Clinique Chubby Sticks still win out for me. Neutrogena's attempt falls short because the formula doesn't feel as nice on the lips...at least for me, anyway. Many of the shades available are too shimmery/frosty and I can really feel the glitter particles. By midday I have a line of residue on the center of my lips which is not pretty. I don't like the sweet melon fragrance either. A huge part of why I hate glosses is that most have a sweet smell or taste and it really bugs me. The deepest shade Raisin was the best overall - no shimmer, pigmented enough to flatter my naturally dark lip tone. I just can't get past the smell and the slightly sticky finish. Back to Clinique's Chubby Sticks!
I have to give this product 5 stars only because the way it feels on the lips and how cute the packaging looks! I am not the kind of person to go ga-ga for packaging, since I'd rather get an amazing product that comes in a cheap packaging, then pay loads of money for a "cute one." I think this particular packaging is not just cute (common, it's a crayon!) but it's also functional since it twists.
I bought a first shade is Juicy Papaya and loved it so much that I went back and bought two more shades (Neutrogena is running a promotion this week at Walgreens and CVS: buy one get one half off 4/10/13).
Juicy Papaya is a perfect shade of coral. I usually combine it with a sheer coral or pink lipgloss and it looks very nice and refreshing.
Two other shades that I purchased are Juicy Peach and a Sweet Watermelon.
Juicy Peach seems more peachy nude, so if you want a fresh barely there look, this may be just for you to try.
Sweet Watermelon kind of reminds me of Revlon lipbutter in Strawberry Shortcake, but is much more sheer.
These are the drugstore version of Clinique's chubby sticks and they are very similar in texture and performance, however the Neutrogena ones have way better colors! I have the Plum Perfect (#70) and it is a gorgeous slightly frosty MLMM pinky plum. These are not as glossy as the chubby sticks, therefore they last a little longer but still don't last more than an hour on me. I do love the cute fat-pencil twist-up format and the smell is melon-y deliciousness! Love these and will be buying more!
this is not the type of product I expect when something is marketed as a tinted balm. first, the color is pretty (rich raisin) but not sheer enough. also, the texture feels more like a liquid lip gloss than a balm. it does not seem like it's going to moisturize or protect the lip from dryness. the color and gloss feeling wear off really quickly too. on top of all of this, it has a sickly sweet smell to it that I just can't get past.
I should have known better. I have tried many of neutrogena's tinted lip balms, and I've never liked any of them.
I got the color Watermelon from BzzAgent and I just like it. I don't really like pink colors on my lips, and the Watermelon color is just too pink for me. It also has a slight frost which I'm not crazy about. I do like the feeling on my lips though, and would definitely consider trying them in a more suitable color.
I got the watermelon shade and agree with other reviewers...it's too frosty! The color is very pretty but the frost is not my thing. They are definitely fragrant (kind of a peachy/fruity scent), which I don't mind. The feel very comfortable on the lips and the pigmentation is decent for a gloss/balm type product. I might consider buying another color after figuring out which ones don't have a frosty finish.
I bought this tonight in Fresh Papaya.The color is very flattering on my fair, yellow-based skintone. I recently discovered how much I like peach / coral colors and went searching for a few lip products at the drugstore. I was hesitant to buy this one because I feel that it's pretty expensive, almost $8. I also could not swatch this in the store due to it being completely sealed in plastic so I had to hope the shade looked the same as the tube (you CAN see the end of the pencil, but we all know sometimes things look a lot different swatched) BUT I really do like it.
The color comes out just like the color in the tube at least for this particular shade, it feels silky and moisturizing. I wont comment on longevity because lip products NEVER last long on me, I almost always intentionally wipe them off, because I start hating how anything feels on my lips - this is not a knock on the product, it's just me! Chapstick, lipstick, balm, gloss, anything.
I really like the chubby pencil, but this is not unique to this product of course. Still, it's my first balm-like pencil. So I enjoy the packaging.
I'm only knocking 1 lips off but there are 2 things I dislike - the price seems a bit steep for a drugstore item and the smell is overpowering. It's very fruity and some may like it, but it's so strong - there is also a taste as well.
Overall, however, it's such a pretty shade, I would buy it again. I am very happy with the color payoff!
I got these through BzzAgent and have been impressed so far. While the color payoff isn't on par with Clinique's Chubby Sticks, they still have very good color and a smooth, hydrating texture. They apply smoothly and softly, without tugging, and don't feel heavy or tacky on the lips. The fruity/watermelony scent is appealing to me, but it may be too heavy or overpowering for some. Overall, for a drugstore product, these are a great dupe for UD or Clinique's lip gloss sticks, and the price is reasonable for the quality and quantity of product that you get.
I loved Clinique's original Chubby Stick balm so I'm happy to see the drugstore brands releasing similar products. Neutrogena's is very similar, even down to the packaging: it's moisturizing & balm-like with semi-sheer color, but it also has a delicious fruity scent. I have the 3 darkest shades (plum, raspberry, & raisin) along with watermelon. As other reviewers have said, some of the shades are rather frosty & more so than I expected, and for that reason I wouldn't purchase the watermelon again. However, the darker ones are lovely, even with the shimmer. continued >>
I found these for 40% at Rite Aid last month. Bought one.. loved so I went back and bought the rest. I figured at $5.40 each why not.. Neutrogena is not cheap for drugstore imo. ;) After trying all of the colors, I would repurchase most but not all. The only ones I could NOT buy again are the peach and watermelon. These have straight up frosty finish to them and because the shade is so light it doesn't look very good. I am determined to make them work though. Maybe with a sllightly deeper liplner or some trick like that. Soft Caramel also has a shimmery effect but because it's a nude color it works. The raisin was the surprise winner for me. No (or minimal) shimmer and very pretty. They are comfortable on the lips and easy to apply. And they smell like tropical fruit. Overall color me impressed.