Clinique's Pink Honey: Your Lips But (Oh, So Much) Better
Of all the myriad cult beauty products, one of the most eternal, works-for-everyone, must-have beauty essentials is Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey. First introduced in 1971 and released as an Almost Lipstick in 1989, Black Honey was imagined as a shade that would flatter women of every skintone. In the tube, Black Honey looks vampy and imposing, but upon application the formula is a sheer berry that truly adapts to suit every woman. My mom and I are both Black Honey aficionados, and we will often both be wearing the shade at the same time, and it looks different on both of us.
I was recently stocking up on more Black Honey at Sephora (Thanks, VIB coupon!) and I noticed There was another Honey on the scene. This one was called Pink Honey, and it was a light pink that instantly reminded me of my favorite My Lips But Better shade, Maybelline Color Whisper in Rose of Attraction (which was discontinued years ago, but I continue to be absolutely devastated). I still have a little nubbin of Rose of Attraction left and I am rationing it like a real lunatic, so seeing a potential dupe got my heart racing.
I grabbed a Pink Honey and when I got it home I was amazed at how similar it was to Rose of Attraction, and pleased at how it lived up to the Honey Legacy. Just like its cousin Black Honey, Pink Honey has that perfect combo of lipstick and gloss qualities without fully being either. The color is universally flattering (on me it's a true MLBB shade, but your experience may vary), and it's easy to apply without a mirror.
Here's a side by side comparison of me wearing both Black Honey (Left) and Pink Honey (right)
At $17.50 a tube, it's no Maybelline, but it's not going to destroy your budget either. I think it's perfectly reasonable to have one of each Honey variation in your bag at all times. Pink Honey is a Sephora exclusive, and I'm hoping they keep it around for the long haul - it's already become one of my lipcolor essentials.