Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm – Mightiest Maraschino

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm – Mightiest Maraschino

By now, I am sure you are well aware of the revolutionary product – Clinique Chubby Stick Intense. I say revolutionary because it sure revolutionized the cosmetic industry to churn its clones at break neck speed, but have been so far unable to topple the leader from its throne. Be it the moisturization, the colour intensity, the cuteness, the value (yes, value – will come to it later), the ease of application, variety of colour choices, no wastage – this one is a winner, hands down.


The clones started being called “Lakme’s Chubby stick”, Bourjois’ Chubby stick on the blogosphere. Just like we say “Need a XEROX of this” instead of “need a photocopy of this.” And for those of us, who did not get what the difference in the 2 statements is – its simple – :xerox” is the name of a Company and not a verb!

I have earlier reviewed Grandest Grape and Heftiest Hibiscus for you. So, one fine day, I trotted back to Clinique to pick up Plushest Punch (reviewed by Maria earlier) and Mightiest Maraschino – which I review for you today!

Product Description:

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.

Shades Available:

Chunkiest Chilli, Curviest Caramel, Mightiest Maraschino, Grandest Grape, Plushest Punch, Broadest Berry, Roomiest Rose, Heftiest Hibiscus.

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino 2


Rs. 1025/- for 3 gm (same as the Original Chubby sticks).

Okay, so its 1K+ plus, how am I saying its value for money? Let me put this in perspective for you:

MAC lipsticks – INR 990 for 3 gm.

Lakme pop tints – INR 800 for 2 gms. Were these not supposed to be LE, I guess the stock did not get over yet!! 😉

Revlon Kissable Balm Stain – INR 600 for 2.7 gm.  This was seriously drying on my already dry lips!!

Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayons – INR 785. In UK, currently being sold 3 for the price of 2.

Okay, though it may seem otherwise, I am not here to bash other products. I do not own Clinique, the company; however, I just wanted to help put perspective to this product which is actually fab but considered expensive!


We know it by now – shaped like a “Chubby” crayon with a silver base and cap. The crayon itself is 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 outer box.

My Take on Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm – Mightiest Maraschino:

The colour is a vibrant bright cherry red. It’s a blue-based red, so likely to make your teeth look whiter. The product is fairly opaque in a single swipe, providing medium to full coverage – depending on the pigmentation on your lips. However, you might swipe a couple of times for building up the intensity and even coverage.

As with other colours in this range, it has a glossy finish, minus the stickiness and glides on easily like a balm with absolutely no tug or pull. The glossy shine disappears in about an hour or so.

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino 3

It should suit most skin tones – be it light or dark without looking loud or over the top. Its more like a wearable pop of red! Refer to the pics for how it looks on my NC 35 skin tone.  Without a lip liner, the product lasted about 4 hours with a small itsy-bitsy 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 pink stain. A lip liner could easily increase the longevity but would probably beat the purpose and USP of the product!

Clinique Mightiest Maraschino 4

To sum it up for you:

Clinique - CSI - Mightiest Moraschino 2

Pros of Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm – Mightiest Maraschino:

  • Starting with the most obvious one – moisturizing while on lips.
  • Excellent pigmentation for a balm-like product.
  • The cuteness – it is a pro – love applying this – in private or public!! As long as it is kept away from my kiddos – they consider it to be an actual crayon! I shudder to think what might happen if they ever lay their hands on these!
  • Great staying power for a product in balm category.
  • Big YAY – Does not need for your lips to be prepped, exfoliated, etc., like half the products in this category.
  • Does not feather or bleed.
  • Extremely lightweight.
  • Easy application.
  • Colour would suit most skin tones.
  • Twist-up crayon, so no product wastage.
  • Sturdy and chic packaging.

Clinique - CSI - Mightiest Moraschino

Cons of Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm – Mightiest Maraschino:

  • There is a little transfer – kind of expected with this type of product.
  • Availability –available only through Clinique stores/kiosks.
  • Can melt and break – it is that soft!

IMBB Rating:


The fact that I went back to pick up more colours of Chubby Sticks, should tell you that I do believe that the product is good quality – because I have put my money where my mouth is! However, when it comes to the colour – Mightiest Maraschino – it is not the most unique of colours – its easily dupable. I still feel that within this range – Heftiest Hibiscus is the most unique colour and would again suit most skin tones since it’s an orangish red with a bit of pink.

Looking forward to your comments on the review and the “value” of the product. Did you pick up a Chubby Stick yet?

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14 thoughts on “Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm – Mightiest Maraschino

  1. Kulpreet…..I have tried this at the Clinique counter so many times, but I get distracted with the products there and get them home. I need to get at least one of these…..this is my kind of shade *woot*

  2. nice and bright color & lovely pics Kulpreet *clap* I agree with you,its better to own a limited number of good products rather than have a stash of cheap ones *haan ji*

    1. *thankyou* Parmita!! Glad you liked it!

      You have totally summed it up *hifive* …better to own few great/good products to a plethora of stuff you will not reach for later. I was tempted to try the clones but resisted the urge coz I knew I will not reach for it when I want to put on makeup. Then whats the point? *waiting*

    1. They are Aditi! *hifive* N such pretty colours!! I want to go back but controlling the urge *nonono* *nonono* *nonono* …effectively so far!! *hifive*

  3. I am totally going to get this, I love the shade, was looking for something like this, I already have too many pinks! Very nice review. 🙂

    1. *thankyou* Sabrina! Im glad you liked the review and that it was helpful! This one makes a nice change from pinks…to actually wearable reds. *hifive*

    1. *thankyou* Misha! Im happy you stopped by to read and to comment – it makes all the difference to the person writing the review! *thankyou*

      DO you know there is an entire line of cosmetics with your name – just spelled a little differently -Missha!! 🙂

  4. You get such amazing lip products Kulpreet *drool* *drool* i love your choice *happy dance* *happy dance* and love such crayons *powder* i am getting one from this range for sure… this range has tempted me enough rofl

    1. *thankyou* Saloni!! So sweet of you to say that!

      Yeah, the crayons look super cute! I put them in a glass tumbler and was thinking, couple more colours would fill the tumbler and look nice!! Shameless no??!! *headbang* *headbang*

      And do let me know which colour you select!

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