Clinique Almost Lipstick in the shade Black Honey is a cult classic and a beauty favorite on Tik Tok.
The rich berry hue is perfect for any season, and the formula is ultra-hydrating, making it a great choice for dry lips. Unfortunately, the price tag is a bit steep for some budgets.
Luckily, there are plenty of drugstore dupes for Clinique Black Honey that will save you money without sacrificing moisturizing benefits or color payoff.
SPOILER: My favorite Black Honey Dupe: e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry
UPDATE: I’ve updated this post with several additional Black Honey dupes, so scroll down for more options!
First, let’s take a look at what makes Clinique Black Honey so special.
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The pigment is transparent to provide a sheer soft-shine finish but with better color payoff than a lip gloss.
One of the best qualities of Black Honey is that it really does look good on any skin tone.
If you see that color in the tube and think that it’s too dark for you, the color does not translate that way on the lips.
You don’t even need a mirror to apply Clinique Black Honey lipstick, so no need to worry about getting it “just right.” It’s perfect for those on the go.
Clinique Black Honey is also very moisturizing, thanks to emollients in the formula like castor oil and antioxidant vitamin E.
The shade is a deep berry hue with purple undertones.
You can wear it alone or over your favorite lipstick to give it a richer finish.
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13 Clinique Black Honey Dupes (PLUS 2 That Didn’t Make The Cut)
These Clinique Black Honey dupes will give you the same sheer shade, hydration, and overall look for a fraction of the price of Clinique.
You can even try a few for less than the cost of one Clinique Almost Lipstick!
1. e.l.f. Hydrating Core Lip Shine in Ecstatic
E.l.f. Cosmetics Hydrating Core Lip Shine in Ecstatic is a tinted lip balm design with a heart-shaped core that moisturizes the lips.
The 2-in-1 lip balm has an outer shell that provides a sheer pop of color, while the inner moisturizing core provides skincare benefits to nourish your lips.
The deep berry shade of Ecstatic has more purple tones than Black Honey but provides a similar color on the lips. The balm leaves a soft shine on your lips.
This elf dupe for Black Honey is enriched with vitamin E, an antioxidant that provides photoprotection from UVB rays.
Cruelty-free and vegan.
2. Honest Tinted Lip Balm in Plum Drop
Honest Tinted Lip Balm in Plum Drop is a hydrating lip balm that comes close to that deep luscious purple shade of Black Honey.
This dupe for Clinique Black Honey is formulated with avocado oil and acai to nourish and soothe the lips.
Avocado oil is also packed with fatty acids and vitamins A, D, and E to hydrate and protect the lips.
It also contains acai berry, which is rich in antioxidants that help fight free radicals and protect the skin.
Pomegranate extract is another antioxidant-rich ingredient that helps to keep the lips hydrated and plump.
The sheer tint can be built up for a more intense color. And like Black Honey, Plum Drop looks good on any skin tone!
It’s cruelty-free, vegan, and made without petrolatum, paraffin, parabens, synthetic fragrance, silicones, and mineral oil.
And the best part? This Clinique Black Honey dupe is less than half the price!
3. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia
Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia is formulated to provide just a touch of sheer lip color while moisturizing lips for 8 hours.
This 100% natural origin lip balm is enriched with coconut, olive, and sunflower seed oils to nourish and soften lips.
Fatty acid-rich coconut oil is a natural emollient that helps to lock in moisture. Olive oil and sunflower seed oil are also filled with moisturizing fatty acids that help to hydrate and protect the lips.
Shea butter from the fruit of the Karite tree is another nourishing ingredient that helps to keep lips soft and supple. Botanical waxes seal in hydration for long-lasting comfort.
This Clinique Black Honey dupe is flavored to taste a bit like cherries.
Of all the dupes, this tinted lip balm has the sheerest color, yet you can build it with additional applications for more intensity.
The natural tinted lip balm is formulated without parabens, phthalates, petrolatum, or SLS.
4. Undone Beauty Light On Lip in Berry Glow
Undone Beauty Light On Lip in Berry Glow is a lip balm-lipstick hybrid that can be built from sheer to more intense color, depending on how many swipes you apply to your lips.
