Word on beauty street is that there’s this lipstick that looks good on anyone who tries it. No matter your skin tone, age, or even style, it’s supposed to work with your skin undertones and look effortlessly selected. Sounds like a tall order, but that’s exactly the reason why Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is such a beauty staple.
Recently, the lipstick has been flying off the shelves (it’s just now back in stock), thanks in part to its viral moment on TikTok last month. But like the classic M.A.C Ruby Woo, this lipstick is the stuff of legend in the beauty community. After making its debut in 1971, it quickly became a must-have item in every makeup bag and has since become the best-selling lipstick for the brand. While it went through a slight repackaging in 1989, it has maintained its magic-like formula: a mix of red, blue and yellow pigments blend together to create a berry-like shade that appears to shift to suit your natural lip color when you apply it.
Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
Also available in a pink honey, this lipstick uses a mix of red, blue and yellow pigments to help produce a flattering and unexpected berry shade. It’s smooth like a balm, but gives your lips a smooth color tint.
Although you can create a richer tone by applying more product, the final result isn’t overbearing. When I wore the lipstick, I was shocked by how natural of a hue it produced against my darker skin. I was expecting a deep purple-y red, but it appeared on my lips as a subtle pink color. For me, that’s the perfect shade for those no-makeup makeup days.
To put it to the test to see if it really works for all, the editors at Well+Good decided to try it on to see how it works on different skin tones. The results ahead.