This is a funny one, I bought Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil based on what I thought it was, a lightweight lip conditioning oil, thinking it was perhaps an overnight treatment.
It’s actually a lip gloss with conditioning properties, even better! The official Clarins website says:
A lip care treatment infused with all the power of plant oils to nourish and enhance your lips’ natural beauty.
Which to me says, lip treatment, not make up. Although to be fair, further down it does say:
Leaves a shiny, non-sticky finish on the lips with a subtle sweet taste.
- Hazelnut oil – Nourishes, plumps and softens the lips
- Organic jojoba oil – Nourishes, adds a silky sheen to the skin without feeling greasy and soothes the lips whilst enhancing their natural beauty
- Mirabelle oil (honey shade) – Helps prevent dehydration and leaves the skin supple and satiny-smooth
- Raspberry oil (raspberry shade) – Nourishes, protects the lips from ageing and possesses anti-oxidising properties
Scent – Sniff the bottle and there’s that familiar sweet, jojoba scent. If you smack your lips together when you first apply it, there’s a brief sherberty taste, but it doesn’t linger.
Colour – I bought the ‘honey’ shade, no obvious colour, just a subtle tint on lips.
Stickiness – It is a bit sticky at first, I’m not sure what other reviewers are talking about when they say it isn’t. The formula’s very thick and viscous-y, but it does settle down after a bit and lose all jamminess.
Paddle applicator – The bottle itself is very cute, as you’d expect from Clarins, plus the extra wide applicator head is a nice touch. Because I wear this over lipstick and for hygiene reasons, I mess about a bit, and dab the gloss onto a cotton wool bud and apply from the bud. I wouldn’t apply over lipstick and then put the wand back, the formula is tinted but it’s still clear, and it would soon turn murky.
Plumping – I DO think it helps plump lips up a bit even if it’s only temporary. When I first applied it, I did feel a faint, tingly sensation on my lips, I thought it was because I’d just brushed my teeth, but the same thing happened when I reapplied it, only the tingling stepped up a gear and the effect lasted for much longer.
I bought the raspberry shade for my mum as a stocking filler present, I think that says it all. She will love the subtle colour payoff, ease of application and slight plumping effect.
As I’ve previously mentioned, it DOES indeed plump up lips. I use it on my lower lip and I have to say that even though it does slightly alter my lip colour, the subtle plumping does last a good couple of hours.
I’d love Clarins to produce more shades in this line!
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil RRP £19.00