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I was quite overjoyed at Christmas to receive a nice, big red cosmetics bag filled with loads of decent sized samples of Clarins products from cleansers and toners to moisturisers and even perfume! Clarins are a brand I had been well aware of some time prior to receiving this gift but hadn't ever tried due to the price of their items. I was sure I would be in for a treat when using all of this stuff!
One item contained in my bag was a little 7ml tube of this Colour Quench Lip Balm. The full sized tube is actually 15ml and costs around £15 from the likes of Boots, John Lewis, Debenhams etc as well as Clarins own website. I'll be honest, this is basically a lip gloss, £15 seems a ridiculous price for such an item in my opinion and I suspect you're probably paying for the name more than anything else here.
The full sized tube is identical to my smaller, sample sized one expect it's longer (obviously it needs to contain more product). It's a clear soft plastic tube similar to most other lip gloss tubes, gold writing presents us with the Clarins name and product name along with other bits of information such as shade number and a short description stating this will give you 'long lasting moisture and shine'. It has a gold screw on lid and, underneath that lid, a hard plastic curved point cut slightly slanted with a tiny hole in the middle for the lip gloss to be dispensed. Again, not dissimilar to most other lip glosses.
How many shades this product comes I can't quite figure out. The John Lewis website is displaying eleven, Boots are showing nine (some of which are not being displayed on the John Lewis website) and The Clarins website itself is only showing eight shades, who knows what is going on there! Either way there are a wide range of shades to choose from (if you shop around for them) although are mostly varying shades of pink. There's pale pink, a sort of subtle and natural pink, dark pink, shocking pink, bright pink, every shade of pink! There's a few purple shades and the odd browny/orange shade but they're mostly pink. I have shade 02 'peach necture' which, as you've probably guessed, is a pink shade. It's a short of pale, fleshy pink which a hint of glittery shine in there and is, in all fairness, a nice subtle every day wear shade.
I guess when I said this stuff was basically just a lip gloss I was undermining it slightly. Whilst this does look very much like a lip gloss and aims to give a glossy hint of colour like a lip gloss it does also make claims which are usual for a lip balm. Clarins state this is also 'deeply soothing' and provides 'moisturising skin benefits [to] treat your lips'. So I suppose it's a two-in-one product.
A gentle squeeze of the tube releases enough product to evenly coat your lips and the slanted tip makes application quick, easy, fuss and mess free. Its consistency is as you would expect from a good quality lip gloss. Thick enough to easily be applied and to provide adequate coverage in one application but not so thick that it's gloopy.
The balm's fruity, cherry scent becomes apparent immediately after application. With this being applied the lips the scent obviously travels rather quickly up the nostrils and it does smell pretty tasty, definitely a scent I'm happy to wear on my lips! It doesn't have much in the way of taste though but then I guess you're not supposed to lick it off!
In terms of colour, I don't find this gives me any. Whether that's just my particular shade I can't say I haven't tried any of the others but this one gives a similar look to a clear lip gloss. It gives my lips a glossy finish and there is still a sparkle to them which is subtle enough to still make this shade appropriate for every day wear and, whilst its lack of colour is a little disappointing, it does look really nice over a matte shade of lipstick. Alternatively, applied without lipstick I find this does give my lips a slight plumping effect although purely through illusion - it doesn't actually do anything to my lips. But the sparkle element, particular if concentrating more in the centre of my lips when applying, does make my lips appear somewhat thicker and fuller. Not drastically so but noticeably so, this is always a welcomed effect!
What I really like about this product is that it isn't sticky in the slightest bit. In fact, it has a very light weight feel to it in general and, after about ten seconds, you can barely even feel it's on your lips. I feel that this is true to its word in that it feels really moisturising too. After application my lips do feel extremely soft, smooth and hydrated as though I had just applied a lip balm.
Longevity leaves something to be desired though. I admit it does last longer than most similar products do but that's still only about ten minutes before it needs reapplying if I'm drinking etc. The soothing, moisturising effects do last much longer, a couple of hours maybe, but in terms of visible effects it does need reapplying pretty much constantly throughout the day to keep them.
The good news is that such a tiny amount is needed to coat my lips that this tube lasts for ages. As mentioned, I got my smaller 7ml tube for Christmas, I've been using it pretty regularly since then, at least once a week and often more, and now that we're in July my tube still looks barely touched. So whilst this is still silly priced in my opinion, at least you wouldn't need to fork out the cash very often to replace a tube.
