January 28, 2011

Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm Review, Swatches, Photos

Here’s your must have Spring lip product, Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm.

You NEED it.


A super nourishing balm that’s loaded up with mango and shea butters plus a hint of color!

Dry, tried lips can always use an extra boost that’s why lip balm is a solid choice but so inconvenient to tote around in its traditional pot form. Clinique Chubby Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm come housed in a chubby little pencil that travels easily and hydrates lips while giving them a blush of color.

For those who go the more minimalist route with their makeup or their lip makeup in general these should appeal as the formula is incredibly lightweight, hydrating, and leaves color behind that enhances your lips natural pigment without being overly done or garish. I tried five shades and all five give my lips just the right amount of gorgeous color without being too bold, too over done, or too heavy. Part of the main appeal of the product is the way it visibly enhanced the color of my lips. It really gives the MLBB (my lips but better) experience a new meaning! Compared to other products of its kind I felt like this was what set it apart and made it so enjoyable to use.

The texture feels like a lip balm of sorts with a bit of a waxy feel however not an unpleasant one simply one that wraps lips in a moisturizing finish. They don’t give a ton of shine but they do leave behind a nice healthy sheen. If you’re wanting to get the most bang for your buck you can easily swipe ’em across your cheeks for a flush of color as well!

Shades I tried were Mega Melon (deep melon peach shade), Super Strawberry (rich fuchsia berry), Whoopin’ Watermelon (sheer pink), Fuller Fig (brown fig), and Graped-Up (sheer plum). Out of all the shades I loved Super Strawberry, Mega Melon, and Fuller Fig the best however it really doesn’t matter which shade you try as most all are guaranteed to work no matter your skin tone in my opinion.

(From Left to Right: Mega Melon, Super Strawberry, Whoopin’ Watermelon, Graped Up, and Fuller Fig)

Formula wears quite long and with a clear gloss on top they really pop and sizzle!

These swivel up and do not have a sharpener so if you prefer a precise point at all times you might be a bit disappointed when the point starts to get a bit stubby.

  • Anyone who likes minimal makeup or those who apply and reapply balms and glosses throughout the day (these are great for traveling with and for touch ups throughout the day).
  • Anyone who wants to multitask one product for cheeks and lips (nothing stopping you from using ’em on your cheeks for a bit of color).
  • Anyone who likes an MLBB (my lips but better) experience (these enhance the natural pigment of your lips).
  • Anyone who likes balms.

  • Those who want a bold, pigmented lip product (these are subtle).

I absolutely adored these not only for the formula but also for the considerably cheaper price tag ($15). The formula just does something wonderful for my lips and leaves behind a lovely little burst of hydrating color. I’ve tried plenty of products like it but none are nearly as nice plus as I said can’t beat this price.

Great stuff. You NEED these.

Muse Approved for purchase!

I know some of you are loving these so do share your thoughts and which shades you got!

Can’t wait to hear it!

Available now at Clinique counters and at www.clinique.com

I hear they are selling out fast at counters so perhaps haul ’em online!

About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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    • the Muse

      lol kimmy ;-D def! I’m going to macys right after work to grab the other shades girl!

  • Jane

    Hi Muse,

    I was wondering whether the colors would be noticeable on more pigmented lips?

    • the Muse

      jane you’ll be fine! they’ll simply add to your pigmented lips and give them more color while making them look fuller ;-D or at least this was the case for me.

  • Cj

    I already ordered the 3 I told you about the other day ;D Can’t wait to get these!! I think I’m gonna like Super Strawberry the best 😛 Btw I gotta say, Mega Melon looks fabulous on you! 🙂

    • the Muse

      sweeettt cj ;-D but update me? I wanna hear your thoughts after you try my dear! thank yaaaaaaaaaa! and that isn’t even intense, I sheered it out a bit ;-D it applies way better ;D!

  • katrosado5

    We don’t have these here at our clinque counter so I ordered just one on sephora to see if I like it. It hasn’t come yet but I ordered the Mega Melon. Thank you for the swatch, I can tell the color should be fine by the way it swatches on you Muse (does that mean I read your blog too much? LOL)

    • the Muse

      ha katros possibly girl ;-D you’re going to like the Mega Melon. My swatches really don’t show the gleam or the color well here sadly (I’m not so fab at swatches as you can see) but the color is way more vibrant in person! It’s a fab shade ;-D! and one of my favs! Update me when it arrives? Curious how you likey!

      • katrosado5

        I do like this, I got it in the mail today. It is very much like a lip balm in texture but the color payoff is between balm and medium coverage lipstick. Not quite either, too opaque for balm—to sheer for medium coverage lipstick. Cute packaging idea. I’ll probably buy a couple more this summer in the other colors.

  • The Beauty Alchemist

    Hey girl are you getting DMs? I want to send one. or I am on IM now for a bit. so we can tentative plan? won’t keep you long, I’m running all over today myself.

    • the Muse

      I didn’t get get your dm’s hun? sam just sent me one and it came through…are you tweeting to the right person ;D!

