Unfortunately, Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm disappoints!

Have you heard of Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm? It’s a pretty-looking lip balm that comes with multiple shades, and seems capable of offering colour gradation to the lips.

Clinique Moisture Surge Triple Lip Balm

I got it as part of a Christmas bundle last year and was really excited to try it. But, the experience turned out to be rather underwhelming, mainly due to a mismatch in expectation. 

Read on to find out more, and whether you should get this beautifully-designed lip balm from Clinique.


More about Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm 

Clinique offers a good range of lip care products and the prettiest one, in my humble opinion, is Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm. Just look at the triple circle of colours. Did you notice that the outer-most layer comes with subtle shimmer? 

Clinique Lip Balm Goji Berry
Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm

Some may mistaken this for a lipstick by the look of it. But it’s better to think of this Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm as a lip treatment that hydrates and adds shine, and not one that offers colour (at all).

Clinique Moisture Surge Triple Lip Balm

According to Clinique, this multi-tasker hydrates up to 72 hours. The lip balm is also said to reduce the appearance of lip lines, and would leave the lips softer, smoother and more comfortable.


Review of Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm

Colour Pay Off

This lip balm comes in 6 different colour shades. The one I own – Goji Berry – has the strongest colour. As we all know, a “berry” shade is normally quite red. :)

Clinique Lip Balm Swatch

But when applied, I was disappointed by the lack of colour deposited on the skin. Yes, there’s some shine and shimmer, but the colour is not much redder than my original lip colour. 

Clinique Moisture Surge Triple Lip Balm Goji Berry
Before-After wearing Clinique Triple Lip Balm (Goji Berry)

To be honest, I’ve only been using it at home – never once wore it out as I thought I looked pale. I wish I could get the same effect shown on the model wearing the same colour on Clinique.com.

But nope, it didn’t work no matter how many layers I swiped over my lips.

Clinique Lip Balm (Goji Berry)
Image shown on Clinique.com (model wearing Goji Berry)

Gradation Effect

From its pretty design, you would expect some gradation effect. But, ump, no!

The effect was so subtle, I could only vaguely see it if I swatch it on my arm. On the lips which are already red in colour, the gradation effect is not visible.  

Clinique Moisture Surge Triple Lip Balm Goji Berry
Before-After swatch on skin (Goji Berry)

Hydrating Effect

Clinique Triple Lip Balm does well in protecting the lips, leaving them comfortably-moisturised and non-sticky. There’ll be an “oily” after-feel on the lips, no different from a lip gloss. For some reasons though, I find myself reaching out for other lipcare products – such as my favourite DHC Lip Cream – than Clinique Triple Lip Balm. 

Looking at Clinique Lip Balm’s ingredient list, I see moisturising components such as petrolatum and Microcrystalline Wax. It also contains sodium hyaluronate and shea butter, but in smaller quantities. I prefer DHC Lip Cream because it comprises mainly Lanolin Oil than Petolatum. But the former may not be suitable for those with sensitive skin.

In any case, here’s the full ingredient list of Clinique Moisture Surge Pop Triple Lip Balm:

Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Pentaerythrityl Adipate/caprate/caprylate/heptanoate, Petrolatum, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Dilinoleyl Alcohol, Stearoxymethicone/dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Polybutene, Microcrystalline Wax\cera Microcristallina\cire Microcristalline, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Lauryl Pca, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Cetyl Peg/ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol, Glycerin….


Price of Clinique Triple Lip Balm

Clinique Triple Lip Balm is priced at US$20 on its US website. In Singapore, it goes for around SGD36.

I wouldn’t say it’s value for money, given the benefit it offers and the ingredient used. But if you can find it at a steep discount, this lip balm may be worth a consideration especially if you like soft sheen on your lips. 


Not sure if my stock is a fresh one. The Goji Berry Clinique lip balm that I own has a bad-oil smell. That may explain why I wasn’t keen in using it. 


The lipstick is quite bulky, both in terms of overall packaging as well as the size of its moisturising stick. Take a look at the photos below, when I compare the lip balm to a normal-sized lipstick.

Clinique Triple Lip Balm
Bulky as compared to a normal Clinique lipstick
Clinique Triple Lip Balm
Wide diameter of lip balm (left)



I find it hard to recommend Clinique Triple Lip Balm even though it looks pretty. The colour pay-off is a huge let-down!

You can perhaps look at Clinique’s other range of lipcare products or go for the tried-and-tested ones that I love, such as DHC Lip Cream and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick


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