Ahhhh. The 1970s.  Lauren Hutton top model, super glossy lips, gold eye shadow, metallic lurex sweaters and studio 54.  There was also a Clinique beauty product, Black Honey lipglos “in a pot” where it all  started. Can a color be that good? Can a formula be that perfect?  Beauty and fashion editors are often wrong about what they prefer because they live in a world that is apart from the rest of us. But in this case, they are spot on. What has made this a favorite of everyone is how good is looks  on literally, EVERYONE.  I was worried at first when they changed the formula from lipgloss in a pot to a lip stain. Would the color and transparency be the same?  Clinique solved this by making this a more modern take on a 70’s classic.  Plus, if I want to reach for the 1970s vibe I can add a clear gloss on top.  Done. 


ARTIFICE is a film, television and commercial stylist with a background in arts and culture and film/media. In addition, her independent agency develops writing projects, blogs and entertainment as well as consults for digital media in the luxury markets in advertising and marketing. Her events also bring together luxury brands and charity fundraising. Los Angeles. Paris.

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