Yesterday I shared two eye launches, but today I’m back with my true loves, the Clarins Fall 2015 Lip Launches. I do love some pretty eyeshadow but I’m always going to be more excited about a new lip product, so I was thrilled to test out the revamped range of Clarins Joli Rouge Lipsticks and their complimentary Lipliner Pencils.
Last summer I tried two shades of Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipsticks and I absolutely loved them (I still do!) so I was really excited when I learned that Clarins had revamped their Joli Rouge range with 25 shades. The first shade I reached for was a neutral love, the Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Rosewood, which is a peachy pink shimmery shade with a semi-opaque, moisturizing finish. The lipsticks have a light Swedish berry scent, glide onto my lips, and are extremely comfortable to wear.
Although the peachiness of Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Rosewood makes the shade feel a tad more summery to me, it’s neutral enough to wear year-round and I think it would be flattering on most people. The lipsticks have a gorgeous shine to them that is great when your lips aren’t in perfect condition, and the addition of mango oil is probably what makes them feel so good to wear!
The lipsticks come in gorgeous gold tubes, engraved on the lid with the classic ‘c’, and the inside of the cap is actually the Clarins red, which I think is a classy, subtle touch. The lipstick itself is also embossed with ‘Clarins’. The second shade I tried is perfect for fall, and that’s the Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Soft Plum, a reddish berry shade that’s a tad vampy without being scary to wear.
I find the Joli Rouge Lipsticks last at least 3 hours on me, which is pretty good for such shiny lipsticks but they do transfer so I definitely take it off before eating or drinking. The Clarins Joli Rouge Lipstick in Soft Plum is really appropriate for the upcoming seasons, but with 25 shades available there’s one for every second week of the year. I have my eye on Rose Berry and Grenadine, since those look like the most neutral shades! To get another opinion on Soft Plum and check out the gorgeous shade Rosy Nude, make sure to check out Chelle’s review.
In addition to their new Joli Rouge lipsticks, Clarins has launched four different nude Lipliner Pencils with the tag line “Every woman has her own nude pencil!” Even though there are only four shades, I really feel like Clarins has thought about different skintones and they go from the pale Clarins Lipliner Pencil in Nude Fair all the way to the deep Clarins Lipliner Pencil in Nude Chocolate.
The Clarins Lipliner Pencil in Nude Fair is a pale beige shade, which will look different depending on your lip colour but is definitely a brown nude shade on me. As the Joli Rouge lipsticks aren’t 100% opaque, it does alter the colour when applied underneath, making Rosewood less pink and more brown. There are different shades of Joli Rouges aimed at different complexions and matching Lipliner Pencils, and while Rosewood actually pairs with medium complexions and Nude Beige, those aren’t hard rules and it still works together.
The Clarins Lipliner Pencils are traditional pencils that need to be sharpened, and they have a very creamy but smudge-proof formula. I have very little-to-no experience with lipliner, but they always look like they might be a tad painful to apply, and these are soft enough that’s not an issue. While you could wear them on their own, I think both shades make my lips look pretty wrinkly and I definitely prefer to top with a lipstick or gloss. While the Clarins Lipliner Pencils aren’t moisturizing to wear, I didn’t find them drying either likely thanks to the jojoba plant waxes they are made with.
In addition to the lightest shade, I tried the second darkest one in the range, the Clarins Lipliner Pencil in Nude Rose. This shade is very rosy medium brown which actually has a shimmer to it. It is not at all a flattering shade on me, and while I like Soft Plum applied directly to my lips, when I put it over Nude Rose even my boyfriend commented that it did not look very good. Of course, this shade is intended for a much darker skintone, so I was really just testing out the formula rather than the shade. If you do wear very brown lipsticks, then this would be a good liner to put underneath them.
While I do feel my lipsticks look ‘crisper’ when paired with a Lipliner Pencil, I just love the Joli Rouge formula on its own and haven’t been won over to the lipliner side yet. If you’re looking for a nude lipliner, or a creamy, pigmented lip colour, then the Clarins Fall 2015 lip launches have you covered!
Do you wear a lipliner?