THE SKINNY: This is one of those products that is hard to categorize -- Clinique Almost Lipstick comes in a tube that looks a lot like a regular lipstick, it appears to have a deep color, but goes on more like a balm.
I tried the very intimidating "Black Honey," fearing that it would be really dark. (The color in the tube is a deep purplish-crimson.)
But it glided right on. And looked amazing. The color was just enough and sheer like a gloss but without the stickiness or shine. This is a great color alternative to someone who wants tint but with the feel of a balm.
Almost Lipstick comes in eight shades. I recommend buying a shade darker than you are comfortable with because the color is very sheer.
But what it does not do is provide adequate moisture. After a few hours, my lips felt dry and I grabbed for the Chap-Stick.
Regardless, I plan to keep it in my bag. I liked the color quite a bit.
KEEP OR TOSS: Keep. I might look for another add-on freebie in a sample bag but doubt I'd spend the $15.
CHECK IT OUT: You can find Clinique products at department stores and online.
-- Tested by Carrie