When I went to Hong Kong last month I knew I was going to get myself at least one Chubby Stick Intense. I had heard so many great things about the formula and the swatches just looked amazing. Sure enough, I walked out of the store with not one but four Chubby Sticks in hand. Don’t you just love Clinique packaging? The combination of the floral print, muted colours, and silver lettering give it a really nice sort of vintage vibe–or lola vibe–depends how you feel about it, really. One of my very first blushes was actually from Clinique and the powder itself had the orchid pattern pressed onto it. Those blushes are part of the permanent range and I’m thinking it may be worth repurchasing since I finished the one I had down to the last little itsy bits.
Anyway, the shades of Chubby Stick Intense I chose were 03 Mightiest Maraschino, 05 Plushest Punch, 06 Roomiest Rose, and 07 Broadest Berry. The entire line is composed of eight shades and ALL of them look like colours I would wear, so I do think I might actually complete this range when the line finally hits Philippine shores. From left to right (and from top to bottom in the case of the lower right photo) these are Plushest Punch, Mightiest Maraschino, Roomiest Rose, and Broadest Berry. My mom took Broadest Berry from me so I’m only left with the other three for now. I did get to wear it once though and I really liked it.
The packaging on these is like the original Chubby Stick line, featuring a twist-up mechanism, which means you won’t have to bother with a sharpener. The Intense versions are definitely better quality in my opinion though, as they deposit a ton of colour without feeling heavy and uncomfortable on the lips. The original Chubby Sticks were just okay because while they wore comfortably, they left a lot to be desired in terms of colour pay-off. I own one of the original Chubby Sticks and I rarely ever reach for it. Lots of other people probably felt the same about the pigmentation issue and thankfully Clinique paid good attention because now, we have these amazing lippies…
Swatched and arranged in the same order as in the photo above. Plushest Punch is a bright, candy pink with neutral tones. Mightiest Maraschino is this amazing cherry red that I swear has a little bit of pink in it too. I don’t usually pick bright reds, but this one is an absolute winner! Roomiest Rose is perhaps the most wearable shade in the range for my skin tone. It’s an everyday pink-brown rosey shade but with a little kick–definitely not your lola’s muted, browny rose, that’s for sure. Broadest Berry is a deep, beige plum. It’s probably not for everyone, but I personally love my plums.
I only have photos of myself in two of the colours (so far, will update)– Roomiest Rose on the left and Mightiest Maraschino on the right. The photo doesn’t so Mightiest Maraschino justice at all. I had been nibbling on food and sipping my drink so it had faded a bit already, but it’s absolutely radiant when freshly applied. Another great thing about the formula of these lippies is that they seem to fade evenly. Keep in mind that they are not stains so they won’t last all night, but at least you know you won’t go patchy and dry after a bit.
Overall, I just really love them. They are by far the most comfortable lipsticks I’ve ever worn–even more so than the Revlop Lip Butters which I already thought were pretty amazing. These have a slightly harder consistency than the Revlon Lip Butters and yet they feel more natural on the lips. The packaging is cute, made of good material, and very practical. It’s one of those products that you just want to have in your handbag at all times… though I’m not really the type to just throw a lipstick into my bag. I’m very particular about having the right one with me and storing it properly after the day ends… but that’s another story about my OC self that we can save for another time. Haha! Bottom line is that I would gladly one of these with me every day.
The Clinique Chubby Stick Intense range will be available within the month (March 2013– actually I wouldn’t be surprised if I saw them at counters starting tomorrow!) and they will be selling for 925.00 Php. I will tell you, however, that they are cheaper in Hong Kong by around 200.00Php. They are even cheaper in the US where they retail for $16.00. Sigh. Such is life in Asia.
Clinique will also be releasing the Chubby Stick Shadow Tints this year, which are cream shadows in (chubby) stick form. Nothing revolutionary, but they are pretty darn adorable. Swatches online seem pretty promising too! What do you think of the Chubby range? :)