The TikTok-Viral Lip Product That's Designed to Be Flattering on Everyone Is Back in Stock — and 30% Off

Snag one while it’s still in stock.

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IS: Clinique Black Honey sale

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Anyone who thinks there’s no such thing as a universally flattering lip shade has yet to try Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. Not quite balm, not quite lipstick, this unique lip product imparts sheer, plummy, buildable pigment that flatters anyone who swipes it on. Moreover, the color shifts depending on the wearer, delivering a truly bespoke “your-lips-but-better” hue.

From its inception in the ‘70s to its heyday in the ‘90s, and, now, its 21st-century second coming, Black Honey’s fan base spans across literal decades. If TikTok virality is any indication, it scores full marks on all accounts; hence why the product has sold out numerous times in the past, and proved frustratingly difficult to snag. Right now, however, Black Honey is up for grabs — and on a rare sale.

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey


Shop now: $15 (Originally $22); 

A few words for the uninitiated: While the color appears obsidian in its tube, it’s decidedly much less dramatic on the lips. In fact, it’s sheer. A single swipe imparts a casual, healthy wash of color that’s perfect for daily wear — like a just-bitten flush. A layer or two more delivers a deeper, sumptuous berry shade that’s ideal for evenings out. 

In light of its buildable formula, Black Honey plays well with other lip products, too, and can be layered on top or below any lipstick or liner of your liking. However it’s applied, it remains remarkably flattering on all counts — including its texture. The formula, buttery and smooth, seamlessly glides across lips and leaves a dewy, hydrated finish in its wake. (Incidentally, Black Honey has an ultra-glossy spinoff, in case that suits your fancy.) 

Shoppers have spoken: “It’s flattering on all skin tones,” one reviewer says; “I wear it almost every day.” Another shopper calls it “just perfect.” Even the pickiest lipstick-wearers are impressed: “I can rarely ever find a lipstick I like…but this looks great on me.” 

I’d venture to say it’ll look great on you, too, dear reader — why not give Black Honey a try while you can still snag one (on sale, too)? 

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