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About Face: Clinique Chubby Stick lip balm is an all-ages must-have

Let your daughter steal Clinique Chubby Stick from you, or let her buy one so you can grab it from her. It’s the perfect multi-generational moisturizing balm.

By Roxana Hadadi 

If there is a Holy Grail of moisturizing tinted balms, Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm is it. High praise? Nope. It moisturizes. It tints. It is, in fact, a chubby stick. Accuracy! Truth in advertising! Clinique gives us both with this product, and it’s crazy-good.


CliniqueChubbyStick ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceClinique promises this tinted lip balm will be “super-nourishing” on your lips, and it’s available in eight colors: Chunky Cherry, Fuller Fig, Graped Up, Mega Melon, Richer Raisin, Super Strawberry, Whole Lotta Honey, and Woppin’ Watermelon. In this post, we take a look at Richer Raisin, Mega Melon, Woppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry, and Graped-Up (from top to bottom in the product photo, and left to right in the swatch photo).

According to Clinique, you’ll get “just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth,” and the product is made with mango and shea butters, without any fragrance. Each color is sheer.

Like most drugstore lip balms which swivel up from the bottom, so does the Chubby Stick; you don’t need to sharpen the product, which means you don’t waste any. Definite plus.

And although the shades are sheer, some of the darker ones—like Richer Raisin and Graped-Up—are opaque enough after a couple of swipes for a really sophisticated look that can transition well from day to night. The brighter shades, like Mega Melon, Woppin’ Watermelon, and Super Strawberry, would work well for younger teens who are beginning to experiment with makeup: The formula isn’t heavy, it actually benefits your lips, and the colors aren’t gaudy or over-the-top. Seriously, it’s a product that can work for a woman of any age looking for a natural lip.

CliniqueChubbyStick 2_ChesapeakeFamilyAboutFaceThe only wrinkle is that Clinique doesn’t provide an hourly expectation for how long the product will last; the Chubby Stick description doesn’t even say if the moisture will be long-lasting or not, only “comfortably soft and smooth.” Not a huge deal, but keep in mind that the balm stays around for about three to four hours. The product is portable and easy to use, but you’ll certainly need to reapply.

But that’s a small issue with an otherwise very impressive, and every-age-appropriate, product. Share Clinique Chubby Stick balm with your daughter, your sister, whoever. You can bet they’ll enjoy it.

VERDICT: A-, with the minus only because Clinique doesn’t offer any expectation for how long the Chubby Stick balm will last on lips.

PRICE: $16 for 0.1 oz.

AVAILABILITY: At any Clinique location at major department stores like Macy’s, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, or Dillards; online at Clinique.com; or at Sephora locations or online at Sephora.com.

EDITORIAL NOTE: The product/s reviewed in this post were provided to Chesapeake Family’s About Face blog by the manufacturer or their public relations company for review. Chesapeake Family’s reviews are inspired by personal experience and opinion, and are not paid for or influenced by the manufacturer, PR company or any other organization unless mentioned.

Photos by Adam Fried.

Roxana Hadadi_headshotIn middle school, Roxana Hadadi was a cosmetics-scorning tomboy; in high school, a glitter eye shadow- and black nail polish-loving trend kid; in college, obsessively committed to dying her hair unruly colors that upset her mom. Now a bit older and a bit more mature, she’s trying to figure out what hair, body and cosmetics products will work for her, you and your family in About Face, Chesapeake Family’s new beauty blog — and she’ll leave the sparkle makeup and neon highlights in the past. Roxana also writes movie reviews for Chesapeake Family’s Popcorn Parents blog.

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