Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Clarins Water Lip Stains review, photos, swatches!

If you're going on holidays this summer, actually, even if you're not, you're going to want to check out the new Clarins Water Lip Stains.  They've just launched, are €21, and are perfect for the warmer months!

I was sent the four shades to play with and as well as being super cute to photograph, they're bloody brilliant!  If you're someone who likes the no makeup makeup look, a sheer layer will do the trick, if you want something budge proof, look no further and if you want something that doesn't have any upkeep, keep on reading.


I had the swatches on the back of my hand for a maximum of 90 seconds and they stayed put for ages!   Right to left we have Rose Water, Orange Water, Red Water and Violet Water.  In the photos below, I applied two thin coats, FYI.  I wanted you to be able to distinguish the shades, but note that a lighter layer will give a lighter finish and a thicker layer... you get the jist!


The very first time I tried these out, I used Orange Water and I didn't remove some of the product from the brush, so was left with a killer orange lip as a really thick opaque coat went on.  It never occurred to me to wipe the brush off the side, but I loved it!  For these photos though, I made sure not to make a mess and applied two thin coats.  Obviously one coat will give a sheer finish, but you can build them up easily and that's what I love about them.  You can keep them in your handbag, apply a light layer for work and if you're heading out afterwards, apply a couple of layers and boom, job done!

Once they dry, they set, but it feels like you've nothing on your lips.  They don't dry out my lips, but for times where I want a bit of slip, I apply one of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors or a lip balm over the top.  These don't transfer and really are budge proof.  I get about 3 hours with them before I see them starting to fade and I haven't had any issues with them bleeding past the lip line.

Want to see them in action?


Rose Water is a light pink that would make a really lovely spring shade.  I don't usually go for pinks, but this one has just enough duskiness to it to stop it from being too bright or too bubblegum.  Totally wearable.


I love an orange lip in the summer and Orange Water is a whopper shade!  It doesn't make my teeth look yellow which is tres important and it goes on evenly, which they all do to be fair.


Now Red Water is a red I can get on board with because I don't have to worry about it moving, transferring to my teeth or up my face (it's been known to happen, shut up).


Violet Water is almost a dark pinky plum on me, not quite violet and I love it!  It's one I'll get lots of wear out of in the autumn when lips get darker.

These contain aloe vera extract which helps prevent lips from drying along with organic raspberry water which helps soften the lips.  I've tried stains in the past which have been grand, nothing special, but these are the best ones I've tried to date.  My lips have been in great condition recently, so I don't know if these would cling to dry patches, but if I have an issue with that in the future, I'll be sure to let you know.

Go on the Clarins ye little beaut!  Will you be trying these?  Let me know which shade speaks to you!
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