On trial: Clinique’s viral Pink Honey Lipstick

Gilly Ferguson,-Contributing Editor

I never thought I’d get this excited about a lip colour

What is Clinique Almost Lipstick?

TikTok’s favourite lip formulation, Almost Lipstick is famous for its chameleon-like ability to suit all skin tones, yet look different on everyone. Now Clinique has dropped a new shade – Pink Honey – and the beauty world is very excited. 

Why the hype?

Clinique’s Almost Lipstick range was almost axed, before public outcry led to the continuation of the bestselling Black Honey. (One is sold every three minutes worldwide, fact fans.)

How does it work?

Not quite a lipstick, not quite a gloss – this is more of a buildable balm. Almost Lipstick’s emollient-rich formula is what makes it magic. Think sheer coverage, soft shine and a subtle slip of colour. It’s fuss-free and very forgiving (you don’t need a mirror to apply), whether worn alone or layered over a louder lip colour.

Is Pink Honey as good as Black Honey?

Much like its cult sister shade, Pink Honey enhances the natural tone of your lips to create a flattering tint. It shares the same easy-glide, easy-to-apply formula as Black Honey – but with a more noticeable pink tint. Fans of a subtle lip will L-O-V-E.


The results

Clinique Pink Honey Lipstick Before
Clinique Pink Honey Lipstick After
My before and after

The verdict

Truthfully? I’m not really a lipstick person. I’m not #blessed with full-looking lips, and anything powerful leaves my mouth looking a bit like a letterbox.

Then in sashayed Pink Honey and now I’m hooked. Perfect for easing into 2024’s hottest lip trend (popsicle), it flatters thin and fuller-looking lips alike – in one swipe, or three – but it’s the barely there, balm-like finish that’ll have you longing to reapply. Almost Lipstick feels undeniably decadent, while, dare I say it, being a bit sensible, too – like you’re really taking care of yourself.

Used to bump up your natural lip colour, Almost Lipstick is truly the best version of what you already have. And who doesn’t want that?

The metrics that matter
Easy to useBoasting the same emollient-rich formula as fan-favourite Black Honey for fast, fuss-free application, minus any mirrors.
PayoffNot one for colour-rich, matt lipstick lovers – but as a suits-all, everyday icon? It’s perfection.
Value for money Almost Lipstick sits at the mid-luxury end of the lippie market, but when you consider its lipstick + balm + lip ’n’ cheek tint-like qualities? Priceless.

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