Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 03, Nude Shimmer - review and swatches


I reviewed my other one of these Clarins glosses last week  (see here), and thought I may as well keep going and get this review up too.

As I mentioned previously, my sister passed these two glosses on to me and I was super excited to try them because I've seen so many people rave about them and I wanted to know what the fuss was about.

While I do like them, I haven't fallen completely in love with them as many people have, which may be because my expectations were so high that meeting those was a hard task for any decent gloss.

I'm not a huge fan of the foam applicator because it attracts dirt and gets very grubby very quickly. This means I have to clean it, and I'd honestly prefer a simple plastic applicator because that would be more hygienic. The foam does make for a soft, smooth application though so I can see why people like it.

Clarins claims/product details:
  • A softly textured lip gel with a deliciously sweet scent and 3D shimmer
  • Experience the lusciously smooth, shiny and fuller lips you've always dreamed of
  • Sheer, but shaded enough to wear alone or to complement your favourite lip shade
  • Nourishes, repairs and protects lips to leave them incredibly beautiful
  • Day by day lips are more kissable, simply irresistible
  • Ingredients include shea butter, wild mango and derivatives of vitamins a and e
  • Wear alone or over lipstick
  • RRP $28 AUD for 10ml, but do shop around

There's a swatch in sunlight (I've used a thick layer):

In natural light:

Sheered out, sunlight:

Natural light:

My bare lips for reference:

Wearing the product, indirect sunlight:

Natural light:


In the shade:


As mentioned in my review of 01 Rose Shimmer, this is one of those situations where I was expecting to be bowled over when I tried this because I'd seen so many rave reviews, which is never a good place to start since you're so often disappointed.

While I'm not disappointed in this gloss because it is a decent product, I must admit that I was expecting something more, given the hype.

It's a medium thick gloss that's not sticky and has a sweet, sugary scent that isn't too strong. It has a touch of shimmer that lifts the face but isn't too much. The product does transfer as any gloss will, but it does hang around a bit so I don't feel I need to apply it as often as I do many other glosses.

Shade 03 Nude Shimmer is a nice, soft shade that you can wear on its own or over a more pigmented lipstick to tone it down, and while I do like it, it's not one I often reach for because I have glosses that are more suited to my warm, medium skintone.

I don't love the sponge applicator because of how dirty it gets and how often I need to clean it, and I'd prefer just a simple plastic tip that's more hygienic. 

As for the product itself, my favourite thing about it is that it's nourishing and leaves my lips in good condition. So many lip products dry out my lips so I need to keep applying them to stay hydrated, but I don't with this so I think the formula is better for my lips than many other products I've tried.

On the product claims: yes it's softly textured and it does have a sweet scent; yes it leaves your lips looking smooth, shiny and more full; and yes it seems to nourish, protect and repair my lips where other products don't.

All in all, this is a good gloss but I wouldn't pay full price for it because glosses aren't something I tend to throw my money at - I'm just as happy to pick something up whenever one of the big pharmacies is having a fifty per cent off sale. But it is a good product and it's one I'm happy to own.

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