I’m not sure there’s ever been a lipgloss launch that I’ve been so excited about. Balms always win for me, lipstick coming in second and glosses bringing up the rear without a real lip look-in. But there is one gloss offering that’s a staple in my stash. I first spoke of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors* in July of 2011, and boldly declared them the ‘best lipgloss of them all’ – a statement I still standby; and with three new shades being added to the trio I’m stifling my squeals right now. Here’s the catch, they’re not out till May. But with so many Lip Perfector fans out there I thought I’d wet your lipgloss whistle and give you the scoop (squealing optional)…
Housed in the same squeezey tube sponged tipped applicators, the three new hues follow the same balm-like sheer sheen roster. Never sticky, never gloopy, just a pleaser of non-sterotypical gloss lovers like myself. So what new shades are on their way? Well from top to bottom we have Petal Shimmer – a baby nude, Candy Shimmer – a rosey pink and Rosewood Shimmer – a more sophisticated brown. First up lets address the fact that these have no shimmer in them, making the latter part of their names redundant. And colour-wise Clarins have replicated their original line-up but in slightly more saturated hues; Petal Shimmer correlates with Apricot Shimmer from the original line-up, as does Candy Shimmer with Rose Shimmer and Rosewood Shimmer with Nude Shimmer - you follow? The same colour vein, but this latest drop has a little more pigment and colour to them. My favourite pick is Candy Shimmer (Petal Shimmer a very close runner up), which falls into the ‘my lips but better category‘, adding an everyday subtle pink veil of colour to the lips. I’m applauding the additions of more pinks, peaches and nudes to the range, but I’d be all over a glossy red or shades a bit more unexpected. Although I guess part of the pull of the perfectors is their easy to throw on allure and I’m all over that.
They’ll be priced at the usual £17 for a tube of the stuff, though you can usually find them a wee cheaper online and don’t worry, I’ve got your back – I’ll be sure to shout from the twittertops when they make their debut on counter. But until May, it’s one (or three) to add to the wishlist. In fact skip ‘em up to top priority, they’re a good’un.