Archives for category: Lip Gloss


Ingredients: ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax, beeswax, ozokerite, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), hydrogenated vegetable oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, tocopherol, mangifera indica (mango) seed butter, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, [+/- titanium dioxide (ci 77891), mica,  yellow 5 lake (ci 19140), iron oxides (ci 77491, ci 77492, ci 77499), red 7 lake (ci 15850), red 22 lake (ci 45380), red 30 lake (ci 73360), carmine (ci 75470), red 6 (ci 15850), bismuth oxychloride (ci 77163), red 33 lake (ci 17200), red 28 lake (ci 45410), blue 1 lake (ci 42090), yellow 6 lake (ci 15985)]

Product Description: “Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is a lip treatment with sheer colour that relieves dry, cracked lips and provides immediate moisturisation. The unique pencil-style applicator provides easy to apply sheer soft lip colour and rolls up for ease of use.”

Shades (from left to right): Chunky Cherry, Mega Melon, Woppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey, Graped-up, Fuller Fig, Richer Raisin

My Experience:
I got all these shades for Christmas from my lovely husband – doesn’t he know me well? I’d been dying to try these and I was giddy when I tore away the wrapping paper and all these luscious shades tumbled out of the box. So, do they live up to the hype? Yes. Clinique’s product description is right on. They’re balmy enough to moisturize parched lips, easy to apply because of the thick pencil-style packaging and a little twist extracts more product when you need it. Have I ever mentioned how much I love makeup that twists out? I hate sharpening pencils because it’s a mess and I always feel like I’m wasting product by obsessing over the sharpness of the point. Anyway, I digress. I also love the colors. They are sheer and will give you a subtle sheen if you prefer, but you can also build them into glossy pops of color. This is a very versatile product. Clinique has been very clever with selecting shades that will suit most skin types. And you can layer these over lipstick for balmy shine, or you can use the two most neutral shades (Woppin’ Watermelon and Whole Lotta Honey) over dabs of your favorite bright lipstick to make your very own, custom-made shade that’s über flattering and butter soft. Now, I had the luxury of trying out all eight of these shades. They look very similar side by side, and I do have my favorites. Chunky Cherry and Super Strawberry are my top picks of the pinks, one being more candy red and the other being a fresh bolt of pink. Of the browns, my favorite hands down is Fuller Fig. It’s also the shade I’ve received the most compliments on. It’s not as dark as it looks from the tube and there’s just something about it that’s very unusual but also incredibly flattering for my skin tone. I’m NC20, by the way. Woppin’ Watermelon looks bright but on my pigmented lips is non-existent. Whole Lotta Honey is a nice, neutral shade. I love how these feel – light as air and silky smooth. You have to apply them more frequently than lipstick but they feel so good on the lips I don’t even care. Dare I say I prefer these to Revlon Lip Butters? These are not quite as thick, and the range of shades is much more appealing to me. My birthday is coming up – I think I might ask for some of the spring shades as well!

The Skinny: These sticks are just what they’re supposed to be, moisturizing and sheer, but the shades can be built up into bright pops of color. They feel light and silky on the lips, the packaging is great and the shades are very flattering and versatile. Go get one!


USA: $16 from Sephora

UK: £16 from Clinique

Rating: 5/5


Ingredients: Vitamin E

Color: Peachy pink with gold glitter.

Product Description: Semi-sheer and creamy formula lip gloss that’s smooth, non-sticky and comfortable to wear.

My Experience: I’ve bought a few NARS lip glosses over the years and I’ve loved every single one. When I was a teenager I loved thick, sticky glosses and collected Juicy Tubes like other people collected Beanie Babies. Now that I’m older I hate sticky, gooey glosses. I want something that’s shiny yet comfortable and NARS lip glosses are renowned for their nourishing and balmy formula. Turkish Delight skyrocketed in popularity when it was revealed to be Kim Kardashian’s gloss of choice. I adore how NARS glosses feel. They’re slick and easy to apply with the sponge wand and they’re very shiny without being sticky. I can sail out of the house on a windy day without worrying about hair strands getting totally plastered to my mouth. They don’t dry my lips out, either. A while back I owned NARS Orgasm, a peachy pink with shimmer, which was my go-to sheer yet glimmering gloss. And Super Orgasm is an amped up Orgasm. It’s loaded with gold glitter and packs an ultra glam punch without feeling gritty. It’s the perfect gloss for a beachy, bronzed summer look and adds a special sparkle to any neutral lipstick or pencil. Possibly my favorite NARS gloss.

