Every beauty blogger knows that the explosion of fat lip pencils originated with Clinique’s Chubby Sticks. However I wasn’t quite a fan of their original formula, I found the colours too sheer to qualify the pricetag. SO when they released their Intense formula for more opaque colours with the same balmy moisturising quality I was stoked!
What the website says:
“Tempt lips with a soft cushion of colour that’s not quite sheer, not quite opaque- just the perfect happy medium. Loaded with mango and shea butters so lips feel comfortably soft and smooth.”
How does it fare? Read on!
All the pencils are in a twist up form, making it fairly fuss free with no sharpening required. Use the tip to outline and the flat side to fill in colour and you can pretty much do this on the go for the busy young woman of today!
Heftiest Hibiscus is an almost neon orange toned red. It’s slightly too bright against my skin but is great for summer.
Grandest Grape (doesn’t that remind you of a lovely drink?) is a mauvey purple that I just adore, it is an unusual colour from the roses and red that is just understated enough to wear out and about.
To be honest with all the various drugstore and high end versions available out there on the market, the Clinique formula isn’t my favourite. While I love that the colour payoff is strong with one pass and it is quite hydrating, the formula also feels and look quite thick on the lips and emollient, very similar in texture to a MAC creamsheen lipstick. Therefore I feel the colour sits on the lips and wears off very easily, usually within 3-5 hours. Touch ups are definitely necessary. On the upside (and different from other brands), there is no discernible fragrance aside from an innate waxiness which I assume comes from the ingredients.
So while the intense chubby sticks are a definite improvement on their original sisters, they’re not a formula I tend to reach for time and again unless I’m really feeling the colour.
Mine were a gift but they retail for AUD$35.