So I totally fell asleep at the wheel on this series – sorry about that! I went out of town for the weekend and then this week has just WHOOSH flown by! Anyhow, onto day 6!
I recently read an article/blog post by a woman discussing the first time she used Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Of course now I can’t find it, but if I do, I will link to it.
If you have not heard of or used this seminal lipgloss, you are surely in the minority. I really wish I could find the posting I just mentioned, because it would save me a lot of time here – the author articulates pretty much exactly my thoughts and experiences with Black Honey so well that I can only assume that all teenage girls must have had similar experiences with it. But since I can’t find it, I’ll tell you my own, and hope I’m not impinging on her writing too much.
I think the first time I ever used Black Honey was in ninth grade algebra class. My friend Alison Spitz, who has since vanished from the face of the planet, was a devotee and introduced me. It was pretty intimidating – I was used to Bonne Bell Lip Smackers and the occasional Revlon dabbed carefully on my pout. This metallic-cased, department store brand tube of dark brown grown up lipstick was new and alluring. Alison assured me that the color in the tube was actually quite different than the color on the lips, and so, very carefully, I smoothed it on.
This stuff is called “Almost Lipstick” for a reason. It is SO dark on the stick, and SO perfectly lovely and not dark at all on your lips. A sheer berry, it’s the perfect balance of brown and pink, and I have never seen it on anyone it didn’t suit perfectly. My mother insists on wearing frosting pink lipstick (it’s her thing, don’t ask me), but I bought her a tube of this one year and insisted she try it on and damn if it didn’t look just right. There’s something about this color that just brings out the perfect tint in everyone’s pucker, be that person a blonde, a brunette, or a redhead. I read once that to look natural, your lipstick should be the same color as your tongue, and maybe that’s where this gloss gets it right – it’s a sheer reddish pinkish tongue color. But you know – Clinique Almost Lipstick in Tongue didn’t sound quite as nice.
Okay, so it’s a great lipstick/gloss, yeah? And I already have one of those in my purse. So what else makes this one a don’t-leave-home-without necessity?
It doubles as a blush.
This is not something Clinique promotes or something I have ever heard anyone else say – I figured this out all on my own. Doing a frantic makeup job in the car one day (after going out without any on and realizing I had to meet someone), I looked in anguish at my pallid complexion and wondered what to do. Yes, the old standard of pinching my cheeks occurred to me, but of course that only lasts a few minutes. I tentatively dabbed a little Black Honey up each cheekbone, smooth smooth smoothed it in, and voila – a perfectly tinted cream cheek stain. A little more on my lips and I looked totally normal instead of like the walking dead.
Double duty lipgloss AND blush? I love you, Black Honey, and I have since the moment we met.