Saturday, November 2, 2019

Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone" & "Light Stone": Review and Swatches

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Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone" & "Light Stone": Review and Swatches
Recently, Clarins partnered with French fashion retailer The Kooples to celebrate the epitome of Parisian chic with the creation of two limited edition Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil ($25 CAD for 7 ml) shades. Providing both comfort and shine, the duo can be worn alone or on top of a lip color. I've got reviews and swatches of both to share today. To read on, click......
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone" & "Light Stone": Review and Swatches
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
Packaging:
The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil normally comes in a rectangular lip gloss tube topped with a shiny gold cap but for this limited edition duo, the caps are white and black to compliment the shade inside. The tube comes with a very large doe-foot applicator, which is curved to hug the contours of the lips
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone" & "Light Stone": Review and Swatches
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
Formulation:
Infused with jojoba oil, hazelnut oil, and coconut oil, the Clarins x The Kooples Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil is a hydrating lip gloss with a lightweight, glossy shine. Clarins describes the finish as non-tacky but there's definitely some stickiness to the formulation. It's worth noting that compared to previous editions of the Lip Comfort Oil, the formulation of these two are slightly different and both are fragranced with a sweet vanilla scent. In terms of wear, the glosses fade easily with eating and drinking so re-applications are needed to maintain hydration and shine.
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone" & "Light Stone": Review and Swatches
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Light Stone" & "Dark Stone"
"Dark Stone" is a translucent black scattered with fine golden sparkles. It looks pretty daunting in the tube but once applied, it's a lot sheerer than expected. The formulation contains a pH-sensitive pigment (Red 27) that stains the lips with a subtle hint of pink. Nevertheless, the gloss still gives a vampy vibe that may not be for everyone.
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone": Review and Swatches
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Dark Stone"
"Light Stone" is a soft milky pink packed with iridescent shimmers. This shade also stains a bit but it definitely provides more shimmer than color. There's a bit of settling so I would caution against applying too thick of a layer unless you like a very frosted finish.
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Light Stone": Review and Swatches
Clarins x The Kooples | Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in "Light Stone"
Overall, I think these are two fun and collection-worthy editions of the Lip Comfort Oil. I personally find both a bit out of my comfort zone as I generally prefer a sheer red or pink when it comes to glosses. However, if you are a big fan of the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil and are a little more adventurous with your makeup, then definitely check these out!

Availability:
Clarins is available at SephoraNordstrom, Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Clarins.
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