Clinique Chubby Stick Intense: review, swatches, & overall thoughts | Part 2/2

Friday, March 15, 2013

Jumbo lip pencil colour balm review - Clinique Chubby Stick Intense

The product: Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

 in 01 Curviest Caramel, 02 Chunkiest Chili, 03 Mightiest Maraschino, 04 Heftiest Hibiscus, 05 Plushest Punch, 06 Roomiest Rose, 07 Broadest Berry, and 08 Grandest Grape.

Psst: before you start in on this one, have you read our Chubby Stick Intense posts with full-face swatches & shade name mockery coverage?

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Fall 2012 review

The formula

Now, the shades and packaging of these are super-cute (of course), but what actually has me head over heels for them is the formula.

Rich, moisturizing, and shockingly pigmented, the Intenses apply with buildable colour and settle well into the lips — I find the colour “sets” once applied, going on a little slippery but wearing with more of a satin-gloss finish (and without any colour displacement!) after 5-10 minutes.

(Ingredients behind the cut.)

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense review

Clinique Chubby Stick tinted lip color balm review

The wear

I do find the formula of these varies a bit by shade, but not enough that I’d recommend some wholeheartedly and others not at all. Chunkiest Chili is a little gritty, for instance, and Grandest Grape is a little more slippery — I prefer a drier formula, which I found in Curviest Caramel, Heftiest Hibiscus, and Plushest Punch. (The latter two have much more opaque colour).

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense shade range

On the whole, however, the Clinique Chubby Stick Intenses last much longer than the original Chubby Sticks, starting off glossier and wearing into more of a stain, visually. I don’t find they really stain the lips, though — a bonus, if you want to be able to switch between colours through the day.

I would put the wear time of these at 3-5 hours; I can make it to five with most of these as long as I’m not eating or drinking (or talking a lot), but I prefer to touch up around the three hour mark for more even colour and added moisture.

The shades

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense review swatches

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense swatches – hover for shade name labels

I’ve been getting the most wear out of 01 Curviest Caramel, a cream-finish natural lip shade with the perfect yellow-pink balance. It pairs well with both everyday makeup and a smokey eye (the sign of a truly great nude!) 02 Chunkiest Chili, on the other hand, gets almost no love; the the silver glitter adds a frosty finish to this understated, reddish base.

Next,03 Mightiest Maraschino is a bright, shimmer-free red leaning more strawberry than vamp — perfect for both a lively holiday lip and a carefree summer pout. The real showstopper here, though, is 04 Heftiest Hibiscus. I hate most orange hues, but the pink-touched tangerine-hibiscus hues coming off on this one are so undeniable that I can’t help but pull it out again & again.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Color Balm swatches

Clinique Chubby Stick Intenses, swatched L-R: 01 Curviest Caramel,  02 Chunkiest Chili, 03 Mightiest Maraschino, 04 Heftiest Hibiscus, 05 Plushest Punch, 06 Roomiest Rose, 07 Broadest Berry, 08 Grandest Grape

I think 05 Plushest Punch is going to fly off the shelves; a bright bold pink, it’s a vibrant shade that’s still easy to pull off, grabbing attention without verging on “obnoxious”. 06 Roomiest Rose is more subdued; darker, but still bright, it’s shot through with subtle shimmer that gives lovely depth (minus the frostiness of Chunkiest Chili).

For a much more subdued (but still very noticeable) shade, 07 Broadest Berry is the Curviest Caramel version of a lip with colour: with brownish berry undertones, it’s very wearable, but still gives a lovely, defined lip.

Finally, I found 08 Grandest Grape to be a little slippery at first (though, like the others, it does settle into the lips!), but it’s absolutely lovely — still very wearable; more of a crushed-berry stain than a theatrically purple lipstick.

Don’t miss this post for full-face & lip swatches of the Intense lineup!

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense packaging - twist-up pencil

Tinted lip color balm - full coverage - review

The verdict?

The press materials for the Chubby Stick Intenses promise “the perfect marriage between a moisturizing lip balm and a full coverage lip colour,” and I think they absolutely deliver. Silly names aside, the shade range offers a gorgeous mix of brights with a couple great “everyday” shades to fall back on, and the formula is both intensely comfortable and high-impact.

(What, did you seriously think I was going to make it through this entire review without using the word “intense”?)

A few other things I love about these: the twist-up packaging (no product is lost to sharpening) and the scent-free, paraben-free formula.

Availability: $16 USD/$19 CAD at Clinique (US), SephoraNordstrom, & Clinique counters.

