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Comfortable Lips By Clarins

16 August 2015

Clarins' latest lip launch features an intriguing oil and a balm. Their long-awaited arrival onto Australian counters has sent the beauty world into a state of frenzy. It's by far their most exciting release to date, but are these Instant Light lip goodies as comfortable as they claim to be?

Being in Australia means having to wait for beauty launches that will have graced the US and the UK two or three months prior. This wouldn't be an issue if brands weren't all bringing out such exciting products, or if I could just, for once in my life, exercise self-control. But until either of those things happen, I wait with bated breath for their arrival. My latest targets were two lip beauties from Clarins.

Clarins are already well-known for their cult non-sticky lip glosses, the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, which I never felt the need to purchase for a reason unbeknownst to me. What I DID feel the need to purchase, however, was the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($33 AUD). I've had horrendously dry lips as of late, so I'm instantly drawn to anything that claims to be comfortable by way of an oil. It comes in two shades: Honey (an amber-coloured oil featuring hazelnut oil) and Raspberry (pictured; made with raspberry oil). I was originally keen on Honey but after smelling it and having it applied, I decided I couldn't deal with the scent. I can't exactly describe it, but it's off-putting and headache-inducing. Luckily the Raspberry shade was much kinder on my olfactory bulb with its light, fruity scent.

With it being a lip oil, I understandably expected this to feel oily, but it's far from. It feels much more akin to a lip gloss, which left me slightly disappointed and confused at first. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that they probably needed it to be a bit thicker like a gloss to prevent it slipping right off. The tackiness is definitely there but it's not bothersome and it does lessen over the few hours it wears. I like that as it wears off, it leaves a kind of film on the lips which I know sounds gross, but is actually pretty helpful when drinking things as the product, being oil-based, is not water-soluble. If you're eyeing up Raspberry solely for the colour, there's no need because both shades look virtually the same on the lips. They're very sheer and provide shine more than anything else. I actually like the sheerness, because it makes me feel that I could wear it on a no-makeup day (I never feel comfortable wearing a lip colour when I haven't first neutralised the redness in my skin). Overall, I find that it's a comfortable one to wear -- just like the name suggests.

Our second newbie is the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Balm Perfector ($30 AUD). I've heard it's basically their original Lip Perfector in stick form, and while I can't vouch for that, I can say that I'd probably love those after trying this balm version. There are six shades in total, all sheer (though less so than the oils), including a red, an orange, a pinkish brown, and three varying shades of light pink. I picked up 06 Rosewood, the pinkish brown shade with multi-coloured shimmer, although I was very close to getting the red. Rosewood is a good colour if you're after something natural or nude-looking without being pale but I have to say, after giving this a whirl, I might eventually go back for the red because sheer reds are kind of the best thing ever.

Like the oil, I was also surprised by this product. I was so sure it would have a gel/jelly-like consistency. Even though it's got a hint of that, I mostly think of this as a lip butter. I say this a lot about products, but it feels so buttery and soft like it could melt away if given the chance, which is good for comfort and bad for longevity. It's got your typical and mostly inoffensive sweet vanilla smell, and comes packaged in a cute and dinky twist-up tube. Because of the texture and the fine specks of shimmer, it makes your lips look plump and glossy -- probably not too dissimilar from what the regular Lip Perfectors do. Considering these are a few dollars more, if you have the originals and you like how they apply, I don't think you'd have to rush out and purchase these balms. Just know that if you do, you'll probably want more...
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