I am almost certain that my skin problem was caused by an Origins moisturiser and a Skin 79 bb cream that I was trying. Both of the aforementioned products are very rich, so using both of those together were just too much for my oily skin, especially in the hot humid climate that is Malaysia. Ever since I stopped using these two products, the little bumps on my skin have gone down considerably and my skin do not get oily as quickly throughout the day.
Now that my skin is better, I thought I must quickly get on with my reviews for Christmas/ Holiday 2012 makeup collections since Christmas is just over a month away now.
The first product that I will be reviewing for you is the Clinique Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Stick Gift Set for Christmas 2012.
This set contains five mini Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in a gorgeous bright pink and silver box.
The colours in this set are: (from left) 07 Super Strawberry, 12 Oversized Orange, 14 Curvy Candy, 01 Richer Raisin & 05 Chunky Cherry.
Size comparison between the mini and full size. I don't have a full size chubby stick but according to the internet, the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain is the same size as the full size chubby stick.
You get 0.04oz/ 1.2g of product in each tube.
For those living in the States, you are paying a premium with this set because a full size chubby stick contains 0.10oz/ 2.8g of product and it retails for $15. This set contains 0.20oz of product and it retails for $34.50 (source).
For those living in Malaysia, this set does amount to a tiny bit of saving because a full size (0.10oz/ 2.8g) is RM58.00 but this set is RM110.00 for 0.20oz/ 6g of product.
The colours (left swatch is a single pass and right is a built up swatch). From left: 07 Super Strawberry (sheer mauve tone pink), 12 Oversized Orange (sheer peachy tangerine), 14 Curvy Candy (sheer candy pink), 01 Richer Raisin (sheer plummy brown) & 05 Chunky Cherry (sheer cherry red).
If you like sheer lip colour, the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balms are very nice in my opinion. The texture is very smooth, it has no obvious scent and it applies very well and evenly onto the lips without slipping around or being patchy. The texture is not too heavy or greasy and it is very comfortable to wear. This product is forgiving on slightly dry lips since it doesn't emphasize dry patches or lip lines. However, I don't find it to be super moisturizing so if your lips are very chapped or dehydrated, this product will not be of much help.
I personally really like the way these Chubby Sticks looks on the lips. The texture is slightly sheer (as in it has a translucent finish) but the colour do show up on the lips. On my lips, this product looks freshly applied for around 2 hours with occasional drinks. This product fades very nicely (not like some that can be patchy/ uneven as it wears away), so you do not necessarily need to reapply frequently. I do find that after I've been wearing the chubby sticks for several hours, the inner rim of my lips do feel a little bit dry. For a product that claims to be moisturizing, I do think that it fell short on that front. All in all, I like the Clinique Chubby sticks as a sheer lip colour and not so much as a moisturizing tinted lip balm.
This Whole Lotta Colour Chubby Stick Gift Set will make a great gift, especially for those who have been wanting to try out the Chubby Sticks since you get to try more colours before investing in a full size one. I am sure that someone who likes sheer lip colours/ someone who likes Clinique/ someone who is a big fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks/ a makeup junkie will really appreciate this little gift set too. You can also get this set and split it up as smaller gifts or stocking stuffers!!
Lastly, here's what the colours look like on the lips:
07 Super Strawberry
12 Oversized Orange
14 Curvy Candy
01 Richer Raisin.
You might notice that the makeup I was wearing is the same for Super Strawberry, Richer Raisin and Chunky Cherry. I don't like doing too many lip swatches on the same day since it dries my lips out a lot but I needed to do it for this post in order to save time.
05 Chunky Cherry
I hope you enjoyed reading my first Christmas 2012 makeup review and I will be posting more reviews in the next few weeks so please look forward to that.
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