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Lip of the Day- Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

With Autumn in the air, I’ve been rediscovering lip products that I put away during spring and summer. Today’s lip is an oldie but a goodie, Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.


This is one of those cult shades that works across skin tones due to how sheer it is. It works with your own lip colour to build something that’s unique to you. Like a lot of women, my lips are not all one shade so I like to layer most lip products over a lip liner to even them out but this lipstick looks lovely and effortless on its own as well.


I wanted something that would compliment the lipstick so I paired it with Rimmel Exaggerate Automatic Lip Liner in Obsession. I really like the texture of this lip liner as it’s really comfortable on the lips. The shade is a very pretty muted red berry shade that look nice on its own or under most red lipsticks.


I really like the end result and how rich the shade looks. You can easily change the look of the lipstick by pairing it with different shades of lip liner. I recommend checking it out if you haven’t yet.

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?