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