Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Summer lip balms in a range of colours? Check. The usual suspect shades? You know, pink, green, orange and blue?  Check. Hang on, green and blue lip balms?  From Clarins?  I don’t think we’re in Kansas any more …

And yet:

They’re really, really, really gorgeous.  They’re also not really green and blue sadly, but this makes them not impossible to wear, as the surprisingly pigmented coloured cores of these Crystal balms make very good lipsticks, actually.  Here’s some swatches:

 
From left to right we have:  05 Crystal Rose, 07 Crystal Gold Plum, 06 Crystal Mandarin, and 08 Crystal Berry.  The balm surrounding the coloured core is essentially clear in use, but it diffuses the edges of the shades, making them nourishing to wear, but still colourful enough to define your lips:

Lip swatches:

Crystal Rose: A soft, gentle, easy-to-wear pink

 Crystal Gold Plum: A cooler shade of plum, with a hint of golden irridescence

 Crystal Mandarin: a bright splash of juicy orange

  
Crystal Berry: cool berry, without any shimmer
 

As you can see, the shades are soft and sheer, and (some patchiness with the pigment in Mandarin and Gold Plum aside) very easy to wear.  And they smell deliciously of berries!

My picks out of these four are Crystal Rose, and Crystal Berry, they’re slightly easier to get the colour applied evenly, and are the shades best suited to my skin tone.

See anything you like?  They’re on counter very soon …   
 
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3 Comments

  1. March 15, 2013 / 9:38 am

    I love the look of these! It's a shame Crystal Mandarin is a bit patchy as that would have been the shade I would have picked so I'm glad I spotted this review. I think I might go for Crystal Berry instead.

  2. March 15, 2013 / 3:30 pm

    I really like Gold Plum and Crystal Berry, it's a shame they're not more green/blue though 😛

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