Have we met before? – A dupe for Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors

I am pretty good at remembering faces, but struggle with knowing where exactly I have met the people attached to them.

Same is true when it comes to makeup.
I know what something looks like, but the actual brand sometimes eludes me.

So when I saw Nastasja from Eyes Painted Black writing about the new Catrice  Beautifying Lip Smoothers, I knew I had seen something similar before.
But it took me a second before I realized what they reminded me of:
The hyped Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors by Clarins.

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors above, Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers below

Can you spot a difference? Of course you can, but hey: Not twins maybe, but sisters for sure!

But even though it is makeup, it isn’t all about the looks.
Inner values count, too.
So lets look at:

The facts:
I have written a long (and quite disappointed) blog post on the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors here, if you fancy reading more about them, but I´ll include the key points again.

One tube of Clarins retails for 17,50 € while containing 12 ml of product.
One tube of Catrice, on the other hand, retails for 3,49 € while containing 9 ml of product.
Now let me quickly do the maths for you:
1ml Clarins equals 1,46€.
1ml Catrice equals 0,39€.

Clarins offers a variety of six different shades, while Catrice only does three: 010 Sweet Caramel, 020 Apricot Cream and 030 Cake Pop.
I got 020 Apricot Cream, to compare it to the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer.

The applicators. Again, Clarins on top, Catrice below.

While the Clarins ones smell incredible, like Cotton Candy, the Catrice ones don’t have a strong scent on their own, but taste just as sweet as the Clarins ones do.

Now let´s see how they look on my lips:

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 02 Apricot Shimmer


Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoother in 20 Apricot Cream

To be honest, I had to mark these picture really good, because I am not able to tell the difference once they are on my lips, at least look wise.

As far as longevity and moisturizing effects go, the Clarins ones definitely make the cut. They are noticeable on the lips for about an hour longer and seem to sooth severely cracked lips a little better, but again the difference isn’t a big one.

Would I rebuy?
I have told you I don’t like spending so much money on a tinted lip balm, so I wouldn’t go out and get another Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector, but I can totally justify spending the money on the Catrice Beautifying Lip Smoothers.

Who do I recommend it to?
If you love the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors, these are your perfect, budget friendly dupes.
And if, like me, you were disappointed because you expected to get more for your money, these are just what you need. The same performance for a fraction of the price.

How about you:
Is it the name that counts?
Or are you just so in love with the Cotton Candy smell that this is worth paying triple the money?



I´ve got this fever again – MAC Hot/Cold Tinted Lipglass

Do you know it?
The feeling when you see something and suddenly turn hot and cold, because you know you just have to have it?

That hasn’t happened to me for the longest time, but when I stumbled upon the pictures of MACs „Wash and Dry“-Collection, it got me.
The Limited Edition Fever!

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Hot/Cold

And I am not ashamed to admit, it wasn’t a particular product that infected me with this bad case of LE-Fever.
It was the packaging.
The gorgeous, rainbow colored pattern gracing all the products with exception of the eye khols.

So I was left to decide which product I actually wanted to buy, and after clicking through many swatches, settled for Morange lipstick.
But when I went to the store (Mr. Loca rolling his eyes) and had it applied, it just didn’t work with my skin tone.
For a second I contemplated getting it anyway (it was the fever speaking!), but quickly scanned the products again and, no surprise here, settled for a red lipglass called „Hot/Cold“.

MAC Tinted Lipglass in Hot/Cold

Now lets admire the packaging in all it´s beauty for a second!
Do you see the rainbow colors?
The sparkle?
Can you smell the vanilla goodness that is MAC lip products?
I don’t think I have fully recovered yet…

But allow me to get a grip and talk you through the facts:
One tube contains 4.8 ml and retails for 19€ here.
The lipgloss is opaque in one swipe, feels sticky on the lips and graces you with it´s presence for around four hours if all you do is drink.
If you eat, you will have to reapply to get the opaque glossiness again, but even after a light meal, you are still left with a pretty stain.
Obviously, it won’t survive the Sunday roast, but it is a lipgloss after all.

MAC Tinted Lipglass Hot/Cold, one swipe

On me, it is a pretty cool toned red with maybe a hint of berry.
The one downside I have to mention can be seen in the picture below: After wearing it throughout the day and reapplying it about four times, it started to settle into my lip lines.

MAC Tinted Lipglass Hot/Cold, lip swatch

Would I rebuy?
Well, it is Limited edition, but even after cooling off I don’t regret buying what must be my 12th red lipgloss and can see me getting a lot of wear out of it.

Who do I recommend it to?
Anyone who likes the color and still needs a red lipgloss.
I mean, come on, the PACKAGING!

Full face wearing MAC Tinted Lipglass in Hot/Cold

Did you end up getting anything from that collection?
And have you caught the LE-fever recently?


My top three summer lip colors

In the
summer, when even I get a little bit tanned, I tend to go for more vibrant
shades on my lips. Lipstick paired with a pair of sunglasses to hide your tired
eyes makes you look pulled together even after two sleepless nights due to a
teething baby. Obviously this works all through the year, but as I am no member
of the Kardashian family, I tend to shy away from sunglasses in the winter
These are
the three lip products that have accompanied me this summer:
Paris Glam Matte Intense Matte Gloss in 511“Skinny Tangerine”. I love me some
orangey-red during the warmer months, so this was pulled out a lot, even though
it is a tad hard to work with. And by no means matte, as you can see in the
Skinny Tangerine

L´Oréal Paris
Color Riche L´Extraordinaire in 102 “Rose Finale”. A rosy pink which matches
one of my favourite floral tops. Need I say more?

Rose finale

Longwear Lipglass in “Persistent Peach”, a peachy pink I tend to pair with a
smoky eye. Despite being a lipglass it is quite opaque, a bonus as I have quite
pigmented lips.
Persistent Peach

Also on my face: MAC Matchmaster foundation in 1.5, Maybelline Fit me Powder in 120, Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blush in 18 Soft Cardinal.

What did you wear most this summer?

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