What do Chunky Cherry, Super Strawberry and Fuller Fig have in common?

They are just some of the tantalizing names given by Clinique to their new range of Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balms. 

Launching in time for the Easter bunny to add a little something extra to our Easter treats, these pleasantly plump and playful moisturising lip balms will delight us girlies from mid April, when its officially released on the 15th into our favorite high street stores.

Designed to evoke memories of childhood colouring crayons, the playful packaging makes for a fun addition to your makeup bag. Mega Melon, Richer Raison, Woppin’ Watermelon, Graped-up and Whole Lotta Honey complete the line up of shades from nudes to pretty pinks and deep purples. Designed to offer moisture and a hint of soft shine these lip colour balms will see you though Spring and Summer with style and a pout only ‘Posh’ could dream of!

I tried three of the shades, Mega Melon, Richer Raison and Woppin’ Watermelon. First impressions are slightly disappointing. I was expecting a feeling of fun but with a hint of ‘grown up.’ The box is of course full Clinique style, but somehow I was looking for a chunkier, shorter packaging to begin the experience of playfulness. Take them out of the box and it does start to give you more of that fun feeling. Remove the silver lid and that’s it complete. This is a grown up crayon disguised as a lipstick!  (All you mummy’s be careful if you have a tendency to pop your children’s crayons in your handbag, nobody wants bright green lips!)

The colours are interesting. The Richer Raison looks Mahogany Brown, the Mega Melon Orange and the Woppin’ Watermelon just very Pink - I have to admit I’m slightly nervous about the Richer Raison! But I’m about to slap it on and give it a whirl…

Love, Love, Love all of them. Some would argue that they don’t deliver what they promise. I’m really pleased they don’t! The Richer Raison gives you a soft natural beige-ish shimmer. There is little or no sign of the deep Mahogany Brown I dreaded. Instead you are left with a healthy looking colour that just enhances your natural lip colour. Mega Melon does still have a glimmer of orange about it. Perhaps I’m being a little unfair as it’s more of a peach. I’m certain with a less pale skin it would look fabulous. I have freckles so it’s a bit orange for my skin colour at the start of the summer. Perhaps its one of those colours that as the sun continues to shine and we all have a healthy glow it will be a better look for me. I’m now left with the Woppin’ Watermelon. Pink has and will always be my favourite colour - for everything and this doesn’t disappoint. It’s light, pretty and very girly. It gives a healthy summer moisturised look to your lips that just make you want to pout that little but more than you usually do! Woppin’ WaterMelon is my favourite but all three win my vote as fantastic colours for the coming spring and summer months.

Highly moisturised they make your lips feel great. Clinique have used their wealth of experience to blend decadent butters, oils and antioxidants to help protect and pamper your lips. Instantly they feel soft and this feeling lasts all day. Infused with Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter and Jojoba Seed Oil they deliver a blast of moisturisation, leaving your lips soft, supply and smooth.

The colours do change as you apply through out the day. I love the idea that a single application will give you slight colour and shine for the early morning healthy look. As the day progresses and you reapply it intensifies and gives a stronger colour, more suitable to the harder colours of the day’s sunshine and life in a busy office. With one final application it takes them to an evening lip colour balm. The colour becomes deep and strong, still however offering a very feminine look that will certainly take you to the pub for a glass of Chardonnay and on to supper in your favourite bistro later that evening.

Through out it moisturies and continues to amuse with its crayon-esque look and feel. The more you use the more you twist the silver base to expose more childlike fun. Oh and I should mention they retail at £13.50 and if you have as many bad purchases of ‘over sticky’ moisturizing lipsticks in your make up bag as I do, I can assure you this £13.50 will not add to that collection.