The Skinny: A beautiful semi-sheer peachy pink gloss rippling with gold glitter that’s smooth and creamy as balm.


UK: £17.50 from John Lewis

USA: $24 from Sephora

Rating: 5/5


Color: Bright orange coral.

Product Description: A high shine and rich color gloss that’s non-sticky.

My Experience: I was dying to try an Illamasqua product, so I snapped this up from the Debenhams sale. And when it arrived and I pulled this shockingly bright coral out of the box, I got very excited. I got even more excited when I pulled off the cap, squeezed the tube and watched the product bolt up into the plastic tip. Yes, I’m easily amused. The packaging is uber chic: sleek and skinny, understated yet elegant. And the color is gorgeous. It’s blushing, blooming youth in a tube. It reminds me of bright fields of spring flowers. I love the color so much I wear it even though I dislike the consistency. It’s certainly a liquid lipstick, and I think that’s the problem. I find it difficult to apply. It’s very thick. I need to apply many careful layers to get even coverage. I don’t think the plastic applicator helps – it sort of just smears the color around in streaks. Because it’s so thick, it feels very heavy and cakey on the lips. Also, you must exfoliate before using this. It catches on every bit of dry skin and that’s the antithesis of the youthful, juicy look you want. It doesn’t wear particularly well, either. It cakes into lip lines, dries out and begins to feel tight in less than half an hour. Frequent touch ups are needed to keep it looking fresh. And yet I keep dealing with these problems because I love the color so much. I’m disappointed in the formula, not the shade. I’m a little confused about the packaging. Both Sephora and Debenhams show it as having a wand and brush applicator, and yet mine is a squeeze tube. I wonder if a brush would make a difference to how the gloss applies.

The Skinny: A bright, luscious coral that’s youth in a tube. However, the formula is a hot mess: it’s thick, streaky, dries out quickly and feels cakey on the lips.


UK: £5.99 from Debenhams (originally £13, if you hurry you can still get it on sale)

USA: $20 from Sephora

Rating: 2/5

Formulated without: Parabens, sulfates, petrochemicals, phthalates, GMOs and triclosan

Product Description: Combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain.

My Experience: YSL is quickly becoming my new best friend. I’d been searching for a stain for some time. I like wearing red lipstick, but it’s so unforgiving; I hate the vigilant maintenance required to keep it looking fresh and perfect throughout the day. So, I researched some stains, which are meant to provide better lasting power than normal lipsticks and glosses. Most of them seem to be afflicted with the terrible curse of dryness, though, and flakiness does not a lovely red lip make. And then along came YSL with their Glossy Stain formula, hitting the ball straight out of the park. The texture is thin and glossy. Application is smooth and simple. Some have bemoaned the slanted doe-foot type applicator, but I find it works well and I love that the pointed tip can be used for a more precise line. The stain feels very lightweight and comfortable and stays that way because it sets quickly. This photo shows one layer. A second layer darkens the color and amps up the shine for a more dramatic lip. Lasting power is great. I wore this to an all-day food festival where I knew I’d be eating and drinking throughout the day and it held up excellently. I only had to reapply once or twice, and even then only slight touch ups were needed. I desperately wanted one of the bright red colors, but those were completely sold out at the Sephora I visited. I don’t regret buying this color though. It’s deep and rosy and probably more versatile. I want to get more of these though. Hell, I’d buy the whole collection right now if they weren’t so pricey.

What do you think? Have you tried any of the neutral or bright shades? Comment below – I’d love to know what you think!

The Skinny: The best of both worlds – a long-lasting, pigmented stain with the texture and shine of a gloss. The best lip stain out there right now.


UK: £22.50 from House of Fraser

USA: $32 from Sephora

Rating: HERO (goes above and beyond expectations)