Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Hope you’re all having a great weekend! Time for a cult lipstick review!

I’m not a very makeup trendy person and so when I heard of Black Honey I had no idea what people were talking about. As usual, my investigation started with a quick Google search, which led to swatches, which in turn led to reviews and in the end, I was sold.

I couldn’t find this at my local Clinique counter, so I ended up getting it during my birthday haulClinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey was apparently famous in the 90s for the brown lip. What makes this lipstick special is that it flatters women of any skintone, I partially agree. I think the tint works really well at warming up the lips but some might find this too dark or too light to be a proper lipstick.

That looks very hardcore in the tube but it’s a softy! It’s very sheer and at the most I can build it up to medium coverage. But the colour is so lovely. It looks very brown when swatched but there’s a lot of red in there which really looks great on the lip. It immediately counteracts any greyness on the lips and adds warmth. It gives a bit of a stained/bitten effect, like you just chomped down blackberries.

If I need just a hint of colour, 1 or 2 swipes will do. It can be built up more with 3-4 swipes. Anything more than that would sit too heavy on the lips.

It’s comfortable to wear and very soothing. It feels balmy and quite moisturising but needs to be reapplied every 3 hours or so. It doesn’t settle into lips either.

Personally, I like the colour and will make good use of it. But if this isn’t your kind of colour, it would be a waste.

I like the sleek packaging, it’s very understated and very Clinique. It’s quite thin and can fit into any tiny clutch very easily. It’s one of my favourites to wear at work.

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Image Above : Swipes : one, two, three

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Image Above : One Swipe


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Image Above : Three Swipes


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Name:  Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey

Pigmentation : Sheer

Finish and Texture : Glossy finish. Very creamy lipstick.

Durability : Lasts 3-4 hours.

Price : $16 ~ Rs. 900

Available at : Sephora, Nordstrom, Clinique

Overall : 4/5


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  • Agata

    I am surprised that it looks so dark in a tube and yet so subtle on your lips! I would probably wear this shade but I don’t think I like it enough to buy it.

    • Xuvious

      Personally I think something like Dior Lip Glow does a similar thing, I think they have two shades now?

  • Linda Libra Loca

    Lovely color, but it is too sheer for my taste. If I have to build things up with more than two swipes I feel I wasted my money. And even your three swipes are still to sheer for me to be satisfied.

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      I get your point completely! I like sheer lipsticks a lot more than most people, I end up loving shades like these. :)

      • Linda Libra Loca

        Well, there is one for each, and it is good like that. Keeps the variety coming.

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Hey hey, I really like how this looks on you! Brown usually isn’t the optimal shade on me tho. I avoid most brownish lipsticks to be honest. I know how popular this is tho. Perhaps one day I’ll give it a go 😉

    • Xuvious

      Thank you Sunny! While it’s a universally wearable shade, not sure about the flattering part!

  • SmashinBeauty

    Love it! I love how it looks on you, so natural ..

    • Xuvious

      Thank you! xx

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    Thank you for always doing comparison swatches! It is so helpful. I had Black Honey back in high school and college and loved it!

    • Xuvious

      Oh nice to hear from someone who actually used it when it was popular!
      No problem, I always find them super useful as well. :)

  • Lena L

    Oh, I have a love-hate relationship with this one! On a day it looks too warm on me, but sometimes just perfect. Weird creature it is! 😉
    Although I don’t agree with Clinique’s “universally flattering” claim, it does look beautiful on your lips.

    • Xuvious

      Thank you Lena! I see it does get a lot of love-hate in the comments as well! 😉

  • Paro

    It’s the kind of color I would pass right by.. But sheered out, that actually looks really nice.

    • Xuvious

      Sometimes I don’t want to wear a lipstick but I don’t want my lips to look dead, this is perfect for that. :)

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I’ve worn this one since the 90’s! I always have a tube!

    • Xuvious

      Oh wow, glad you like this Erin! I’d love to see you wearing it! :)

      • Clever Girl Reviews

        I’ll have to put a pic up with it soon!

  • Natasja

    Oh, I didn’t know about this lipstick! From the cover photo I was expecting/hoping it would be really dark brown.. xD but it is softer and lighter! I still like it though 😀 we should wear more brown, hm?

    • Xuvious

      Haha, I have to say that is partly why I like it, so deceiving! 😉

  • Krithi Marla

    from the first photo i thought it would be vampy color but really nice shade
    never tried this range from clinique actually

    • Xuvious

      Me and vampy still have a long way to go! Till then I will use pretend vampy lipsticks like this one! :p

  • Jennifer Monforton

    This is one of my favourite lipsticks for a sheer berry look. Very pretty on you :)

    • Xuvious

      Ohh glad you like it too! Thanks Jen! xx

  • Jaa

    I know people have been talking about this shade a lot but believe it or not, this is actually the first time seeing it swatched! ^_^” I’m glad it’s not a black or super brown shade like in the tube. LOL. It comes out nice on your lips actually!

    • Xuvious

      Very deceiving! I was so surprised when I first saw a swatch. 😉

  • nausheen

    when i saw the tube i was like whattt! you have brought black lipstick:P
    but in the swatches i can see the shade is not that bad, actually its a pretty shade :)

    • Xuvious

      Hahaha! Who knows one day I might! :p
      Thanks Nausheen! xx

  • MizzJ

    I love this one too! It’s got to be one of the only dark lipsticks that’s easy to put on without a mirror.

    • Xuvious

      Yes! It’s perfect for on the go and it’s so slim and easy to fit anywhere! :)

  • Carla @ Blush Parade

    This looks soo pretty! Love lipsticks like this for everyday wear. Also, I totally agree with the “very Clinique” packaging, haha. They definitely have their own style, very simple and fresh. A bit clinical, if I might (lol).

    • Xuvious

      I know it might look very safe and boring to wear but those are exactly the kind of colours I like wearing to work. 😉