I am in two minds about this really. On one hand it is very moisturising and hydrating and gives my lips that moisture whilst looking quite nice (for at least a little while). On the other hand I find its lack of colour disappointing, the length of time those visible effects last and, most of it, I find it very overpriced. I think this product can be summed by best by describing it as a pretty good lip balm and a fairly average lip gloss in one, over the top priced tube. I'm happy to continue using my tube until it's all gone but definitely won't be replacing it.
My daughter bought me this lip balm for Mother's Day and I really like it. I always like high end beauty products as a gift as I can't justify spending the money myself and this one was something I hadn't had before.
My daughter said it cost her £15 which I think is a huge amount to pay for such a little tube but luckily it lives up to the price, it is a very good quality product and it's nice to get something like this for a treat.
There are various shades to choose from and they're easy to see because the tube is see-through which I think is really nice. The shade I have is Poppy which is a beautiful shade. Other shades include grape juice, bubble gum, toffee and several others. I think they all have lovely names!
The little tube is nice, it is plastic and squeezy which makes applying it easy. It has a little cap which twists on and off to stop it from squeezing out in your bag when you don't want it to. The lid is easy enough to put on and off but it is small and I have managed to almost lose it a few times when it has managed to escape off my dressing table!
This as a lip balm but I use it as a lip gloss and it's lovely to know that at the same time as looking nice it is protecting my lips. It has ingredients in it that help to keep your lips moist so this is especially nice to have in the winter time when your lips may be at danger of becoming dry and cracked.
It is easy to apply, you squeeze it out directly onto your lips and it's easy to get the right amount out, I've never got too much out which is good as that would be quite messy!It's quite a thick consistency but this looks lovely on the lips. The shade of mine is a lovely dark-ish pink but not too dark that it would be too false looking. It has very slight scent to it too, which is fruity and nice.
When I wear this it doesn't feel sticky on my lips but has a lovely feel to it. It makes my lips look nice and shiny in a lovely way. It lasts a good while but if I do need to take it with me to add some more through the day then it is easy to put in my bag to do so.
I love this lip balm and think it is beautiful. Very expensive but a lovely treat!
The one thing that I am absolutely never without is lip balm. One of my favourite lip balms is Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm, in particular the 05 Delicious Plum shade. It cost me £15.00 from Boots which is certainly towards the more expensive end of the scale in terms of lip balms, but having said that, this is more of a cross between a lip stick and a lip gloss and a lip balm and so it's perfect really for all occasions and for everyday use.
The lip balm comes in a plastic tube that has a nozzle at one end which is covered by a silver plastic cap. The nozzle is one that is typical for many lip balms that some in tubes in as much as it's slanted to allow easier application to the lips. I have found that just a gentle squeeze of the tube emits enough of the balm to cover my lips generously. It glides on my lips effortlessly and allows for even coverage without any gloop or gunge. It does make my lips look glossy and even a little tacky to the touch, but I quite like this look and this feel and so it's fine by me. The colour is rich and not particularly natural looking, but it does look good and makes my lips look fuller and healthier.
I find I need to reapply about every four hours if I want the glossiness to stay, but having said that, my lips feel really nicely conditioned between applications.
Overall, I really love this lip balm and think it is one of the more superior products I've come across.
I personally prefer lip balms to lip gloss , my lips are always dry sometimes cracked and balm helps give soothing feeling. Clarins colour quench lip balm fits the bill not only does it hydrate , soothes and softens my lips but it adds a touch of colour so when my lips have broken out i replace my lipstick for colour quench lip balm.
Clarins colour quench lip balm costs around £12. I bought the lip balm from Boots but Debenhams and John lewis sell the product also.
Clarins colour quench lip balm comes in a tube, it has 15ml of balm in the tube. The lid is silver and is a screw cap, when removed you can see the top of the tube is angled and flat with a little hole where the balm comes out.
There are a good few colour choices, candy pink, poppy, sweet fig, bubble gum, toffee and plum. I picked the poppy, i like the colour its red with a touch of brown to it. I found most of the colours in the range are mostly pink colours.
