I’m sure there were squeals of excitement in every beauty blogger’s household when word came out that there would be new additions to the Clinique Chubby Stick family, at least that was certainly the case in this household!
Clinique Chubby Sticks Intense are pumped up, highly-pigmented versions of the original Chubby Sticks. They’re still in the balm family, but they also incorporate a stain finish and come in a range of eight different shades that follow the original style of naming with shade names such as Plushest Punch and Broadest Berry.
I was sent Roomiest Rose to review which is a deep berry shade that perfectly combines the richness of red with the prettiness of pink to create a strong, wine hue. I tend to associate the colour rose with mid-warm pinks, which I’m not sure Roomiest Rose is, but in fairness, having to find eight new and novel names that didn’t interfere with the original line-up of sixteen must’ve been quite a chore!
The original Chubby Sticks provided a sheer wash of colour, yet these new Intense versions do exactly as promised and leave lips saturated in completely opaque colour whilst thankfully still retaining the balm-like texture that made the originals such a hit.
Sold, in part, as a stain and stain they do! Without eating or drinking you could get considerable wear out of these (I would hazard a guess at 4-5 hours before you’d need a top-up) and once the initial punch of colour starts to fade, you’re left with a strong stain that stays true and doesn’t washout.
For a bold colour like Roomiest Rose, I wanted to tone everything else down which is why I went for just a slick of glossy liner, one coat of mascara and a rosy blush to compliment the lips:
I’m thrilled that there are more members being added to the original Chubby line-up and I can’t wait to get my hands on the other shades once they land in November, priced at £16 a pop.