You NEED this: Clarins Instant Light Blush | Vitamin Pink review, photos, swatches

The product: Clarins Instant Light Blush in Vitamin Pink

I’ve been waiting for Clarins Spring 2012 for a very, very long time. Seriously – the Gloss Prodige line has been close to the top of my wishlist since November. That all said, though: now that the products are out, it’s actually the Instant Light Blush that’s really caught my attention. It’s a blush! And it’s pink! And it’s liquid, you guys; it’s liquid!(It should probably be mentioned, though, that I haven’t yet found time to test out the glosses. So, it’s entirely possible that I’ll be tooting an entirely different horn in a week’s time.)

The packaging: Clarins’ Instant Light Blush comes packaged in what’s slowly overtaking their line: hopelessly chic, gold-accented rectangles. It looks a bit like a short, stout gloss, which (to be entirely honest) couldn’t be more perfect. It features a large doe-foot applicator, which might bug some – it can be hard to get out of the container, and I’m sure someone out there is having a minor breakdown about liquids packaging and bacteria. (Seriously, though: I know powders are sanitize-able, but who actually sprays down their personal products with alcohol every two weeks? And how dirty is your face to begin with?!)

Vitamin Pink vs. two Gloss Prodiges

The shade: Vitamin Pink is a lovely, bright, clear rose with plenty of gold iridescence. It gives a really natural, sheer pink flush, and it embodies the picture-perfect spring cheek perfectly: the gold microshimmer is small enough that it never looks “disco-ball,” but (paired with the way the Instant Light formula sinks into the skin,) it creates an incredibly believable dewiness. Basically, it’s the perfect way to pick up your skin after the long winter. (And, well, if you live in a place where winter isn’t long — don’t even talk to me.)

Swatched L-R: Clarins Gloss Prodige in Raspberry and Candy; Instant Light Blush in Vitamin Pink (heavily/blended.)

(Same swatch order, but unfocused & in direct sunlight.)

The formula: The format of the Instant Light blushes is what really gets me – though Vitamin Pink is absolutely lovely, it wouldn’t be half as addictive without being a liquid. It’s a bit like a fluid moisturizer, and blends into translucence like a dream. That being said, though, it does layer quite well! It’s a bit deceiving, with how easily the formula blends away, but you really can build it upto an impressive flush.

The verdict?

Basically, you didn’t even have to read this review – you just had to give the title a glance. You need this; you really, really do! I’ve spent years blending fluid moisturizers with liquid lipsticks, cream lipsticks, and cream blushers to get exactly this effect, but Clarins pulls off liquid blush flawlessly (and with the added bonus of cute packaging.) At $28 CAD, yes, this is on the pricey side. The Instant Light blushers are still cheaper than a NARS powder blushers (if only barely), though, and I’d reach for this over Orgasm any day. The shimmer is so much more refined, and there’s something just so about this liquid formula – it really does create a lit-from-within flush. Here’s to hoping for a few shimmer-free Instant Light blushers in the future! Bonus points if there’s a berry shade ;) <

Get it: NordstromBloomingdale’s, and in-store at Clarins counters. Go, run; they’re LE!

Clarins Instant Light packaging

Clarins Instant Light Blush ingredients

Vitamin Pink labels


Because I just know someone is going to ask if I don’t go over it: sorry, no, I can’t compare these to the Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blushers. Much as I’d love to give the watercolours a try, I’m loathe to buy a product without seeing it in person, and (to my knowledge), the Daniel Sandler line hasn’t any Canadian stockists. Apologies!


I got a chance to give this a go (this sentence has an alarming number of gs in it) just before finishing up this post. Long story short: yes, Vitamin Pink looks just as gorgeous on a medium skintone (NW30ish), and yes, it wears well on ageing skin despite–or perhaps due to–the luminous finish.

(Research, you have been completed! I henceforth release you unto the populous of the beauty community. Go! Doth yonder and other such oldish words! Go and spread your knowledgeth.)

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  • This looks nice. Trouble is, I have no idea about my own skintone (much darker than MAC's 30-ish colors)/
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    • Let me know how it goes if you give this a try, Vijaya! I'd love to see how it translates on a darker skintone :)

  • mostlysunnybunny

    You're such an evil woman, Rae! I have to make a stop at the Clarins counter during my grocery-shopping trip now! Ah oh well, food, great liquid blush, potato potato. Life only gets better with both eh :p
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  • That blush looks amazing. I was wondering if something of this consistency would be buildable but you say that it is so that's great! I think I might pick it up when it hits the stores! I keep getting impressed by Clarins, and I like it!
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    • Yep, it's totally buildable! :) In stores now – I hope your Clarins counter still has some in stock! ;o)

  • Have been curious about there. How's the lasting power on them?
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    • Amazing. I've had it on for the last twelve hours, and there's still colour on my cheeks! (Gave them a quick swipe with a cotton bud + makeup remover; came away pink.)