Clarins colour quench lip balm poppy is more of a natural shade of red and has a lovely shimmer to it making my lips glisten. The balm is soft with a slightly running texture apposed to the wax feeling some lip balms have. Mines has a sweet smell of cherry's to it.
When applying i found the lip balm glides over my lips and feels soft no sticky feeling and the colour shines.
My lips feel hydrated and soft after using the colour quench lip balm. In winter when my lips are a mess i replace my lipstick with this because it has colour too it and gives the impression i am wearing lipstick.
I recommend Clarins colour quench lip balm for soft and smooth kissable lips.
I love Clarins products and have a wide variety in my collection which has built up over the years. One of my favourite and most regularly used products is the Clarins Colour Quench Lipbalm.
I have a couple travel size tubes which I have acquired on promotional deals at Clarins counters and each contain 7ml of balm. The full size version contains 15ml of balm and sells for anywhere between £8 and £15 dependant on where it is purchased. There is a wide range of colours - Clarins' website show 8 different colours but I'm sure there are more given the different colours I have seen for sale. Both of mine are colour 03 Candy Pink which sounds a bit girly, but in actual fact it is very subtlely peach toned rather than really pink and has small glittering light reflective particles in it which gives it a lovely shiny appearance when on.
The balm comes in a little plastic squeezable tube with the Clarins logo and product name on the front in white lettering aswell as a silver coloured screw lid on the bottom. When the lid is removed it reveals a slanted applicator (part of the plastic tube) with a small hole in the middle - similar to many squeezy lip balms/glosses. To apply I simply squeeze the tube lightly until a small blob of product is on the applicator surface, then I apply it to my lips. It is very easy to use and to get a nice even coverage of balm onto my lips. It is so easy in fact that I often apply this without using a mirror.
The balm has a lovely cherry scent which isn't overpowering and it has a subtle fruity flavour to it aswell. It glides onto my lips and doesn't feel sticky or gummy like other lipbalms/glosses I have tried where I have felt like my mouth has been welded shut after applying them! According to the Clarins website, the balm contains extracts of Shea Butter, Wild Mango and Olive perhydrosqualene (which is a type of oil free wax) to soften and repair. I used to use alot of 'normal' lipbalms which would sit on the surface of my lips, get rubbed off quickly and need reapplying on a regular basis to keep my lips feeling soft (especially in hot or cold weather). Since using the Clarins Colour Quench Lipbalm, I haven't felt it necessary to use any other lipbalm. The balm gradually soaks in to my lips leaving them feeling moisturised and soft whilst the gloss still holds true on the surface of my lips, therefore negating the need to reapply all the time.
The Clarins Colour Quench Lipbalm is relatively expensive but I consider it good value for money as it does many jobs at the same time - lip balm, lip gloss and top coat for lipstick if you so choose. I give it 5 stars and a thorough recommendation.
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.
This is my most recent addicion to my much loved (and fast growing) Clarin's product collection, and so far so good!
I bought it after seeing a few positive reviews about it via Dooyoo, and although it was expensive at £15 for a small 15ml tube, it was 110% worth every penny and in my honest opinion the quality is amazing and better than any other brand i own.
The packaging is simple and attractive, and it's very compact making it ideal to be transported in handbags, clutches etc incase in need of a top up. It's a simple transparent tube with a plastic silver screw on lid. The tube has white writing on it saying the product and brand name. The transparent tube allows the liquid inside to be visible so it helps when choosing a shade if there is no access to tester products. The tube also makes application simple due to the design of it; it's very easy to hold, squeeze and apply without too much product coming out. It also allows accurate application due to the flat tip.
The lip balm has just the right amount of pigmentation, although initially i was slightly expecting the shade to be darker when infact there is just a hint of colour, but it looks great anyway. The lip balm is more of a lip gloss, as it gives a beautiful (not over the top) flattering shiney finish to the lips. The consitency of the gloss is very thick and almost gel like, making it ideal to squeeze a bit onto your finger and spread it evenly or alternatively using the tube to apply as it has a flat tip which makes applying the product simple, quick and effecient. It's extremely smooth, non sticky and non greasy-looking, giving moisture and discreet colour to the lips.
There are plenty of colours to choose from:
This is more of a reddy brown/dark beige colour and i really didn't like the look of it after using a tester product.
- Rose Pink
Light pink (a shade lighter than baby pink but still very bright), with a strange tint of darker pink which i didn't like the look of.
