From the Brand: Tempt lips with a soft cushion of colour that's not quite sheer, not quite opaque-just the perfect happy medium. Loaded with mango and shea butters so lips feel comfortably soft and smooth. Eight vibrant shades in all.
Retails for: $17.00
Where to Buy: Clinique counters at major department stores like Macys, Bloomingdales, Nordstroms, and more as well as Clinique.com, Sephora stores and Sephora.com
My Thoughts: I got a sample size one as a free gift from Sephora a while back, and it's a gorgeous red color so of course I loved it. I went back a few days later to see if I could get another one, because I rack up THAT many points with them of course, but it was all out. The girl at the counter said that everyone was in love with them and they were all gone quickly. I can see why. The color is a really intense red, with beautiful cherry undertones, that doesn't turn hot pink as it wears away like a lot of other blue based reds can.
The formula is very creamy and doesn't tug when applied. It's not intensely hydrating, so I found myself still applying chapstick in between coats of color. The color stained my lips well, and I only had to reapply the stick itself a few times to really brighten things back up. It faded evenly as well. It has just a slight sheen to it, so if you like a really glossy look, I'd top it with a sheer gloss over the top. I also love that it's a twist up pencil, which makes it easy to apply and portable.
Final Verdict: I love this and would love more of them as a free perk. However, I think that paying $17 for one of them when I can get a comparable product at the drugstore for half the price is what's going to force me to say "no" to adding them to my makeup bag any time soon.