Clinique lip color review

The Clinique Chubby Stick Intense ingredients

Castor Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vegetable Oil, Candelilla Wax, Beeswax, Ozokerite, Shea Butter, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Jojoba Seed Oil, Shea Butter Extract, Mango Seed Butter, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Olive Oil, Tocopherol.

+/- Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Mica, Red 7 Lake (Ci 15850), Iron Oxides (Ci 77499), Iron Oxides (Ci 77491), Yellow 5 Lake (Ci 19140), Red 22 Lake (Ci 45380), Red 30 Lake (Ci 73360), Carmine (Ci 75470), Bismuth Oxychloride (Ci 77163), Red 6 (Ci 15850), Red 33 Lake (Ci 17200), Red 28 Lake (Ci 45410), Blue 1 Lake  (Ci 42090), Yellow 6 Lake (Ci 15985)

Clinique Intense review swatches - Chubby Sticks

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17 Responses to “Clinique Chubby Stick Intense: review, swatches, & overall thoughts | Part 2/2”

  1. Thanks for this, it helps with the decision-making process! Beautiful swatches and the comments really do help. Avoiding Chunkiest Chili…for all kinds of reasons :P
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  2. Thanks for this, it helps with the decision-making process! Beautiful swatches and the comments really do help. Avoiding Chunkiest Chili…for all kinds of reasons :P
    My recent post What's In a Name? Marc Jacobs Daisy

  3. Alison, on March 16th, 2013 at 1:02 pm said:

    Sigh. Gorgeous. I don't think there's a single product/product range in the world that reminds me of theNotice quiiite like the Clinique chubby sticks.

    (Maybe Marcelle Lux Eye Dust in Go-Violet)

  4. I heard so much about these, they seem sooo good!
    My recent post FOTD ♥ bright eyeliner like a peacock ♥

  5. I heard so much about these, they seem sooo good!
    My recent post FOTD ♥ bright eyeliner like a peacock ♥

  6. i've heard so much about these!!! but i prefer more natural colors… these are a bit too much for me =/

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  7. Mighty Maraschino looks amazing. Have you tried Tarte Lipsurgence? Wondering how these wear compared to those…also compared to the Revlon ones.

  8. Mighty Maraschino looks amazing. Have you tried Tarte Lipsurgence? Wondering how these wear compared to those…also compared to the Revlon ones.

  9. I really like your review, it's detailed & the swatches are very good. I also like how you compare them with each other and give us little statements about each of them so THANK YOU! I'm considering to buy 05. Actually red is my obsession but since I already have so many red lippies I thought I'd try a pink one :)
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  10. Laura H., on March 17th, 2013 at 3:44 pm said:

    These are so beautiful ! I really want Plushest Punch !

  11. Laura H., on March 17th, 2013 at 3:44 pm said:

    These are so beautiful ! I really want Plushest Punch !

  12. Helen, on March 17th, 2013 at 5:09 pm said:

    I’m already a fairly loyal Clinique customer and these sound like another win for Clinique! I really like the colors, especially the hibiscus and plushest punch. But what I really like about the chubbies is that it’s easier for me to find them in my purse!! Great review, thanks once again!

  13. toyarosie, on March 21st, 2013 at 5:18 pm said:

    My gratis came out for Clinique yesterday (that just means the $150 I get to order from the company since I work for them) and I SO hoped these would be available to snag – but alas, they aren't :( All the cool stuff usually isn't! Sigh. Anyway, I'm SO buying Plushest Punch – I wore it while working the counter one day and I couldn't get enough! I love these so much more than the regular ones, which subtle tints leave something to be desired for me. Full opaque color ahoy!

    But yes…these names. OY these names!! So ridiculous.
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  14. Due to your post about the names of these (over which I had a good laugh), I couldn't help but buy the two most poorly named in my opinion: Chunkiest Chili and Heftiest Hibiscus. (Roomiest Rose and Broadest Berry are pretty bad as well.) I have never tried anything from Clinique before and I thought now would be the time, lol! I also ordered the Black Honey lipstick/gloss combo as I saw it on your blog as well and it is gorgeous! Anyway, I looked at the names of the original Chubby Sticks (not the intense ones) and there are some interesting names there as well…..Chunky Cherry, Pudgy Peony, Two Ton Tomato……….yikes.
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  16. minalobo, on August 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am said:

    I tried the Chunkiest Chili when it first came out and it's become my signature red – I find it a rich and natural looking red. I agree with you that it's a bit gritty, but it wears well, without bleeding, and moisturizes nicely. I'm looking forward to trying the Curviest Caramel and Broadest Berry. Kudos to you for this and the previous post on the chubby sticks, I appreciate being able to see all the colors on human lips! :-)
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