- Coral Pink
Darker pink; almost flamingo, very prominant.
Purpley pink, more purple though which definetly isn't for anyone who likes an 'au naturale' look! Although the tone does quiten down when on, it still is very 'disco ish' and not a shade i'd wear during the day.
- Ultra Violet
A darker shade of the raspberry.
- Light Pink
Pale pink which looked ridiculous on me due to my pale skin tone.
- Bubble Gum
Bubble gum pink.
- Candy Rose
A slightly darker version of 'light pink'.
- Orange Slice
More of a violet shade, not orange like i expected however there's a discreet tint of bright orange.
Very pale toffee brown/caramel.
After trying all the colours via tester products instore Boots, i settled on Poppy. It's a dark pink but not the neon or flamingo type; it's more of a red than a pink but with a pink tint (if that makes sense!) The pigmentation is gorgeous and it illuminates and enchances my lips. I wear it all the time apart from work as although it's transparent, it's not a very discreet product - none of the shades are in my opinion (all bright, shiney etc), however they're not ridiculously bright or eye catching. I wasn't expecting the product to be as shiney as it is either, but it adds to the look and makes the lips look moist and fresh. It does recquire quite a bit of topping up however doesn't get sticky or patchy due to the fast absorption. I usually wear mine throughout the day without topping up very often as i find although the majority of the colour fades within 3-4 hours, the softness, smell and very slight tint remains.
My tube seems to be lasting well so far due to the fact in this products case, a little goes very far because it's so easy to spread evenly without applying a huge amount.
The scent of my lipgloss is lovely and sweet. It's a fruity smell with a hint of raspberry which is refreshing. It also tastes quite sweet but not disgustingly so.
The product contains extracts of shea butter, wind mango and olive, and contains vitamin A and E all of which Clarins claim to protect, soften and repair the lips; this statement is definetly true and i've found my lips to be amazingly soft and smooth since using the gloss.
Overall it's a handy product which i love, however it's not a hugely original or special item and cheaper products that are very similar in style can be purchased, however it's worth paying that bit extra for the quality.
The Colour Quench Lip Balm is a product that is designed to bring a light covering of colour and a dazzling shine to the lips. What sets this lip balm apart from other similar products is that this lip balm is designed in order to nourish, soften and hydrate the lips so that they continue to look good long after the balm is gone. Despite the fact this product is called a balm, I would say it is far closer to being a gloss.
Moisturisation of the lips is extremely important because unlike the skin on the rest of our bodies, the lips do not have the ability to self moisturise which is why they become chapped and dry so easily. Therefore it is important to find a good and reliable product to protect and hydrate your lips and in my opinion the Colour Quench Lip Balm does just that.
The colour of the balm is sheer enough to enhance your lips, rather than completely changing the colour. A variety of colours are available each with names that are as delicious as the colours themselves including Cherry and Butterscotch. All of the shades have a hint of shimmer in them which is not in your face but pretty enough to draw attention to your lips.
How does it work?
The lip gloss contains Shea Butter which is a substance commonly found in Body Butters and it is one of nature's greatest moisturisers. The butter is incredibly hydrating and enriched with vitamins and minerals that leave your lips nourished and looking healthier. It encourages the generation of healthy new skin cells and it improves the elasticity of the skin which means that your lips are less likely to chap or crack. The butter also protects the lips from further damage and loss of moisture.
Also swirled into the mixture is Wild Mango which is also enriched with vitamins and minerals to nourish your lips and leaves them feeling soft. It is an antioxidant which means that it can fight against the free radicals lurking in your skin and prevents them from causing any premature aging. This fantastic tropical fruit also assists in the formation of collagen which means your lips will appear fuller and more plump.
Olive Squalene is also present which is a moisturising substance that is quickly absorbed by the thirsty and dry skin on your lips. The natural substance helps to heal and repair damaged skin and it also has antibacterial properties. It helps to stimulate the production of healthy new skin cells so your lips will be radiant and glowing with healthy.
The product is enriched with Vitamin A which is an antioxidant and it is essential for the healthy maintenance of the skin. Vitamin E is also present which is one of the best vitamins for the skin. It improves the texture of the skin and prevents premature aging. The vitamin also helps to heal the skin and leaves the lips looking flawless.
