🛍️ Product reviewed: Clinique Pink Honey
⏰ Tested for: One month
⭐ Rating: 4 /5
💸 Reasons to buy: Seamless application, hydrating formula, gorgeous "suits-all" shade of pink
✋ Reasons to avoid: If you prefer a more full coverage, bolder look, this isn't for you
💰 Best deal we've found: Yet to hit any other stockists, you can currently only purchase it directly from Clinique for £24
Although Clinique's Black Honey Lipstick originally launched over 50 years ago in 1971, it resurfaced on TikTok last year and went super viral, with the hashtag #cliniqueblackhoney generating over 300 million views.
The subtle berry lipstick is designed to suit everyone and following its recent success Clinique has introduced Pink Honey — the same lipstick, but in a brand-new shade.
To mark the occasion, I decided to get my hands on the latest shade to 1) see what all the fuss was about, and 2) determine whether the make-up line *had* in fact created something just as good as the original.
With so many variations, shades and styles on the market, it can be difficult to pin down the perfect shade of lipstick. I'm not lying when I say it has taken me years to figure out what suits me and what doesn't. So when Clinique once again described this lipstick as boasting a "suits-all soft pink hue", I couldn't help but be dubious. But, then again, I was already a huge fan of its predecessor.
💸Reasons to buy
Living up to the hype, this lippy applies seamlessly, it has that almost-lipstick, almost-lipgloss premium feel, and really does provide the ultimate pink-nude hue. And I for one, haven't been able to stop wearing it.
A few swipes over the lips is enough to give you just enough visible pigment to achieve the pink-nude lip.
It works by infusing a transparent pigment with an a emollient-rich formula, which glides onto the lips and merges with your natural tone, before transforming into a gorgeous shade of pink.
The angled tip of the lipstick makes it very easy to apply, and it comes in a slimline lipstick holder featuring a classic adjustable bottom. I also love how long the stem of this lipstick is, as it helps with concise application.
I particularly like the balm-like finish this lipstick has, especially as someone who's lips can get dry quite easily.
As for wear throughout the day, I do find myself reapplying just as I do with most other lipsticks I own — particularly when I've had a full day of eating and drinking.
Clinique Black Honey vs Clinique Pink Honey — how does it compare?
Essentially they're exactly the same, just in a different shade.
Clinique say: "This beautiful hue promises the same addictive texture and easy layered of its predecessor, offering a unique fusion between balm and gloss."
I can confirm that both shades are universally flattering. As someone with an olive skin tone, I love the way both look and sit on my lips.
As expected, Clinique's Pink Honey is a lot sheerer than its darker counterpart, Black Honey. But both have completely different pigments of colour. Pink Honey is a lot, well, pinker — while Black Honey has more of a purplish, berry hue. I reckon these are both great staples to have in your locker of lippies.
✋Reasons to avoid
If you're not so much a fan of a more natural, understated look, and prefer something bolder and more full coverage, then this lipstick isn't the one for you.
Otherwise, I can't think of any other reason as to why you shouldn't add this to your arsenal of everyday lippies.
💰 Best deal we've found
Shop now: Clinique Pink Honey | £24 from Clinique
Shop now: Clinique Black Honey | £24 from Boots