Review: Clinique Almost Lipstick 06 Black Honey

I seem to be going through my older stash which I haven’t reviewed before. This Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey has been with me for more than a year, maybe 2 years? And I never really talked about it. Truthfully, I didn’t really use it until last year, and even that, I didn’t use it much. I just have that same problem with all my makeup – it’s something most bloggers will tell you – I have too many and I tend to forget what I have. Some might see it as a happy problem, and some might see it as a third world problem of decadence, and I just accept it as it is. Another reason I’m reviewing these like crazy is because I edited the photos ages ago, and still haven’t used them. With this new layout, I need to crop my photos bigger and I’m getting these out of the way before I use the newer photos. LOL! Anyway, I digress.


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The Almost Lipstick is packaged slim and light. Reminds me of those feminine cigarettes for ladies, but I don’t smoke, so I could be very wrong! It is a little too light for my liking, reminds me of a really cheap pen, but you know, personal preference and all. Black Honey looks very intimidating. Look at the colour.


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It really looks almost black. A black plum, actually. However, when swatched, I could barely get the colour to show up right. See?




This is, I think about 3 swipes down my wrist. It just looks a little brown, a little bruised. When worn on the lips, it looks different again. It sort of darkens your natural lip colour a little, and I must say, this is so Fall appropriate for those of you who are still hesitant to go all out in bolder darker colours.


lip swatch


It is scentless and the texture is very emollient, reminding me of a tinted lip balm. It doesn’t have much pigmentation, and I think is great for every day use, instead of pink, peach and coral – you know, those brighter more cheerful nudes. So when you think of something comfortable with some slip on your lips, and something that’s not too pigmented, logic will also tell you that this lipstick doesn’t last long. And you’d be right. It probably shows up for a couple of hours, then you’d have to reapply. This shade, I must say, doesn’t brighten my complexion, and it actually looks more serious, and somehow, looks older. Maybe it’s the brown base, but there are some brown based lipsticks that are more flattering. On someone with darker complexion perhaps, this might look more nude.

I love the Black Honey eye shadow, but this Almost Lipstick… eh… not so much. What about you? Have you tried this one?


xoxo Lily






  • Liz

    Haha, I guess that’s why it’s called Almost Lipstick. I had the gloss version of this long ago, and that used to be my idea of a “vamp” lip, LOL! How far we’ve come. 🙂 I love the new layout, btw!

    • Lily

      You’re right, Liz. That’s why it’s called ALMOST lipstick 🙂 We’ve indeed come a long way, my friend. There was a time when I would only wear nude lipsticks!

  • I have one and the lip gloss as well. I love this “easy vamp” color but I find it clings to dry patches. I usually put on the gloss on top to cover it up. Honestly? I totally forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me! ;D

    • Lily

      I’d love to see this on you. Did you write about this?

      • I reviewed on the Black Honey set a long time ago. I remember it looked awful on my chapped lips at that moment. LOL

        • Lily

          I gotta search for the review then!

  • LOL – “feminine cigarettes for ladies”! That is pretty spot-on! This was one of my first ever lipsticks and definitely one of the first that felt special. I think I got it when I was a senior in high school? It was a classic. I’ll always like this one b/c of the nostalgia – and the fact that it’s so sheer, it’s a breeze and a half to pull off. Love your new layout, btw! Totes streamlined. 🙂

    • Lily

      Glad you like the new layout! I like that it’s clean.

  • one of my faves! It pulled a bit brown on me, but if I blended well it was like wearing nothing at all!

    • Lily

      It pulls brown on me too. Unfortunately the colour dulls my complexion 🙁

  • Bella

    I used this all through the 90’s. Clearly, I adored it. This feels like the Time Warp!!! (Perils of ageing).

    • Lily

      Lol so this has been around for a long time. The only lipstick I wore in the 90s was something bronze from Revlon 🙂

      • Bella

        Oh lawd, I had Revlon burgundy lipstick for nights out. When I saw the first swatches of Tom Ford’s new Negligee lipstick (after I’d ordered it LOL) for a very horrid moment I thought it’d been reincarnated. Fortunately Negligee has a significant pink undertone.

        • Lily

          Lol! I remember mine was Copper or something like that. My friend’s fave was Sienna

  • This was my very first lipstick ever. I always have one on hand. It’s just easy to wear. And I also really love it because it the lipstick they used on Liv Tyler for Arwen in the Lord Of The Rings movies! I call it my Arwen lipstick lol!

    • Lily

      Glad you like it! I didn’t know Liv Tyler wore it in LOTR. Sure looks better on her than on me 😛

  • I bought this last year and generally like how balmy it is. It was much more vamp than I expected, so it was a nice surprise.

    • Lily

      Yes, it’s more vampy than I expected but in a good way 🙂

  • I have a pink version of this lipstick, and I like that one, but I have always been afraid of this one even though they say it goes perfectly on everyone.

    • Lily

      Larie, you rock dark lipsticks so there is nothing to fear!