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By Kulpreet Kaur
In my earlier review of Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus, I mentioned what happened to the world with the launch of the Clinique Chubby Stick lip balm. While customers were raving about the Chubby sticks, the other half of the world – read “makeup companies” – went into a tizzy trying to recreate the Chubby magic with their own version of it – providing better color pigmentation but not always better texture or wear – Tarte, Revlon and our very own ColorBar and Lakme, even….all with varying amounts of success.
However, nothing really compares to the plushness of the product or packaging of these! If Chubby Stick lip balm was great, Chubby Stick Intense is waaaaay better!!
What Clinique says about the product:
Tempt lips with a soft cushion of colour that’s not quite sheer, not quite opaque-just the perfect happy medium. Loaded with mango and shea butters so lips feel comfortably soft and smooth. Eight vibrant shades in all.
How to use:
• Apply directly to lips.
• For subtle definition outline lips first, then fill in with natural-looking colour.
• Never needs sharpening: simply swivel up to reveal more lip colour balm.
1. Chunkiest Chilli
2. Curviest Caramel
3. Mightiest Maraschino
4. Grandest Grape
5. Plushest Punch
6. Broadest Berry
7. Roomiest Rose
8. Heftiest Hibiscus
The product is shaped like a “Chubby” crayon with a silver base and cap. The crayon itself is in the colour of the product. With a twist up mechanism, its easy to use, no sharpening required, meaning no wasted product. Comes in the standard green Clinique cardboard packaging.
Price: 1025/- for 3gms (same as the Original Chubby sticks).
My experience with Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Grandest Grape:
Sharing with you my review on Grandest Grape (08) with swatches, LOTD, FOTD.
This is a plumy berry shade. Though scary dark in the tube, in application, it is comparatively sheer providing a purple pink colour –bright enough to lift the face and provide a pop of color but not in-your-face loud! It has a glossy finish, minus the stickiness and glides on easily. The colour is fairly opaque with good pigmentation, I would say medium to full cover depending on the pigmentation of your lips! The intensity can be built with additional swipe. The glossiness fades over an hour, however the colour and hydration remain.
Without any lip-liner, the product lasted about 4.5-5 hours with a small meal in between. While on, it did not feather or bleed. My lips felt hydrated while product was on and even about an hour after I had taken it off. There was no stickiness, neither did you have the feeling of a heavy lip product being on. It faded evenly and upon fading, it left an even pink hue….the colour and intensity of this would be governed by your natural lip colour. For me, I have seen a lot of lipsticks leave a pinkish hue…which might be due to my natural lip color accentuating it.
In terms of shade, is this the most unique colour in the collection? Not really. The colour can be easily replicated by another brand. However, personally, I have always loved this shade and had it in my stash…might have something to do with the fact that this was the shade my boyfriend (now hubby) had gifted me (his first gift to me) – a Revlon lipstick. Those were the days when I was stuck on all things matte and all things brown and my favourite lip shade was a gothic coffee brown. I guess it was his way of saying, get over the witch look or you can ride on the back of a broom instead of my bike!! Men! I digress, the color – its not unique, however, will be flattering and easy to carry off for most skin tones. When I was picking this colour, I thought it might end up being a fall lippy. However, if you look at the FOTD, you see how it perks up the face and can be a lovely summer/spring colour!
Already listed the yays, so putting down the nays…
Cons of Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Grandest Grape:
• Cost – Rs 1000+ for 3gm of product.
• Availability – Available only though Clinique stores/kiosks
Please note, due to its soft texture, it can break…please store away from the Green House Effect!
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
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Still on the wishlist…Plushest Punch!
So, have you bought one yet? Which one is on your wishlist??
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