Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
In a departure from Clinique's original Chubby Stick, which is a tinted lip balm in stick form, the "Intense" version is more like a cream lipstick. The only real commonalities between the original version and the intense version are the shared name and packaging. Like the original, this fragrance-free lipstick is housed in a twist-up plastic tube, so although it looks like a chubby pencil, no sharpening is needed!
Performance-wise, this moisturizing lipstick applies smoothly and has an attractive glossy finish. As can be expected of a cream lipstick, the color will move into fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth, so it is best to pair this product with a lipliner if you're prone to lipstick bleeding into lines around the mouth.
Clinique claims these shades are "halfway between sheer and opaque," so you'll see noticeable color deposit, but the color is still on the sheer side compared to classic cream lipsticks.
All the colors have cutesy names, like Mightiest Marachino (classic cherry red) and Curviest Caramel (nude pink), and the selection ranges from deep berry and rose tones to pinks and nudes—there's even a coral shade (Heftiest Hibiscus) thrown in for good measure.
- Smooth, moisturizing cream texture.
- Convenient twist-up packagingno sharpening needed.
- Attractive shades.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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