There are so, so many beauty and fragrance and hair and skincare products on the market that no one can possibly keep track of them, much less write about all of them. I usually prefer to concentrate on recommending products that have pleased me, rather than complaining about products that have disappointed me, but this post will be one of my exceptions to that loose rule.
If you’ve been buying and wearing cosmetics any time between 1971 and now, you may have come across Clinique’s Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. One of the company’s best-selling products, it’s billed as a universally flattering sheer lip color. The Black Honey shade was always just a bit too “warm” for my skintone, but I admired its versatility for most wearers, not to mention its longevity.
Over the past year or so, cosmetics brands from Revlon to Chanel and back have released sheer lipstick lines. So when Clinique recently announced a launch of seven new “honey” shades of Almost Lipstick, inspired by the now-clasic Black Honey, I thought, good for them: they deserve a piece of the current sheer lipstick action, since they set the trend the first time around.
Passing the Bloomingdale’s Clinique counter during a gift-with-purchase event, I surveyed the new Honey shades and picked out Lovely Honey for myself. It’s a rosy mauve shade with a lightly shimmery finish, the sort of lip color that I love and wear everywhere.
That is, in the tube it’s a cool rosy mauve: on the mouth, Lovely Honey all but vanishes, leaving a slightly gleamy finish but barely any visible pigment. It feels moisturizing enough that I don’t need to wear any lip balm under it, but then again, I’d get pretty much the same effect from wearing balm alone. It can also be layered over a regular lipstick for a touch of glow and shimmer, which is fine; but I just expected more from this product.
I guess I should have read between the lines of Almost Lipstick product description on Clinique’s website: “Transparent pigment merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips to create something wonderful and yours alone.” In other words: tinted balm. Well, they tried to warn me…but I do feel that the sheer lipstick bar has been raised by recent releases from other brands.
Have you tried any of the newer sheer lipsticks? Do you have a favorite? Feel free to comment!
Disclaimer: this item was purchased by the author.
Images: close-up product photo by Tinsel Creation; Winnie the Pooh stuck in the honey pot, via Just-Pooh.