Who knew Clarins makeup was so fabulous? Up until a few weeks ago, I thought of the brand solely as a skin care line, but discovering Wonder Mint teal mascara a few weeks ago changed all that. It prompted me to do some additional “research” (aka playing with makeup!) into their Summer Fever line, and I uncovered other hidden gems.
The Sun Lip Balms ($19 each) are shimmery, limited edition glosses available in two shades — Rose Bikini (the hot pink pictured above) and a neon orange called Orange Delight (shown below).
- Shea, wild mango and rice oil extracts in the product moisturize, nourish and soothe lips
- Olive oil provides the moisture
- Vitamin A and vitamin E repair and protect lips against free radicals
- SPF 6 protects against UVB rays responsible for premature skin aging and dry lips
The two Sun Balm colors are bold, yet still have a subtle duochrome quality to them, flashing from orange to blue, or from pink to purple, depending on the light and angle of view. Both shades contain the tiniest flecks of blue, green, and purple glitter, making the colors both playful and interesting. That’s also how I feel about the look I get with Wonder Mint — playful and interesting.
These are colors I’d wear with a Burberry bikini, sipping champagne on a yacht in the Mediterranean, *not* colors I’d wear with big hair while guzzling a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon on the Jersey shore. Ya dig?
Orange Delight on the left, Bikini Pink on the right
I will definitely include these in my ever-growing makeup kit this summer, with one big caveat: the texture is thin (and tastes like fruit punch, go figure), and the product doesn’t have great staying power. It’s all but gone from my lips after a couple hours of wear or a single meal.
By layering either gloss on top of a non-drying, cream lip liner, I was able to push the lifespan up by another hour or two.
First, trace the outline of your lips with liner, then fill in the rest of the lip with the same color. Pop a layer or two of gloss on top, and you’re good for at least three-four hours. Try Chanel Pretty Pink lipliner with Bikini Pink, or neutral shades like MAC Subculture with Orange Delight.
Clarins Sun Lip Balm SPF 6
Price: $19 for a 0.17-oz. tube
Use: To make lips pop with color and shine
Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A
The Clarins Summer Fever release may not have arrived with as much fanfare or hype as big summer collections from MAC or Chanel, but the line still deserves a look. If Clarins keeps up the good work with future releases, I think they could rise up from under the radar.
Clarins is one of my new favorite brands. Expect more reviews of other Summer Fever items in the coming days!
Check out the Clarins Summer Fever collection in person at Nordstrom or Macy’s stores, or stop by the Clarins website for details.
Hey, hey, it’s Tuesday! I’m super sore from dance class last night; we did a routine where we had to crawl all over the floor and whip our hair around (a la video girls!), and now I’m bruised and stiff. Honestly, I gotta say that dropping it like it’s hot gets a bit challenging after 30. I can still work it when I have to, but now things like Icy Hot and Tiger Balm are up in the mix.
What’s up for today? How’s work treatin’ ya?
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
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