These creamy cheek colours are considerably chunkier and with a flatter top than their lip-focused predecessors, for obvious reasons; a pointy tip isn’t going to be conducive to quick application and blending on the cheeks. The oil free formula provides a natural colour and healthy glow with no effort at all. I prefer to apply a couple of dots straight from the pencil to one cheek, give it a quick blend with my fingers and then repeat on the other side. Going at it one cheek at a time gives you more time to blend the colour out to a realistic flush before it sets, but honestly I think you’d be hard pushed to make any major mistakes while using Clinique Chubby Cheeks. You could also blend with a brush if that’s your preference, but I do prefer blending creamy products with good ol’ fingers.
My favourite shade is probably Amp’d Up Apple, it’s got a fairly neutral undertone and I think it’s the one that works best with my colouring. Robust Rhubarb isn’t dissimilar, just more on the peachy side of things and a little warmer in undertone. I imagine Roly Poly Rosy should be another suits-all shade, whereas Plumped Up Peony will probably be better worn on darker skins.
I really, really like these but, much like the Baby Tints, I don’t think you need to rush out and buy all of them. Just pick the shade that you like best and it will become indispensable to you. They cost £19 each and are available on Clinique counters nationwide, as well as in larger Boots stores and online from Clinique. If you’re after something similar on a tighter budget, pop to Superdrug and scout out Gosh’s latest releases – they have something pretty similar but far cheaper.