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.
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.
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.
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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