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Summer obsession: Clarins Crystal Lip Balm

(I’m well aware that it’s not nearly Summer yet, but they’re part of a summer collection so IT COUNTS, okay? :P It counts.)

The product: Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

The consistency: These incredibly novel balms are translucent in the tube, and yet, they manage to preform much like a regular stick of balm. They’re very solid and smooth, and leave a bare-but-hydrated finish; sort of a fresh, moisturized look, without any sort of high-maintenance glossy finish.

The tint: All three are a glassy sort of tinted in the tube, but display varying degrees of colour when applied. 02 Crystal is completely clear, even when swatched on white paper, while both 01 Crystal Coral and 03 Crystal Red apply with a very sheer, almost jelly-like tint (and leave a whisper of a stain behind).

The hydration: Unfortunately, this would be my only reseve when it comes to these balms! I feel like they perform more like a novelty item; I’d have no worries about the amount of moisture delivered if you have normal lips, but they don’t pack enough of a punch for my perpetually dehydrated skin. They are very much a “summer item,” though, so I don’t feel like as much hydration will be necessary come the summer, you know?

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Balms swatched L-R: Crystal Coral, Crystal, Crystal Red

The verdict

Alright, so the $27 (Canadian) price tag is pretty very high. But these are so, so cool! I mean, they’re translucent. Translucent!

My verdict (a resounding YES, of course) is biased, I’ll admit – ever since skipping on them last summer, I’ve been dying to try get my hands on these, so their re-release definitely earned a few brownie points in my books ;) However, I think I’d have been impressed with these without the wait, as well: they’re simply incredibly novel, which is something you don’t really see a lot of anymore.

The “real” swatches…

Individual shade reviews (with lip swatches and more lovely messes of adjectives) will be posted when these are available online – I don’t want to make you too crazy while they’re still hard to find! They are a May 2011 launch with Clarins’ Mosaïque collection, though, so they should be out very shortly.

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27 Comments

  • Reply Jen

    I am drooling over Crystal Coral, they look cute. I love subtle colour, this might just be right for me. ^_^

    May 2, 2011 at 6:07 AM
  • Reply vijiis

    I'm on a project pan with lip balm. xP
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    May 2, 2011 at 7:06 AM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    translucent… HOW ARE THEY TRANSLUCENT?! this is driving me crazy…
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    May 2, 2011 at 9:06 AM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    Want! I missed out on these last year because they were out of stock so fast. I hope I see them soon!
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    May 2, 2011 at 9:20 AM
  • Reply sugar sugar

    i want to try these also but they are kind of expensive for lip balms. :/

    May 2, 2011 at 9:43 AM
  • Reply Larie

    Um, those may be the coolest things ever. They look like candy. Yum.
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    May 2, 2011 at 12:00 PM
  • Reply VampiressDoll

    They looks like glass, but I think they look too sheer for me but as balm yum. :)

    May 2, 2011 at 12:55 PM
  • Reply Krista

    I love the look of these, but if they don't deliver much moisture I think I'll have to pass. Really pretty to look at though!
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    May 2, 2011 at 1:44 PM
  • Reply Ciambella

    Pretty photography! Reminds me of the Du Wop "iced tea" lip balms. http://www.amazon.com/DuWop-IcedTea-Treatment-Bla

    May 2, 2011 at 1:48 PM
  • Reply Anonymous

    way cool

    May 2, 2011 at 8:55 PM
  • Reply Nina

    Oh my God, they look so heavenly I'm gonna hunt 'em down as soon as they're released (I can't resist translucent and clear things ^^)! Well, if my doctor decides I can wear make up again, that is. I changed my doctor and it appears that I didn't have a cold sore, it was something called cheilitis. He said it could be caused by an allergic reaction or something going wrong in my blood and hopefully we're gonna find out which from the test results this week. And in the meantime he banned me from wearing make up. Not even an eyeliner. Hmpf -.-

    May 3, 2011 at 6:24 AM
  • Reply Nouf

    OMG These look super cute <3 I'm in love
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    May 3, 2011 at 11:47 PM
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  • Reply Alison

    These are so CUTE! *runs to get one* I love a non-committal sheer!

    November 7, 2011 at 5:15 AM
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