Clinique Chubby Cheek Balm Review

Summer is now in full swing, which means it’s time to switch up the makeup products so they don’t all melt off the face. I don’t know about you, but blush is always the first thing to disappear on me. I have no idea where it goes or how it comes off so easily, and it’s so frustrating because blush can really add so much extra dimension. Cream blushes are a great option for the hot weather months since they melt into the skin rather than a powder just sitting on top.

There are a few different options on the market when considering cream cheek products, but I think these Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek Balms were the first ones I had ever tried. You can find them at Clinique counters and Ulta stores. They retail at $23 and include .13 oz of product. They are retractable and have mirrored packaging on both ends.
The first shade that I have is Amp’d Up Apple, which is a nude coral. This one is the lightest shade in the line -- they have four colors to choose from. The second one in my collection is called Roly Posy Rosy, which is more of a bright pink. Amp’d Up Apple is definitely more wearable, but a little too light for my preference. Roly Posy Rosy can be really beautiful if applied in moderation.

In the swatch pictures below, you can see them swatched in lines to show the exact color and also what they look like when blended in. That’s one thing to be aware of when choosing a cream blush is that most of the product is going to melt into the skin.
These Chubby Cheek Balms claim to have a creamy, mistake-proof formula that leaves behind a healthy looking glow. I do agree with those claims for the most part, although I also think that mistakes are still possible. Mistakes are always possible. They also claim to be oil-free and that’s the one claim that I disagree with. Their creamy formula can feel a bit oily at times and not absorb into the skin as well as I would like.

I’ve always been a fan of the Clinique Chubby Sticks for the lips, but unfortunately I’m not as big of a fan of their Chubby Cheek Balms. It might be better for someone who has dry skin. However, it wasn’t the best option for my extremely oily skin. I noticed it also enhanced any texture and pores on my face which is not flattering at all. I wish I had a better alternative to suggest, but I’m still on the hunt to find one I really enjoy.

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~Mani Monday~
I’ve been so obsessed with the classic reds and pink nail colors lately that I just now realized I haven’t even worn my favorite Summer polish yet! Julie G’s Bikini is the perfect bright orange shade, and this time I decided to make it a little more interesting by combining it with my favorite white (Sinful Colors’ Snow Me White) and gold (Nicole by OPI’s On A Gilt Trip) polishes. This is one of my favorite color combinations whether it’s on the nails or anything else. The only thing to be aware of is the thin consistency of Bikini. It does take a little work to make it evenly coated on the nails, but it’s so worth it!
What’s on your nails this week?

~Christina~

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