Colored lip balms and moisturizers have really been a hit in 2012, from Revlon Lip Butters to the Maybelline Baby Lips. The concept of a colored lip balm was basically for convenience; easily add a splash of color and burst of moisture onto your lips without the work that most lipsticks require (i.e. mirror or lip pencil).
I decided to pick up this Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Set, which contains five travel sized Chubby Sticks, to try out because you can test out five different shades for a great price. The Clinique Chubby Sticks definitely work as a moisturizing balm with that slight hint of color and shine. Packaged in a convenient. and travel friendly twist up pencil, you can easily swipe these across your lips for that extra boost to your lips.
Super Strawberry, Oversized Orange, Curvy Candy, Richer Raisin, Chunky Cherry
I love the colors in the set and thought that the concept was very cool and practical for that on the go person, but overall I can't say that I was really amazed by the product after having some time to play around with them. The colors are beautiful and aside from Oversized Orange, all of the shade were very moisturizing and applied very smoothly. Oversized Orange has micro shimmers in it where it feels very grainy and just not all that great on the lips. Whereas all of the other shades have more of a creamy texture. Altogether the colors all of that great shine, which looks great, but do not expect much from the pigmentation. Unless your lips are naturally less pigmented, these Chubby sticks only provide you with a slight hint of color when layered on your lips. Because Clinique does advertised these as more of a colored lip balm, I am not disappointed with the purchase because I knew what I was getting into. Lip balms are formulated to add more moisture and shine, not for that intense color.
I was less amazed with the product itself because I definitely do not believe the individual Chubby Sticks are worth that $16 price tag that goes along with it. It's just a simple colored lip balm that's fun to have available in your bag. If you would like to try these Clinique Chubby Sticks I definitely think going for this Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Set is a better option because for the price of two full sized Chubby Sticks, you get five deluxe travel sized shades to play around with. But for $16 a pop, oyu can definitely get more for your money from other brands.
Another option I would have to recommend for anyone out there that wants to try something with the same concept for half of the price are the Revlon Just Bitten Lip Balms. I have not tried these myself, but Revlon lip products are one of the more popular ones available that I cannot imagine them being any different than the Clinique Chubby Sticks. They are packaged very similarly, and the shade range offered is amazing. If you are looking for the same convenience, a colored all over the lip pencil, but want more color, the NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencils definitely provide more pop of color with shine.