hours–and it left a soft stain behind. It was hydrating both during wear, as well as even as it wore off and a couple of hours afterward–my lips were in better shape after I wore it than when I initially applied it. The consistency was creamy, balm-like, and applied easily.

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Clinique Grandest Grape (08) Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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Great semi-opaque color coverage that applies evenly, smoothly, and lasts for hours while still being comfortable to wear and infusing lips with hydration.

Product

10/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

9.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Friday, December 7th, 2012

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense
Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense

What is a Hefty Hibiscus Anyway?

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense ($16.00 for 0.10 oz.) is an orange-coral with hints of red. It has a subtle glossy sheen. MAC Scarlet Ibis is brighter and redder. Tom Ford True Coral is lighter and brighter. YSL Blood Orange is similar but sheerer. MAC Sail la Vie is more orange. Urban Decay 5150 is a touch redder. MAC Hibiscus is a touch lighter and pinker.

This winter, Clinique launched a more pigmented version of their Chubby Sticks, which are supposed to be a moisturizing lip balm. This richer version is described as a “nourishing tinted balm halfway between sheer and opaque.” The color of Heftiest Hibiscus is mostly opaque with some translucency where the natural lip color comes through–if you have naturally redder lips, this will turn redder on you as a result. It has a creamy, balm-like consistency that enables easy glide-on application and feels comfortable to wear.  This shade lasted four hours on me, and it was hydrating while worn. What I like best about the Chubby Sticks, both these and the original ones, is the twist-up packaging–no sharpening required (so, no waste).

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Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus (04) Chubby Stick Intense Review, Photos, Swatches

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It's fairly opaque, rather than the "happy medium" Clinique described the opacity as, which can be easily overlooked by those eager for richer color payoff from their Chubby Sticks.

Product

9.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

4.5/5

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Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Beautiful Beginnings with Clinique

What was the first Clinique product you ever tried?  Did it pave way for a real romance or did it put you off the brand entirely?  What was the first Clinique product you purchased?  Did you love it? Hate it? Still own it?

my answer:  I remember my mom buying me Clinique’s 3-step system when I was a teenager (it was closest I ever came to beauty as a young teen!), which I don’t remember liking, but really who knows–I probably wasn’t even using it right, LOL! I actually am a fan of Clinique’s skincare range. I find a lot of it just works; not too many claims, nothing over-the-top, and it does the job I need it to do. I also love how affordable it is.

Share your first time experiences with Clinique in the comments! :)

Sunday, May 27th, 2012


Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm — 8 New Shades

Clinique has extended their range of Chubby Sticks with the launch of eight new (and permanent) shades!

Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($16.00)

Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth. Sixteen natural-looking lip tints in all, each with a subtle sheen.

  • Mega Melon Muted mauve
  • Oversized Orange Orange (New)
  • Curvy Candy Dark pink (New)
  • Mighty Mimosa Dirty pink (New)
  • Two Ton Tomato Orange-red (New)
  • Woppin’ Watermelon Pink
  • Super Strawberry Strawberry pink
  • Pudgy Peony Fuchsia (New)
  • Voluptuous Violet Plum (New)
  • Graped-up Brown plum
  • Heaping Hazelnut Soft beige brown (New)
  • Whole Lotta Honey Plum brown
  • Bountfiul Blush Brown pink (New)
  • Fuller Fig Dark brown
  • Richer Raisin Plummy brown

Availability: Now @ Clinique