The Product: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm
The Purpose: They say "Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth. Eight mouth watering lip tints in all, each with a subtle sheen."
The Price: RRP $35 from Clinique counters in 16 shades
Well it's not normally me that's the last one on the band wagon for a new lip product, but I have to admit that I was a Chubby Stick virgin until only two weeks ago.
Lots of excuses, but my main reason for not forking out the $35 was that it is a colour balm, not a lipstick, and not a gloss. And at my age I need a product that shouts itself out loud and clear.
However, good old Clinique have jumped on the October Breast Cancer awareness, and I was able to purchase the Pink with a Purpose, Limited Edition Chubby Stick which comes in Plumped Up Pink, with a cute little barrel bag to go with it. Definately worth waiting for as Clinique donates a whopping $5 for each one purchased.
It's not the colour I would have chosen. If not buying for the good cause, I probably would have picked Fuller Fig or Graped Up. But it is a lovely product and 89% of reviewers on the Clinique site said they would recommend it to a friend. I would recommend it to anyone under 50, but beyond that it's just a fun lip balm that's easy to carry and apply. Without a lip liner underneath it's too sheer to have much effect.
But it's Clinique – a brand I love – therefore I have to give it 9 out of 10.
I have to be honest, I mostly bought a Clinique Chubby Stick because the name was hilarious and the colours and 'chubbiness' of the stick are great. I am so much more a lip balm wearer than a lipstick wearer as the former has been a part of my life for so long and such a comfortable part of my life for so long that I am more likely to buy and wear a moisturising tinted balm than just about anything else.
I find lipsticks mostly drying and have really yet to to feel comfortable rocking the brightest shades every day (don't even get me started on the 'reapply' that I have yet to master).
Yes, I agree with Mum, the Clinique Chubby Stick is a pricey one but she I have to remind her of words she once told me when complaining about paying $100 for a pair of ballet flats. The quality of the product is still the same, even if you are choosing a flat over a heel. Perhaps the same can be said for the tinted lip balm? (Or maybe not because the Maybelline Baby Lips tinted balms are awesome at $3.99 a pop and I'm yet to review a similar Australis product that cost $10!)
I love the shape of the Chubby Stick, it makes the product easy to apply and it does last longer on your lips than, say, the Revlon Lip Butters (plus the shape is much more friendly on smaller lips). The colour I chose was Super Strawberry and I love the tint, not to mention the extra moisture you just don't get with a regular lip stick and the fact that it reminds me of Crayolas that I had when I was a kid.
I'd probably give it an 8/10 mostly because $35 for a tinted lip balm is pretty pricey given my beauty budget!
What do you think? Where do you stand on the Chubby Stick bandwagon?