The balm is enriched with volume-enhancing pigments that enhance your natural lip shape.
The formula contains coconut oil which is an emollient that locks in moisture and is ideal for dry skin.
Aloe barbadensis leaf extract (aloe vera) is a nourishing and soothing ingredient that helps to calm, condition, and moisturize the lips.
The shade Berry Glow is described as a sheer, cool raspberry. Of all the dupes, it has the most pigment after one application.
It’s vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free, and gluten-free.
This nourishing lip balm is formulated with shea butter, jojoba oil, and cherry extract to soften and smooth the lips.
Shea butter is a rich emollient that helps to lock in moisture. This Clinique Black Honey Lipstick dupe contains vitamins and antioxidants which help to protect the lips from environmental damage.
Jojoba oil is a wax ester that has a lightweight,t non-greasy feel. It softens and moisturizes the lips.
Clinique Black Honey Dupes: Swatches
Below are swatches of a single swipe of color. Undone has more brown tones than Clinique, e.l.f. has more purple tones, and Nivea is redder/pinker. Burt’s Bees is the sheerest of all the dupes.
More Black Honey Dupes
When I first wrote this post, there were a handful of good dupes for Clinique Black Honey lipstick, but as I write this update, there are many more.
Here are more Clinique Black Honey dupes that will give you the same look for much less.
6. CoverGirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm in Bliss You Berry
CoverGirl Clean Fresh Tinted Lip Balm (shown above in the shade Bliss You Berry) is a vegan lip balm filled with skin-loving actives like CoverGirl’s Hyaluronic Complex and pomegranate extract.
Sodium hyaluronate, the salt form of hyaluronic acid, helps draw moisture to the lips, while pomegranate extract provides antioxidant protection.
The lightweight formula provides a sheer wash of color, just like Clinique in the deep Bliss You Berry shade that is very similar to Black Honey.
I think this CoverGirl lip balm is one of the closest shade matches of all the dupes.
Your lips will feel moisturized without feeling sticky, tacky, or greasy. The tinted balm lasts several hours and keeps your lips looking plump and feeling comfortable all day.
The lip balm is vegan, paraben-free, and cruelty-free.
7. Nivea Blackberry Lip Care
Here is another lip balm from Nivea, and this newer Blackberry shade is even closer to Black Honey than the original dupe shade discussed above (Cherry).
Nivea Blackberry Lip Care hydrates and protects from dryness while giving you a subtle plum tint of color.
The balm is formulated with castor oil, beeswax, shea butter, sunflower seed wax, jojoba oil, and avocado oil. The emollients in the balm help nourish, soften and condition your lips.
This popular dupe contains the mouth-watering fruity scent of blackberries thanks to bilberry, strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry juices. Yum!
This mineral oil-free balm offers instant hydration and a beautiful tint at a small fraction of the price of Black Honey.
8. ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint Merlot Tinted Lip Balm
ChapStick Total Hydration Moisture + Tint Merlot Tinted Lip Balm blends lip care and color with its lightweight formula and wine-tinted shade of Merlot.
The Merlot shade has light berry undertones and goes on sheer, like Clinique Black Honey.
The lip balm contains 100% naturally sourced ingredients that smooth, moisturize, and protect your lips.
Say goodbye to dry lips, as the lip balm is chock full of moisturizing and emollient ingredients, such as sunflower, coconut, castor, olive, avocado, rosehip, jojoba, and raspberry seeds oils.
Shea butter and mango seed butter also help condition lips and protect them from dehydration.
9. Ulta Beauty Gloss Stick in Buggin
Ulta Beauty Gloss Stick (shown above in the shade Buggin) is a dual-purpose lip product, as it’s a creamy, glossy lipstick and a blush tint in one easy-to-use product.
The berry wine shade of Buggin is more pigmented than Clinique (it’s described as a medium-pigmented color payoff), but it’s easy to blot and blend to get a softer shade. Also, note that the shade has a few more berry tones than Clinique.
The formula is very buttery, feels very moisturizing on the lips, and is beautiful on the cheeks, too! Cruelty-free.
