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Really starting to dawn on me how much I’ve been spending recently: don’t think I’ve ever had such a ridiculous urge to write and write, or an equal fear of checking my bank balance. But oh well, gives me something to talk about and hopefully, it helps you guys out with some of your future beauty buys. Today I’m going to talk about a cute little three set of Clinique’s ‘Chubby Sticks’ and, every single time I write ‘Chubby Sticks’, I’m going to cringe. Why Clinique, why?


The colours that came in the set are: Woppin’ Watermelon, Mega Melon and Super Strawberry – all relatively neutral shades that only hint at a bit of colour, which is perfect if you’re just looking for a bit of moisture and a bit of natural shine. These sticks have gone up an absolute storm in the beauty world recently – I thought I’d just have to try them out to see what the fuss is about. One thing I’m not particularly fond about with this product, although it may just be something to do with the colour that I’m using at the moment (the Melon one) but, if you lick your lips or get any of the lip balm in your mouth, it tastes vile and leaves a weird feeling at the back of your throat. A little grim.

L-R: Mega Melon, Woppin’ Watermelon, Super Strawberry.

I don’t think these will become a staple in my makeup bag, but they’re handy for hot summer days (not that we get many here in the UK) when you don’t want to be wearing a full face of makeup, as lipstick can often look garish against natural skin. Here’s a quick summary of each colour:

  • Woppin’ Watermelon – Very light pinky tone, have to put on a fair bit to get a good coverage. I’m wary of this one as pale pinks have a tendency to make teeth look quite yellow. I probably won’t use this one much and wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who didn’t have perfectly white teeth and clear skin, pale pink’s a tricky one.
  • Mega Melon – I automatically went for this one when I got the set and have been wearing it since. It’s perfect for just a hint of colour, which is what everyone needs in this colour weather: nobody wants to sport the purply, dead lip look. As I said though, it tastes odd.
  • Super Strawberry – I’ve just popped a rectangle of this on my hand to get a real idea of the colour and may end up switching to this one as my staple. It’s a deeper colour than the other two and actually makes an impact on your look. This one would be better for evening looks when you want to make your lips obvious and pouty.

At £16 each, I would’ve been dubious about buying one of these in a store – as I usually spend around that amount on my lipsticks and find that expensive in itself. However, I managed to get hold of the set of three for £32 on holiday, so I’m not sure if I’d put these down to be of a good value if you’re just buying them instore or from Clinique online. Look out for offers in stores such as Boots or independent online makeup stores.

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