Clarins – Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors
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I was so excited when I was sent these Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors* from Clarins – I’m a big fan of Clarins products, plus I love any lip product that’s sheer and creamy, and I’d read such good things about these when they first came out in January.
As with all Clarins products Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors come in the bright crimson boxes:
Despite their name Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors are more like a lip tint than a lip balm, they have the texture of a hydrating balm but quite a highly pigmented coloured tint that gives the lips a hit of colour.
I was sent 2 shades to try, Orange and My Pink. Orange is… well… an obvious orange shade! But My Pink is almost magic, it’s a pale pink shade and the sensitive pigments react to the pH level of your lips creating a bespoke pink colour that’s personal to you! It works in a similar way to Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm that I reviewed in 2013 and absolutely loved… read on to find out how this Clarins equivalent measures up…
On the swatch image above you can clearly see the Orange shade. My Pink on the right is a bit more difficult to make out as it’s so pale and delicate.
The ingredients include mango and shea to keep lips soft, and vitamin E to protect the lips from free radicals. Both shades have a tasty chocolatey vanilla fragrance, and feel rich and luxurious on the lips.
Above you can see the Orange Lip Balm Perfector on the lips, I think it gives a lovely peachy coral glow, perfect for Spring and Summer. It’s a great way to try out an orange lip shade if you’re a bit nervous and don’t want to go all the way with a bright matt lipstick. The Orange shade does show up any dry patches on the lips, so make sure lips are exfoliated before applying.
Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors have been developed to give 4 hours of hydration to your lips, and in my experience they certainly do! Lips feel hydrated for a long time after the balm has been applied, and whilst the colour does come off on cups when you drink, etc, the moisturising balm sensation stays on the lips.
Here is My Pink being worn on the lips. As you can see it’s quite a natural rosy pink, a bit of a ‘my lips but better’ shade that gives a gentle glow and shine without being too bright. In comparison with the Dior offering I think this one is more of a natural shade and has more gloss, whilst Dior’s Lip Glow Color Reviver Balm has more of a sugary pink shade. I really like both of them, they’re very similar, but the Clarins one is cheaper!
Overall I love these Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors and I’ve already been wearing both of them loads. There are 4 other shades available too, including a nudey Rosewood shade that looks lovely. The only downside that I can see is that the sticks are quite thin and I think they might wear down quite quickly, especially given that the lip balms are quite soft.
I’ll be wearing Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors all Summer long….
Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors are priced at £18, available from Clarins.
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