As with all of Clarins products, this lip gloss is fairly expensive costing around £15 but this is still on par with the likes of Benefit. It can be bought from most large department stores such as Boots and Debenhams. It can also be bought from many online websites and it can probably be bought for cheaper if you shop around.
How do you use the product?
The product comes in a squeezable plastic tube with a screw top lid. The applicator of the product is slanted and so with a gentle squeeze of the tube, the balm can be easily applied to the lips without any mess. The balm can be used as often as required. It can used alone or over the top of lipstick or a single dot can be applied to the centre of the lips to make them look fuller.
The balm has a fruity fragrance to match the fruity names and colours which is incredibly sweet and because you're applying the product to your lips directly under the nose, there's no getting away with it. For me, the rule is always the sweeter the better, but this aroma may not be to everyone's taste.
The balm is one of the least sticky lip products I've used although your hair will still stick to your lips if the wind is blowing. It's glossy to the point where I think Clarins are pushing it by calling this a balm and it gives the lips a dazzling shine.
The colour is a little more than the transparency that it is described as having. Your lips are still visible under the gloss but there is a definite lick of colour over the top. I think translucent would have been a more accurate description.
I love this product because the colour is evident without being too much. I am not the type of person who can get away with full on colour so this gives me just the right amount. I love the shimmer as it makes my lips look really pretty without sparkling in a school disco kind of way. When this is removed, my lips are definitely in better condition, so it's like a treatment that makes you look good at the same time.
All of all, this product has a lovely consistency with good staying power. There's a shade to suit everyone and the colours are all gorgeous. With a subtle shimmer, sweet fragrance and fruity names, this is your perfect partner in crime for a summer of fun.
I paid £9.99 for this lip balm which is a good price given that it normally retails around the £15 mark in department stores so it pays to shop around online as you can make a saving. This is a quality lip balm and one that gives my lips and full glossy look without making them all sticky. It leaves my lips with a nice wet look and a nice pout however it does not look as heavy as a lip stick does.
I find lip balm a lot more comfortable to wear and as such I tend to prefer them over lip stick even if you do find yourself having to reapply it on a more regular basis. One of the benefits of this Clarins lip balm over other cheaper brands is that it is a lot more longer lasting without losing any quality in the look or feel of it.
I must admit that my lips do feel a lot softer after using this product, this nourishing effect is particularly noticeable in the colder weather when it helps protect my lips from chapping while keeping them looking nice and healthy. I have this product both in a light coral colour and a slightly darker, more funky pink colour and while both are quite subtle you can tell that you have added some colour to your lips.
It is easy to apply and comes in a stylish tube. For me it is one of teh best lip balms that I have used and more than justifies the higher price however as I said at the start of my review it certainly pays to shop around and if you do find a good price then stock up.
I like Clarins skincare products but they are not cheap products, they are more like top to middle of the range, expensive products. I only ever buy Clarins products when they are on promotional offer. The offer I like best is the one when you buy 2 full size Clarins products you get to choose 4 deluxe size samples of Clarins products. These 4 samples alone can be worth over £40, depending on which samples you choose.
The last Clarins product I have bought is this Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm in shade 11 Poppy. I bought it from Cheapsmells at a cost of £8.95. It is also available to buy at other online stores like Salon Skincare and Fragrancedirect. You can also buy it at all Clarins Cosmetic Counters and these can be found in shops like Debenhams and larger Boots.
The lip balm comes in a plastic tube and the tube contains 15mls of the lip balm. The tube made completely from plastic, has a small applicator towards the end of the tube. The tube has the name of the product on the front of the tube along with the colour of lip balm you are buying. The reverse of the tube has the instructions for use. The whole plastic tube can be recycled after use.
This lip balm comes in a variety of colours, there really is a wide range of colours and shades available and you would be hard pushed not to find a colour to suit you. I choose the Poppy - shade 11 colour. This colour is true poppy, it is exactly the colour of the Poppy flower. It is rich, deep colour, the colour really does look great.
This coloured lip balm has been marketed to be a lip balm in a tube which offers a superb make-up result and real lip care benefits. Transparent and natural-looking, lips are dressed in fruity, luminous colour. It perfectly nourishes and repairs lips, ensuring optimal comfort. And its delicious cherry fragrance is simply irresistible.
