Makeup Review: Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine Gloss

What do you look for in the perfect lip gloss? This varies for a lot of people, so it can often be hard to find a good gloss based on other peoples’ recommendations. What may be awesome for one person may be terrible for the next.

Unless, of course, they describe to you what the gloss is like, rather than just saying, “Oh man, this is awesome.”

And that’s what I’m here for.

Today, I’m reviewing Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine lip gloss. I’m using #11 Sugar Plump. Let’s see how it stacks up.

How well does it work?

By the name “Plump and Shine” you would think that it has those ingredients that make lips feel bee-stung. After all, most plumping lip glosses have that. You know the feeling: it sort of stings.

Full Potential Lips does not sting. It also doesn’t really seem to plump. Then again, my lips are huge to begin with, so maybe I wouldn’t notice.

One major issue is the stickiness. This lip gloss is very sticky. I don’t mind a bit of stickiness to my gloss, but this has way more than normal. If you’re going to wear it, avoid long hair for the day, especially if it’s windy. You’ll end up with your flowing mane stuck to your lips.

On the bright side, my lips feel somewhat hydrated when I have it on. This may be because of the stickiness, but Full Potential Lips stays on for a longer time than a lot of other lip glosses I’ve tried.

How does it look?

You can be the judge of that for yourself:

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As you can see, this lip gloss has a lot of shimmer. Frankly, it reminds me of the looks you’d get from a lot of MAC lip glosses. It’s glossy and smooth and has a good level of pigment.

I’d say based on the look alone, you can tell it’s a higher end product than something you’d find at a drug store.

The Final Verdict

Though I like the way it makes my lips look, it’s hard to get past the stickiness. I’m still going to wear it sometimes, but perhaps not as often as other, less sticky varieties. Still, the look is probably the biggest factor. For that reason, I give the Clinique Full Potential Lips Plump and Shine gloss a…


You can find this lip gloss at Clinique counters in some department stores or online for $17.50.


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  1. Personally, I love Clinique Full Potential Plump and Shine Glosses. I own a few (Glamour-full, Extra Apricot, and Mimosa something), and really like the amount of pigmentation, and lasting power. They are definitely stickier than your average gloss, which I like, but they don’t plump (which is fine with me but might not be fine with someone who wants a plumping gloss). The lack of scent bothers me just a bit as well.
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  2. Hey Trisha, I love this lipgloss too, though have to agree with your thoughts on it’s stickiness (but I guess all lipglosses are prone to that, no?). I have the clear version and it really does add a little more “plumpness” to my regular lip color. 🙂

  3. Katherine: Oh yeah, I totally forgot to mention the lack of scent. Thanks for reminding me. It has absolutely no scent or flavor at all. I don’t mind a lack of flavor (because then I might eat it off my lips and it won’t last as long), but the lack of scent isn’t as cool.

    Renee: Yeah, most lip glosses have a stickiness, though at varying levels. This gloss seems at a very high level. Though I’m glad you like it, and I’m glad someone had it plump. 🙂

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