12.19.2014
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Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm
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$17
Last Updated:12.19.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Chubby Stick has been relaunched and Clinique has made one notable improvement: It’s no longer a thick pencil whose soft tip needs routine sharpening. Instead, the sheer, thick lipstick-like pencil is housed in a twist-up plastic package, so no sharpening is needed!

Performance-wise, this applies smoothly with a slick, slightly greasy texture and glossy finish. It quickly moves into lines around the mouth, but if that’s not your concern, and you find the novelty of Chubby Stick enticing, it’s worth checking out.

Almost all of the sheer colors are attractive and this also can work as a more substantial lip gloss applied over your regular lipstick. Fans of Clinique’s popular Black Honey shade (in their Almost Lipstick formula) will love Richer Raisin; Fuller Fig and Whole Lotta Honey are “safe” nude colors; and there are some fruit-inspired bright hues, too.

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Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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02.25.2015
Neutrogenas are better

Neutrogenas are much much better in every respect except color options. They need more!!

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Susannah K
01.17.2015
Amazing!

I love chubby sticks.I am very sensitive to alot of products and have had allergic reactions to some so, that is why I chose Clinique.The Chubby sticks are so moisturizing, last for hours, look amazing and have no unpleasant flavor or scent. I wont buy any other lip product but these.

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Christine M.
11.18.2014
Each color performs a little differently

I really love these chubby sticks because they are so easy to apply and to wear. The majority of colors are fun and flattering, and they have no taste or annoying scent. If my lips are chapped and I use a chubby stick. the skin gets healed, so I like that it's a two-in-one for healing and for vava voom for my lips. With my dark red, violet Flare hair in Blaze 6RR, Burgundy, 5VVR, and Ultraviolet 4VVR

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Scarlett A.
03.17.2014
Test before buying

I would highly recommend getting a sample of this to try before buying, if you possibly can. The colors are very nice and not too dark, but I had an allergic reaction to both colors that I purchased. I have bad allergies anyway, but I thought Clinique was safe. This is the first allergy I had to a Clinique product. I am not sure what ingredient I reacted to, but if you also have a history of allergies, I would say try it before you buy it.

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Lauren S
12.19.2013
Lacks staying power

Nice selection of colors to choose from but stick is somewhat greasy and has no staying power. Yes it does not dry out your lips but it does not stay on your lips either, disappointing. I would not recommend it for this reason.

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M Vos
12.01.2013
Sheer and pretty

These Chubby Sticks give you a light but definitely noticeable wash of color. I have 5 of the colors which are all very nice - not an outlandish or freakish color in the bunch - and you can layer them on top of each other to create other colors. If you are looking for a lot of pigment, go with the Chubby Stick Intense version rather than these. They're kind of like a lip balm a small amount of shine and without the goopiness of a gloss. And very importantly, they do NOT dry out your lips.

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