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.

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense: let’s talk about those names | Pre-review bonus track

Monday, March 11, 2013

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense names

I’m working on a Chubby Stick Intense review for tomorrow (finally!), but I just had to take a moment and say: seriously?! No one at Clinique could do better than these for names?

I say this as lovingly as possible, but as much as I adore Clinique, this is ridiculous:

  • 01 Curviest Caramel
  • 02 Chunkiest Chili, because that doesn’t make you think of chili that’s already been consumed
  • 03 Mightiest Maraschino » this one, I love
  • 04 Heftiest Hibiscus, seriously
  • 05 Plushest Punch » this one, too!
  • 06 Roomiest Rose
  • 07 Broadest Berry when it could have been a fitting, relatable “Boldest”
  • 08 Grandest Grape

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense review teaser

I get that Clinique wanted to use big-sounding superlatives for the Intenses, but there is no excuse for Roomiest Rose. Or, for that matter, Chunkiest Chili!

Why couldn’t we have had a Cheeriest Chili? A Revival Rose? A Heidegger Hibiscus (yes, I am joking about this one, but this gorgeous shade is practically a way of being), or the aforementioned Boldest Berry? Boldest Berry, at least, should have been a no-brainer — why on earth someone would choose “broadest” when you could go with boldest for such a gorgeous shade, I have no idea.

And for that matter, why is Oversized Orange not an Intense? It’s oversized!

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense swatches teaser

If you have better names for these, come snark it up the comments!

Which names do you love, which do you hate? Can you think of any better names than these? I (and your fellow readers) would love to hear ‘em!

Violet Haze: Spring Smokey Eyes with the Clarins Rouge Eclat Collection

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Spring 2013 makeup look Clarins Rouge Eclat

Wow, okay, this look is really late. (I think I promised it for… Monday?)

All the same, though, here’s an easy violet smokey eye–seriously, this is super easy–eye done with the Clarins Iris Blossom Eye Quartet from the Rouge Eclat collection.

Don’t miss this post at She Said Beauty for the full tutorial!

Clarins Iris Blossom Eyeshadow Palette (t)

Done first as a Valentine’s Day makeup look, this Iris Blossom-based eye creates a soft, luminous “haze” of violet around the eyes — honestly, you could do this with your fingertips. (But please don’t. Brushes are great.)

A bit of sculpting to the cheek, a neutral lip (yes, that’s Clinique Curviest Caramel!)…

Clarins Rouge Eclat makeup look

Just by pulling the violet shade of the palette through the entire lid, then adding the shimmery white in the inner corner (for a little bit of texture & glow) and buffing in a tiny, tiny bit of the charcoal shade for definition, you can create an incredibly seasonal makeup look without adding any harsh lines or contours to the face.

It’s just so easy, you know? Add a flick of lengthening (not volumizing) mascara, and ta-da! you’re already done.

Clarins Iris Blossom spring makeup

I’m a huge fan of really light, translucent eye looks, so (of course) I loved this one. No, it’s not the most exciting makeup you’ll ever wear, but it’s pretty hard to go wrong with something like this.

Especially when it makes you feel as ready for Spring as this look does — the Clarins Palette Eclat Face Blush & Powder smells amazing!

Clarins Iris Blossom makeup look

Shop the Look

Clarins Rouge Eclat:

  • Clarins Ombre Minérale 4 Couleurs Eye Quartet Mineral Palette Long Lasting in 10 Iris Blossom ($42 USD/$42 CAD)
  • Clarins Palette Eclat Face & Blush Powder ($35 USD/$40 CAD)
  • Clarins Poudre Multi-Eclat Mineral Loose Powder in 01 Light ($35 USD/$47 CAD)

The dressings:

  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in 01 Curviest Caramel ($16 USD/$19 CAD)
  • Senna Voluptulash Mascara ($22 USD)
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit, Vol. 1 Bold Brows ($36 USD)

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Clinique Chubby Stick Intense: swatches & full-face photos | Part 1/2

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense swatches

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.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

Clinique Chubby Sticks Intense: full product range (in numerical order)

The full review for these will be coming up next week, but I just had to slip them into the Week of Awesome — and understandably so, I think.

The new Chubby Stick Intenses pair everything I love about Chubby Sticks (comfort, packaging, and a scent-free formula) with everything I love about a great lipstick (wear time, colour, and intense pigment), and then adds some extra awesome (a gorgeous, smooth formula; colour that doesn’t move around; surprisingly great hydration.)

They’re… basically the best.

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense lip swatches

bare lips

for reference

1 Clinique Curviest Caramel swatch, Chunkiest Chili

 01 Curviest Caramel / 02 Chunkiest Chili

3 Clinique Mightiest Maraschino swatch, Heftiest Hibiscus

03 Mightiest Maraschino / 04 Heftiest Hibiscus

5 Clinique Plushest Punch swatch, Roomiest Rose

05 Plushest Punch / 06 Roomiest Rose

7 Clinique Broadest Berry swatch Grandest Grape

07 Broadest Berry / 08 Grandest Grape

A few shades I think you’ll love

Clinique Plulshest Punch Chubby Stick Intense

05 Plushest Punch

Clinique Broadest Berry Chubby Stick Intense swatch

07 Broadest Berry

Clinique Grandest Grape Chubby Stick Intense swatch

08 Grandest Grape

In the tubes & with the rest of a face

01 Clinique Curviest Caramel Chubby Intense

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense in 01 Curviest Caramel (my favourite Intense — will be featured in a look next week!)

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New 29/01/13 from NARS, Clinique, Marcelle, & more

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Just a few things that caught my eye this week. The Clarins Double Serum sounds amazing (I’ll be testing it out as soon as I can find time to do so), and I’ve heard amazing things (from Café Makeup) about the NARS Light Reflecting Setting Powder, but the product I’m most excited for has to be–of course–the new Clinique Chubby Sticks.

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

Clinique Chubby Stick Shadow Tint for Eyes

$16 US/$19 CAD and available (here) in 12 shades, from a smokey lilac to a lush moss green, I’m curious to give them a try. As a die-hard Chubby Stick fan, they sound like they’ll be right up my alley, but I’m a little hesitant about how well they’ll hold up to my stubborn lids. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

In Canadian beauty this month…

Marcelle Spring launches

Marcelle Cosmetics, another of my beauty loves, is coming out with a Twist Push-Up Mascara (whose wand literally twists or untwists for more or less volume) and sheer Velvety Eye Shadow + Primer this month. They’re not online yet, but should be on shelves soon!

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