Clarins’ Crystal Vision
Between full-coverage lipsticks, shiny glosses, and emollient tinted balms, there’s something for everyone in the increasingly crowded lip category these days. But what about for the discerning makeup lover who wants all of these things in a single bullet? Ordinarily, she’d have to make do with a mix of the myriad options that are readily available, although that solution didn’t sit well with Clarins. Just in time for the warmer climes that are headed our way, the famed French beauty brand has rereleased its limited-edition Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms, which made a huge splash when they debuted on our shores last summer. Available in four colors—Crystal Rose, a pretty dark pink; Crystal Mandarin, a punchy coral; Crystal Berry, a deep garnet; and Crystal Gold Plum, a mauve wine—each gilded stick features a dual-action applicator that boasts different creamy pure pigments encased by a clear layer of hydrating balm. It’s important to note that these are not sheer. But the ingenious design allows you to control how much color a single swipe imparts; apply the slanted side liberally for more saturation, or the curved outside layer for more transparency. As with all limited offerings, best to get these while the getting is still good.