May 17, 2012

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm New Shades Review and Swatches

Yay! I’m terribly excited about reviewing the new shades of Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm for you today.

Just a warning, the shades all kinda sorta look the same on my lips sadly. I tried photos with and without flash but they just seem to all very similiar. I’m def not an expert at lippie swatches but I tried and hopefully they help a little tiny bit.

Let’s take a look!

Clinique has introduced eight new shades of Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm which brings the total color collection up to sixteen available colors. Who doesn’t love variety?

These are a little bigger than Revlon’s new Just Bitten Kissable Balm and are $16 each. As I mentioned in my Revlon review I do feel Clinique has a better handle on the formula verses Revlon which who got the pigment down correctly but not the moisture. If the two products could both be pigmented and moisturizing we’d have the perfect chubby pencil on our hands.

Voluptuous Violet

Bountiful Blush


Curvy Candy

Heaping Hazelnut

Oversized Orange (Sorry, I forgot to swatch this on lips, will update shortly)

Mighty Mimosa

Pudgy Peony

Two Ton Tomato

Clinique’s version is balmy, moisturizing texture with a subtle color pay off where as Revlon is less moisturizing with better color pay off. If you like sheered, MLBB (my lips but better) shades you’ll enjoy these new colors however if you desire more pigment I suggest going with Revlon’s version.

(Swatched in their order/labeled appearance in the first photo)

The first thing I noticed about these new shades is they are sheerer than the original shades but they build easily enough for better color pay off. I love them because of the MLBB factor. They are the type of balm that enhance the natural color of your own lips and give a fabulously natural pay off.

The balm texture is comfortable and moisturizing throughout the wear without feeling too heavy. The great part is they wear quite long without a ton of maintenance in between applications.

I do think these shades, as mentioned above, will look best on those with paler lips. If you have pigmented lips you’ll find the colors all look the same once applied or at least that was the case for me.

Overall, these eight shades are worth exploring. They may be a bit sheerer but the natural hint of tint color is very flattering….! Shades like Oversized Orange provide an easy, wearable way to enjoy the orange-y tangerine trend you’re seeing at the moment without looking too bold or crazy.

With Revlon in strong competition with Clinique to offer a cheaper product I imagine you wonder which chubby pencil is worth it. That really is hard to say which is why I pointed out the characteristics for each pencil above. I think $15 for these is an affordable price where as some brands will charge you $20 or even $24. Of course, that isn’t drugstore pricing but each pencil offers different traits, it’s a matter of picking what you like about the pencil and going with that brand… if someone can do pigmented and hydrating in the same formula we’d have a winner!

Either way, Clinique’s new shades of Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm get a big Muse Approval for me.

I loved the original release and I like the new shades too!

Available now at Clinique counters or online at

Did you haul any of the new colors yet?

Which ones?

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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  • Rachel

    I want them all!!!! I love how sheer they are, but yet there’s enough color to be flattering and shiny!

  • Tina

    I do like the opaqueness of the Revlon version but it’s not as moisturizing. The Clinique one looks really moisturizing. Gah, like you said, it would be perfect if Revlon would make theirs as moisturizing as Clinque’s!

    I am loving the violet one. Thanks for the swatches.

    • the Muse

      i have the same issue with revlon tina, they aren’t moisturizing and go a little patchy without clear gloss. clinique’s version is moisturizing..! go figure, can’t we get one product with the two traits combined?! ;-D my pleasure!

  • Ana

    i’m a bit sad about how sheer that violet is =/. I know it’s probably not the most attractive look to be wearing violet lips but it looked to be the most interesting shade out of clinique, tarte’s and Revlon’s lines

  • Caitlin

    It’s amazing how you look good in pretty much all lipcolors. I’m always impressed! 😀 Two Ton Tomato may not be unique, but it is red, and therefore shall be mine.

    • the Muse

      aw you are TOO kind girl! I wish it was true! Hazelnut looks living dead girl on me ;D!

      • Majick

        And I really liked the Hazelnut on you- it’s a great nude – just add a little more black eye liner honey! LOL 😀

  • Lulubelle

    Just got my first chubby stick in the gift with purchase, which arrived today – Mega Melon. I like so far!

  • nail polish

    wow! i’d love to have them all. Its much affordable compared to other products but yet has a greater quality. ^^

  • Tinkibell

    I ordered 4 of the new colors and wanted to love them sooo much.

    But sadly I am sending all of them back. I am going to have to really look over the ingredients of these as they reacted badly on my lips. My lips turned an odd, bright pink color and felt burned! I was shocked as I have been using Clinique products for over 20 years! But these really dried out my lips and irritated them. I had to slather on the Aquaphor and today they are still red and sore.

    I tried some of the original colors and while they just didn’t work for me, I don’t remember them reacting as the new pencils did. I wanted to try the Revlon version when they hit the stores near me, but am afraid to now.

  • plue

    heaping hazelnut is like nude lip! so pretty, am also liking mighty mimosa on you big sis!

    but to be real honest, other than heaping hazelnut and Voluptuous Violet and Two Ton Tomato being a little more different than the others, the rest are either a smidgen darker or lighter >.<

  • yuvee

    Strangely enough, I find this product really drying on my lips. It’ll go on all nice and smooth, but after an hour or two my lips actually feel drier than before.

  • Lauren

    Ms. Muse, I’m confused. You’re comparing these to the Revlon Just Bitten? But these aren’t stains, right? I just got my first Revlon Lip Butter the other day (Pink Truffle, which is gorge) and that seems more similar to the Chubby Stick than the Just Bitten stain. In any case, I like the Revlon Butter much more than the Chubby Sticks. The Chubby Sticks are too sheer and, as I mentioned above, not moisturizing on my lips. Plus they slide off almost immediately. Oh, well. There are plenty of other things to buy…

  • Jen M.

    I bought Oversized Orange thinking it was actually going to be orange. The swatches on the Sephora and Clinique websites both make it look very orange. I was disappointed when I got it and it was more of a pinky coral. It’s a nice color still, but the hunt for a true orange (and mostly natural ingredient) lip color will continue.

  • Avalith

    omg these are wonderful but I think Im going to stick with revlon to save money..

  • Fröken Frodig

    Great blog I stumbled in to 🙂 I love these, but where I live they are so overpriced, around $31-32. Too bad, because I want a bunch of them (only got 2 so far).

    • the Muse

      thanks froken so glad you’re enjoying my site…! You must be abroad as they aren’t that expensive here…!

      • Fröken Frodig

        Yes, I am indeed abroad, in Sweden, where polar bears and reindeer herds walk the snowy streets, and all make up is seriously overpriced 😉