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Clinique Black Honey Lip Duo Sets the Stage for the “New Black” Beauty Trend

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Twenty years before Chanel’s 1994 introduction of the iconic Vamp Lipstick and matching Le Nail Vernis (the shade Uma Thurman rocked in Pulp Fiction), Clinique crossed over to the dark side, launching its sheer Merlot-meets-amber Black Honey Lip Gloss in 1971. The shade quickly amassed a devoted following, as woman raved about the hue being universally flattering. By 1989, the Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey ($14.50 at Clinique.com), a glazed, semi-sheer version of the shade, hit counters to rave reviews.

Now, for Fall 2011, Clinique has designed an entire collection inspired by its most beloved lip color. The Clinique New Black collection is meant to give women a slightly more mysterious look, without being as Elvira-ish as Chanel’s Vamp lipstick or MAC’s Prince Noir lipstick. The full collection includes the Black Honey Gradient Powder Blusher, Black Honey Colour Surge Eye Shadow Quad, and Black Honey Brush-On Cream Liner, but the marquee player is the Clinique Black Honey Lip Duo ($21 at Sephora.com and Clinique counters nationwide).

The dual-ended Clinique Black Honey Lip Duo features the original Almost Lipstick on one side and a tube of Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 on the other side. As with the original Black Honey Almost Lipstick, the solid color side of the Black Honey Lip Duo boasts a lip balm-like texture, gently moisturizing lips while depositing a sheer wash of color that’s only a touch darker than your lips’ natural shade. To add a touch of razzle-dazzle, layer the Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 atop it and enjoy the shiny finish.

Though the Black Honey Almost Lipstick and Long Last Glosswear look like blackberry shade in their packaging, when applied, they have more of a sheer maple syrup tint to them mixed with a raspberry amber hue.

On days when you want a subtle but sexy lip look, you’ll want to keep the Black Honey Lip Duo handy. Just make sure to keep an eye on the silver cap of the Almost Lipstick since it does tend to fall off unexpectedly.

Check out swatches of the two products in the lip duo after the jump!

Here are swatches of the Almost Lipstick and Long Last Glosswear that comprise the Black Honey Lip Duo, otherwise known as the Queen Bee of Clinique’s Fall 2011 collection. Below at left, you’ll find a swatch of the Black Honey Long Last Glosswear SPF 15 while, below at right, you’ll find a swatch of the Black Honey Almost Lipstick color.

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