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Make lips nice and smooth
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm
Member Name: jillycat
Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm
Advantages: Makes lips nice and smooth moisturises
Disadvantages: Colour doesn't last long and doesn't repair
This colour quench lip balm from Clarins is something I have had kicking around in my make up bag for several years and in several different shades. I keep coming back to it not only for the glimmering shine they give my lips but for how soft they leave them feeling too. The colour I will talk about for this review is the 04 raspberry smoothie which is a dark pink colour in tube but more lighter on the lips.
I have to say for a premier product such as Clarins I really don't think the packaging or design of this lip balm is anything special really and it certainly wouldn't look out of place in cheaper makes such as Boots own range's. However it is fairly simple it is a clear plastic tube with a metallic effect plastic top. The lip balm is distributed by the slanted top of the tube which contains a small hole in which when you squeeze slightly the tube the balm comes out on to your lips in a nice smooth way no big bursts that go everywhere in my experience. In my experience of several of these products the hole never has clogged up with the balm making it necessary to remove some with a pin or similar to unclog it. This is probably due to the small bit of plastic in the top that seals the balm and the hole when screwed back on. This seems to help keep it nice and fresh and moist too
This does go on lovely and smooth thanks to the slanted angle of the applicator. On going on to the lips you are immediately become aware of the taste that this has for me it is not an unpleasant one to me it tastes of cherry sweets and has the same smell too. I find this reminiscent of my childhood which gives me a spring in my step during the day. The colour which looks very strong and vibrant in the tube actually looks a lot softer on my lips and tends to give them a very nice healthy looking pink colour that I would say looks natural if it didn't have the shimmer gloss look. Clarins claim this is a non tacky lip balm but I would have to disagree and it is certainly tacky for a while and whilst I don't mind this in a lip balm or gloss it may be off putting to other people. I would say it takes a good 10 to 15 minutes to lose this tackiness you are then left with a smooth feel to your lips. The balm also leaves lipstick style marks on cups and glasses after application.
How long does it last?
I would say the smoothness on my lips lasts a good few hours after the application unless I have eaten something in which case this needs to be re applied straight away. However the colour aspects of this fair's less well and the colour and shine to my lips has generally gone after an hour. Whilst this is ok if you are not using it as a lip gloss and the colour is just an added bonus for you, if you are wearing as part of you make up regime then it just simply is not going to last you the day without frequent reapplications. I personally mainly wear this for work along side very minimal make up so the colour lasting abilities are not something that troubles me but for a dry office and work space the smooth moisturising qualities it gives means it is perfect for the job.
Benefits to my lips
This lip balm contains Extracts of Shea Butter, Wild Mango and Olive perhydrosqualene all of which are designed to soften and repair dry and damaged lips. I do think it does provide my lips with a great moisturising boost and it certainly keeps them nice and smooth through out the day. But I do find that if my lips have become cracked for some reason then this balm is just not good enough to repair them unlike the one I have from Origins which simply repairs my lips in a day or two but has no colour benefits like this Clarins balm
Overall and recommendation
I very much stand on the fence with this product as I love the smell and taste and how well it moisturiser my lips but I do have problems with how long the colour lasts and that it doesn't really repair like it claims for me at least. The price of this varies hugely depending on where you buy it at full retail price it is around £15-16 at Boots and department stores but on line you can buy this for around £8 from the likes of cheap smells. If you can get it for this cheaper price then I would defiantly recommend it as a tube lasts a long time and it gives a nice shine to your lips and a bit of colour. However at full retail price I do think it is a bit expensive for the results it gives as whilst it does moisturise it doesn't repair and needs frequent reapplications. A 3 star product for me.
Summary: A nice lip balm with a great taste that moisturises lips but has problems with the colour lasting