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Ode to the Clarins Lip Perfector



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.

*PR Sample

12 comments :

  1. I used to own one of these, but I can't remember much about it now! I'm glad to see Clarins releasing more colors though. From what I remember the tint was very very subtle, but nowadays I almost always go for a little more :)

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    1. The tints in the new ones are a little stronger now! I've been LOVING your lippies lately =)

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  2. I've heard SO much about these, they sound almost magical haha... Glad they worked so well for you!

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    1. They're amazing! One of the most truly multi-use products I've found!

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  3. I need to get one of these! I used to have one and used it up too!

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    1. It feels SO good to finish things, doesn't it??

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  4. Its that good? Dang! The only things I have tried from Clarins was a lotion when I was a teen, and their lippies that I would occasionally steal from mom when she didn't know (again when I was a teen). Love that it is a squeeze tube, that's what I usually like for my glosses~ Anyway welcome back!

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    1. Thanks lady! You need to try these! They have them at Shoppers I think.

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  5. I have been using my clarins lip perfecter pretty religiously since I got it. I also quite enjoy the korres lip butters and mac tinted lip conditioners. I actually prefer the consistency of those rather than the clarins, but the downfall is in the open pot packaging. Love the lip perfecter packaging!

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  6. i have two of them now! I haven't used them a lot though. I got one in a clarins kit (the tanning one) and that was a good value! wohoo. From what I've seen so far, I think I'm going to love them! :)

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  7. I have heard so much about these but haven't tried them myself. I really am keen to though, especially after hearing from you that they're moisturising and sink into the lips :)

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  8. These sound great, I have intentions to get some of their fall collection so will have a whirl at these as well ;)

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