Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel Review & Swatches

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel ($22) is a lipgloss for those who LOVE glossy glosses. Released with the Clarins Splendours Summer 2013 Collection in two shades this gloss will be available for a limited time.

Did I mention it has a blackcurrant fragrance and flavor? Yum!

Take a look!

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel isn’t something everyone is going to love due to its consistency. For lack of a better description I’d compare it to cough syrup. Seriously. It has that thicker yet watery gel texture that quite looks and feels like cough syrup. If I didn’t know better I’d think I was treating the flu rather than my lips…!

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel Swatches

Crystal Plum and Crystal Pink

But consistency aside I absolutely adore it. It comes in a slim line tube much like my beloved N.Y.C. New York Color Cosmetics Extreme Lip Glide Lip Gloss with a slanted applicator for application. It give lips that wet lip effect with a high shine glossy finish. The best part is the tint it provides…it has a crazy cool tint that give lips either a succulent red or deep grape shade depending on the shade you use.

Clarins Crystal Pink Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel Crystal Pink FOTD

Crystal Pink

Clarins Crystal Plum Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel

Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel Crystal Plum FOTD

Crystal Plum

The gloss isn’t tacky or is it sticky. It wears comfortably but shortly due to the thinner, watery texture of the product so expect a touch up at hour two or so.

If you’re looking for color, high shine, and glossiness Clarins delivers with Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Gel! These are fun to say the least.

Available now at all Clarins counters or online at



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  • 6/3/13 22:03 vanilladreamcream:

    love clarins product although their products are overpriced. I splurged today!!! bought the UV plus HP tinted sunscreen. After multiple discount with their free shipping discount code (JUN13SHIP) i still had to pay $32 for it. All well its worth it :)


    • 6/4/13 9:25 the Muse:

      nice vanilla! :)


  • 6/4/13 0:38 Sunhe:

    Do you think there might be a dub of this lip gel with any Asian brand lip product you’ve tried?

    I really like the formula and I love how watery it looks on you, but since I’ve been spending my money on more Korean cosmetics at a rather cheaper price with great quality, so I don’t feel comfortable purchasing a lip product at $22 lol


    • 6/4/13 9:12 the Muse:

      haven’t really run across a gelly-like gloss like this in Korean brands Sunhe but there are numerous great glosses to try out from Japan/Korea that are nice as well :)


  • 6/7/13 20:34 Karena:

    These look good enough to eat!! Great review, and they both look amazing on you, especially the plum shade. Thanks, Muse!!


    • 6/10/13 11:28 the Muse:

      aw thanks karena you’re too kind!


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