It was an "against my better judgment" choice when Sephora offered this Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick as a VIB reward . I'm really not a fan of Clinique 's Chubby Sticks for eyes. But the color of Mightiest Maraschino was irresistible and I was willing to spend my points and give Clinique another chance.
The good news is that the formula of Chubby Stick Intense is far more pigmented than I expected. The color payoff is excellent. So much that I find it better not to apply the lipstick directly to my lips, but work with a brush either from the pencil or from the back of my hand. This is a true red (my lips give it a rosier spin, though) that can be the focal point of my makeup look on any given day.
My issue is with the texture. Clinique may call it a "balm", but this Chubby Stick is too waxy and even dry to justify this label. While the crayon doesn't actively dry my lips, it also doesn't give them any added pampering, and since the color is so intense it's also not very forgiving. Thus I find myself mixing Mightiest Maraschino with real balm before application, or dabbing it carefully over a hydrating lip product. The color of this Chubby Stick does leave a good stain behind, so I give it a thumb up for longevity, I just don't like the way it feels on my lips.
Bottom Line: great color, but there are better options out there.
Clinique Mightiest Maraschino Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm ($17) is available at the counters and from Sephora.