Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Clarins Instant Light

Light on the Gloss with Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss

Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss SPF 6 ($18.00 for 0.04 oz.) are new for summer and come in three shades — Vanilla, Coral, and Cinnamon. Each is housed in a silver bullet of a pen that clicks up the gloss on a brush applicator.

  • Vanilla (01) is ultra sheer with a golden champagne shimmer and glossy sheen. It’s probably better suited over a lipstick or for those who love to show off their natural lip color.
  • Coral (02) is a medium coral–it’s very much a true coral, because it doesn’t lean orange or pink but somewhere perfectly in-between. It has a cinnamon gold shimmer strewn through the color. It’s much, much more pigmented in comparison to Vanilla–more like semi-opaque (but surprisingly opaque for a gloss as thin as this).
  • Cinnamon (03) is a lightened cinnamon brown with a little red in it and golden shimmer. It’s semi-sheer but nowhere near as pigmented as Coral is, but it’s not as invisible as Vanilla. I found this one applied rather splotchily in comparison to the other two. I had issues with getting the color to distribute evenly.

The gloss isn’t sticky, and it’s very lightweight; it has a thin consistency but comes with a dazzling sparkle. They have a sweetened scent, which I can’t quite put my finger on, but it’s there in both the scent and the taste–it is subtle, though. I get only an hour of wear with these, which is below average for me (I typically get two to three), and they’re not as hydrating as I’d expect. My lips aren’t a dried out mess, but they do seem to need a little extra TLC post-wear.  The SPF 6 is nice, though, particularly since you can’t smell or taste it.

The packaging is sleek, but given how little is housed inside, they start to seem a little bulky. It’s actually in the quantity that I get frustrated–most glosses fall somewhere between 0.10 oz. and 0.20 oz. in product, and the price varies from $14 to 30. Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss comes in at $450/oz. as compared to Chanel at $142/oz., Dior at $126/oz., and Guerlain at $165/oz. It’s really a shame that they didn’t give you a little more product, because at $18, they seem rather affordable for a high-end brand. Clarins Gloss Appeal, which is comparable, is available for $21 for 0.18 oz., and I really couldn’t say what makes the click gloss so much better that it’d be worth it.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

Recommendation: I would pass on these, and if you were interested in checking our Clarins Lip Gloss, opt for the Gloss Appeal, which has pretty shimmer in a better formula and more for your money.

Availability: Nordstrom

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5 thoughts on “Clarins Instant Sun Light Gloss SPF 6 Review, Photos Swatches

  1. Frances

    That’s a really really expensive gloss going by weight. I could see myself MAYBE paying for that if it were Guerlain or Le Metier or Sisley, but Clarins? No way!

    BTW, Christine, I just bought an Illamasqua cream blusher recently and I was wondering, what type of brush would you suggest using with cream blusher?

    • I like the 188 by MAC – the new 131 is nice, too, as is the flatter 130. I like stippling brushes in general for cream blushes, though!

  2. RedWeatherTigerD

    The cinnamon one looks FABULOUS on you, Christine. It’s more understated or neutrally than you usually wear but extremely flattering nonetheless.

  3. Omg Clarins is just 18 dollars? It costs way more in Sweden :P

  4. Carolyn

    Products like this can make me so mad. It just seems to me that Clarins is trying to trick people into thinking that they’re getting a high end gloss for only 18 dollars, but you’re actually paying for the pretty click pen packaging that happens to contain .04 OZ OF PRODUCT?!?! I wouldn’t be shaking my head if the glosses were really unique or something, but they don’t look to be.