You can apply this product with a lip Brush either alone or over lipstick. It leaves lips supple and well-moisturised thanks to plant ingredients with softening and repairing benefits: extracts of Shea Butter, Wild Mango and Olive perhydrosqualene. Derivatives of Vitamins A and E reinforce the repairing action and protection.
I decide to apply this product to my bare lips and not over lipstick. The poppy colour I have bought is rich enough on it's own and really I just want to have it at hand to use quickly. I want a moisturised effect with some colour for during the day. I think the colour may be a bit too rich to apply over lipstick, also this lip balm is quite thick and it would end up looking as if I had used to much product if I use it over lipstick.
The lip balm applies well with a lip brush. It's quite a heavy lip balm and the colour looks both rich and quite luminous. After one application my lips look good, they look supple and the colour from the lip balm looks good. Really just what I wanted moisture with added colour.
The lip balm tastes good, it is very fruity and there is no artificial taste at all to this product.
I have found this lip balm needs to be reapplied every couple of hours, I am okay with this as it is after all a lip balm and also it is quick and easy to apply. I get a great moisturising effect from this lip balm, it's a pleasure to wear.
A little of the lip balm goes along way and I really think that this 15ml tube will last for ages.
All in all this lip balm is worth every penny, it works really well, it tastes good, the colour is fantastic and it works well to protect lips from the elements.
Another great Clarins product!
I love the make up skin care range Clarins and have a number of their products. Clarins is a French cosmetics company and it was founded in 1954 by medical student Jacques Courtin-Clarin and the company is still a family company today as the son of the company founder, Christian Courtin-Clarins, has been the chairman of Clarins since 2000. I think the fact that it is a French company gives it a certain air of quality as French women always look so great and have great skin and Clarins does have a really good reputation. They are a little bit pricey but sometimes I think it is worth paying a little bit more for quality and products that really work.
I really like lip balms and have quite a little collection in all my different handbags and Clarins Colour quench Lip Balm is one of the ones I own. I love the way this lip balm looks on my lips and generally choose lip balms over lipsticks as I think lipsticks can be a bit too harsh sometimes and I like the subtle look of lip balms. This lipbalm does not disappoint. It looks so good on my lips. It gives them a lovely dewy, wet look without being sticky or gooey which is great. The balm really does give them a quenched look and feel. My lips feel really healthy and shiny when I have this on. The balm lasts quite a long while and I find I don't really need to reapply very often throughout the day.
Clarins say this lip balm/gloss offers a superb make-up result and real lip care benefits. It says it perfectly nourishes and repairs lips, ensuring optimal comfort. I do have to agree with this. I started using this lip balm just before Christmas and found that my lips were not as dry and cracked this year as they usually are in the cold weather.
The other nice thing about this product is that it gives you a subtle gentle hint of colour without being overpowering like a lipstick. I love that look for my lips as I think it looks really natural but effective. I have this product in rose pink but I believe it also comes in a variety of different colours from pinks to corals. The rose pink is nice as it's in-between red and pink and not a light harsh pink or a dark red colour. The best thing about this lipgloss though is that is has an amazing cherry fragrance, flavour that feels lovely and tasty on your lips.
A tube of this gloss is a bit expensive, £15 but I love the results and will have this for quite a while.
Clarins is a French beauty brand which was found in 1954 by Jacques Courtin-Clarins. Clarins offers premium beauty products for men and women including facial and skin care, make up and perfumes.
*~*Getting Lippy With Clarins*~*
Clarins offer a few different ranges of lipsticks and liners. They currently hold a 3 different collections of lip gloss/balm - Colour Quench, Instant Light Perfector and Gloss Appeal. This review discusses the Colour Quench collection. The Colour Quench collection includes 11 different colours from light pinks to reds and delicate brown shades. Each shade is numbered and named after sweet products and flower type products ie rosewood and orange slice.
The lip balm is designed to go on your lips as a transparent tint. It contains shea butter, wild mango and olive perhydrosqualene which helps to soften and repair the lips. It is also enriched with vitamin A and E for added protection. It can be worn alone by way of directly applying to lips or with a lip brush for a glossy appearance. It can also volumise the appearance of lips by applying over the top of lipstick and concentrating on the centre of your lips.
