My lower lip quivered like Jell-O jiggling on a school lunch tray the first time I touched one of these new $22 Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gels.
That’s because it promised moisture — and lots of it — something my perpetually parched lips always crave.
Shiny like a lip gloss and moisturizing like a balm, Crystal Pink and Crystal Plum make me look like I’ve been kissing Jell-O, or strawberry and raspberry jelly, which is kind of weird but also cool.
Good jelly, too. None of that shiny slime that washes up on shore, or like when you take out a bowl of cold, fatty gravy from the fridge and it wiggles like The Blob when you move it back and forth.
Nope, not like that.
Just a translucent veil of wet color, almost like I’m holding a piece of shiny red or purple cellophane up to my lips.
Moisturizing, non-sticky and smooth, the formula feels somewhat thick, which I like, because it seems to keep the gel from straying beyond my natural lip line.
To apply, I just dab a small amount with the angled tip applicator directly on my lips, and oh! — they taste and smell like yummy blackberries. Then I press my lips together to distribute the gel.
Crystal Pink goes on as a barely-there strawberry red, and Crystal Plum, as a dainty berry. I think both are cute, casual and perfect for pool parties…
Yes, please. Just tell me where and when.
As for wear time, as long as I’m not sipping or snacking, they last about three hours on my lips.
PRICE: $22 each
AVAILABILITY: Limited edition, and available now at Clarins counters and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: A+
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How’s it going over there? Did anything nice or unexpected happen to you today?