The New Clinique x Crayola Chubby Sticks Are Your Back-to-School Must-Have for 2017

Feel like a kindergartner all over again.

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In elementary, Crayola crayons were our first foray into color theory. Since then, we've graduated to lipsticks, glosses, and balms that complement our undertones and make us feel pretty. Teaming both our nostalgia for the days of coloring books, and our perpetual need for nourishing lip shades, is the new Clinique x Crayola collaboration.

A limited-edition collection of the beauty brand's beloved Chubby Sticks, they come in eight classic, good-enough-to-eat shades including bright orange Mango Tango, yummy magenta Wild Strawberry, pinky-purple Mauvelous, and rosy beige Fuzzy Wuzzy. Packed with mango and shea butter, they're the the healthy lip kit alternative we all need in 2017.

"The whole idea behind Chubby Sticks is about play; it's about exploring options and possibilities and not being anchored to a mirror, a lipliner, or a makeup artist," says Janet Pardo, the senior vice president for product development for Clinique. "To us, the point is that when you look at one, it makes you smile. So, the obvious connection to that happy feeling is with a box of crayons. It brings you back to a carefree time in life—when you didn't have stress, because you were a child. You could create whatever you wanted, you had endless amounts of time, and you could just play."

From creating our own custom to shade to blurring an ombré lip, in the words of Samantha Jones—we can't color enough, we would color all day every day. If we had it our way, we'd use every crayon in our box. That's the plan anyway...

Each lip crayon from the collab is available for $17 or you can buy the entire range for $49.50—but only until February.

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Lauren Valenti
Beauty Editor

Lauren is the former beauty editor at Marie Claire. She love to while away the hours at coffee shops, hunt for vintage clothes, and bask in the rough-and-tumble beauty of NYC. She firmly believes that solitude can be a luxury if you’ve got the right soundtrack—that being the Rolling Stones, of course.