The Lipstick Bandits | Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus Chubby Stick Intense: His Pick (+ a surprise bonus selection!)

Monday, July 22, 2013

Clinique Heftiest Hibiscus Chubby Stick Intense review

This month’s Lipstick Bandits collaboration is something a little different. Instead of a colour or challenge theme, Lily suggested that we do a “his pick” post, featuring a lip colour chosen by a guy in each of our lives.

I gave M free swatching reign of my collection, and lo and behold: he picked a Chubby Stick. It’s like we were made for each other.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Fall 2012 review

The pick

My boy is pretty terrible (like most) at being able to tell when I’ve got makeup on, but he has one thing down pat: his taste in products. Out of everything he could have picked, Mathew gravitated straight toward my Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in 04 Heftiest Hibiscus ($16 USD/$19 CAD), which–despite its terrible name–is one of my all-time favourite Chubby Sticks.

I want it noted, right now, that I did not coerce him into this decision in any way, despite my fanatical love for Chubby Sticks. (And wow, brain, please stop with the terrible innuendo, I cannot deal with you at present.)

!Jesus can I please go to bed now

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Hibiscus swatch review

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in Heftiest Hibiscus swatch

Heftiest Hibiscus is a gorgeously vivid hibiscus-hued lipstick: a bit tomato, a bit fuchsia, and almost a bit fluorescent, it might just be the boldest shade out Clinique’s entire product range. The Chubby Stick Intense lineup is full-coverage and comfortable to wear, lasting a good 3-5 hours on me — which is to say, however long I need it to last before I give up and wipe it off to eat things.

(Remembering to eat things: very important.)

Availability: $16 USD/$19 CAD at CliniqueSephora, & Nordstrom. Permanent.

The boy

If I was a better blogger, I’d have put together a smokey eye to pair with this lip, had Mathew photograph it, and written up a humorous tale of how we met.

I love this boy.

I did not take this picture of M (but damn, is it pretty.)

We’ve been busy all summer, though (okay, he’s been busy mixing the upcoming Ghost Cousin album; I’ve just been sick), and we never really had a meet-cute. I met him at a quiet basement show, we parted ways. I think it was September. It slipped our minds — I ran into him by chance, months later, and we started talking.

We never really stopped.

Mathew and I have nothing in common, past the way that we think, but I’d like to believe we make each other better. He prods at the way I phrase things; I poke at the words he chooses. He tells me about audio engineering; I talk to him about brains. I tell him that I’m not a fish; he sweeps me off my feet just to hear me laugh.

!The Lipstick Bandits His Pick post

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The Lipstick Bandits | Coral(ish) lips ft. YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Alla Prima… and, okay, a Chubby Stick.

Monday, April 15, 2013

!LB coral lip picks

Oh, corals. The taupes of the lip colour world, coral hues are almost as hard to identify as Nemo in a sea of tiny clownfish. One person’s coral is another’s apricot, or peach, or pink — they sit just in that lovely spectrum between peach and pink, making them wonderfully flattering but oh-so-hard to define.

That said, though, this month’s Lipstick Bandit collaboration features just that: corals.

!The Lipstick Bandits - corals

!Wearable coral lip stain - YSL + Clinique

I don’t actually own a proper coral lip product (that I know of) at the moment, so I layered two products to get something in the neighbourhood. It’s not perfect, but it’s close enough — and it’s comfortable and long-wearing, to boot.

This lip features a thin layer of a YSL Glossy Stain in Corail Alla Prima, a new permanent Vernis à Lèvres from this Summer’s Saharienne Heat collection. Despite being described as a “dazzling coral” (and being named accordingly), I wasn’t crazy about this new permanent shade’s orange-heavy intensity — it’s gorgeous, but it still kinda feels too early in the year, you know?

!YSL Corail Alla Prima Glossy Stain

Clinique Mighty Mimosa Chubby Stick

Anyhow; after blotting (to get rid of the high-impact gloss but keep the medium-sheer stain of colour), I added a layer of–what else?–a Clinique Chubby Stick to tone down the shade. This pinky beauty is Mighty Mimosa, and despite how sheer the original-formula Chubby Sticks tend to be, it did a great job toning down the warmth of Corail Alla Prima.

I think the Glossy Stain would make a great coral on a darker, warmer skintone, but without the Chubby Stick to pink things up a little, it was just a bit too much on me. I’ll definitely give it another try with my “summer goggles” on (they’re like beer goggles, but better beauty), but I might just be a little too cool-toned for it!

!LB Spring 2013 - coral lips

See the other Bandits’ picks!

