Two of the releases I was most excited for this spring were part of the Clarins Garden Escape Spring 2015 collection.
First on my list was the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector. It promises to be moisturising, plumping, radiance-boosting and comfortable. With their new release Clarins promises a new texture in lip makeup. It is available in 6 different shades; 01 rose, 02 coral, 03 my pink, 04 orange, 05 red and 06 rosewood. The packaging is very sleek and luxurious with a nice design and small size.
I love this product, it is a new everyday staple in my bag. My lips feel soft, moisturised and plumper. The colour 01 rose is a “my lips but better” pink, and leaves the lips looking shiny and plumper. It does not cling to dry patches on the lips like many other lip Products and has a very nice sweet scent. It truly perfects the lips. It is easy to apply, even without a mirror and glides smoothly over the lips. When I want to be a bit more adventurous I go for the shade 05. I am a little afraid of the matt red lip, but wish I could pull it off. If I want to channel my inner Taylor Swift I go for this shade. It is an easy to wear sheer red lip balm that gives me that little extra, without having to worry about my lipstick smudging all over my lips, or unappealing dry patches.
Swatch 1: 01 rose
Swatch 2: 05 red
Second on my list was the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. With ingredients of hazelnut, mirabelle and organic jojoba oils the product promises to bring nutrition, comfort and a soothing effect to the lips. The oil leaves a shiny film on the lips without being oily or sticky. Permanent to the collection is the colour honey which has a sweet honey taste as well as a nice fragrance. The limited edition colour Raspberry has a very fruity fragrance, but no taste.
One of the nicest things about this product is the packaging, it comes with a large sponge applicator that feels soft on the lips and covers them with product in one motion. Despite its delicious and fruty fragrance the product does not taste good. This annoys me, and takes some pleasure out of wearing the product. The product leaves an oily residue which clings to the tongue. The product feels comforting and soothing on the lips and they feel well nourished long after use, but the taste is a deal breaker for me. I chose the limited edition raspberry. I regret not picking up the honey version which promises a sweet honey taste, maybe I would have liked the product if it had a more pleasant taste. Another minus us the colour, which is why I chose the raspberry edition in the first place, it is not pigmented enough to show on the lips.
Swatches, from the left: raspberry lip comfort oil, 01 rose, 05 red.