The Battle of the Fat Lip Sticks – Clinique, Revlon, Bourjois, Tarte and Urban Decay

by lyn on December 11, 2013 · 1 comment

in Bourjois, Clinique, Revlon, Tarte, Urban Decay

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Last week, I posted a bunch of lips-of-the-day photos on Instagram (username: beautycabby) and noticed that I seem to have a number of fat lip crayons. I have no idea how I managed to collect such a variety but it did inspire today’s post. It started with Clinique’s Chubby Stick and then Revlon came to town with their Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains. Then I picked up a few here and there and now I think I have a pretty good collection from various brands to make some comparisons.

Do be warned, there is a long post ahead.

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I think Clinique is probably the first to popularise this style of lipstick. When their Chubby Sticks arrived, they were selling like hot cakes. I can definitely see the appeal because they are fat and cute and easy to apply. Sadly, I have thrown a couple out because they started smelling stale. To be fair , I’ve owned the disposed lipsticks for quite a long time.

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Revlon’s Kissable Balm Stain was also an instant hit. Cheaper with more fun colours than Clinique, these were also selling like hot cakes. I admit I got sucked into the hype at that time and picked up two colours that I still use to date.

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The Bourjois Color Boost may not be as well known to us because Bourjois is not available locally. I picked this up from London in June and there were only 3 shades available at that time. Do you know that we used to have a small selection of Bourjois cosmetics available in Parkson when I was a teenager (yes, it was many moons ago)? I remember getting a blush and lipstick way back then.

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I received a Tarte Lipsurgence as a Christmas gift last year from a dear friend but the shade was a tad bit light and works better as a gloss. Now that Tarte is available in Sephora Malaysia, I picked up a couple more of the Lipsurgence lipsticks in two different formulas.

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The last of the fatty lipsticks I own is from Urban Decay. I got the shade Glinda from the Glinda palette released sometime early this year. I don’t think these lipsticks are part of their regular line and have only seen them in special edition palettes.

Consistency / Scent / Pigmentation / Finish :

Clinique Chubby Stick
– Applies smoothly but has a tendency to be drying. No discernable scent. Pigment is not completely opaque. Has a glossy finish.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
– Applies smoothly but has a tendency to be drying. Has a minty scent and very slight tingle on the lips. Pigment is quite opaque. Has a semi-matte finish.

Bourjois Color Boost
– Very smooth and moisturising. Has a light fruity scent. Semi-opaque pigment. Glossy finish.

Tarte Lipsurgence
– Applies smoothly (all formulas). The Matte formula is a tad bit drying but is still better than Clinique or Revlon. Has a minty scent and tingle. Depending on the formula, the finish ranges from glossy to matte.

Urban Decay Super Saturated High Gloss Lip Color
– Applies smoothly and is relatively moisturising. Has no scent. Pigment is not as opaque. Has a slightly creamy finish.

Which Do I Like Best?

I really like the Tarte Lipsurgence ones. They are not as drying and come in different formulas so you get more choices. However the colour selection tends to stay around the neutral / natural range of shades so folks who are looking for more fun, crazy colours will not find them at Tarte.

Overall, I do enjoy these fat lipsticks for their ease of use. The packaging is usually lightweight and have a swivel bottom so you do not need to manually sharpen it.

On a side note, Revlon has released new chubby lipsticks under the Colorburst range in two different finishes in the US. I am not sure if they will be available locally but I really hope to get my paws on them soon because they seem to be better than the original Kissable Balm Stain.

Are you a fan of fat lip sticks? What is your favourite? Do pop by and share your thoughts.

P.S. – Apologies for not posting up swatches as the lighting was really dim that day.

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