Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer

It’s never been a secret that I am not a particular fan of applying sticky formulas on my lips, but when bloggers started claiming that Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is a lip gloss even non lip gloss lovers fall head over hills with, it sparked up my interest and I immediately put it on my ‘maybe one day’ wishlist. The fact that this products costs anywhere from twenty to thirty euros (depends on where you purchase it) made me very reluctant to buy it. I feel like the price is very steep for a lip gloss, and considering I’m not the biggest fan of them, I just couldn’t justify the splurge. Months went by and I was still resisting the purchase, but then I saw a travel exclusive gift set of two for the price of one at the airport and decided to finally give it a go. 

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer

The product comes in a very lovely looking tube that is girly, fancy, well made and functional at the same time. The product doesn’t leak out of the tube even if you squeeze it really hard, which makes it a perfect for just throwing it in your handbag. The applicator is very convenient as well. There’s a soft sponge attached to the tube from which a product comes out when you squeeze it. The amount of squeezed out product can be controlled, so there are no excess lip gloss nightmares going on, and it also applies evenly. It is a perfect on the go product and I’m glad that it is, because you have to re-apply it constantly, since it disappears from the lips rather quickly. 

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer

The product itself is supposed to be a hybrid between a lip gloss and a lip balm, and claims to nourish, repair and protect lips. I personally feel like it is more of a lip gloss. I can’t comment on any of its nourishing properties, because I haven’t had problems with chapped lips for quite a while, but it does feel ok on my lips. I feel like it sort of creates a film on my lips and doesn’t dry them out, so I guess this is where it gets the nourishing claims from. Having said that, I don’t have a feeling that it is particularly hydrating, and I also have to mention that it’s a little bit sticky, which I’m not too fond of, but it luckily isn’t sticky to the point where it would drive me mad. I have two shades – 01 Rose Shimmer & 02 Apricot Shimmer – which, by the way, smell pleasantly sweet. As you can see in my lip swatches below, they turn out pretty identical from far away. Up close and side by side, you can spot the difference, but the deal is, these are very poorly pigmented products. I’m kind of undecided about how I feel about this. On one hand, I wish they gave a tiny bit more colour considering how much you pay for them, but at the same time, I really like the outcome on my lips. I always have problems with finding nude lip shades for me because nothing seems to suit me, but these two are right up my alley. They make it very easy for me to pull off a nude lip, give my lips a nice milky finish and make them look juicy. 

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer
Rose Shimmer

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector Review Swatch 01 Rose Shimmer 02 Apricot Shimmer
Apricot Shimmer

To be honest, I don’t know whether or not to recommend you these. I do like wearing them on days when I fancy a nude lip or just don’t want to be bothered with a lipstick, but I’m not sure if they’re worth the hefty price tag. I would probably only repurchase this product if I found another airport deal. How do those of you who already gave it a go yourself feel about it?


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  1. Lollistick AIDA
    April 21, 2014 / 3:05 pm

    Jaz tudi ne morem najt nude odtenkov zase. Ful so mi všeč slikce v tem postu 😉

  2. sleepandwater
    April 21, 2014 / 3:11 pm

    I have Apricot Shimmer and I agree with a lot of your thoughts. The pigmentation could definitely be better and they don't last all that long on the lips, but they give a pretty juicy/milky quality to them. I do find them quite plush and hydrating and I like that there's no shimmer to them, which makes them a bit better than a traditional lip gloss to me. They are crazily overpriced for what they are though!

  3. Taya
    April 21, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Pakiranje mi je zelo luštno. Jaz nekako dvomim, da bi toliko dala za lipgloss. Za kako pigmentirano šminko verjetno že, za gloss pa verjetneje ne.

  4. Nicole (beautykissxo)
    April 22, 2014 / 1:32 am

    These shades look so nice! XO Nicole @ beautykissxo

  5. Laura Neuzeth
    April 22, 2014 / 6:58 am

    Apricot Shimmer looks nice but for the price you can buy a few Almay Liquid Lip Balms or Maybelline Color Elixirs. : Thanks for the review! I was very curious about these after hearing so many bloggers raving about

  6. Sara Passing
    April 22, 2014 / 3:02 pm

    Hm, pri nas so okoli 15€. Jaz sem sicer zelo zadovoljna z mojim ampak je v nude/rjavem odtenku in je kar dobro pigmentiran 🙂 koliko si pa dala za njih? mislim da si jih bom privoščila ko grem v tujino 😀

  7. Chiara Giatti
    April 22, 2014 / 5:17 pm

    great airport deal! I prefer the apricot one!ciao :)Chiarawww.chiaweb.itBloglovin' | Facebook | Instagram

  8. clarice
    April 26, 2014 / 4:26 pm

    Lovely deal!! These shades look so nice!

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