After Months of Being Sold Out, Clinique's Black Honey Almost Lipstick Is Finally Back in Stock — but Not for Long
I'm not sure that there is a beauty product more difficult to get your hands on than Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. The lip tint was first introduced in 1971, but really hit its stride in 1989 when the brand reformulated it from a pot to the current stick format. The brown-tinged berry shade epitomizes the makeup of the '90s. Black Honey has had another resurgence since 2021, when Gen Z and TikTokers discovered the universally flattering shade, causing it to sell out. If you've tried to get your hands on the lipstick recently, then you know how impossible it is to find — which is why you should act fast when I tell you Clinique's Black Honey has literally just been restocked.
If you know you know, but if you don't, here's a brief explainer: At a glance, Black Honey looks like an intimidating dark purple lipstick. However, it's actually a hybrid lip product — not opaque enough to be a true lipstick, but more pigmented than a tinted balm or gloss. The secret recipe is a buildable mixture of red, blue, yellow, and orange pigments — the first layer provides a sheer hint of color, while several swipes will create the look of a fully pigmented, satin-finish lipstick.
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Black Honey is back in stock on the Clinique website, but if I were a betting woman, I'd put my money on it not lasting more than a few weeks, at most. The shade has been sold out for months, and a cursory look through TikTok shows that videos using the #blackhoney hashtag have over 33 million views combined. Many of these videos feature tips for finding the rare-as-gold product, possible dupes, and gushing reviews cementing its must-have, universally flattering status.
The lipstick's popularity is hardly a TikTok fad and goes back decades. According to statistics from the brand, Black Honey was the top-selling department store listing when it was first released in 1971. In 2018, it was the top-selling lip shade in the U.S., and a tube sells every three minutes (when it's in stock, that is). Get your tube of the classic Clinique Black Honey while you can.