      So impressed. I touch my face a lot when I'm tired, and I'm tired. It's lasted through the entire windy day, a half-hour walk, AND a nap!

  • this blush look pretty awesome on you. i've never tried liquid blushes, unless you count tarte cheek stains, so i might have to give this a try.
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    • This would be a fabulous intro to liquid blushers ;o) I've tried Tarte's cheek stains in the past, and hated their sticky finish – this is better by miles!

  • Lisa Eldridge made me want the peachy one. The pinky one I can pass on, but I still want one, damnit! Clarins has been coming out with some beautiful things, lately! Their counter is so red and gold and skincare-y, though, I just never want to stop there. Hahahaha.
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    • Brenda

      Same here!! I watched Lisa's video and absolutely need Coral Tonic. Sadly, I read that it is not available in Canada. Why oh why do cosmetic companies forsake Canadians??? I'm looking at you Illamasqua….

      • Oh, I feel your pain! :( I so wish Illamasqua was carried by someone up here – yes, okay, there are a few sites where we can buy it online, but it's so hard to choose from a line you've never seen in person. Especially one with as broad a colour range as theirs!

    • I know not of this video that you all keep speaking of! I'm behind on my Lisa E :(

      Go brave the Clarins counter for this one, Larie. I promise it's worth it!

  • Jamilla

    Your pics say it all! Hitting the Clarins counter on my next trip to the mall!

  • dani@callitbeauty

    Heart palpitations…

    I am having heart palpitations…

    So pretty! <3 *o*
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  • But whyyyyyy isn't this one available here AND the coral one INVISIBLE ON ME?????
    *sad face*
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    • :( :( I'm sorry, Mariella!! Maybe try layering it more? (It's easy to get Vitamin Pink to sheer out, but it intensifies really well if I give it a moment to set between applications.)

  • Wonderful Post! I love this blush, too! It's amazingly fresh on pale skin and I'd prefer it to a cream-blush anytime. There are some photos on my blog, too if you'd like to compare the impressions.
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  • stephanie

    the shades look gorgeous but i dont really use clarins..

  • The formula sounds so lush but I'm craving something less pink. That said, I still OoOoOoOOoo at the sight of these little blushes!
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    • I know!! :D So cute, right?

      See if you could order Coral Tonic up from the US, maybe?

  • paola

    basically you had me at "You NEED this" … going on a hunt as we speak to find this gorgeous blush because I most certainly NEED it !!! Hope that I can get my hands on it also here in Italy. thanks for the review and the gorgeous photos :))

    PS Did I miss it or will you get the chance to review the new YSL stain/gloss thingies? I really am in love with them just by looking at swatches online but I would want to know what you think about them first :)

    xxx from Italy

    • I hope you can find these in Italy, Paola! *sends good luck* It's the perfect Spring/Summer blush – I'm so looking forward to getting more wear out of it as the days get longer & brighter.

      I don't think I'll be reviewing the YSL glossy stains, unfortunately! Sorry :( Another Rae (at The RAEviewer), Jessica (at Beautezine), and Danielle (at Bloomin' Beauty Blog) have done a wonderful job covering them, though – and I have a product review coming up in the next day or two for a gloss that leaves a gorgeous stain behind! ;)

      • paola

        no problem, thanks for the links! I have already come across The Raeviewer's post on these YSL glosses but not the other two reviews, so thanks! :)
        Can't wait to read your review coming up about the gloss / stain, I am a sucker for gloss/stains… hey I am sucker for ALL lip products, really… ;) thanks again for your lovely blog and the MOST gorgeous photos, that is so true what Maggie wrote below, your photos make me want to EAT makeup, it all looks SO delicious!! :)

        • Up now! ;) (It's the Physician's Formula gloss – only two shades, but my god does it ever give a gorgeous stain.)

          And keep this blush out of your mouth! I'm going to have to stop posting if it turns into a health hazard for all of you :P

  • How is it that your pictures make me want to EAT the makeup?? Everything looks so…delicious. o.O

    I've swatched this guy half a dozen times, and I can't seem to make up my mind about the sheerness – do I love the natural effect, or do I want something with more punch? Mah!
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    • LOL! Please don't, Maggie! The internet needs you too badly to relinquish you to emergency for the rest of the evening.

      Correct answer: you love the natural effect and the sheerness, because you can totally layer this baby if you take the time ;) Go for it!

