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What beauty product have you used for years and have no plans to stop?
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What beauty product have you used for years and have no plans to stop?

I can think of very few beauty products that have existed for my entire life. Most that come to mind are perfumes, and a few basic skincare products, like ChapStick and Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser. The only product I use—and have consistently used throughout my life—that's older than I am, though, is Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey.

[Source: clinique.co.uk]

[Source: clinique.co.uk]

To be clear, Black Honey has existed as a lip color since 1971, when it was introduced as a pot of gloss (above). It has been in its iconic Almost Lipstick format since 1989, a year before my mom let me start wearing lip gloss in middle school. 

It was my second lip gloss, if I remember correctly. My first was CoverGirl LipSlicks (which have been reincarnated as Smoochies), and when my mother came home with a free gift-with-purchase from the Clinique counter one day, she let me have the Black Honey Almost Lipstick sample that came with it. It was the perfect color for a '90s tween or teen: a glossy, raisin-y shade that looks unique on everyone, and sheer enough—though buildable—to look youthfully appropriate.

I'm 99% sure I'm wearing a heavy-handed application of Black Honey in this picture of me and my best friend, Betsy, in eighth grade. Cool tie, Marce.

I'm 99% sure I'm wearing a heavy-handed application of Black Honey in this picture of me and my best friend, Betsy, in eighth grade. Cool tie, Marce.

But even though it was "youthfully appropriate" (I totally just quoted myself from a paragraph ago) and a super-'90s color, I haven't stopped wearing it. I've always had a tube of Black Honey—in middle school, high school, college, my twenties—and at 36, in 2015, it's still what I reach for when I don't want to wear much makeup but want a little color on my lips. 

My 60-something mom keeps Black Honey on hand, too. And as long as Clinique keeps making it, I fully expect to be wearing it in my sixties as well, and beyond.

One of my dogs clearly has strong feelings about Black Honey, too.

One of my dogs clearly has strong feelings about Black Honey, too.

  • What product have you used longer than any other? 
  • Has one of the products you've been loyal to ever been discontinued? 
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