I wrote recently that Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey is now back in stock, after a recent TikTok craze caused a buying frenzy. I have been using this shade of lipstick for – literally – decades. It has always been somewhat of a cult product because it suits everyone, no matter their skin tone. It is also rather light in shade and texture, giving colour and shine without a heavy coating or very deep colour. I have small lips so I can’t wear anything bright or very dark.
Clinique has discontinued this shade several times, but always brought it back due to popular demand.
I was not planning on buying any until my present Clarins lip colour is finished. However, as I walked past my local Clinique counter last week, I saw that they were having a ‘remodelling’ sale, to try and cut down on stock before the closed for refurbishment. Everything was at least 20% off and if you bought two items you received a free full-sized product plus a Clinique goodie bag. Naturally, I pounced. I bought some moisturising lotion and a Black Honey lipstick.
When I tried it, I found the formulation quite different from previously. Before, it was sheer with quite a gloss to it. The consistency on your lips was almost slippery, like a blend of gloss and a lipstick. Because of the gloss in it, it disappeared from your lips rather quickly. The one I have just bought is more dry and matt, more like a lip stain. And I much prefer it because it just darkens your lips without looking shiny. And it stays true far longer. I am not sure if they have reformulated it, or if it was just this batch that is nicely matt and stainy. But I recommend!
Clinique has always been one of my fall-back brands when I cannot decide what to use, or if my skin is misbehaving. Clinique products are simple, as is their packaging, and they have great gifts-with-purchase and promotions. As an all-round brand, they cannot be beaten. They do good mascaras, lipsticks, and their 3-step products are unbeatable. At one point they did fantastic haircare, though it was discontinued a number of years ago. I also used to love their Sunflowers perfume, though I don’t wear perfume anymore.