Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick

Purchased Subscription Box Sample
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Priced at $6.22 (best price) for 0.11 oz.

Sub boxes are my jam. I’ve said it over and over again, it’s a great way to try new products on the cheap and fill out your beauty collection. This one was a 0.08 oz sample I received in the Spring 2016 Walmart Beauty Box. Walmart’s boxes ship out seasonally and will only cost you $5 for shipping. The box itself is at no cost. Some are better than others. My Winter 2015 box contained foil packet samples and a couple of trial sizes, but nothing to write home about. My Fall 2015 box, on the other hand, contained a full size Roc serum valued at around $20. Past boxes have also included full size items, usually a lipstick or a mascara, but there’s an occasional full size cream or lotion gem. It’s not as good as the Target box, in my opinion, but it’s still a good value at only $5 every three months. I’ve never gotten less than $5 worth of product.

I was absolutely delighted to see this in my box, because at first glance, I thought I’d gotten another Clinique Chubby Stick— which are one of my favorite things in the whole wide world. I wasn’t too bummed to dig it out and discover that I was actually holding a Neutrogena dupe, because it looks like this is about a third to half of the price and is very similar. How similar? Well, this is my sample next to a Chubby Stick sample I got in a Birchbox back in the fall.


The packaging is almost completely identical, and while the Clinique looks larger due to the angle of the shot, they’re actually both the same size– though they’re both trial sizes and just a bit smaller than full size. Both are those twist-up color sticks, so you don’t need a sharpener, and eve the full size is perfect for tossing into a gym bag or purse.

I also gave it a try first thing because I wanted to see how similar the product itself was. Like the Clinique, the Neutrogena product delivered a moisturizing sheer color. It has no flavor that I could discern, but it does have a pleasant peachy scent, and the Almond Nude color I received is perfect for the springtime glossy nude lip I’ve been occasionally sporting with peach or pink eyes. It’s a treat for your lips after a fall and winter of drying liquid/matte lipstick hell, and I found the Neutrogena to be MORE moisturizing than the Clinique stick.

Both are going to rub off after a good, greasy meal and aren’t transfer resistant. That said, with regular wear they both stay put in between slices of pizza and keep your lips moisturized while doing so.

Here are swatches, though in my opinion they do not look this opaque on the lips:

On top: Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Almond Nude. On bottom: Clinique Chubby Stick in Mega Melon

As you can see, both deliver the same amount of color and shimmer.

So will I repurchase? Probably. I’ve got 4 tinted balms (Neutrogena, Clinique, e.l.f., and Burt’s Bees) on hand at the moment thanks to subscription boxes, but if I run out, this is definitely going to be my go-to. And let’s be honest… I’ll probably run out. I go through a LOT of lip balm in my house.

The price I posted above is the lowest price I’ve seen, and that’s if you’re using Amazon’s Subscribe & Save and have at least five items to get the 15% discount. (For a one-time purchase, you’ll pay $7.32, though the price varies depending on the color you get.) You can also get it here from Target for $6.29, here from Walmart for $6.77, here from CVS for $9.29 (most expensive I’ve seen it), and here from Ulta for $8.99. The price you pay of course depends on whatever deals are going on at which store and who takes coupons. If you’re purchasing this, Target might be your best bet here, as they’re often running sales, accept coupons, give you 5% off with a Target Red Card, and have an excellent return and exchange policy on beauty products.