Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector* | £18 | Link
Lip Balms are a bit of a 'hit or miss' product for me and because of that I tend to only go for the ones that I know I love. As always, I'm a 'stick to what you know' kind of girl and deviating from those products sometimes scares me a little. The new Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors from Clarins are a lovely balance of all that I love in a lip balm; they have a perfect colour pay off and also are lovely and moisturising on the lips. One thing that I hate about lip balms normally are the crappy colour pigmentation; I often find that within the pot or moulded into their 'lipstick' shape, lip balms look a lot nicer than they do on my lips. Do you find that? It could look gorgeously bright prink within it's packaging and then applied to your pout it's as if you haven't applied a colour at all. These Instant Light Lip Balms are the complete opposite to that and they really are almost exactly what they say on the tin. As you can see from my swatches above, 01 Rose and 06 Rosewood have really great pay-offs with near perfect-matches applied to my arm. I can also say happily that the colour pay-off is also replicated on my lips and the natural colour of my lips doesn't inflict on the shades almost as much as I originally thought it would. As for 03 My Pink, this one does look slightly more sheer swatched than in it's packaging. It is a little disappointing, but when applied to the lips it does give a really nice natural shine and doesn't look bad at all - with this one, the natural tone of your lips really does play a nice part.
Lip Balms are famous for their moisture abilities, but these have also got to be praised for their pluming qualities. My lips most definitely look so much more 'Kylie Jenner-esque' with these lip balms on and it's such a lovely difference to my usually flat lips. A plumped up pout is something I've been trying to achieve for a very long time and with these gorgeous lip balms able to be warn alone or on top of your favourite lipstick, they're just the perfect makeup companions!
Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick* | £19 | Link
Lipstick is definitely my one true makeup love. About a year ago I first started buying my first lipsticks and since then I've become a little obsessed. My collection is insane but no matter how many shades or finishes or brands I buy, I just can't help myself when it comes to wanting more. I recently blogged my MAC lipstick collection (Link) and I think it's giving me a bit of a shock to the system about how much of an addiction I actually have. Nevertheless, when this beauty of a package dropped onto my doorstep, I got very excited. I've tried a couple of Clarin's lipsticks before and they've always been so great. This Joli Rouge Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick has not disappointed at all! I was very generously sent shade 22 'Coral Dahlia' which, I'm not even kidding is the perfect shade for me. It's such a lovely everyday kind of colour for me and something that I can see myself getting a lot of use out of. Despite it's name, this lipstick isn't at all that sheer when applied to the lips, which is just perfect. It does look quite sheer when swatched (above) but with a lovely build up, you can make it as sheer or opaque as you like - either way, you get a brilliant shine and such a lot of moisture. I never felt my lips go dry once throughout my daily wear of this lipstick and although with my long tresses my hair occasionally flicked into the formula and stuck a little, it was no where near as bad as I thought it would be with a lipstick this amount of moisture.
Have you ever tried any Clarins' lip products?