My money’s on it. The new Clinique Chubby Stick is set to be for 2012 what Lancôme’s eponymous Juicy Tubes have been for at least the past decade: the absolute must-have for lips. It’s already won awards – Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence (for whom I was a judge) and Elle’s Beauty Awards.
Why? Well it’s different to the iconic gloss – it’s a cross between a lip balm and a lipstick in a chunky pencil. There to deliver the slightest tint of colour in the most comfy lip softening salve imaginable. You can twist the crayon’s silver bottom as you wear down the top so there is no need to bother with a sharpener. The added beauty is a heap of flattering shades. The one above is Whooping Watermelon (!) but my favourite right now is Mimosa. It gives lips that pretty, youthful pinkish peach colour, which those of us not naturally blessed envy when we see. Probably a colour best suited to a paler skinned chick but there are plenty for all skin tones, that’s the beauty.
Why do we all love a new pencil? Nothing like the anticipation of making that first mark with its pioneering point. A new pencil brightens the prospect of the task in hand – a shopping list, a school essay, a drawing – no end. As a make-up tool for lips and eyes its sharp new point is the difference between defined and slovenly – unless you’re extremely skilled. The more pointed the better, unless we’re talking Chubby Sticks, in which case it doesn’t matter. The sublime combination of subtle colour and forgiving lip balm means mistakes hardly ever happen.