Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Clarins Joli Rouge Gradation photos, swatches, review!

Someday I'll start off a blog post on Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks saying something other than they're one of my favourite formulas when it comes to lipsticks.  Today is not that day.  I know.  For those who are fed up with matte lips, then you're going to want to check out the Clarins Joli Rouge Gradation lipsticks on counters now.


There are three in the collection, Plum Gradation, Red Gradation and Coral Gradation and can you see the stripes in the bullets?  They're lighter shades to help sculpt and colour the lips in one step.  I've seen lipsticks from other brands that have different shades at one end of the bullet, not in the middle of it, so I was very intrigued altogether.

And as always, Clarins have my dry lips looked after thanks to the combination of organic march samphire and mango oil which provide lots of moisture.


Are you able for the shine?  Swatched on the back of my hand, the difference in colour is obvious, and as Carrie Bradshaw would say, I couldn't help but wonder how they'd look on my lips.


Now, I'm going to show them to you in the order of how I love them, and you might be surprised!  Or you might not care.  Either way, let's get stuck in!


Plum Gradation is just STUNNING on and it's my favourite of the three.  I thought the red stripe would be way too obvious when applied, but I found that with all of them, once I pressed my lips together, which I always do with lipsticks, it evened out the stripe and blended it into the darker shade.  The hint of red at the inner part of my top lip is almost imperceptible, but out of the three shades, it's the most obvious and definitely gives the illusion of having a slightly fuller bottom lip.


Red Gradation looks almost pink on me and the lighter shade in it pretty much disappears when I press my lips together.  It's definitely a more wearable shade for me than if it was a true red and for those who like their pinky reds, it's worth checking out.


Can you believe that Coral Gradation is at the bottom of the trio?  And maybe it would be different if it was summer and I'd be mad for the brighter lips, but in terms of formula, this felt slightly thicker and heavier than the other two.  It's a shade I'd definitely be more comfortable wearing with a lip liner as I found it harder to get a precise edge around my lips, but colour wise, it's gorgeous and would've been brought to Spain if it was summer!

Because of the glossy finish, these are so comfy to wear, but longevity is a couple of hours max, less if you're eating or drinking.  But that's never an issue for me when it comes to lipsticks as I prefer comfort over anything.  Scaldy dry lips are never a good look on me and I don't have to worry about that with these!

The Clarins Autumn Collection is on counters now and the lipsticks are €24 each.  My advice?  Get the Plum Gradation one and thank me later.  It's beautiful!
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