Neutrogena's MoistureSmooth Color Sticks come in 8 colors range from peaches and pinks to berrys and plums. With spring coming (I hope sooner rather than later!) I was looking for a color that would work well with both coral and pink blushes, so I chose Fresh Papaya, which is a juicy coral with a hint of pink and has gold shimmer.
Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya
The packaging very similar to clinique----- these are self-sharpening for on the go convenience. You get 0.1 oz for $16 for the Clinique Chubby Stick and 0.11 oz for around $8 for the Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick.
From left: Clinique Mega Melon, Neutrogena Fresh Papaya (indoor light)
It has a smooth, but not slick, never sticky feel on the lips. It definitely has more of a balmy texture than a glossy or lipstick texture. It has rather good color payoff and more opaque than sheer. I did find that the color does catch on any flakes on my lips, so a good exfoliation might be needed prior to application.
I have found this to be mostly true. They are very moisturizing and make my lips feel soft even after the balm has worn off (after about three hours). I can't speak to the "softer and smoother after 3 days" claim because I rarely wear the same lip color 3 days in a row. It lasts about 3 hours on my lips.
Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in Fresh Papaya lip swatch
The other thing of note about this balm is the scent. It has a very strong citrusy smell the dissipates after a few minutes. I personally like the scent, but for those who are sensitive to fragrances you should be aware of this.
Overall, I really do love the MoistureSmooth Color Sticks and I think I might try Sweet Watermelon (a cool toned pink) next.
How about you? Tried any of these yet? I think I also want to try the Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balms.