If you haven't heard yet, Clinique's Almost Lipstick in Black Honey is this season's rising star in beauty. After amassing a huge following of Gen Z users thanks to several TikTok influencers who swore by the berry-toned balm, the product has been on backorder for months. The soft, gloss-like lipstick was first introduced in 1971 as a pot-packaged balm product and later reintroduced in 1898 as what we know now as Clinique's Almost Lipstick, packaged in a sleek long tube. Staunch users of the lipstick across all generations and icons such as Liv Tyler helped propel the lipstick into widespread popularity.

Clinique's Black Honey effortlessly blends into one's natural lip color, enhancing your lip look for a "my lips but better" finish. Currently, the hashtag #cliniqueblackhoney has 25.7 million views on TikTok. With a cult-following growing impatient over tedious backorders, L'OFFICIEL breaks down the best Black Honey dupes to add to your cart.

E.l.f Cosmetics

Notably the most popular Clinique Black Honey dupe in the market, E.l.f has its own take on the sheer, balm-like lip product for a fraction of the price.


Clinique loves to keep it within the family. The sheer yet buildable balm closely resembles its Almost Lipstick cousin that glides easily on the lips, leaving a natural berry tint.


Sheer with buildable color, the Dior Addict Lip Glow is now available in a Plum shade that has a lovely universal berry tone with a glossy, hydrating finish.


Ilia's highly pigmented and moisturizing balm resembles a lipstick-like yet natural finish, leaving your lips smooth and moisturized.