Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks are a gift from above

Monday, January 24, 2011

What they are: Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks in Nude Rose (#01) and Nude Beige (#03), both limited edition with the Spring Neo-Pastels collection. Available online right now, and in-store Feb 1st!

The formula: To be honest, I didn’t think I’d like this formula, at first – it’s very soft, and distinctly scented. (I normally prefer a fairly firm, completely scent-free formula.) However, after giving these lipsticks time to grow on me, it wouldn’t be a stretch to call me a convert!

The Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks remind me of butter on a hot summer day (read: super soft) going on, and feel like gloss-sticks on my lips (that is, very smooth and moisturizing). But, by some act of god, that doesn’t take away from their wear time – they can get me right from breakfast at nine to lunch at two.

nude rose / nude beige

Even more impressive is the fact that Clarins has managed to charm me with a synthetic fragrance, something no other company has ever done with their lipsticks. The Rouge Hydra Nude formula smell perfectly sweet, but the scent fades fast enough that I don’t end up with a headache. (The only other lipstick scent I’ve ever loved was Clarins’ Rouge Prodige fragrance). The SPF 6 is just the cherry on top ;)

nude rose / nude beige

The shades: The names of these lipsticks pretty much hit the nail on the head: Nude Rose is a sheer yellow-based rose pink, and Nude Beige is a sheer medium-dark nude. Both are fairly neutral, leaning a touch warm, but would look amazing on warm or cool tones, if you ask me. I almost want to call the “nude” part of their names a misnomer, though – they’re not so much “nude” as they are “natural”. (I view a nude lipstick as something that will tone back your natural lip colour, whereas I see natural lipsticks as ones that simply look like your lips… but better!)

This collection also includes Nude Caramel and Nude Coral, two warmer shades with the same sheer formula.

The packaging: Alright, so here’s my only hang-up. The packaging for these is absolutely gorgeous, and I love that it’s customized to the shade. Thing is, the tubes shut really tightly, and when my ol’ arthritic hands are having a bad day, I literally can’t even open them.

But on the plus side, I guess they’re never going to pop open in my bag!

The verdict? While I like a lot of different lipsticks, it’s rare that I find ones that I absolutely love – usually, I can find at least one thing about the formula or shade that I’d change. With these, though? I’d change the packaging, for sure, but I can’t think of a single thing I’d tweak about the products themselves!

If you’re looking for an awesome sheer lipstick, don’t pass these up. They look great, feel great, smell great… I can’t rave enough about them.

P.S. More photos here!

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34 Responses to “Clarins Rouge Hydra Nude lipsticks are a gift from above”

  1. These look really gorgeous for an everyday look :)
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  2. They really are! : )

  3. These look lovely! I'm in the completely opposite boat…I don't like any lipsticks :P I'm really sold on the natural look, though. I may have to go get one. Do you happen to know if they're paraben-free? Allergies :(
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  4. makeupmorsels, on January 24th, 2011 at 10:54 am said:

    These look so pretty. I'm expecting them to come in the mail right now :) Can't wait to try them out!
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  5. Haha, that's fantastic! Which shades did you buy, lovely?

  6. Aww *hugs* I'm in class right now, but I can definitely check the ingredients list and update with it later : )

  7. ooh! sounds like one of those products that you can just slap on (without a mirror) haphazardly and it still looks good. i need more of those in my life :p

  8. They look really amazing and the formula sounds good. I may as well try one of them, but I'm already a Clarins fan, I don't think I can go further about it :)

  9. They are! (I still check a mirror because I'm afraid of looking like a crazy lady, but… they are.)

    And yes. By extension, you need them ;)

  10. Lol! That's pretty much my (defeatist) attitude as well – we're already hooked on Clarins lip products, so we may as well! :P

    Surprisingly, I only have three of their lipsticks so far… but I've adored the two formulas I've tried, so I'm dying to review & compare some more ;)

  11. Please do review and compare some more =) by the way, I really like Color Quench lipbalms (well, they're more of a lipgloss for me), I don't know if you saw them but maybe you want to take a look =)

  12. Arianne, on January 24th, 2011 at 6:12 pm said:

    Nude Rose looks perfect for your skintone! So lovely!

  13. Haha, I will if the opportunity comes up! : ) Thanks for the recommendation – I'll definitely look into the Colour Quench balms in the future.

  14. Thanks, Arianne! :)

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    Keep giving out samples and I will keep on purchasing Clarins!

  32. Of lipsticks? To be honest, I don't think I've seen many lipstick samples in my time! :p Clarins is usually pretty good about having testers out at the counter, though : )

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