I brought you a sneaky peek of the new Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine a few weeks back, when I just had Va Va Va Voom Violet to show you, but now the whole set has arrived I have got them all swatched up.
In truth, these are a bit weird to start with – the delivery mechanic is quite clumsy in that you’re never quite sure, when you twist the bottom of the pen, quite how much gloss you’re going to get. There is a bit of practice involved. Because the nib is rigid, you don’t get that soft feel as you would a doe’s foot applicator and I think a doe’s foot does it better – why mess with something that really works?
Saying that, the gloss is immense, and so is the pigment. If you love glosses, this is truly happy time! In the swatch from left to right are: ‘Normous Nude, Jumbo Jem, Super Scarlet, Powerhouse Punch (this is my absolute favourite), Portly Peach, Va Va Va Voom Violet, Goliath Grape and Pink & Plenty. The claim on the US site that they last for hours is optimistic at best – they last as long as you let them (drinking, eating, lip licking) but the main sell is the plumping. I feel I did get some plumping – enough anyway to make my creased lips look a bit smoother but there is also a lot of light reflection going on and that always helps, too. You won’t get huge lips though and it’s a bit hard to tell whether the plumping was chemical or optical. They’re launching on 28th April in the UK for £18 although they’re already on sale in the US.
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