It was inevitable that I would write about this.
After mentioning this product here, here, here and here, it was time for a real review. Never mind that, I have one of these in my bag, on my vanity, and at the office. If I drove, I'm sure I'd keep one in my car.
This lip product is -- hands down -- my most used lip product of 2013 so far. I first purchased 01 Rose and 02 Apricot in a duty-free shop, and happily went about glossing my lips with what felt like cake frosting. I can't even decide which part of this product I love the most: its hydrating ability, the scent or the texture. The last product I felt so strongly about was the C.O. Bigelow Mentha Lip Tint. This is exactly like that, but a thousand times more hydrating. Worth. Every. Penny.
The only thing that I felt was a little lacking was the colour. No more! Earlier this year, Clarins released a few more shades to suit a greater variety of skin tones. I received 04 Petal* and 06 Rosewood* and instantly set to swatching. While 04 is far too light for me (it's an extremely pale nude on Tod -- great for blanking out lips for a dramatic eye looks), 06 is my perfect nude. The colour is close to my skin tone without looking like, ...skin. There's enough pink to bring a little life back into my face while containing enough brown to nude out my lip. The natural colour makes application almost painfully forgiving -- no mirror required!
The texture is that of a traditional gloss, but instead of sitting on top of your lips, it sinks in and leaves them comfortably hydrated. It smells beautifully of caramel and all I want to do is reapply. I've never finished a lip product this quickly, and given the 10 ml of product you get, that's especially impressive. Note: a MAC Lip Glass is only 5 ml. I've only finished a couple of those in the 10 years I've been using MAC. I only discovered Clarins a year ago, and I'm almost done with my second one.
At $20 a pop, these aren't the cheapest lip colour or lip balm. But for both? Think of it as two products that are $10 each.