!LB corals makeup - eyelids

Products Used / Shop the Look


theBalm timeBalm Concealer in Lighter Than Light, $18 USD

Clinique Gradient Powder Blusher in Black Honey (review & swatches)


Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit: Vol. 2 Beautiful Eyes, $36 USD

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Eyeliner Trio in Nude Eyes (glitter black only), $11.99 USD

Annabelle Expandable Mascara, $10.99 CAD


YSL Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in 31 Corail Alla Prima, $34 USD/$36 CAD

Clinique Chubby Stick in 13 Mighty Mimosa, $16 USD/$19 CAD

The Lipstick Bandits | Valentine’s Day makeup & a few pink lip picks

Monday, February 4, 2013

LB Valentine's Look outtake

I don’t want to write a post it’s really late I just want to go to bed

No, seriously, I am so bored of my face, can I just go to bed now please

I feel like I have a lot of feelings about things in general, but… not a ton about most holidays. I mean, I love a Lipstick Bandits collaboration as much as the next person (usually more, sometimes [somehow] less), but — Valentine’s? Yeah, I could do without it.

Lipstick Bandits Valentine's pink lip

Korres Raspberry Liquid Lipstick in Berry, blotted heavily with YSL Volupté Sheer Candy in Tasty Raspberry overtop.

With that in mind, I figured I’d do a kiss-proof lip for this round of Bandit posts. Because if there’s one thing I do believe in, it’s not getting lipstick all over someone else’s face! I feel like it’s somehow almost rude — an unanticipated side effect of close face-proximity; the stubble burn of the makeup-wearing world. 

(Which is to say, prevent if possible but be ready to make sacrifices in the name of awesome.)

Valentine's Day makeup look

Valentine's eye

On the eyes, I have on the pink/gold half of Clinique Strawberry Fudge Duo through the lid, with a bit of cool-toned depth added to the outer corner (think Inglot 358), and smoked-out black liner.

Finish with mascara and move on: I’ve been testing out Senna Volupulash Mascara the past few days, and I love it so far. (It’s quite a dry formula, with great wear and a full-but-clump-free lash.) On the cheeks I applied Senna Faded Rose, an old favourite; it’s a great, versatile neutral cheek.

Aside from lip balm reapplication (no mirror needed!), the look holds up like a peach — there’s no need to fret about lipstick transfer or touchups, so you can focus on the important stuff instead.

Pink lids and lips - makeup look

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The Lipstick Bandits’ Secret Santa Look Swap | Big hair & a plush pout, inspired by call it beauty.

Monday, December 24, 2012

!LB look swap - call it beauty

Happy Christmas-Eve-Day, my dearlings!

This month for The Lipstick Bandits, we’ve put together something a little different — a bit of a “secret santa” project, for both ourselves and our readers. Each Bandit has been paired up (by myself, unbeknownst to the other person) to create a look inspired by the other blogger, whether in product, application, colour… you get the idea.

The inspiration: Dani, at call it beauty. 

Dani - call it beauty

I ended up being paired with the absolutely gorgeous Dani, a wonderfully talented Vancouverite with a fantastic blog (and even more fantastic hair.) To mimic her look, I tried to copy said hair (of course), using hot rollers and a flat iron to add as much curl and volume as possible.

I think the hair went surprisingly alright, all things considered, but I’m completely bummed that I forgot to line my waterlines in black, as she usually does!

!LB look swap - Dani

After making my best attempt at getting Dani-hair, I applied a quick flick of coloured eyeliner (Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple) overtop a neutral smokey eye (mainly Clarins Smokey Passion, used also here and here), and paired with a pop of colour — in this case, a bright teal along the lower lashline.

Finally, I applied a sheer layer of a coral-y blush, and layered a Marcelle Rouge Vitality lipstick (one of my all-time favourite formulas) with Korres‘ Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Rose for a bright, plush pout, something I absolutely associate with Dani’s look.

! The Lipstick Bandits Secret Santa Look Swap

I also made sure to take the eye shots from my left eye, rather than my right — I feel like I never see Dani’s right eye unless it’s in a full-face shot! :P

My right eye is certainly my favourite, but I have to admit, it was kinda nice to change things up a little & photograph the other one for once.

!The Lipstick Bandits December Look Swap

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The Lipstick Bandits | A drugstore vampy lip with Revlon Super Lustrous in Sultry Sable (and Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten)

Monday, November 19, 2012

If you pick up just one new lipstick this season, make it a vamp. And not just because this month’s Lipstick Bandit collaboration features them–though I’m sure some of the products are going to be absolutely gorgeous–but because they’re the perfect mix of red and not-red: just as high-impact, but without all the newfound hipster-trendiness. 

I’ve been looking for the perfect vampy lipstick all season (admittedly not very hard), but I’ve settled for this one until I find the perfect product.

