The one thing I like the most about flying is Duty-free. I will show up on the airport bright and early, not because I am worried about missing my flight, but because I like to spend hours wandering the stores.
The Travel Exclusives almost always suck me in. I love a good bargain, and I really believe that most of them are hidden treasures just waiting to be discovered.
This time, the Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfectors made it into my basket. I have been eyeing them for quite a while, but could never justify 17,50 € for a lip gloss.
As a Travel Set on the other hand, containing two shades for 24 €, it would have been a waste of money not to buy them. At least in my world…
The lip perfectors are 12 ml each and come in six different shades: Rose, apricot, nude, petal, candy and rosewood shimmer. I got shade 01 „rose shimmer“ and 02 „apricot shimmer“.
Clarins says: „The ideal lip perfector for smooth, perfectly shaped lips with subtle, natural color. A soft gel formula that nourishes, repairs and protects. Day after day, lips are visibly more beautiful.“
The squeezy tube is the same color as the gloss, with a golden cap on one end, looking very sophisticated. Removed, the cap reveals a sponge tip applicator with little holes through which the gloss comes out once you squeeze, forming adorable little bubbles that never fail to make me smile.
|Lips bare, don’t care|
My lips are quite pigmented, and the color is really sheer, so I don’t notice much difference in color when applied. In fact, none at all…
Please excuse the crappy lighting in these pictures, I have been desperately trying to get some sunshine to take better pictures, but it just keeps on raining.
|Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in „Rose Shimmer“|
The difference in texture on the other hand is stunning: Juicy, fresh, moisturized, plump, you name it.
|Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in „Apricot Shimmer“|
And the smell… Cotton Candy at its best. I struggle not to lick it off my lips the minute I applied it because it smells (and tastes) so delicious. But even if I succeed, the lasting power isn’t great. I can see them for about two hours if I stay away from food or drinks (quite a challenge for me…), but they are by no means long-lasting. The moisturized feeling however stays after the color has already faded.
During my holiday in France I really put them to the test, as I forgot to pack my lip balm and went for the whole wind, sun, beach and diving routine, usually a safe bet for chapped lips. Not this time, Clarins kept them moisturized and soft.
Will I rebuy?
No. As much as I enjoy using them, they are just sheer lip balms without much of a color payoff on my lips. And even though the smell (ah, the smell…) and the nourishment is great, in my opinion they just don’t justify the splurge. Not even in a Travel Exclusive…