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Swatch Sunday: Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss and YSL Tint-in-Balm

Hello lovely people! It’s solidly end of May and I can already ‘breathe’ summer. Being back home in Greece helps, as we live near the sea and the combination of the warmth of the sun with the coastal breeze is nothing like any other season! During the summer months, unless I’m at work, I only wear a lip balm or some sort of a non-sticky gloss. I’m looking for what I’d call carefree, juicy-looking lips and don’t care about precise lines or longevity, so I’m always interested in launches that can offer that. Looking around, I discovered the Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss (aka Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip) and the YSL Volupte Tint-In-Balm, which I’ve swatched/ reviewed for you in this post.

Clinique Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Plumping Gloss display

Clinique Plump & Shine Liquid Lip

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip

Does the wording “Liquid Lip” ring any bells? If not, please have a look here. The Bobbi Brown Art Stick Liquid Lip is almost identical to the Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip, not only in part of their names but also in the container the product is housed in. In both cases we have a pen-like, chubby container, with a slanted tip for easy application. Bobbi’s Liquid Lip you squeeze, this one you twist. Up to you whether you enjoy holding a chubby pen, the Estée Lauder Companies are definitely promoting the idea.

The Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip isn’t matte though. This one, as the name suggests, is glossy. Add pigmented to the glossy effect and it’s a winning formulation, if you like glosses. I think that’s great for the summer months, although I’m not a huge fan of the whole chubby pen packaging… I don’t find it offers precise application and as such, it ain’t fuss free. Saying that, these are glosses, so precision matters less, in my opinion. Here go the swatches:

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Swatches: Normous Nude, super Scarlet, Portly Peach, Pink and Plenty, Powerhouse Punch, Jumbo Jen, Goliath Grape and Va va va Violet

Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip Swatches

Top Row, from left to right: Normous Nude, Super Scarlet, Portly Peach, Pink and Plenty, Powerhouse Punch, Jumbo Jem. On the second row, we have Goliath Grape and Va va violet. You can see how glossy these are. The Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip is moisturising and for a gloss, it lasted ok on me when I tried it. The colour pay off wasn’t bad at all. If the packaging wasn’t what it is, I’d totally have gone for Portly Peach!

The Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip costs 18 GBP for 3.9 gr. You can check these out further here and purchase them at your local Clinique counter or online.

YSL Volupte Tint-in-balm

Onto the L’Oreal Group now! YSL had come up with a balm that cares for our lips while coating them in yummy, sheer colour. I loved the idea when I heard about it and the packaging? Divine.

YSL Tint-In-Balm Display

YSL Tint-In-Balm

Packaged as a lipstick, the YSL Tint-In-Balm bullet contains two shades: a sheer one and a more colourful, pigmented one to be found in the shape of a lip at its centre. So incredibly girly and cute.

YSL Volupte Tint-in-Balm

YSL Volupte Tint-in-Balm

Needless to say, this is a moisturising formulation, with various oils that nourish our lips. The colour pay off is very sheer. Expect a wash of colour and nothing more. Here go the swatches of some of the shades that I liked:

YSL Tint-In-Balm Swatches

YSL Tint-In-Balm Swatches

From left to right we have: Desire Me Pink, Dare me Plum, Dream me Nude, Play me Fuchsia, Flirt me Coral and Call me Rose (horizontal shade). These have been heavily swatched, they tend to almost melt into the lips and leave a shine behind. On my relatively pigmented lips, I’m sure I won’t get much colour out of them.

The YSL Volupte Tint-in-Balm retails for 27 GPP and you can check it out here. If I’m honest, with these ones, I love the packaging but I’m underwhelmed by the actual product. I can get good lip balms, even tinted, for less (Korres does them for ten euros) and after I purchased some Dior Addict Lipsticks from the Care and Dare Collection, I thought that the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Balm doesn’t offer me much.


Both of these launches were a pass for me. The Clinique Chubby Plump & Shine Liquid Lip is a good product but the packaging put me off and the YSL Volupte Tint-in-Balm was the exact opposite with it’s fab packaging but overpriced product. Maybe I should give Clinique another chance but there are such great moisturising lipsticks and glosses in the market, that I’m not sure I need try to like that plastic pen.

How about your favourite summer moisturising lipstick formulas? Which one would you recommend I check out?

Hope you have a great start of your week and speak soon!




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  1. LindaLibraLoca May 22, 2017

    Yes, give them another chance. I am a big fan of their crayons, and they have a few glossy and juicy options perfect for summer.
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    • rougenapples May 25, 2017 — Post Author

      I might do, it’s just I really don’t enjoy this packaging that Estee
      Lauder companies are trying to push x

  2. Yiota May 22, 2017

    Yeah, the Clinique packaging is a no for me too, however the shades are so pretty. Super Scarlet would be great to wear on a night out and Portly Peach for every day, and I also love Goliath Grape, it is a pretty purple!


  3. charlottaeve May 22, 2017

    I loved this one light red shade that I had from the Clinique’s Chubby sticks years ago. I think I would like those glossy ones too. Still the YSL products are more beautiful so I would choose that. I was relieved that you only swatched these products and didn’t buy them this time, so I won’t get jealous haha! You always have the best luxury brand makeup.

  4. Shireen L. Platt May 22, 2017

    I am never a huge fan of sheerer lip products, I like them to be very pigmented. That said, I am tempted to get the YSL one, yes I know it’s freaking overpriced but I want one so bad. LOL!

  5. Kiran May 23, 2017

    These look gorgeous but I can see why you wouldn’t want to buy them, thank you for being honest. Lovely swatches, I hope you will check out my blog sale when you get a chance x

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  6. Gemma May 23, 2017

    Ooh these are so pretty and perfect for summer. You are right there is nothing like Greece in the summer especially by the coast. Enjoy!

    Gemma x
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  7. Amy May 28, 2017

    It’s a shame these weren’t hits for you, but I love all the colours swatched! I wish the Clinique product literally plumped, as I do like a plumping gloss!

    Amy –
    Amy recently posted…Eyes On Spectrum

  8. Kiri June 5, 2017

    I really wanted to try the YSL tint in balm – sounds like I don’t need to.
    Thanks for your honest review.
    I am really loving burts bees lipbalms and lipsticks atm.
    Set to Glow

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