Awesome Product, Unfortunate Name

I have another blatant plug. I should start getting paid for these, but, alas, it shall never happen. Oh well. Won’t stop me from telling people about stuff I love.

Men, you’re likely not going to care about this. Here’s something for you to think about while the rest of us talk makeup…

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Ok, ladies. Here’s another plug for Clinique. By now, you know that I’m a devotee, with my love of the Moisture Surge Spray. I also regularly use their Redness Solution System, since I have a touch of rosacea in my cheeks.  Well, here’s another thing about me. I am ridiculously finicky about what I will put on my lips. I have “special” lips. They get crazy-dry, to the point of cracking, if I’m not careful. So, in addition to the consumption of plenty of water and ridiculous amounts of high-quality Fish Oil Supplements, I use A&D Ointment (yes, the stuff you put on babies’ bottoms) every night before bed and I am never very far from a tube of Burt’s Bees Honey Beeswax Lipbalm.  And it must be the “honey” stuff. Like I said. Finicky.

So, over the summer, Clinique had Bonus Days, and I was in need of a new product to color my lips. Because as little as I wear makeup, when I do, I want to look good and know it will last. So I talked to the lady at the counter and told her my parameters for a lip color: must be moisturizing. Must not be sticky (lip glosses are often massively sticky and they drive me crazy). Cannot be ridiculously shiny, but not flat-matte, either, because those are often drying. And it has to last. I know, right? I’m asking the impossible. Well, apparently I wasn’t.

Enter…. Chubby Stick. Quite literally, it satisfies every one of the requirements above. It goes on smoothly, and you can get away with one coat – you don’t have to slather it on. It feels like lip balm – smooth, light, moisturizing, without being slippery or sticky. It’s not glossy, so it will work professionally, but neither is it matte, so it’s not drying. It’s just a nice shot of color that looks natural, and feels great.

It comes in eight colors, two of which I own: “Graped Up” and “Whole Lotta Honey”. Both are very close to my own natural lip color. The Graped is a little more pink, which suits my color during most of the year, and the Honey has a little more of a brown cast, which works during summer when I get all dark.

It’s a bit pricey, coming in at $15 per stick, but if you use it like I do – one swipe and you’re done – it’ll last a long time, and you’ll get your money’s worth.

Ok, guys. We’re done. You can come back now.

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11 Responses to Awesome Product, Unfortunate Name

  1. Joy says:

    I’ll come back later but can you believe in my whole life I’ve never worn lipstick? I’m not kidding. I’m a lip balm girl but I’m faithful to my brand of that too.

  2. Jenny says:

    Yes definitely a odd name for it. Like Joy, I never wear lipstick. I’m a chapstick girl. I always have to have my chapstick on me somewhere. I don’t think I could spend $15 on a stick of it. But all makeup is expensive and if you love it, of course you’re gonna pay that much for it.

  3. SKL says:

    Well, I don’t feel so alone after reading the above two comments! I don’t wear lipstick either – or any make-up. But I do like Clinique’s face wash, and my sister (who does wear make-up) loves their stuff. I shall keep this product in mind for Christmas.

  4. Laura says:

    I’ve always been a lip balm/lip gloss girl, too. But sometimes the gloss is just too shiny, and there are times when I need something… and I was really surprised at how well this stuff moisturizes. It’s very much like a lip balm. But yeah, it’s pricey, so if you don’t wear it a lot it makes sense that you wouldn’t get it.

  5. Sue says:

    I wear lipstick rarely, but I do like wearing it. This just looks fun! I really like the Clinique mosturizer and their eye cream/gel stuff. I ran out of the eye stuff a long time ago and tried something from Mary Kay (b/c the Mary Kay consultant sells it for cost not retail!) and it’s alright. Since we are talking cosmetics, there is a website I heard about where you can see how safe or unsafe your products are. It’s and you can look up any type of product you want and get a rating. I’ve only browsed the site, but it seemed helpful.

  6. Joy says:

    I think I “may” try the grape! Damn you Laura!

  7. Nikki says:

    I think I may have worn lipstick the day I got married, but that would be it! I do love the honey Burt’s Bees too. That is one thing that I know I am addicted to. I have a number of chap sticks, lip balms…I have gotten away from the gloss. That’s too sticky and shiny for me now. I do like lip balms with a tint to it, for when I go out-which is pretty close to never.

    I always thought lip stick had a funky smell. But, I could see how a lip stick wearer would like these! I bet the grape one is nice. I’d be willing to try it, but not for $15. lol

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