You know those certain makeup products that you fall in love with- you can have other products in your collection that give off a similar color, texture, etc., but there's just something about that one that makes it best? That's Clinique Black Honey Almost Lipstick for me! I tried for what seemed like the longest time to find something of a dupe for it, but no other lip colors give me the same tint.
It seems as though there are a lot of other women who share my obsession, too. I've heard rave reviews of this little one from all different ages and skin tones- that it's a "universally flattering" color. That's purely personal, but if you ask me, it totally lives up to the hype.
The Clinique 'Almost' Lipsticks really are what they sound like- an almost lipstick. This started out as such a great product for me because it doesn't feel like a heavy, thick lipstick; I would say it feels similar to a shiny balm when on your lips (that's where the 'almost' part comes in). I used to loathe the feeling of lipstick, and this is really a great solution. Don't get this confused with a tinted lip balm, though- Black Honey has the pigmentation of a stain. While I've heard some people say it gives them somewhat of a "my lips but better" look, it's a pretty deep (yet still neutral) shade on my lips. I love the reddish-brown tint it has and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't find another lip product that gave me the same effect!
Above is one quick swatch of Black Honey, but you can build the color up by layering it.
It doesn't have a crazy-long wear time (without eating or drinking, I get 2-3 hours; the glossiness goes away much more quickly), but that doesn't bother me so much. It's definitely one of those "keep in your purse for touch ups" products, and the fact that it feels moisturizing makes it comfortable to apply.
On that note, it could stand to be more moisturizing. It doesn't dry out my lips, but it doesn't add moisture after the glossy "balm" feeling dissipates. In this cold, dry winter weather, I sometimes find it necessary to apply balm first to prep my lips.
From its perfect neutral shade to the easiness of wear, Black Honey is probably my favorite lip product that I own. Clinique recently extended their family of Almost Lipsticks to include seven more shades- I've tried them all out (over Christmas break when I was back at work), and I love the darker shades (Spicy Honey, Chic Honey). The others are pretty, but they are really light and don't offer much as far as pigmentation IMO. At any rate they are incredibly affordable: at only $15.00 each, you won't be breaking the bank by trying a few. That sounds great to me!
Have you guys tried Black Honey or any of its new sisters? I'd love to know what you think! Have a great night, everyone. xox