10. NYX Butter Gloss in Cranberry Pie
NYX Butter Gloss (shown above in the shade Cranberry Pie) is a best-selling lip gloss that is a little different than Clinique since it is a gloss, but if you apply just a small amount and blot it, you can get that same Black Honey look since it is a similar shade.
One of the best lip gloss colors for fall, this universal shade can even be layered on top of other lip products for a beautiful tint of color without any stickiness.
I have so many of these Butter Glosses in multiple shades because they provide a nice pop of color and shine without being sticky or feeling thick on my lips. And you can’t beat the price! Cruelty-free.
More Clinique BlackHoney Dupe Swatches
In this round of comparisons to Black Honey, I think ChapStick and CoverGirl come the closest in shade to Clinique:
I Keep Finding More Dupes…
11. e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry
I found a new Clinique Black Honey dupe favorite! Best-selling e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry was out of stock for a while, and now it’s back!
This sheer lipstick has a cushy, lightweight formula and feels super soft and silky on your lips.
The sheer lip color is just like Clinique Black Honey. You can even build it a little to give you more coverage than Clinique if you prefer.
The formula contains nourishing meadowfoam seed oil plus antioxidant vitamin E to help keep your lips moist and soft.
Even though it’s called a lipstick, this elf Black Honey dupe is somewhere in between a lip balm and lipstick due to the sheer color. Vegan and cruelty-free.
The image below was taken in bright cool daylight:
12. ColourPop Blotted Lip in Doheny Dr
ColourPop Blotted Lip in the shade Doheny Dr, like Black Honey, is a creamy sheer lip color that gives you a “blotted” lip look.
Formulated with moisturizing butters like argan butter, cocoa butter, shea butter, and superfruit butter, the luxe formula is very creamy and nourishing (and smells great, too).
Vegan collagen helps boost moisture. The lip color leaves a matte finish that doesn’t dry out your lips.
The formula is buildable, though, so with multiple swipes, you can layer it to create a medium coverage if desired.
13. Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss in Black Cherry
Revlon Super Lustrous The Gloss in the shade Black Cherry is a moisture-rich lip gloss that is a beautiful deep burgundy shade, just like Black Honey.
This moisture-infused lip gloss isn’t sticky or tacky and feels lightweight on your lips.
The gloss is formulated with agave, moringa oil, and cupuacu butter to keep your lips hydrated and nourished. It also boasts a high-shine finish that you can easily blot to control the intensity of shine (and color).
The gloss is highly pigmented, so you only need a dab to get that sheer Black Honey look.
Are They Dupes? (Spoiler: NO)
I’ve seen the following lip colors suggested as dupes for Clinique Black Honey, so I bought them to give them a try, BUT they’re just not close enough to be considered dupes:
Formulated with murumuru seed butter, sunflower seed oil, argan oil, and macadamia oil, the moisture-rich lip color can easily be blotted to get a sheer color.
Unfortunately, it’s not a dupe. The problem is that it looks way too berry-shaded compared to Black Honey.
Wet n Wild Rose Oil Comforting Lip Color in Taffy Daddy
Wet n Wild Rose Oil Comforting Lip Color in the shade Taffy Daddy has a beautiful formula of rosehip oil, vitamin E acetate, passionfruit seed oil, and raspberry extract that provides a silky shine and leaves your lips super soft.
Is it a dupe? Nope.
It’s just too orange compared to Black Honey. Too bad, because it’s super affordable, too.
I’ll be continuing my hunt for the perfect Black Honey Clinique dupe!
Clinique Black Honey Dupes: The Bottom Line
Black Honey Lipstick is an easy-to-use lip product that provides a natural hint of color, but it can be expensive.
But why pay more when you can get the same look for less from one of these Clinique lipstick dupes?
Luckily, there are plenty of lipstick dupes on the market that will give you a similar color and moisturize your lips for a fraction of the price.
Of all the Black Honey alternatives, my new favorite is e.l.f. Sheer Slick Lipstick in Black Cherry for its moisturizing lip balm-like formula and sheer shade that comes very close to Clinique Black Honey.
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