Sunday, 4 September 2011

Clinique Black Honey Lipgloss/Lipstick Duo

Black Honey Lipstick and Lip gloss duo is one of the limited edition products from Clinique's 2011 Fall collection, which consists of berry and violet shades inspired by the cult favourite lip colour.

The dual ended lip product contains two different versions of the iconic shade, an almost lipstick and a long last glosswear. 

Clinique Black Honey Lipgloss/Lipstick Duo

The lipstick looks a little bit scary in the tube, but the dark brown/eggplant becomes more of a subtle, sheer, berry shade once it's applied. On my lips, it just adds a hint of colour which enhances my natural lip tone. The Almost Lipstick formula feels soft, light weight and balm like, perfect for those who don't like the feel or texture of lipstick or gloss. I've found lasting power to be pretty good and I find the formula to be quite hydrating too. It wears well and leaves my lips feeling comfortable.

Clinique Black Honey Lipstick

The complementary gloss shade is slightly more pigmented than the lipstick, but is still sheer and leaves lips with a pretty, glossy version of the berry shade. It almost looks like a shiny stain and creates a "just-bitten" look. The formula is quite thick and feels a little bit tacky on lips, but it's comfortable and fairly long lasting for a gloss. Applied over the Almost Lipstick version, it enhances the intensity slightly and creates a slighter deeper, glossy version of the berry shade.

Clinique Black Honey Gloss

Below are swatches of the two products. The lipstick is on the left and the gloss on the right.

Clnique Black Honey Duo

And here's what the products look like applied. Just the lipstick in the first photo and both the lipstick and gloss in the second.

Clinique Black Honey Lipstick
Clinique Black Honey Gloss

I must have been about sixteen or seventeen when I first tried Clnique's Black Honey and at the time, the shade didn't really wow me. I was more of a fan of soft, pinky nudes, and Black Honey was a little bit too dark for my taste. After giving the colour another go almost ten years later, I have to say, I've completely changed my mind. I'm not sure if Clinique have changed the colour slightly, or if I just remember the shade being darker than it actually is, but the berry shade works well at enhancing my natural lip colour and is perfect for days when I'm going for a 'no make up look' and want a subtle, barely there lip colour. 

Available now from the Clinique site, counters and department stores where it costs £17.50.

(PR Sample)


  1. Looks lovely, such a pretty shade :)

  2. i remember trying black honey for the first time I was seriously scared lol. I have the gloss but I might have to pick up the duo because its seriously the perfect shade!

    xo Jackie

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  4. What an amazing, amazing color. I really really want to try these black honey products, I think they are a very unique idea!

  5. I also love Clinique Black Honey. I'll have to check out the collection as the blush in the promo pic looks awfully pretty as well.


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  7. Wow - what a great color! I had no idea it even existed, and I wear a lot of Clinique. I guess I always go for the more nude colors, as well. Maybe it is time to try something new!

  8. In that recent Amazing Face book I read - the beauty ed said Black Honey was one of those classics everyone should own, the look has always scared me- Its so not what I expected it to look like- its gorgeous on you Nat. I love the look of the shadow quad too. I am nearly at pan on my other Clinique quad and I have to say for everyday shadows- they are amazing. I love them, they last, blend well & easy to work with.

  9. I've been eyeing the blush - I've swatched it a few times but have been trying to resist! I've never actually tried the lipcolor, but it does look lovely - natural and healthy!

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  11. Jackie - It does look a little bit scary in the tube, but surprisingly natural applied! The lipstick and gloss in the duo work together really well. As I said, they create a slightly deeper version of the shade when they're combined which is really pretty.

    Y - Going by the lip colours you normally go for, I think you'd like Black Honey!

    Liz - The blush caught my eye too, it's sold out on the UK site though :/

    Mary ♥ Mur - Thanks for your kind comment!

    Kristen - You should, it really is a lovely, easy to wear shade.

    Me, my best and I - I thought you would have tried this one. I know you're a fan of Clinique and I know you like you're natural lip colours, so it's something I imagine you'd like! The quad does look nice too. I haven't tried any Clinique shadows for a while, could do with checking some of the singles or palettes out again!

    Larie - I haven't actually swatched it, but it does look really pretty in the swatches I've seen. Might have to see if I can hunt one down!

    Thanks for your comments everyone! x


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