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By Kulpreet Kaur
Clinique launched chubby stick lip balm sometime back – a lip balm in the shape of a twist up crayon…unique design, convenient, portable….and the world went into a frenzy! Half the world – went gaga over the packaging and gushed out of Clinique stores having spent 1000 odd rupees for a sheer lip balm. The other half looked on amazed…Rs 1000+ for a sheer coverage lip balm!! Are you kidding me? I belonged to the second category! Try as I might, I couldn’t wrap my head around spending 1K on something which in my mind could be achieved by spending 20% of that amount!
I Guess Clinique was listening! New Launch – Clinique Chubby Stick Intense! Chubby Stick in its new Avatar with 8 mouth-watering colours, providing sheer to medium coverage (as per Clinique)…providing fairly opaque coverage (as per me!).
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
Finally, the cuteness, the portability, the balm effect of Chubby Stick and the colour of lipstick! YAY!! Now, the difficult decision was which one to buy? Shortlisted ..ahem…4 colours. Had to wait a while because Clinique store did not have testers!! Huh?? Finally, 4 out of the 8 testers arrived…so only 2 from my shortlisted ones were available for testing! Hmmmm. So I came back home doing my happy dance carrying Heftiest Hibiscus and Grandest Grape!
Packaging: 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 Heftiest Hibiscus:
This is a red tinged orange, 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, I would say medium to full cover depending on the pigmentation of your lips! The glossy shine disappears in about an hour or so. Honestly, with the word “lip balm” one imagines the product to be sheer. But not this one. This is definitely Chubbiness intensified. The product has intense colour and good pigmentation in a single swipe. The intensity can be built with additional swipe.
It should suit most skin tones – be it light or dark without looking loud or over the top. It’s a fairly unique beautiful summer orange-red colour! A “must-have” from this range!
So, with Chubby Stick Intense, I finally got the color pay-off but did not really expect much in terms of staying power of the product. But here, I was pleasantly surprised! Without a lip-liner, the product lasted about 4 hours with a small snack in between. While on, it did not feather or bleed. My lips felt hydrated but there was no stickiness or feel of lip product on. There was a little transfer though. It faded evenly and upon fading, it left a red-orange hue….the colour and intensity of this would be governed by your natural lip colour. For me, I have seem a lot of lipsticks leave a pinkish hue…which might be my natural lip color coming through.
With a lip-liner as base, it pretty much stayed put through dinner and I had to take it off.
So now you know the pros already, I am not enumerating it again.
Cons of Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Heftiest Hibiscus:
• Cost – It is definitely not cheap!
• Availability – Available only though Clinique stores/kiosks
• Can Melt and break!!!! Mine did. The texture is so butter soft! But I cannot really blame the product for this…it’s the Delhi heat at fault! Note to self – Take better care of your lippies next time!! (I’m heartbroken! You think getting Plushest Punch may mend my heart??) 😉
My Rating: 4.5 / 5
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