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Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm | 03 Crystal Red review and swatches

The product: Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in 03 Crystal Red

Of the three Instant Smooth lip balms, the tint of Crystal Red is my favourite. It’s sheer, for sure (though not as sheer as 02 Crystal), but imparts a really lovely “my lips but better” sort of colour – just enough red to perk up my complexion, but not so much that you need a mirror to apply.

The strange thing about the colourants in this one, though, is that they make the product (in the tube) look different depending on which direction it’s being lit from. More photos to display this effect at the bottom of this post, but I thought it was a kinda cool thing to point out!

For a full review, additional photos and swatches, and an ingredient listing, please view our original Clarins Crystal Lip Balm review.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms in 01 Crystal Coral, 02 Crystal and 03 Crystal Red.

Swatch: Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in 03 Crystal Red

Swatch: Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm in 03 Crystal Red

Crystal Red in indirect sunlight

Crystal Red in direct sunlight from in front

Crystal Red in direct sunlight from behind

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18 Comments

  • Reply vijiis

    I'm on a project pan for lip balms. I have to use up ten before I buy more and so far, I've got one down. BUT I WANT THIS SO BADLY. T-T
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    July 12, 2011 at 4:20 PM
  • Reply Jfunnyvalentine

    Every time you post about these crystal balms, I feel like licking them like a Push Pop lol. This one looks particularly delicious
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    July 12, 2011 at 4:50 PM
  • Reply Larie

    They totally do look like candy! I do want these. Crystal Coral is calling my name.
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    July 12, 2011 at 6:08 PM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    Must get one. Must get one. Sigh…Rae, you're killing me! ;)
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    July 12, 2011 at 6:31 PM
  • Reply Rae

    these look like candy. but why do i want to try them?!?! ugh, pretty stuff.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:48 PM
  • Reply callitbeautyblog

    aw man, i was hoping they'd be more pigmented. this will have to be a skip for me…

    but what do you think of the lip perfectors? are they worth it?
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    July 12, 2011 at 8:02 PM
  • Reply Ciambella

    …I keep thinking it's yokan and wanting to eat it! Ahhh! Dangerous!

    July 12, 2011 at 9:49 PM
  • Reply Jamilla Camel

    I MUST get one of these – they look luscious!

    July 13, 2011 at 1:25 AM
  • Reply Helly

    is it bad that i kind of want to eat these? they look like jelly candy :P

    July 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM
  • Reply theNotice: a beauty blog » Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm | 01 Crystal Coral review and swatches

    […] reviews for Crystal or Crystal Red, which feature additional photos of all three plus lip swatches of each balm, and […]

    July 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM
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