The lip: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable (646)

When in doubt, go for one of the old guard. Revlon is always a great choice when you’re breaking into a new colour family, with the Super Lustrous, ColourBurst, and Matte lines covering pretty much all of your bases. I’m not thrilled with the Canadian markup ($12 for a Revlon lipstick? Really?), but unlike mid-range/high-end brands, at least these do go on sale pretty frequently.

Sultry Sable wasn’t actually my pick at all, to be honest — my sister bought it sometime last year, passed it on to mum when she found it too hard to wear, and it eventually ended up in my drawer. We can pull off a number of the same shades, but browns are often the exception — the shades that sit well on my sister’s light olive complexion end up looking too orange against my skintone, and shades that read more reddy-mauve (case in point, this one) on me can end up washing her out.

On the eyes, I have on the super-glittery white shade from the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Smoky Velvets Eye and Cheek Palette, which you’ll see on the blog later this week. I can’t say enough about this one — it’s so packed with multi-dimensional shimmer and glitter; you’re going to love it. Mainly translucent in tone, but with a ton of differently sized rainbow reflects, it’s hell to remove at the end of the day… but completely mesmerizing on the lids.

(And on the lashes, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara, out of the L’Oreal Luxe Advent Calendar. It is entirely possible that Armani is going to ruin me for all other mascaras, I kid you not.)

And that little something extra…

While I like the Revlon on its own, the vampy lip I’ve actually been wearing around layers Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten overtop. The shade is long discontinued, though, and the entire line has fallen by the wayside more recently, so I thought I’d better feature the lip both with and without it.

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The Lipstick Bandits: Nudes You Need | Have a Lovely Day! with MAC’s Casual Colour collection

Monday, September 24, 2012

The product: MAC Casual Colour Lip & Cheek Colour in Have a Lovely Day! 

This month’s Lipstick Bandit collaboration focuses on the perfect nude lip, and despite its limited edition nature, I had to go with MAC’s Have a Lovely Day! Lip & Cheek Colour.

Though I’ve been really unimpressed with a lot of MAC’s recent launches, the Casual Colour collection is one that I really wouldn’t mind seeing again. I just have the one, but it’s a lovely formula (and a really, really lovely shade.)

The formula: The Lip & Cheek Colour formula was thicker than I had expected, but (thankfully), in a good way! It reminds me of a long-lasting lip balm; creamy and heavy with a satin-matte finish — which is exactly how I like my products, thank you very much.

(Okay, possibly a bit less heavy, but I’ll deal with a bit of weight if it means we can finally, finally have something pretty that isn’t vinyl-shiny or overly-matte.)

With sheer-to-medium buildable coverage, MAC’s classic vanilla scent, and a formula that actually works with dry lips, I’m quite impressed with my Casual Colour pot. It does slide around a bit if you really pile it on (though what doesn’t slide around if you pile a ton of it on?), but unlike a lot of nudes–and even quite a few darker shades, on my lips,–it doesn’t settle into lip creases or catch on dry bits.

The shade: I honestly cannot say enough good things about this shade. It’s so hard to find the right nude for your skintone, especially when your skintone is a weird mix of super pale, strangely pink, and surprisingly green — but this one works beautifully.

Pink with a bit of red, yellow, and grey worked into the shade, Have a Lovely Day! is just as lovely as one could hope. It tones down my lip colour without washing it out; muting it and taking it ever so slightly more pale while still creating a very wearable, natural lip.

I like to think of it as an “invisible pink” for fair skintones — light and desaturated enough that the eye doesn’t catch on it, but just pink enough that it doesn’t attract even more attention, as many milky pinks and chalky nudes may do.

On the cheeks: I wanted to focus on this as a lip product (because, erm, Lipstick Bandits,) but it’s a lovely shade for the cheeks, too. I like to use it as a subtle, mauvey nude blush — think Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Exposed, but for paler, cooler skintones. It’s a bit on the heavy side, but creates an absolutely seamless contoured cheek once blended in, with a cream finish and just enough colour to serve both as blush and contour in a pinch.

Apply with fingers and give it a minute to set, and you should be good to go. I don’t love this on my cheeks, but I do like it. It doesn’t pack quite as much of a punch as my favourite cheek shades, but then, none of them would be even half-passable as nude lipsticks, so I find it hard to count that as any sort of failing on the Casual Colour’s part.

The verdict?

I know it’s a bit cruel to give a shining commendation to a limited edition product, but hark! Not all hope is lost, right? The US MAC site still has Relaxation and Out for Fun, and the Canadian one has Evening Stroll and Keep It Casual.

Seriously, though. $20 USD / $24 CAD, the size of a Tinted Lip Conditioner (12ml/0.43oz), and perfect both in texture and in colour? Count me in. 


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