Clinique Black Honey: The Lipstick That Broke The Internet

Clinique black honey

The 30-year-old cult favourite that is still taking the internet by storm – we’re talking about Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. After the not-quite-a-lipstick, not-quite-a-gloss hit our TikTok screens, it was sold out across the globe. Now, one is sold every three minutes!

Why is it called Black Honey?


Created in 1971, this adored lip shade got its name after being mixed in a pot and having a texture that resembled gooey black honey. TikTok went mad about the dark, almost-black pigment in the sleek silver bullet. Many may be afraid of the deep black colour, but as it sweeps across your lips, it instantly transforms into a sheer, glossy berry shade.

The interest heightens when you think of it as a colour-changing lip product – because of its sheer, gloss-like formula, it enhances your natural lip shade and slightly darkens it. This means it’s literally everyone’s ideal lip colour!

Lighter than a lipstick, but not sticky like a gloss!


A Clinique classic – not quite lipstick, not quite gloss – its texture is more like a balm you can easily layer.

Transparent pigment glides on a sheer, glossy slip of lightweight colour. The rich formula gives lips a sleek, moist finish. Cult-classic Black Honey is famous for its chameleon-like ability to flatter all skin tones yet look different on everyone. It’s also very forgiving – you don’t even need a mirror to put it on.

Clinique black honey

Are there any dupes?

This formula has been perfected, which is why it is constantly restocked. However, here are three brown or berry-toned lipsticks that offer a similar tone to the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.

Bobbi Brown rare ruby
revlon lustrous lipstick

Bobbi Brown Luxe Lipstick in Rare Ruby

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Smokey Rose

Sisley Paris Phyto-Lip Shine Lipstick

Before you go, tell us in the comments: have you tried the Clinique Black Honey lipstick?


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