  • stacie

    I think I will get the darker of the 2 pinks. I think its probably good that they swivel up and you don’t use a sharpener as I imagine that the sharpener would be messy and you would waste product. Thanks for the review xoxox

  • AnieJ

    Was there a type of color in these you liked more (i.e. the darker ones or lighter, the pink or the brown)? I’ve been trying to wear more pink but have found a whole lot of colors that look PINK instead of just nice. And, I really like the sound of these…

    • the Muse

      hi anie…I actually listed my favs of five 🙂 I’m not really sure what you mean about colors looking pink instead of just nice? but I listed the three I liked the best so hopefully this helps?! 🙂

    • LorraineER

      I think I understand what you mean…you want something that is a sheerer pink that enhances your natural color rather than taking it over and being in-you-face type of pink…is that what you mean? If it is, you want to pick things that, when applied, apply sheerly..the more pigmented the product is the more the color it will show. Something sheer will blend in more. Sometimes things look bright in the tube or pot but apply sheerly which is why swatches are awesome and why seeing things in person always helps. These are definitely sheer…anything labeled “lip tint” or “tinted balm” or “sheer gloss” will probably be more what you’re looking for than a fully pigmented lipstick or gloss.
      Anyhow, if I got that right I bet Muse could recommend some good sheer lippies and I could as well, just ask me 😀 Also, if you already know all this and I was totally off than I’m sorry.

      • BeautyMaven

        LorraineER– freakin’ awesome response! I wanted you to know that I think it is so nice of you to take the time to reply with a helpful answer!!
        ~Also, as far as sheer, you can’t go wrong with old school Dr. Pepper chapstick! =P

  • The Beauty Alchemist

    no no I didn’t send it yet 🙂
    I know you have trouble with them so wanted to make sure 1st.

  • Tina

    I like that they swivel up and that you don’t need to sharpen them. I have a similar product from Hard Candy that is great but I have to sharpen the heck out of it every single time I use it and it’s a pain. It’s nice just to swivel it up without carrying around a sharpener. Not only that but less messy too.

    Is there a scent to them? (Gawd, I hope I’m not one of those who doesn’t read the review fully and ask a question that has already been covered in the post) If so, you still forgive me right? 😀

    I’m thinking I may get Super Strawberry or Whoppin’ Watermelon.

  • The Beauty Alchemist

    I DM’d awhile ago , you get ? I see you checked out of twitter.

  • The Beauty Alchemist

    How do you feel abt the Plaza food hall? kinda want to see what it’s like. and take goodies home too 🙂

  • Brooke

    I purchased Mega Melon and love it! It took me forever to decide between the Melon and Strawberry. I was going to get both, however, my bank account told me not to due to recent trips to Sephora and Ulta 🙂
    I was really surprised how ‘glossy’ these made my lips feel and look. I was expecting more of a dry, lipstick feel for some reason, but as you mentioned, these feel really moisturizing. Definitely going to purchase more in the future!

  • Yuki

    I wanted to get them too!!! It’s an affordable clinique product!! Plus I am an avid lip balm user in need of some colour. Haha. Thanks for the review!

  • Jen

    I am in -love- with these ever since I saw your previous article announcing the press release pictures of these things..

    Mega Melon… you will be mine!

  • Tigress

    I got one of these today in Graped Up – they didn’t have my first choice of Super Strawberry or my second choice of Whole Lotta Honey. I really like it so far, nice and moisturizing and lovely subtle color. They smell a bit strange, but then again I have a super sensitive sniffer. As a lip balm fiend, I would definitely recommend these as well.

    They are selling out super fast though the lady told me me (I got the last Graped Up) and she didn’t see any more on order in the near future.

  • Cj

    So I finally got mine and I gotta say I was wrong. Super Strawberry isn’t my favorite… It’s actually the one I like the least lol. Whoppin’ Watermelon is so pretty but my favorite has got to be Mega Melon!! It gives such a pretty color on my lips 🙂 Tho I do have to sheer it out a little bit.

    • the Muse

      cj I can’t agree more, mega melon=AWESOME! Tarte has something similar I’m about to reveal but the shade has more of a coral pop LOVE! these shades for Spring are a must!

      • Cj

        I bought a few of the Tarte lip “stains” a while ago, and literally threw them out the next day because they didn’t stain at all lol. Now I know why on Sephora their called ‘stains’ but on Tarte’s website their called ‘tints’

        Peach is definately the it color this Spring 😛

        • the Muse

          cj nooo but the new lusters are amazing seriously but no they don’t actually stain lol!

  • Kelly M

    Hi Muse!!!

    So excited! Bloomindales is having a really pretty GWP right now. I’m going to go pick up some chubby sticks! Thought I’d share it with you I’ve been waiting for this moment =)


  • sarah m

    I love the tarte stains and these are wayy cheaper! i think i’ll try em! thanks muse

  • KimmyDarling

    FINALLY got one (Graped-Up), and I LOVE IT!!!! Thanks so much for the recommendation– once again, you picked a winner!


  • Anna

    I always read your reviews! 😀 I’ve been looking for a new lipcolor product, and I can’t decide! I just got the Super Strawberry Chubby Stick, which I love~ but I want a color similar to Black Honey. There are so many reviews talking about how the Almost Lipstick product dries up lips :/ (and my lips are already dry!)

    Do you have a recommendation, based on the Chubby Stick colors? I’d really appreciate it!

    Thank you so much for all of your reviews!
    sidenote: I stalked your blog for makeup/skincare reviews when I was in Japan last year 😛 wheee, they were SUPER helpful! 😀

    • the Muse

      hi anna there is one or two shades that might past for black honey, I can’t say which at the moment I don’t have any shades with me but there def might be a shade or two that is similar! Let me get back to you! thank YOU for reading 🙂 so glad you enjoy Musings 🙂