I haven’t shared one of these with you in a long time: things I just “gotta have”. Sometimes it’s a kitchen item, sometimes it’s music or another small but important thingy that makes my life easier. Once again, my Gotta Have It item is a lip balm, but this time with a spin.
My best-buddy LeiLani is a makeup artist extraordinaire and one of the perks to having a makeup-artist-friend is that she has her ear to the ground on all the newest cosmetic products. Plus she knows that I’m obsessed with lip balms & glosses. I choose my friends wisely.
So one day last year she brought me a gift, a Clinique Chubby Stick in the shade “Graped-Up”. The weird thing about the Chubby Stick is that unlike a regular lip balm, this balm comes in a pushup-pencil-like container. When you open it up, it looks more like a lipstick or lip pencil than a lip balm.
Ohhh but then you try it on and it goes on so smooth, so subtle, so dewy, just like a lip balm. It has a touch more color than your average tube of grocery store lip balm but it is so light. You don’t feel like you are wearing thick, heavy lipstick.
And talk about moisturizing! According to Clinique the Chubby Stick is “loaded with mango and shea butters”, perfect for supplying silky moisture to your winter-dry lips.
The color is pretty sheer but you can make it darker by applying a little more. I have 2 colors, Graped-Up and Whole Lotta Honey, both fairly neutral:
But as you can see there are some brighter, spring shades if that’s what you go for.
One last thing about the Chubby Stick, it has great staying power, especially for a lip balm. One application lasts me a couple of hours. This is an important selling point for me because I don’t like re-applying makeup.
Like most cosmetic-counter items, it’s a little pricier: $16. But I use it all the time and I am still working on my first tube. So I think it’s well worth the price. It’s the perfect “kiss” of color and moisture.
Next time you are looking for something new for your makeup bag, give Chubby Sticks a try!