Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey

Hello Ladies,

This will be a review of the Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey.

About The Product:

According to Clinique “transparent pigment merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips to create something wonderful and yours alone. Sheer, glossy. Emollient-rich and very lightweight.” Black Honey claims to be a universally flattering shade that looks a little different on everyone.
Skin Types: All
Clinique Almost Lipstick - Black Honey

Price :US $15.00

Ingredients: castor seed oil, cetyl ricinoleate, glyceryl triacetyl ricinoleate, candelila wax, carnauba wax, polyethylene, tocopheryl acetate [yellow 5 lake (CI 19140), red 33 lake (CI 17200), red 28 lake (CI 45410), red 6 lake (CI 15850), blue 1 (CI 42090), iron oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), red 7 lake (CI 15850), mica, bismuth oxychloride (CI 77163), red 30 lake (CI 73360), carmine (CI 75470), manganese violet (CI 77742), red 22 lake (CI 45380), titanium dioxide (CI 77891), red 21 lake (CI 45380), yellow 6 lake (CI 15850), red 27 lake (CI 45410), orange 5 (CI 45370), red 36 (CI 12085)]

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My Experience with Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

A point worth mentioning is that the Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, is featured as one of Elle’s Hall of Fame “Best Beauty Products since 1985″ alongside other very popular people favorite products such as Benetint , NARS Orgasm, Shu Uemura eyelash curler etc.Overall I am not overly impressed with this product. As the name suggest it is “Almost lipstick” and in my opinion it falls far away from the category of lipstick. It is more like a tinted lip balm and not a lipstick at all.

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The lipstick is very much intimidating when looked at with the deep black hue which is almost gothic looking. When my husband first saw me with this lipstick in hand ready to apply it he said “Are you really going to put THAT on your lips” But safe to say you need not be scared by this shade. It is a very sheer color and have almost a brownish berry tinge on the lips. The finish is slightly glossy and shiny but it does not feel sticky or heavy and feels exactly like a lip balm would feel on the lips. Lips feel very hydrated and moisturized and it also does not settle in fine lines on the lips. It gives lips overall a smoother appearance and I also noticed that it also helps repair chapped lips to some extent due to the incredible hydration it provides.


The shade is universally flattering regardless of your skin tone. It also has a very unique ability to look of different people. The color is buildable but it will not reach the opaqueness of a lipstick no matter how many layers you apply. Your natural lip color will be somewhat be seen through . The texture of the lipstick is very smooth and buttery and glides on the lips effortlessly .Also some more good points about this product is that it is completely fragrance free and tasteless.


The most disappointing aspect of this product is the staying power. It barely stays on my lips for 1-2 hours. Also with it being such a sheer shade after some time it blends in with the lip color and is not very noticeable. All you can see is a slight glossy appearance with not much color as if you have just applied on a tinted lip balm. It will definitely not survive a meal or even snacking and when it fades it does not leave any tint on the lips behind.Overall it is a very good hydrating lipstick with very sheer color payoff. Will be very good for daily wear where you are going for a more natural look. But for the price of $15 I would rather go with a tinted lip balm as it will also give a very similar feel and look.

Pros of Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

• Universally flattering shade
• Very sheer, perfect for achieving a natural everyday look
• Very hydrating and moisturizing on the lips
• Also repaired my chapped lips
• Sleek packaging
• Fragrance free and tasteless
• No parabens

Cons of Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

• Very poor staying power
• Does not leave any tint on lips when it fades
• Expensive

IMBB Rating 3.5/5

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10 thoughts on “Clinique Almost Lipstick – Black Honey

  1. was wondering the same when I saw the name of the shade:). it is actually very sheer and looks lovely. Would have never thought about buying a lipstick with this name online *whistle* . Just shows how misleading names can be 🙂

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