Hall of Famer: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is one of those cult classics that I’d been lusting after for a very long time. It seemed to be one of those products that was always just within my grasp but I could never fully commit to buying when the opportunity came up. That all ended a few months ago when fate intervened and my friend managed to track it down while travelling overseas. I’m very grateful to her (and to all my lovely friends who know that nice makeup is the way to my heart) and I’m surprised it took me so long to do a post.

If you haven’t seen any of Clinique’s Almost Lipsticks before, they’re basically sheer lipsticks that have a gel/balm texture that offer a wash of colour. They’re meant to allow your natural lip colour to show through so, theoretically, each shade should look different depending on the wearer. There are many different shades but Black Honey has been made famous due to its universally flattering nature.

When you look at Black Honey in the tube, it looks like it’s going to be this intense black shade but when swatched you can see just how sheer it is. The colour is described by Clinque as a blackened raisin and when worn, it creates a beautiful ‘my lips but better’ shade.

The product feels great on the lips and, while I don’t consider it moisturising, it does have a lovely balm like texture. The intensity of the product is enough that you can notice a difference on my somewhat pigmented lips but not enough that it covers up all the imperfections I have. Due to the texture and the sheer nature of the product, I find that it doesn’t go on as evenly as I’d like so I would recommend exfoliating prior to putting this on.

Bare lips:

Clinique Black Honey:

This shade was one of my staples during fall/winter because it’s vampy without being too dark. It’s what I like to think of as a modern dark lip and works perfectly with gold eyeshadow on the lids. If you want a more pigmented look then you can easily layer this over a darker lipliner or lipstick but you would detract from this product. This is meant to be an easy to wear shade so my tip is not to over complicate it. If you want some of my tips on wearing dark lip colour’s, check out this old post.

What do you think of Black Honey? Does it have a place in your beauty arsenal?

Categories: Clinique, lip, lipstick, swatch


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4 Comments on “Hall of Famer: Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey”

  1. Jessica
    September 13, 2012 at 3:21 PM #

    You look beautiful! The lipstick compliments you really well and your skin looks amazing (what foundation/skin routine do you follow/wore in this picture)?

    • November 9, 2012 at 1:24 AM #

      Hi Jessica 🙂 Thanks so much for your comment. So sorry for the super late reply! I don’t actually know for sure what I’m wearing but this was around the time when I was pretty much always wearing MAC Mineralize Skin Finish Natural Powder in Medium Dark after concealing any obvious imperfections.

  2. Erica
    September 29, 2012 at 9:11 AM #

    Only top counters ever get that shade, (at least in New Zealand anyway) so I’ve never seen it in real life. My workmate needs to make more sales so I can see it!

    • November 9, 2012 at 1:21 AM #

      Hi Erica 🙂 I actually didn’t realise this shade was a bit difficult to track down. My friend said she tried to track it down in Aus and was struggling. Hope your friend makes enough sales so you get to see it soon!

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