How do you feel about lip gloss? In a world of lip lacquers which can offer shine, and super-shiny lipsticks, does lip gloss, which has always had drawbacks (hair sticking to it, tacky feel on the lips, not lasting very long etc) still have a place? These questions came to mind when I tested Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine (£18.50) over the last week. As a lifelong loather of lip gloss, I occasionally try out new ones to see if they have improved at all since I first grew to hate them in the 1990s.
Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine certainly started out promisingly, with its clever design: the colour is released through a hole in the nib of the crayon, when you twist the silver base. The angled nib makes it easier to paint the gloss on to the lips and stay within the lip line. If you accidentally apply too much Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine, you can smear it over the lips with the nib to even it out.
So far, so good. I liked how I could build up to quite a strong colour with the shade I tried – Va Va Va Violet, a deep, slightly purply pink – and a light-reflecting shine is always helpful in giving the illusion of slightly fuller lips.
However, I can report that the texture is as tacky as any other gloss, and it doesn’t last any longer than other I’ve tried in recent years though this dark shade leaves a little bit of a stain for a good while after the gloss has gone. Needless, to say, I’ll be sticking to my lipsticks and lip lacquers; this isn’t the gloss that’s going to convert me!