Review: Clinique Lipsticks in Merlot, Go Fig and Pink Chocolate

Since I was a teenager, I always saw Clinique cosmetics as a “sophisticated lady brand” but it wasn’t as intimidating as, let’s say, Lancome or Chanel. It was a brand I thought 20 something professionals used.

I think their popular skin care and acne care lines had something to do with that impression on my young mind. Lots of people I knew used Clinique skin care, and they used it for something as embarrassing and youthful a problem as acne. Clinique has never been a very unattainable brand: it has a manageable price point, isn’t hard to find, and markets itself as the product line for everyday people.

Their cosmetic range is rather underrepresented in my makeup collection. I used to buy and repurchase their glorious grape lipstick, Butter Shine in Crushed Grape. Wanting to see what else is out there, I acquired three shades: Pink Chocolate, Merlot, and Go Fig.



I love the packaging. The silver ribbed tubes are chic and distinct, and it’s a nice departure from typical black tubes. When I whip this out, everyone knows it’s a Clinique lipstick.

From left to right: Go Fig, Merlot and Pink Chocolate.



Top to bottom: Merlot, Go Fig, Pink Chocolate.



In sunlight: Merlot, Go Fig, Pink Chocolate.


I’ve lumped these together in one review, but all three are actually different lipstick lines.

High Impact Lip Colour in Go Fig ($17) – a shimmery nut-brown shade with some orange tones. This is lovely on brown/tan skin. It sort of reminds me of that frosted brown lipstick from the 1990s that everyone is trying to forget but I am secretly a fan of. This is a milder, more wearable version of that. It lasts about 4 hours on me.

Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Pink Chocolate ($17) – this was an impulse buy. A cocoa-pink creme which has good coverage and feels nice on my lips. I have been searching all over for some soft pinks I can wear on a daily basis. I want that one neutral pink that I can put on in the morning without thinking about it, and wear it with some neutral eyeshadow and mascara, and maybe some blush. Pink Bamboo is too light for me. Pink Chocolate is a great shade for my NC40/42 coloring.

Long Last Lipstick in Merlot ($17) – this doesn’t look so dark in the tube, but on my lips the color built up into a gorgeous wine shade. This lasted just about 2 hours on me without any food or beverage consumption taking place. I think this would be better for someone easing into wearing red lipstick.


Merlot: B-

Go Fig: B+

Pink Chocolate: A


About themakeuptrain

Beauty/product junkie hiding behind the title of certified makeup artist (that's the excuse I use for my makeup addiction). I am a human pet to two cats, a full time college student majoring in Cultural Anthropology and an organic food enthusiast (read: organic food freak) who cooks, bakes, and has not burned down the kitchen (I'm waiting for it). New York has put up with all of this thus far, so here is where I reside. I can be reached for comments, questions, complaints, and incoherent babbling at:
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8 Responses to Review: Clinique Lipsticks in Merlot, Go Fig and Pink Chocolate

  1. Sangeeta says:

    I like all 3 shades. Not able to decide which one I like the most.

  2. planetbeauties says:

    lovely shades 😀

  3. Anubhuti says:

    Pink chocolate will be my favorite out of all 3 and you rated it best out of the 3 🙂

  4. Lakshmi says:

    love pink chocolate the most 😀

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