Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm (Summer 2013) Review & Swatches

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms Summer 2013

I’m absolutely thrilled that Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm is back in four new limited edition shades for Summer 2013. Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm made an original appearance in Europe but they took nearly two years to hit our counters for Summer 2012.

I’m happy to have these back this year. Fact of the matter is they are just too cool for school. Especially since this year they come in a translucent base of emerald green and turquoise. You’ll just want to sit around and stare at them rather than apply them to your lips!

Take a look!

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm ($26) are not like Maybelline Pop Sensational Sticks. I got this question a lot last year…these aren’t a pure translucent lip balm. They have a translucent tinted base that surrounds a solid core of color. What makes them extra cool this year is that translucent base is tinted which gives them the appearance of a crystal. They resemble Avon’s Shine Attract Lipstick but have a much more stunning visual effect due to the surrounding tinted crystal base.

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Summer 2013

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Swatches Summer 2013

Crystal Mandarin, Crystal Rose, Crystal Gold Plum, Crystal Berry

The outer portion of the balm provides moisture and shine while the inner core give lips color so you get a hybrid formula that acts as a gloss, a balm, and a lighter lipstick all in one.

They have a little bit of a denser formula and will produce a weak color pay off if you don’t apply them correctly. I find they are the type of product that needs to be swiped on your lips in a few layers as this evenly distributes and builds color up as the heat from your skin will warm up the balm and produce a nicer, smoother finish on lips. At first they are a little disappointing but they need a little warm up to get them to glide across lips. The texture is a balm with a high sheen finish and a hint of shine. They aren’t weightless but they do remain hydrating through the entire wear.

At a glance I think they look like they’ll produce sheerer color on lips but they actually apply with fairly opaque coverage which makes them a better option to a traditional, sheer tinted lip balm. They have a slightly fruity taste that disappears quickly after application.

Clarins Crystal Berry Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Crystal Berry

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Crystal Berry FOTD

Crystal Berry

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Gold Plum

Clarins Gold Plum Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins Crystal Berry Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm FOTD

Crystal Gold Plum

Clarins Crystal Mandarin Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Crystal Mandarin

Clarins Crystal Mandarin Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm FOTD

Crystal Mandarin

Clarins Crystal Rose Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm Crystal Rose

Clarins Crystal Rose Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balm FOTD

Crystal Rose

You’re probably wondering about the green and blue/turquoise shades and if any of that translates to lips. The answer is no…they are actually apply as a bronze and a plum but nothing green or blue translates to lips. Each tube also features a colored bottom that matches the shade inside.

These were fun last year and they are JUST as fun this year. Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms combines the elements of a lipstick, a lip balm, and a gloss into one very fun product that makes for a yummy Summer treat for your lips!

Loves these!

Want them?

Available now at your favorite Clarins counter or online at www.clarinsusa.com

Disclosure:

This review contains a sample
product sent for consideration by PR.
Read my full disclosure statement here.

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  • 5/9/13 18:47 Christine:

    Totally lemming these! Especially the emerald green one (my favorite color)! Thanks, Muse :)

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    • 5/10/13 9:51 the Muse:

      my pleasure christine happy weekend!

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  • 5/9/13 18:54 Marcela:

    Love Crystal Mandarin & Crystal Rose!

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  • 5/9/13 19:01 cara:

    I love how these look on you!

    On another note, I was wondering why the name of the last color sounded so familiar then it dawned on me – there’s a lawyer here in Hawaii by that name – Crystal Rose. As far as I know, her REAL name! :)

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    • 5/10/13 9:51 the Muse:

      HA! I wish my name was that cool :D

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  • 5/9/13 19:09 Meg:

    Ooh these are funky looking! I like that they give some color to the lips, at first glance I figured they’d all be clear :D

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  • 5/9/13 19:49 malinda jane:

    I really want the mandarin one but I always have such a hard time justifying spending $25+ on one lip product. AH!

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  • 5/9/13 22:53 crotchfairy:

    These look really fun especially with the blue and green. If only it was avon or some affordable brand, I would splurge for them all for my two year old cousin. She takes after me. I always see her playing with my makeup, skincare or wearing my shoes. Nail polish is a must. She’s got better manicures than me.

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    • 5/10/13 9:39 the Muse:

      lol I swear kids are SO ahead of us!

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  • 5/9/13 23:05 Al:

    Oh wow…

    They’re actually more pigmented than I expected them to be.

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  • 5/9/13 23:48 Miho Mallory:

    I was wondering about these last night. I can’t decide which I like most! I actually really like the blue and green, they just stand out. You’ve made me want all of them now! x’D

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    • 5/10/13 9:47 the Muse:

      if nothing at all get the plum! it is stunning!

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  • 5/10/13 5:26 Abbi:

    So I do like the colors they produce but I must admit I was a bit excited for a turquoise and green lippy like they appear so I’m also a little disappointed too, ugh, beauty problems are the worst ;) lol!

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    • 5/10/13 9:37 the Muse:

      lol abbi! but than you wouldn’t want to come out of the house with a green lipstick on! more beauty problems!

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  • 5/10/13 9:31 Lauren:

    Things that look like this always give me a strange urge to bite/chew on them hahah. I feel like I can never buy things like this because I’m afraid I’ll end up biting it off!

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    • 5/10/13 9:35 the Muse:

      lol I hear ya!

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  • 5/10/13 9:57 Corey:

    These also look similar to the new Josie maran lippies- have you heard any buzz on those, muse??

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    • 5/10/13 10:01 the Muse:

      hi corey I haven’t tried those yet funny as I have a post on them upcoming Monday but not a review as of yet they look cool!

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  • 5/17/13 10:56 Makai:

    Hello Muse,

    Thanks for reviewing these. Does the plum have brown tones in it?

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    • 6/11/13 16:36 the Muse:

      my pleasure makia sorry delayed reply yes a little smidge

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  • 5/21/13 22:45 JennyD:

    I ordered Crystal Rose and it finally arrived yesterday. I was really disappointed because the way the “color” is situated within the “gloss” you can’t easily/actually get the color fully applied to your top lip (unless you get gloss on the area above your upper lip). Hard to explain I guess. I was so looking forward to these but I’m disappointed (though I do love the scent!!)

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    • 6/13/13 11:51 the Muse:

      aw sorry jenny :( i love them! try stroking on your lips a few times as this helps.

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