Being such a huge fan of Bourjois' Color Boost Glossy Finish Lipsticks and Soap and Glory's Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Sticks, you would have thought I'd have tried one of the products that started off the craze wouldn't you? Clinique's Chubby Sticks were one of the first glossy balms to hit the scene and have since been incredibly successful, but it has taken me until now, receiving a sample free in my Glamour magazine this month, to try one!
I was fighting with myself about the two shades available. This pink shade in Woppin' Watermelon was actually my second choice over the slightly redder shade, but knowing I have an awful lot of red lipsticks and balms at home I went for this pink as a bit of a change. It so happens that I'm really glad I did, as this pink turned out to be a 'my-lips-but-better' shade and I couldn't be happier.
At first I thought the formulation was going to be really sheer. I swatched the product on my hand and there didn't seem to be much colour pay off. But as I built it layer upon layer a more opaque shade came through which I really adore. To me, Woppin' Watermelon has a subtle pink-purple hue coming through in the background, although you would never look at it on the lips and say it was anything other than a subtle pop of pink.
The first application looked quite matte which came as quite a surprise. However I think that the product just needed warming up a bit as all the applications since then have definitely been on the glossier side. Having said that, this most certainly isn't as glossy as the Bourjois and Soap and Glory products mentioned above. It's slightly more balmy which stands it apart from other products I have and that's something I admire.
It wears quite nicely. Although my hair does stick to it a little when the wind blows, it's not so irritating that I couldn't live with it. After all, it looks so pretty that it would take a lot to put me off it. As with all glosses it comes off and needs reapplying throughout the day. However the colour pigment seems to be left behind for a little while after the shine has gone. Sometimes as soon as the product is wiped off your lips through eating or drinking the complete look has disappeared, but the lingering colour from this balm takes you through to your next application.
I definitely rate these Chubby Sticks and can't wait to take this little one on holiday with me later this year. It's the kind of product that's perfect for parched lips and comfortable enough to wear without worrying about smudges or reapplication.
Clinique Chubby Stick in Woppin' Watermelon - £17 from Clinique