Since I was 14 and used to slather my lips in Seventeen’s Star Girl sparkle gloss on a daily basis (pretty sure they don’t make this stuff anymore…), I’ve not really been a lipgloss kind of girl. It’s lipsticks all the way for me, and more recently, lip pencils – the NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in particular.
I just find lip gloss formulas a little annoying to be honest. They’re sticky, your hair gets caught in them whenever the wind blows, and they tend to rub off onto anything you happen to come into contact with… wine glasses, pillows, my favourite white French Connection coat… But when I saw the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors on offer at the Eurostar station a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t resist giving them one more chance.
So, how did they fare? Well I have to say these are certainly a lot more long lasting than many other lip glosses I’ve tried; they don’t wipe off as soon as you’ve had your first sip of water. I also really like how these are kind of a gel/balm hybrid, making them feel moisturising and luxurious, rather than sticky on the lips. I’m also a big fan of the packaging. Not only are the little tubes really cute and pretty to look at, the product comes out of a spongy dispenser which feels a lot softer to use.
I got two lip perfectors for nearly the price of one, in the shades Apricot Shimmer and Rose Shimmer. The first is kind of a nude peach gloss, and the latter more of a bright pale pink. Both are really ideal for Spring and Summer.
These aren’t meant to provide too much pigment. While they do each have their own shade, they’re quite subtle. I personally like to wear these over a similar lipstick colour and they just make my lips look a bit more plump, full and glossy. However, I’ve started to find myself just leaving one in my handbag at all times as they double up as a lip balm and lip colour, and are really easy to apply on the go.
Overall, I really am impressed with these products. Would I pay full price for them? No, probably not. They just don’t quite have the wow factor to justify spending £18 on them (I’d rather buy a MAC Lipstick!), but on offer I’m really glad I bought them. If you’re also someone who prefers more natural, beachy makeup and isn’t into bold lip colours, I’d definitely look into these!
Hope you guys enjoyed this post 🙂 Let me know in the comments if you did, and if you’ve ever tried the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors?
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx