War of the Chubby Sticks! Clinique Chubby Stick Intense VS Revlon Just Bitten Balm Stain


I love nothing better than a good chubby stick or lip stain. They are perfect in so many ways: perfect for accurate, yet speedy application, wide variety of colours to choose from and they look very funky in your makeup bag. These chubby sticks are everywhere at the moment so I couldn’t resist grabbing a couple! Anyway, when I spotted both the Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm by Clinique (a new variation of the hugely popular original chubby sticks, promising more intense colour), and the equally fabulous Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain by Revlon, I thought it would be a great idea to compare the two chubbys, as they both promise to deliver very similar things – excellent colour, great moisturisation and both brands have a wide variety of shades on offer.  After trying them both, one came out on top by a very small margin. Here’s a brief run through of each:

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Chubby Stick Intense Moisturising Lip Colour Balm by Clinique

  • Shade 06 ‘Roomiest Rose’  (pictured above), is a gorgeous, very deep pink colour, but goes almost red when applied to the lips.
  • More expensive of the two at €19.
  • Full coverage lip tint. As in, it really gives you a rich colour as a lipstick would, rather than simply tinting the lips.
  • If you are fair skinned, colours show up a lot darker when applied than when say you test a swatch, so be aware of this when choosing your shade.
  • Very moisturising, but I didn’t find it as moisturising as the product suggested, though my lips felt lovely. After a while my lips did dry out a good bit.
  • Excellant pigmentation. Use a little, get a lot and the colour stayed but for hours.
  • Lovely, funky packaging
  •  No need to sharpen these – just twist the base to reveal more product.


Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain by Revlon

  • Shade 001 in ‘Honey’ (pictured above), is a fabulous nude pink.
  • Cheaper of the two at €11.99, but I got it for a steal at €6.99 as it was buy one Revlon product, get one half price.
  • The colour looks far more natural than the Clinique shade on, which I like and it is far more suited for a day look.
  • Colour isn’t as intense as the Clinique stick (hence it being a stain), but that’s what I like about it. And it most definitely coats your lips in a strong colour regardless.
  • Super moisturisation. I felt Revlon really won hands down here with this. Lips stayed perfectly moisturised throughout the day and were my lips soft and supple with no drying at all.
  • Pigmentation is excellent once again and you just need a very small amount (both the chubby’s are very similar in this way). Lasted ages, but not quite as long as the Clinique, needed to re-apply twice throughout the day.
  • Again it had the same gorgeous packaging.
  • And the same twist base function – keep those sharpeners away!

And The Winner Is…


Revlon! It was a tough one to call, but for me Revlon won because of a few factors: More shade variation with more natural colours – Clinique have very few shades out in this at the moment (probably because the sticks are so new), and I just felt the colours on offer were far too bright against my pale skin and for wear during the day. Revlon moisturised my lips far better than Clinique and I preferred the texture (there was also a lovely sent off the Revlon stick too). Finally, Revlon wins hands down in the pricing stakes. You’re paying only €13 for theirs compared to nearly €2o for Clinique, much easier on your pocket I think!

Have you tried a Clinique or Revlon Chubby Stick? Which do you prefer? Are you a chubby fan in general? Tell all in the comments section!


  1. I love both and want to try the intense.


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