21 May 2013

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms SS13

For the last couple of years I’ve really looked forward to the Clarins summer make-up collection and this year’s, Splendours, is one of the prettiest yet. I did an overview of the whole shebang over on beaut.ie but today I want to focus on what, for me, is one of the standouts of the whole collection.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms Summer 2013

Rich but translucent colour is a massive trend this year, but with this product, Clarins was way ahead of the pack. They first appeared in 2010 with new variations appearing every summer since (check out last year's offering here).

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in Crystal Gold Plum

In their earliest incarnations, these really were just a tinted lip balm – an extraordinarily aesthetically pleasing lip balm, but just a lip balm nonetheless.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in Crystal Berry Summer 2013

More recent collections have seen the brand add a core of pigment to the product which means that it’s possible to get a lovely colour from these as well as all the hydrating, smoothing, plumping goodness of the balm.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in Crystal Rose Swatches 2013

Clarins recommend that you apply the centre pigment first, then turn the product and apply a layer of balm. With gelled oils to combat dehydration, and Vitamin E to protect from free radicals, these slick on smoothly and are lovely and comfortable on the lips.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in Crystal Mandarin Swatches 2013

Four shades are on offer this year with two of them particularly demanding our attention. Crystal Gold Plum and Crystal Berry are rather astonishing shades of green and blue, respectively, but don’t worry, they don’t show up like that on the lips. The tinted balm complements the inner core of pigment, so you end up with a very wearable shade of berry or plum.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Swatches Summer 2013

I’m completely in love with this product. Not only does it feel hydrating and look pretty, but it also smells just like sweeties – and the shape reminds me of a Push Pop, too.

My favourites are the Rose and Mandarin shades but for sheer novelty value I expect Gold Plum and Berry will sell out first. A word of warning though – these are limited edition, so if they’re tickling your fancy I wouldn’t hang about.

They’re all €22 – like the look of any in particular?


Fiona Naughton said...

I think Crystal Berry & Crystal Rose look the best. If they smell like sweets I'm sold! :)

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Keit said...

I would totally buy this just for the fancy gelatine look :D

ifthey wereme said...

I love the mandarin shade!

Fabrizia said...

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Adele said...

Love the colours on you Emma. I'm terrible at biting things like this off my lips if they taste too good!!!!
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Anonymous said...

Crystal Mandarin is perfection!

The Hearabouts said...

These look soooo cool!

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Roses and Rockets said...

These look amazing, I'm not normally that excited about lip products but these sound fun. I like the crystal mandarin one the most, I think it would suit my complexion.

Karen Constantine said...

Love the look of Crystal Mandarin, must give these a squizz when I'm allowed in the shops next ;)

Katie H said...

They look DIVINE! Wow

Sam said...

Just from looking at the first image, I can see how gorgeously lush and smooth this lipstick is. All the colours are stunning, I have to try this, thanks for letting me know about it.

Alex said...

crystal rose is beautiful! x

Gemma T said...

They are so pretty, and so unique to anything else on the market! I don't think I'd be able to bring myself to use them haha! I love them all, and would love to see people's faces when they think you're about to apply vivid blue lipstick! :D xxx

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Emma said...

These look good enough to eat! I love Clarins in general and their lip products never let me down. I don't think I could choose which one I like best they are all gorgeous!

Emma x

YourBeauty said...

The coral one has my name all over it, stunning.

littlemissandrea said...

They look so interesting! Thanks for the review - I'll have to check them out!

Kim Alston said...

Those look really good! Loving that crystal mandarin.

Jessica said...

These colors are so pretty. I think my favorite is the Crystal Rose.


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I like Crystal Rose...
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Emilyx0- Irish Beauty Blog said...

Need to get my paws on Crystal Mandarin, such a pretty colour!


Coco said...

You know how I love translucent lipstick, well, this is the non plus ultra!! Before seeing your picture I was thinking "I'd love to try the Crystal mandarine" and then I saw it on you and I love it!!!
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Marika said...

they seems to good!
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P said...

22 quid is just way too much for me to spend. :-( good review though!


They look nice, I like the Crystal Mandarin. xx/Madison

little t said...

Looks great - I'd probably go for crystal mandarin.

Izzie J. Collins said...

I love these colors! I wish they are available in my country. I heard Kiko has similar products like these?

Could you do a comparison?

Cheers, Izzie.


fluff and fripperies said...

Sorry Izzie - I'd love to but we can't get Kiko here!

aki! said...

This product certainly looks interesting! I think that the combination of the balm with color center may work well. I wonder if we're going to see more of it.

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