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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  • Reply Vijaya

    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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    March 16, 2012 at 6:39 AM
  • Reply 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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    March 16, 2012 at 7:12 AM
  • Reply Annie

    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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    March 16, 2012 at 7:51 AM
  • Reply Beauty Reflections

    Have been curious about there. How's the lasting power on them?
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    March 16, 2012 at 9:39 AM
  • Reply Jackie

    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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    March 16, 2012 at 9:42 AM
  • Reply Larie

    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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    March 16, 2012 at 9:57 AM
  • Reply Jamilla

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

    March 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM
  • Reply dani@callitbeauty

    Heart palpitations…

    I am having heart palpitations…

    So pretty! <3 *o*
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    March 16, 2012 at 10:36 AM
  • Reply Musing on Beauty

    But whyyyyyy isn't this one available here AND the coral one INVISIBLE ON ME?????
    *sad face*
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    March 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM
  • Reply shelynx

    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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    March 16, 2012 at 1:15 PM
  • Reply stephanie

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

    March 16, 2012 at 2:25 PM
  • Reply Makeup Kismet

    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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    March 16, 2012 at 9:56 PM
  • Reply 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

    March 17, 2012 at 7:31 AM
  • Reply @MaggiesMakeup

    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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    March 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM
  • Reply 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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    March 17, 2012 at 8:00 PM
  • Reply Ricquetta F.

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

    March 17, 2012 at 9:47 PM
  • Reply Jacqueline

    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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    March 18, 2012 at 2:13 AM
  • Reply 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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    March 18, 2012 at 7:31 AM
  • Reply Kelsey

    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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    March 18, 2012 at 12:58 PM
  • Reply 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 :)

    March 18, 2012 at 8:12 PM
  • Reply Gabriella

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

    March 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM
  • Reply 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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    March 21, 2012 at 5:20 PM
  • Reply 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…

    March 24, 2012 at 10:30 PM
  • Reply 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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    March 25, 2012 at 10:43 AM
  • Reply 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.

    March 26, 2012 at 6:40 PM
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