Clarins has come out with a new line of lipsticks for Spring/Summer, to coincide with the Rouge Éclat limited edition collection. Like another recent addition to the line (the BB Cream), the Rouge Éclat lipsticks are supposed to have anti-aging and protective qualities. They are full of good-for-you ingredients - the kind of stuff that I probably should be eating, but hey, I like my Gilmore Girls diet, so I'll stick with rubbing virtuous ingredients on my face. :P
According to the website, these ingredients include: phytosphingosine, which promotes ceramide production, tocopherol, which has an anti-radical function, and gamma oryzanol, which boosts micro-circulation and restores radiance.
I was sent this lovely browned rose, called Woodrose, to test out.
I really like the elegant, swanky packaging, with the combination of metal and semi-clear casing. You guys know I like my bling classed up, and this definitely fits the bill. The metal casing is a magnet for fingerprints, but I like patting my makeup lovingly, so I can sneak a little polish in as well.
As to the performance: it glides on, feels incredibly rich and smooth, and hydrates nicely.
It reminds me a bit of the Nude lipsticks from Dior, albeit more creamy and less slippy, with better adherence to the lips and somewhat more opaque pigmentation - not full, but definitely more of a lipstick than a lip butter, despite the moisturizing feel. It doesn't slide around or bleed, and it has good payoff with one swipe. It lasts about as long as most lipsticks do on me (4 hours), and fades evenly. The finish is a satiny cream, that loses some of the satin over time.
There are fifteen colours currently available, all eminently wearable. It does have a sweet, sort of fruity fragrance. It 's not faint, though it does dissipate after a while.
Availability: At the Bay, Pharmaparix/SDM, Murale, Nordstrom. Price is 26$ USD and 27$ CAD.
Pros: Beautiful medium pigment and creamy, hydrating formula. Natural, flattering colour range. Easy and very comfortable to wear, while looking polished.
Cons: The packaging, while chic, does attract finger smudges. The fragrance may be problematic.
(The item was sent to me by the brand to consider for review. This post is not sponsored or compensated.)