  • lyn

    The blush looks amazing but I don't think we will see the likes of it here in Malaysia. Just wondering how long it lasts on you and do you think it's suitable for combination / oily skin? I may wanna hunt for this online :-)
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    • Yeah, that's what I've been hearing from Lily, too :( I wore it around for 12 hours to test, and still had colour on my cheeks when I went to remove it at the end of the day – very impressive, especially considering that I touch my face ALL the time!

      That said, though, I do have really dry skin. I can say for sure that the shimmer and texture of Vitamin Pink sit well on oilier complexions (I habitually borrow family and friends' faces to test product; it's awesome), but I wasn't able to test for wear time. From what I've read online, though, I'm guessing at least 8 hrs!

  • :O :O Gorgeous! I am definitely looking into these. I especially love how natural and soft it looks!

    • Check out the rest of the Colour Breeze collection while you're at it, Ricquetta! These are the star of the show (in my opinion), but the rest of the products are pretty gorgeous, too ;)

  • I am between this and Guerlain's new liquid blushes too. I definitely will be swatching these when it comes out in the stores, thanks for the amazing swatches.
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    • These should be in stores now (depending on where you are in the world), Jacqueline! :)

  • Liz

    I tested this and knew that it was a dream! BUT… cannot justify another blush, esp. a liquid that might go bad after being neglected. :x

    Isn't that giant doe foot applicator just ridiculous though? After I pulled it out, I just started laughing and all the SAs wanted to know what was so funny. :D
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    • LOL! It totally is, right???! (I'm glad I'm not the only one who thought so!)

  • To me, Clarins seems to have a reputation similar to Estee Lauder.. like it's for older women. Bought I have thoroughly enjoyed every product I've bought from them. I wish more young women explored this brand!
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    • It's always sort of seemed like that to me, too – but both lines have been doing an amazing job of "revitalizing" their makeup collections in the past few years, haven't they? I think Clarins' Instant Light blush, along with the bold new (or are they still upcoming?) Estee blushers are this Spring's biggest sleeper hits. ;)

  • Gabriella

    These look so fun! The packaging is just gorgeous. Have you tried the sinister kashuk super sheer liquid tint? It reminds me of this but it comes in a pump bottle. I have the shade poppy and its so gorgeous! It starts out sheer but you can build it up for more pop just like this one :) but sinister kashuk’s is only $10 at Target! This shade also has no shimmer, hifgly reccomend it. But I’m definately interested in this blush, plus I just adore the shade you reviewed :)

    • I haven't – sorry, Gabriella! No Targets up here in Edmonton, unfortunately.

      (Also: are you reading theNotice through your iPhone, by any chance? Because those autocorrects are hilarious :P)

  • Gabriella

    Haha sorry, that should have read “sonia kashuk”. Stupid auto spell. =p

  • toyarosie

    This seems to give the kind of flush that I am always trying to achieve – totally, wonderfully, believably natural with a little something extra. Unfortunately, I'm certain it wouldn't show up on my darker skintone – but it makes me feel like hunting down a similar (and deeper) product so I can recreate!!
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    • Aww, sorry hon! :( Maybe try the Daniel Sandler ones? I've heard really good things about them, and they're really pigmented – something in the line will definitely show up on your skin ;)

  • Ryou

    Shoot, this is really nice. o.O (Oy wallet, stop struggling)

    On the other hand, having lived in Indonesia and Australia for the past few years, I can safely say: Feel free to take away all the sun, it's murdering me. ;_: It may sound weird but I really miss winter in Seattle…

    • Ha! No, I completely understand – it's wonderful to have sun after a week of clouds, but when it's 25 degrees for a week straight in the summer, I'm ready to crawl under a rock and never come out :P But this is like sunshine in a bottle! All the wonderful parts, with none of the heat or glare :D

  • Kim

    I admit I'm disappointed in the packaging mostly because I think doefoot applicators are an inefficient way of getting product. Probably won't stop me from buying if I see it on the counter though
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    • I'm not much of a doefoot fan either, to be honest – though I'm not quite sure how else you'd package this, short of a dropper bottle! (Click pens are more or less my arch-nemesis, so they're not an option.)

      For a doefoot, though, it's ridiculously big (in that way-too-cute kind of way :p)

  • Moushka

    The blush looks gorgeous and if I didn't already have the MUFE HD one I'd jump at it. Did you check out the Clarins Spring lipsticks? I'm in love with Pink Magnolia. MLBB with a bit of gold sparkle. Lips to die for.

    • I didn't, actually! I tend to like my MLBB lipsticks to be totally sparkle-free, so I figured I'd pass… this time around :P

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