The lip balm is housed with a clear, smooth plastic tube with white writing. A silver lid screws off to reveal a slanted, plastic applicator with a small dispensing hole at the end of it. The tube gives information on the type of balm you are using, The back of the tube confirms the balm is dermatologically tested, the size and the shade in number form. The tube should be disposed of after 36months.
*~*Availability and Price*~*
Clarins products can be purchased directly from www.clarins.co.uk or stores such as Boots and Debenhams where a Clarins counter is located! The Colour Quench Lip Balm comes in 15ml and all colours are priced at around the £15.00 mark.
I consider myself to have quite nice lips as they are reasonably plump and well shaped! Sometimes I have dryness due to changes in the weather which sends my lips to a horrible place that only a powerful balm can repair. Most days though, I like to wear a lipgloss or balm. I don't like lipsticks as they emphasise bits I don't really want others to see. I own several glosses and balms from cheaper brands such as Make Up Acadamy, mid priced brands such as No7 and a few higher priced brands such as Dior and Lancome.
This particular Clarins Lip Balm was one I received as part of an ebay lot last year. I like Clarins as a brand and believe many of their products are well worth the expense. When it comes to choosing a lip product, I anticipate a few key aspects. The product has to provide my lips with a lovely shine without resemble a glitter ball, soften them to keep the hydrated and not rub off as soon as I rub my lips!
My Clarins balm is shade 12 which is called Toffee. The tube clearly allows me to see a gorgeous light brown colour with a gentle flow of gold glitter running through it. I don't like colours which are too noticeable, preferring a natural, light look on my lips. I like to emphasise my eyes more and I apply my lip balm last. The tube can be squeezed easily but isn't flimsy. Personally I prefer glosses to have a brush applicator but as I didn't purchase this retail, I cannot complain. The dispensing hole is small and releases a reasonable amount of balm with easy squeeze.
*~*Balm Me Up Clarins*~*
This is the last part of my make up application and although I mainly apply this then, I sometimes slick it on when I just want some shine to my lips. I don't use brushes but apply this directly onto my lips. I use this when my lips are in good condition. On dispensing the balm, I first thought it smelled of almonds but it has been confirmed it is indeed a cherry aroma. It isn't to everyones tastes but isn't offensive as some lip balms can be.
The balm is quite thick but spreads across my lips with easy thanks to the slanted dispenser. The tip is to gentle squeeze and release a small amount out the tube and slick it across the bottom lip and do the same for the top lip. The cherry taste isn't too sweet but makes my mouth water a little as I apply the balm. Clarins claim the colour is transparent and I completely agree. The toffee colour does slightly transfer to my lips but is more glossy with a hint of colour than full on colour.
Once fully applied, I am impressed with the appearance of my lips. As I don't wear lipstick I cannot comment on the effect of this balm over the top of it. Wearing on bare naked lips gives a gorgeous, appealing shine with a hint of creamy, brown colour for that special look. It isn't glittery but catches the light nicely for a healthy and natural shimmer.
Texture wise, on my lips the balm feels quite heavy for around 10mins or so after application. During this time though, it doesn't feel tacky or sloppy but smooth and thick. After 10mins, the heaviness subsides leaving the shine in place but with a light texture. Thankfully the balm settles to provide my lips with a smooth appearance and my hair doesn't stick to it!
The balm feels quite nice on my lips. It doesn't soften them as much as the Replenishing Lip Balm that Clarins offer but that is more of a medicated treatment. When I wear Colour Quench, my lips feel healthy and cared for. After applying, I feel a gentle tingle across my lips as if its plumping them out but this isn't noticeable in appearance.
*~*Pop or Flop?*~*
The shine and softness on my lips is noticeable as long as I don't eat or drink. Anything that passes by my lips is bound to have an effect on my balm. The cherry taste has me licking my lips every so often and it lasts well. If I eat or drink, I notice the lip balm gently diluting from my lips but not transfering onto a glass like a lipstick would. After an hour or so, the colour is almost gone leaving a simple shine and softness behind. I need to reapply after this time if I want to continue with a noticeable colour on my lips.
*~*Recommendation and Conclusion*~*
I love the way this balm looks and feels on my lips. The let down is the lasting qualities. For the price I would expect this to last longer on my lips. The colour range is good but don't go by the swatches as the colour is very slight with more being put on the shine. My 15ml tube is barely touched despite being used quite a lot. It does get a bit grubby but after each use I give it a wipe down with a makeup wipe to allow it to be fresh for the next use.
