We’ve found the best Clinique Black Honey dupes, starting from £2.82

The ultimate 'clean girl' lip shade.

black honey dupes

by Samantha Price |
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It's no secret that Clinique's Black Honey is the shade of the season. Having achieved cult status, the bestselling lipstick did the rounds on TikTok and quickly became a viral sensation. Thankfully, there are a few pretty similar Clinique Black Honey dupes out there, some of which we'd even consider the best beauty dupes.

It may have sold out time and time again, but demand for Black Honey is still going strong. With a glossy finish and pigment that adapts to any skin colour, it's a subtle shade that's perfect to add to your clean girl make-up routine. We're all about embracing the natural make-up look lately, so anything to achieve the effortless off-duty model vibe is appreciated.

While we're absolutely obsessing over the cult classic shade, a £24 lipstick is also a bit of an investment. And, since we love a good beauty dupe (much like the viral Dior lip oil dupe we found on TikTok), we're going to let you in on the best Clinique Black Honey dupes that are available to shop at the moment.

heat's best Clinique Black Honey dupes at a glance:

Best moisturising Black Honey dupe: Burt's Bees Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm, £7.45 on Amazon

Best high-street Black Honey dupe: Rimmel Kind and Free Multi-Stick Berry Sweet, £6.39 on Amazon

Best viral Black Honey dupe: e.l.f. Hydrating Core Lip Shine in Ecstatic, £6.82 on Amazon

If you don't fancy splashing out on the real deal, we've heard through the grapevine that these dupes might just be as good as the original. The catch? They're a lot less likely to break the bank, starting from just £2.82 from brands like Burt's Bees, e.l.f. and more. (We've even thrown in a Glossier dupe for good measure!) So, take a look at the best Clinique Black Honey dupes that we could find.

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The original Black Honey

Clinique Almost Lipstick Black Honey
Price: £19.80 (was £24)

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Did you know one tube of Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is sold every three minutes? TikTok can't get enough of this viral lip phenomenon. A transparent pigment merges with the unique, natural tone of your lips to create something yours alone. Sheer, glossy, lightweight.

Commercial Content Editor, Jade Moscrop, says "There's a reason this is so popular - it's the perfect everyday lip product, giving you a subtle splash of colour, a lovely moisturised feeling and a little bit of gloss. I only wish it lasted longer, but I do use it every day.'

Pros

  • Buildable formula
  • Adapts to all skin tones
  • Glossy texture

Cons

  • Needs reapplying regularly

Best moisturising Black Honey dupe

Burt's Bees Red Dahlia Tinted Lip Balm
Price: $5.18

Possibly the most famous dupe for Black Honey, Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in the shade Red Dahlia is a staple in every lip kit. In a soft and subtle burgundy shade, the formula is ultra-moisturising for an irresistible pout. With thousands of reviews, this makes it one of the most highly rated and bestselling Black Honey dupes.

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • Natural ingredients
  • Moisturising formula

Cons

  • Sheerer than expected

Best high-street Black Honey dupe

Rimmel's Kind & Free Multi Stick in Berry Sweet is a great purse-friendly, vegan-friendly alternative for Black Honey. Nailing that understated natural lip colour look that Black Honey does so well, Berry Sweet provides a dewy kiss of colour. We love that this is a multi-use product (a lazy girl must-have), giving you a natural blush look, and can even be used on your eyelids, too.

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • Vegan-friendly
  • Glossy texture
  • Versatile, multi-use product

Cons

  • Not great lasting power

Best glossy Black Honey dupe

For Black Honey with a touch more gloss, we love Nature Republic's Honey Melting Lip in Black Cherry (it looks darker in real life than it does on the website photos). The smart click-pen packaging means you get just the right amount, which means the packaging stays clean and there's minimal product wastage. Commercial Content Editor Jade Moscrop loves how it "leaves lips looking plumped" and that "a little goes a long way".

Pros

  • Clever packaging minimises waste
  • Subtle scent
  • Long-lasting formula

Cons

  • Stickier in texture than Black Honey

Best viral Black Honey dupe

e.l.f. Hydrating Core Lip Shine Ecstatic
Price: $7.00
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e.l.f's range of lipstick shades has often been compared to the cult classic Black Honey. We've seen this shade quickly sell out over various sites as it went viral on TikTok for being a dupe of Black Honey. The sheer balm applies as a subtle burgundy gloss on the lips, with a slight brown undertone. Infused with Vitamin E, it's definitely a lip saver.

Pros

  • Infused with vitamin E
  • Vegan-friendly formula
  • Moisturising formula

Cons

  • Some might not like the smell

Best trending Black Honey dupe

Nivea's sister brand, Labello, has a brilliant Blackberry Shine Lip Balm that's a popular dupe for the Black Honey shade. A hint of moisturising colour is just enough for that paired-back look. With thousands of reviews, it's been seen everywhere on TikTok, making it a great trending Black Honey dupe. We also love its fruity scent.

