Clarins Lips Skincare

Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors + New Shade Extentions

July 13, 2016


I first tried the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ($25 each for 12 ml/0.35 fl oz, made im France) over a year ago in Rose Shimmer 01 and have been so thrilled to find quite a few Clarins fans among my readers. For summer I always feel like multi-tasking products are in and the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors combine makeup and skincare in one product. These come in the squeeze tubes with a sponge tip applicator. There are tiny holes in the tip so you simply squeeze the tube to dispense product. This summer there are new shades that have been added to the permanent lineup and three new shades which are limited-edition. The Clarins team sent over all the shades for me to play with and I’ve swatched all the colors to share today.


The Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors have a glossy finish with semi-sheer pigment similar to the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors (the stick version) but the squeeze tubes have a slight sheen and shimmer to them. They have a pleasant sweet scent and taste to them, like a sweet vanilla but not overly sweet. The Lip Perfectors contain mango, shea and licorice to protect and moisturize the lips. Color-wise most of the original shades look pretty much the same on my lips once blended out. They have a sheer finish but there is a noticeable tint. I have pigmented lips so some of the shades will most likely show up better on your lips compared to mine. The colors have names and numbers, but on the tubes there is only a number label.



A quick look at the packaging and applicators:



The new shades include 7 and 8. New limited-edition shades include 10, 11 and 12 which have a special design on the packaging. These all have some degree of shimmer in them but on the lips it’s not visible – the shimmer gives them what Clarins calls a 3D effect. Shown below are the colors in numerical order, left to right:
  • 1 Rose Shimmer is a light medium neutral pink
  • 2 Apricot Shimmer is a light apricot color
  • 3 Nude Shimmer is a light peachy shimmer
  • 4 Petal Shimmer is a pale light baby pink
  • 5 Candy Shimmer is soft medium pink
  • 6 Rosewood Shimmer is a neutral medium brown pink
  • 7 Toffee Pink Shimmer is a neutral mauve
  • 8 Plum Shimmer is a red plum
  • 10 Pink Shimmer (limited-edition) is a bright sheer pink
  • 11 Orange Shimmer (limited-edition) is a bright sheer orange shimmer
  • 12 Red Shimmer (limited-edition) is a bright sheer red





All swatched on bare lips, no lipliner or lipcolor underneath. This is the case with all lip swatches unless another color is specified. The only reason I mention it is because I frequently receive e-mails asking what lipliner I’m wearing or why I would wear a dark lipliner with a light lip color. I have pigmented lips and in many cases light colors that have a transparent finish will allow my natural lip pigment to show through, especially around the edges.



Many of you have e-mailed me in addition to leaving comments about these and out of the tinted balms out there, this formula appears to be well loved. That surprised me considering how sheer these are, but I will say that the formula is comforting and hydrating on the lips. As with any lip balm they won’t last all day long. They do stay put and don’t slide around as long as you don’t snack or drink. Since they feel nice I don’t mind reapplying. The packaging is pretty and the sponge tip makes it easy to apply.


Shades 1 through 4 almost look identical on me. Shade 5 shows up better than Shade 1. My favorites in the line are the new shade extensions 6, 7 and 8. For the limited-edition colors 10 is the one that has my heart. If you like the concept but don’t like the packaging/style the Instant Light Lip Balm Perfectors come in a twist up stick format although they don’t have all the same colors. If you prefer a more hydrating formula but in an oil format, you might want to check out the Clarins Instant Light Lip Oils instead.


You can find the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors now at all Clarins counters. Online at Clarins, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s.


Have you tried the new colors yet? If not do you have a favorite shade in the original lineup?


Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors provided courtesy of Clarins for review consideration.

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  • MITCH July 13, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Love all the nude colors 😀

    Oh Dear Bumblebees

  • Anonymous July 13, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    I have #5: Candy Shimmer, and while I like it, I much prefer the twist up stick formula of the Clarins balms.

  • Philippa July 13, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    Shade 10 looks lovely!
    Philippa x

  • Clever Girl Reviews July 13, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    8 and 12 look great. I like the nudes too. I might have to pick a few up.

  • nueyork July 13, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    This is one of those iconic products that I have still yet to try, but have always wanted to!

  • Running with Scissors July 13, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    hi there, I got #1 in a Clarins GWP years ago. It’s nice, but I wouldn’t rush out and buy a full size. Christy PS: lovely post, thanks.

  • Amelia Grace July 14, 2016 at 12:06 am

    All the shades are soo pretty!! I love how much effort you put into your swatches and photos!! <3 Great post!

    Amelia | Amelia Grace

  • Nicole Merza July 14, 2016 at 2:06 am

    Wow, these look lovely! They all suit you pretty well. Rosewood Shimmer has to be my favourite. Definitely need to check that out. Great post as always! 🙂

    Nicole | In The Life of NM

  • szkiełko July 14, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Well done article, now it is easier to choose one that will be perfect for me 🙂

  • 6f1f003e-4a83-11e6-bbbb-17add05933f6 July 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    I've been following your blog for awhile and I have to say it is the best out there.
    It doesn't hurt either that almost everything you end up liking, I do as well (just by looking at swatches before I even read the whole post)!
    Great blog, I've told a lot of my friends that are in the beauty industry to follow your blog because of its great content. And they agree!

  • Natalie July 16, 2016 at 10:11 am

    These all look beautiful! thanks for the comparison!

  • Sophie Gillum-Webb July 16, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I love these colours!!!


  • Leah Rose July 17, 2016 at 9:39 am

    I had a smaple size of these ages ago and loved it, the #12 shade looks beautiful

  • LilJeJa July 17, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I have 3 of them and shades 6 and 7 are by far my favorite

  • BrighterDarling July 18, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    YES! I also LOVE 10 on you and probably the one I'd pick up myself. I have 5 and enjoy it because the other shades (1-4) didn't really show up on me at all either. Great review as always 🙂