Since it’s raining and pouring today, I thought I would do a post chock-full of nice spring makeup.
Seriously, what’s up with the weather? It was perfectly sunny when I woke up this morning (morning is a questionable term here), and then all of a sudden it started raining around late afternoon!
Anyways, the items I’m reviewing today are both from Clarin’s Neo Pastels Spring collection. Once again, Clarins takes a traditional theme for the season, and then does it better than anyone else.
The lipstick pictured above is the newly formulated Rouge Hydra Nude Lipstick in 01 Nude Rose.
Watch this swatch (Nothing’s going to happen, it just rhymes):
The color is the prettiest rosy-pink ever. The finish, as you can probably tell, is relatively sheer and glossy. On the lips, it turns into a beautifully subtle pink that’s perfect for spring. Actually, scratch that. It’s perfect year-round.
The Hydra Nude formula seriously glides onto the lips. It’s probably the softest lipstick I’ve ever used in my life. It’s not the most emollient or moisturizing, but it literally feels like a stick of butter. I love it. Like the other Clarins lipstick I’ve tried, the scent is light-medium, and not at all synthetic. This one smells like a blend of rich vanilla custard and warm brown sugar.
The packaging is perfect for spring, and the cap clicks securely shut. At $24, it’s a bit of a splurge, but if you’re a lip product junkie, this one’s worth adding to your stash.
My rating: A+
The next item is their Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate.
I’m surprised I haven’t seen very many reviews for this product. It’s a correcting serum (essentially a primer) designed to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. It’s got one of those soft, silicone tip applicators that make application nice and easy:
The primer is a very light, whitish-pink color with a smooth consistency:
I’ve been using this under my eyes every day. My fine lines don’t look that bad, but as soon as I put concealer on top (especially concealers that can be a little bit drying, like Time Balm), they start looking very obvious. This primer makes my undereye concealer glide on with a much smoother appearance, and stay put all day. According to Clarins, this can be applied directly on top of wrinkles to instantly fill them in and smooth them away. Well, I don’t know about that. When worn alone, I don’t think the effect is terribly obvious. It’s only when I put concealer on top that I can really see a difference.
Update: before I forget, this does contain dimethicone, which some people are sensitive to.
This primer is a bit pricey at $32, and it’s obviously not for everyone. If you have issues with concealer looking obvious on your fine lines, though, you might want to check this out.
My rating: A-
Stay tuned for Part II!
Full Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by PR for review and consideration. For more information, please see my Disclaimer.