NEW Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek!

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clinique chubby cheeks

The changing of the seasons are always welcomed (maybe except for when it changes over to winter…lol) because it means new makeup! I mean, new makeup comes out in between seasons, too but—grr—you know what I mean! lol

Anyway, so Clinique, who can count probably millions of makeup lovers who l-o-v-e their Chubby Sticks, recently came out with a cheek version–aptly called Chubby Stick Cheek (sent for review consideration).

clinique chubby cheeks

Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek is described as creamy, mistake-proof cheek colour that creates a healthy-looking glow in an instant. They’re oil-free and come in four shades. They really are fool-proof in application—you pretty much can just dab the stick on your cheeks and blend it out with either your fingers or something like the beautyblender (I personally LOVE the beautyblender for applying products like this). You’ll get (depending on your skin tone) a soft, natural flush with a pop of color—the finish is slightly dewy but you can set it with powder to make it a bit more matte.

clinique chubby cheeks


Amp’d Up Apple: a soft browny pink
Robust Rhubarb: a poppy pink
Roly Poly Posy: a bold raspberry pink
Plumped Up Peony: a bold plummy pink

flushed cheeks

While these are really pretty and perfect for that pretty, dewy cheek like you see backstage at Fashion Week (as in the image above), they’re best suited for those with fairer complexions—if I had to quantify it, I’d say about NC40 or lighter. They just don’t show up well on darker skin and on me the only shades that actually showed up were Roly Poly Posy and Plumped Up Peony and even then they still looked quite “off.” If you want to check out much better blush options for darker skin, check out my Blush category.

clinique chubby cheeks

clinique chubby stick cheek swatches on dark skin

See what I mean? Roly Poly Posy and Plumped Up Peony look “ok” (albeit it did take a few layers to show up) but definitely not the first thing someone with my coloring should reach for—Clinique of course has better blush options for darker skin in their powder blush range.

For contrast here’s how some better-for-dark-skin blushes look on (see more in the Blush category)

blush on dark skin

Bottom line: If you want a soft, dewy flush and a pop of color AND you have a lighter complexion, these are amazing. Not to mention super easy to apply.

Price and where to buy: $21 at Sephora (plus 4% cash back when you use eBates). Also at and Clinique counters nationwide.

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About Danielle

A former finance girl, Danielle is a New York City based freelance writer and fashion and beauty expert. She's a Hofstra University and Fashion Institute of Technology grad with an obsession with fashion and beauty which she loves to tell you all about every weekday on her award-winning blog. Think of her as your style and beauty entourage all wrapped up into one bubbly brown package. Danielle's work and expertise can be found in print and across the web in Cosmopolitan for Latinas,, and more! She's also appeared as an on-air style expert on CBS New York's "The Couch" and WPIX11's Savvy Shopper segment.

One Response to NEW Clinique Chubby Stick Cheek!

  1. Alyson says:

    Thanks for the tips! Hopefully they’ll come out with more shades to suit all types of skin tones.

    xx Alyson

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