TikTokers Are Loving This Universally Flattering ‘Your Lips But Better’ Lipstick


If you’re yet to find your ideal ‘your lips but better’ shade, may we suggest Clinique’s Black Honey

Part of their Almost Lipstick range, the three-decades-old best-selling shade has recently seen a spike in popularity thanks to a viral TikTok hashtag that has gained over 15 million views. 


So what sets this lippy apart from the rest? The hybrid lipstick/lipgloss has a transparent pigment that fuses with the skin, adapting to and enhancing the natural colour of your lips. The result is a sheer, shiny, berry-toned flush of colour that caters to your complexion. 

Described by Clinique as the “black turtleneck of lipsticks”, this shade offers something we rarely, if ever, see in the beauty world: an inclusive, one-size-fits-all shade.  

And now, the go-to shade of the ‘90s is selling out among Gen-Z. 

TikTok creator @geographyj even got emotional over the discovery: “Guys I’m literally about to cry right now… if you’re a brown girl you need to go get this right now.” 

“I’ve had such a hard time finding a lip colour like this that’s just sheer and moisturising and that works for two-toned lips, or people with browner lips or not pink lips”. 

“Go out and find it, Black Honey by Clinique, it’s so good”. 

In what should come as no surprise, the viral item has sold out worldwide, including on Clinique’s own website. Lucky for us, they are officially taking reservations and will ship out as soon as a restock becomes available, here

If you absolutely can’t wait, here’s 13 other natural tone-enhancing shades to tie you over.

Main image credit: @clinique

Have you tried Black Honey? If not, what’s your go-to ‘your lips but better’ shade?

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  1. I usually favour a red lippy, but if I do a bold eye, I’ll team it with a “nipple pink” shade like Maybelline 24Hr Superstay in Very Cranberry or “nipple brown” like Rimmel Provocalips #730 Make Your Move.

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