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • Moisturises lips
  • Natural pigmentation

Cons

  • Not quite as warm as the Black Honey shade, but very similar

Best long-lasting Black Honey dupe

Another dupe from e.l.f. is the Glossy Lip Stain in the shade Berry Queen. It's slightly more pigmented but stains as a subtle berry shade. The best thing is that it's buildable for a more intense look. A definite contender for Black Honey, reviewers rave about this lip stain lasting all day.

Pros

  • Buildable formula
  • Lasts through the day
  • Highly recommended

Cons

  • More pigmented than Black Honey

Best budget-friendly Black Honey dupe

Catrice Power Full 5 Lip Care Balm in Addicting Cassis
Price: £2.80 (was £3.37)

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Not only is the Catrice Power Full 5 Lip Care Balm in the shade Addicting Cassis the most affordable Black Honey dupe on our list, but it's also said to be the closest dupe yet. The shade is also available on JustMyLook, but we've managed to bag a bargain with this one.

Pros

  • Affordable price point
  • Infused formula
  • Vegan friendly

Cons

  • Needs reapplying often

Best Black Honey dupe for all undertones

According to customer reviews, either the shade Bewitched, Sassy or Caramel Kiss in No7s Sheer Temptation Lipstick make a pretty spot-on dupe for Black Honey. We'd say if you're looking for a cooler undertone, then opt for Caramel Kiss and for a warmer undertone, then opt for Bewitched or Sassy.

Pros

  • Infused with vitamins
  • SPF15 protection
  • Glossy texture

Cons

  • Colour payoff is very subtle

Best everyday Black Honey dupe

From Swiss brand Mavala, this Tinted Berry Lip Balm is a fab dupe for Clinique's Black Honey. While the very subtle, almost sheer berry pigment could pack more of a punch, its infused formula, affordable price point and SPF15 protection make for a fab everyday lip balm.

Pros

  • Infused with antioxidants
  • SPF15 protection
  • Natural pigmentation

Cons

  • Extremely subtle

Best luxurious Black Honey dupe

We have to say, we're loving the look of Glossier's Ultralip in the shade Ember. Despite being relatively affordable, the sheer texture yet subtly pigmented formula looks oh-so luxurious. In a buildable plum shade, this one has to be our personal favourite when it comes to a Black Honey dupe which is why it's landed a spot on our shortlist.

Pros

  • Infused with antioxidants
  • Vegan-friendly formula
  • Gorgeous glossy texture

Cons

  • Reviews say the lid can be hard to close

Best nourishing Black Honey dupe

Versed Silk Slip Conditioning Tinted Lip Oil Fig
Price: $14.99

A nourishing lip oil from Versed in shade Fig, apply a glossy coat of this to achieve a beaut subtle shade of burgundy on the lips that could rival Black Honey any day. It's infused with vitamin E and antioxidants that hydrate the lips while offering a hint of colour.

Pros

  • Infused with antioxidants
  • Can be used as a blush
  • Free from parabens, silicones, sulphates

Cons

  • As it's a lip oil rather than a balm, the texture is quite sticky

Best sustainable Black Honey dupe

To be used as a buildable balm or blush, the Sugarplum Nourishing Lip Balm is a natural-looking tint that adds a bit of colour to the lips. Infused with natural hydrating ingredients with a refreshing burst of peppermint, we love how the packaging is completely compostable. Stunnin'.

Pros

  • Infused formula
  • Vegan-friendly formula
  • Contains natural ingredients

Cons

  • Consistency is a bit crumbly

What's the history of Clinique's Black Honey?

Clinique first launched its shade Black Honey in 1971 in the form of a gloss pot. In the time of the disco era, when everyone was loving bright colours and flashy fashion, Black Honey's dark shade could have been seen as a risk. Although, when applied, it turned into a translucent sheer veil that worked with all skin tones.

Black Honey had a makeover in 1989 and was launched as a tube of 'almost' lipstick. Easier to apply and throw in your bag than ever, Clinique saw the opportunity to make their lipstick more convenient. And it's seen popularity ever since. Each decade Black Honey has its' moment, making it a cult classic through the generations.

Of course, the vampy shade even saw a revival in the '90s when dark lips were in (around the time Estee Lauder's double wear foundation was launched). So we're going to say this was a good era for cult classic beauty products. Although, there's no denying that there were some questionable beauty trends at the time, too.

Samantha 'Sam' Price is a Beauty, Fashion & Wellness Products Writer at heat magazine. In 2021, Sam began her journey as a Storytelling Executive at Closer and heatworld on an internship, creating beauty and fashion content across these brands. It was 2022 when Sam was employed as a Commercial Content Writer writing about Family Life on Yours, Mother & Baby and Spirit & Destiny. Now, she specialises in beauty, fashion and wellness content across many brands.

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