I wouldn't go out of my way to pay full price for this balm but I would happily accept it in an ebay lot!
Thanks for reading x
What is it?
A tinted lip balm in a range of colours
I absoloutley love these lip balms from Clarins. I have had 3 shades of this lip balm, Coral, Bronze and Plum. All gorgeous. The great thing about these balms is that they are more of a gloss but with the added bonus of having Shea Butter and Vitamins. So not only are your lips coloured and glossy, they are nourished aswell!
When you unscrew the cap of the lip balm, you will see that the tube is slanted with a hole on top so the product can glide straight onto your lips.
Like most brands, Clarins likes to bring out summer versions of their products each year and each time I discover a new limited addition summer shade Colour Quench. WITH an SPF usually. Added bonus!
If you like to have coloured, glossy lips that are non sticky but nourishing, then this is the product for you.
I have a few of the Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balms although have only actually bought one. The others are half size tubes which I have got free when you buy two Clarins products during the offers that they seem to have every other month.
The lip balms retail for around £13 for a full size balm which is 15mls although if you shop online you can often get them cheaper. Clarins products are available in most large department stores and also large Boots stores.
The lip balms contain extracts of Shea Butter, Wild Mango and Olive perhydrosqualene (absolutely no idea what that is!) but these ingredients are all designed to soften and repair. There are also derivatives of Vitamins A and E which will repair and protect the lips.
The lip balm comes in a tube with a screw cap. Unscrewing the cap reveals the applicator which is a sloping surface with a small hole through which you can release a little of the balm if you squeeze the tube gently. I find them very easy to use and have never squeezed too much lip balm out so there isn't really much wastage.
Once the lip balm goes onto my lips it leaves my lips looking glossy but not the wet-look that you get with some lip glosses. Instead it's a nice more natural subtle look with some colour and shine. It also lasts for quite a while providing you aren't doing too much eating or drinking in which case you will have to reapply. Using it also leaves your lips feeling soft as it works as a lip balm as well as giving your lips colour.
The lip balm comes in about 14 different colours so there is bound to be a colour that suits you. They have lovely mouthwatering choices including Raspberry, Mandarin, Cherry and Butterscotch.
This is a nice product but it is quite expensive. I shall be looking out for some more free samples in the future.
This is one of the products that Clarins seem to give away with every "gift of beauty" when you buy a couple of products in department stores or as a freebie if you purchase on their website.
I have been given around 6 of these in a range of shades from pink to peach to a lovely goldy beige colour that I am currently using. They retail at around £13 in department stores although look at beautybay.com or cheapsmells.com for bargains. The purchase size is 15mls.
If you are lucky enough to get the freebie version they come in a 7 ml size. This lasts around a month or longer if you don't use it every day.
they come in a clear squeezy tube with a screw cap. This means that the cap can't come off in your makeup bag as happened recently with another product resulting in goop everywhere! It also makes it easy to apply.
Clarins tends to use natural products and colours to ensure that their products are of a high quality and are hypoallergenic. So even if you have sensitive skin you should be okay with this products.
As noted above this product comes in wide range of colours from a clear one called "twinkling lights" which really just makes your lips look shiny and glossy, through pinks, peaches and beiges.
Just squeeze a little onto your finger and apply or straight from the tube. One good thing about this product is that you don't need very much as it really goes a long way.
The colour looks very subtle when it is on your lips but it does give you smooth shiny lips that look glossy. The makeup lasts for a long time - you probably only have to reapply once a day after the initial application which is great for this type of product.
This product will leave your lips feeling smooth and conditioned. I certainly did not need to use any other lip balm underneath so I guess that you can save money by just using a lip colour.
Worth the price?
I genuinely love the way that this makes my lips feel but think that the price is a little bit steep. Luckily for me I keep getting free samples of this with my other Clarins purchases so keep getting it that way!
Eight of the prettiest shades of shimmering transparent lip colour with a delicious cherry scent and flavour / A finish thats glossy, not sticky, due to a 100% natural high-shine polymer and a cocktail of skin treatment plant extracts that intensively nourish, repair, protect and moisturise / A sheer, smoothing glaze of a gloss that adds long-lasting, light-catching colour and shine.