4. Sheer Fun
I was just 21 when Clinique first introduced Black Honey, the sheer, deep raisin lip shade that, in the 41 years since, has become a cult favorite. It was a miracle to me then that a color so dark in the tube could look so natural on my mouth, as if I had eaten a handful of juicy blackberries. And it seemed every time I asked a friend about the gorgeous lipcolor she was wearing, it was Black Honey: great on everyone.
So in spite of the fact that I have now worn—or at least tried—every wildly pigmented and textured lipstick known to woman, I'm thrilled that Clinique has brought out seven new shades of Almost Lipstick ($15 each; clinique.com
), in nudes, pinks, violets, and reds, all in that familiar skinny silver tube. Like the original, they're easy to wear no matter your skin tone—exactly what you'd expect from the cute, comfy tennis sneakers of lipcolor.—Val Monroe