As a content creator, I regularly come across a heap of new products to try. While I enjoy trying as much as I can to increase my knowledge base, there is only a handful of these products that remain in the top of my favourites list and ones I continually go back to, mostly because I’m kinda fussy. If you stay up to date with my Instagram, you’d know that I had no hesitation repeatedly sharing my obsession for the new CLARINS Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Tangerine that I received at a recent MAXCONNECTORS event. From this, I’ve been given the opportunity to try the other new shades in the Lip Comfort Oils range, and I feel compelled out of my obsession to share with you my thoughts on range.
Packaging and Application
In line with their original three oils, the packaging features a mirror-look gold lid in a clear bottle displaying the shades unambiguously. The thing I love most about the way the lip comfort oils are packaged is the applicator. The oversized doe foot applicator is perhaps the softest applicator I’ve come across, it literally feels like spreading a cloud of velvet across your lips. Precision isn’t too much of a consideration here, as the faint tint means it’s easier to apply than say, a high pigment matte liquid lipstick which does require an extra precise applicator for a clean look. These oils retail for $33 AUD for 7ml.
This post will feature four shades from the Lip Comfort Oils collection, but there are seven available, including the three original shades (Honey, Red Berry and Raspberry). The new shades offer different hues, unique scents, and their own star ingredient each.
It’s important to note that these are designed to be tints, where the colour payoff is minimal but the comfort and hydration afforded by the formula is the focus. So rather than being purely a lip colour, it’s more of a lip treatment, with the added bonus of a light tint to the lips. In any case, I’ll still provide swatches of the shades as they do appear differently. Each shade features a different formula with different ingredients, so I’ll speak about the specific formula for each of the shades too. But generally, the formula is a thicker consistency than you would expect for a lip oil. I would describe this as being closer to a gloss, but they are labelled as oils because of the plant extracts and oils in the formula. Nonetheless the thicker consistency does not lend itself to being a sticky formula at all. In fact, I find these to be one of the most comfortable lip formulas to wear I have ever come across.
As the name suggests, the shade looks like a bright candy pink in the bottle. This turns to a soft pink tint on the lips that is perfect for a light glossy hint of colour. The scent is a subtle, sugar-like scent, but surprisingly has a slight floral fragrance. Overall, it isn’t as strong as I was expecting after trying the Tangerine shade but I wasn’t disappointed.
This formula features organic aramanth flower extract as it’s star ingredient, a flower which is native to South America. I’ve never heard of this flower before now, but it’s GORGEOUS. The extract is fragrant, and also thought to be hydrating and nourishing. When I researched this particular ingredient, I encountered many reviews and studies of the pharmacological benefits of it, I was so surprised! Among the benefits include anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, and it also contains a low level of squalene too which is awesome for treating dry skin. But that’s not the most interesting aspect about this shade, no. This particular shade features an ‘intelligent pigment’ that is pH dependent, meaning it will customise it’s colour according to the pH of your lips. I love these type of technologies!
This particular shade is my favourite from the range. Strongest in tint and fragrance, I’ve been using this one the most out of them all because it leaves a really soft, flushed warm tint to my lips. My lips naturally are tinted cool, which I don’t actually like, so this adds a slight burst of red/orange colour to counteract my natural pigment. The scent is a really sweet, sugary and citrusy type of scent which I really love. I’ve also recently sent this shade to my Mum and even she admits her life has pretty much changed because of it, so this is a big player.
The star ingredient for this oil is the Buriti fruit which is again grown in South America across the Amazon. Chemical analysis has shown that this fruit extract is rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, carotenoids (vitamin A) and tocepherols (vitamin E) and thus does have anti-oxidative effects. However, the composition and thus the value of the oil varies with the extraction processes. It naturally has an organge/reddish hue to the oil, adding to the warm tint of the product. Buriti oil has strong emollient properties, making it an ideal ingredient for maintaining the moisture in your lips. Again, this shade has adjusting pigments that change their hue according to the pH of your lips as well.
Don’t be scared by the look of this one in the tube, it doesn’t really make your lips blue or green. In fact, this barely adds any colour to my lips at all, which I don’t mind to be honest (I don’t really want my lips to have a blue or green tinge anyway). It’s more of a clear gloss. It features quite a subtle mint scent, and again is a more sweet scent rather than the traditional menthol which I actually prefer because I’ve never really been too much of a fan of mint as a scent.
True to its name, this one features Menthe des champs (Field Mint), native to mainly Europe and across Asia as its star ingredient. Mint extract has been talked about extensively as an ingredient that can help stimulate blood flow to the lips in order to help plump them and look more voluminous. Not to mention, it has a cooling and refreshing effect once applied. Usually, I don’t like lip products that contain topical stimulants to plump the lips because of the weird tingly and numb feeling. So I didn’t think I’d like this one as much as the others. BUT, it didn’t really have that effect at all on my lips. There was no tingling or strange sensation once I applied this, except for the slighlty cooling feel. In saying that, I didn’t really notice too much of a plumping effect.
As a revised version of the original Honey comfort oil, this one is totally glammed up with the addition of tiny golden shimmer particles. But don’t worry, the glitter won’t be too obvious on the lips as I find this one to be a more radiant shine than a glitter. It works beautifully as a lipstick topper too. The scent is more a creamy honey fragrance, still sweet but smooth with a slight nuttiness.
It features Noisette (hazlenut) oil and mirabelle plum oil as star ingredients which are other great oils for hydration. This lip oil is meant to add a glam factor to your lips while keeping them hydrated. The glitter particles are super fine so there isn’t any gritty or weird texture to it. Even when the oil starts to wear off, residual glitter particles remain on the lips. It’s not an obvious glitter, the particles are so small so you don’t have to worry about walking around with blinding glitter on your lips. It’s more for a statement of extra shine and radiance.
Overall, I am completely and utterly obsessed with this range. I didn’t get to the try the originals but I am sure for those who did, the release of four new shades would have been absolutely satisfying and exciting. I am definitely noticing the continued hydration these lip comfort oils provide for my lips and am pretty excited to share the hype with you all. They are among the most comfortable lip product formulas I’ve ever worn, the love is real!
Have you tried any of these from the Lip Comfort Oils range? If not, what would be your first pick? Let me know in the comments below! You can pick these up in David Jones and Myer, or directly from the CLARINS Australia website.
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Silva, S et al., 2009. Characterization of Oil Extracted from Buriti Fruit (Mauritia flexuosa) Grown in the Brazilian Amazon Region. Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society. 86: 611-616
*These products were provided for editorial consideration, with no obligation for a publication. All opinions expressed were genuine and my own. The Beauty and the Geek AU is no expert in the field and so material presented should not be substituted for professional advice.