Clinique’s Black Honey is like Nar’s Orgasm or OPI’s I’m Not Really a Waitress. It’s one of those iconic, classic makeup shades that seems to work on a lot of people and is perpetually mentioned in lists of cosmetic favorites.
Black Honey is usually found as the Clinique Almost Lipstick, a semi-translucent gloss-lipstick hybrid. Clinique describes the shade as “Deep blackened raisin”, but it definitely looks different on almost anyone that wears it.
I had heard from friends that Black Honey existed as a gloss, but had never actually seen it in person or on-line. I love the Almost Lipstick version, but on my pale skin it was just too much, I knew a gloss would be better.
Well, I found the gloss when I was in Seattle last week! It turns out that it’s a Sephora Exclusive, and it just hasn’t been in any Sephora I’ve ever been to before. I snatched a tube up (and you can get yours on the Sephora website if you want it too). I couldn’t wait to try it out, I was opening the box as I walked out of the store.
You can see from the swatch above that the color is definitely more translucent than the Almost Lipstick (if I can find my Almost Lipstick of it I’ll post comparison pics, it’s around here somewhere). It is a berry color but with a bit of purple thrown in. It’s perfect for punching up my natural lip color. Something is obviously there, but it isn’t too dark with my skin tone, it’s just really pretty. Not to mention the gloss itself has great shine, isn’t sticky, has no taste and lasts for hours. All of which are must haves in my book.