Review: Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm

by Paris B on · 20 comments

in Lip Gloss,Lips,Product Reviews

I’d read many good reviews about the Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm (link) but Clarins as a brand is always overlooked by me. No longer! I got me a Clarins Colour Quench lip balm to see what the hype is all about icon smile Review: Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm

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The colour I got is #05 (Cherry/Strawberry) which is a colour presently discontinued I think because I don’t see it on their website. Why I still choose to review it is not for the colour but for its texture, as this lip balm is still part of the Clarins line. It so happens however that I love the colour in 05!

Clarins calls this a lip balm. On the website however, they refer to it as a lipgloss. A little confusing yes? But I call this a lipgloss because even for a tinted lipbalm, the pigment is amazing! However unlike other lip glosses, this one is not sticky, and does not dry out your lips.

The Clarins Colour Quench lip balm comes in a tube not unlike Lancome Juicy Tubes lip glosses. I’m not a fan of Juicy Tubes because they are thick and goopy and I dislike thick and goopy on lips.

The applicator on the Clarins lip balm is a slanted applicator which makes it easy for you to apply it straight on your lips. I don’t like doing that because it means I lose control over the application. Therefore, I usually use my fingers which can be messy but hey, thats what tissue papers are for! icon wink Review: Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm

The nice thing about Clarins Colour Quench lip balms is that it is seriously pigmented. Just look at these swatches.

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The colour is strong which is nice. It is also not sticky which again is nice and it is also moisturizing or rather, not drying. This is overall, a very “nice” lipbalm/lipgloss/lip colour.

There is however, a rather strong sweet fragrance to the gloss. I’d prefer if there was no fragrance at all, but I guess you can’t win them all. It does not last (thank goodness!) but its there if you are fussy.

As a lip balm, it performs fairly well. It keeps your lips moist and flake-free and adds colour to boot. If your lips are peeling and dry, then you might want to exfoliate a little before applying this lip balm so you don’t accentuate the flakiness. Once exfoliated, my lips remain soft while using the this lipbalm. Otherwise, unlike many lip glosses I have tried, this one keeps my lips soft.

#05 is known as Cherry/Strawberry depending on which part of the world you are in. The colour is a red-pink which is rather bold for a lip gloss. It is certainly not as sheer as lipglosses tend to be but I like red lips so I liked this one tremendously! I liked it even more when I took it on holiday with me because it kept my lips moisturized and yet added a touch of colour so I did not have to bother with separate tubes of balm, gloss and lipstick! Travel light yo! icon biggrin Review: Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm

A 15ml tube of Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm retails for RM58 at Clarins counters. I purchased mine online at Strawberrynet for RM105 for a pack of 2 with the usual loyalty discounts so I ended up paying much less. I’m now tempted to get more… and I know I shouldn’t icon razz Review: Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm

Pros: Keeps lips moisturized, Pigmented colour, Fair price for a lip gloss

Cons: Pricey for a lipbalm

Paris B’s [rating:4/5]

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Monstro March 18, 2009 at 11:30 am

That is SUPER pretty!
I love the colour and how pigmented it is!

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ParisB March 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Hey Monstro

It was surprisingly nice and you know how I’m not a lip gloss girl :)

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Cerise March 18, 2009 at 12:03 pm

The colour is really cute, isn’t it? It looks super gorgeous on you!

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ParisB March 18, 2009 at 12:07 pm

Hi Cerise

Yes it is and thank you!

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Nikki March 18, 2009 at 2:14 pm

I always overlook Clarins especially for cosmetics, i am more looking into their skinare, but after this post, you’ve changed my mind PB!

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ParisB March 18, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Hi Nikki

You know what? Me too! I always thought Clarins = skincare without looking at their makeup but now I have 2 items from there heh…

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Amanda March 18, 2009 at 4:45 pm

The colour is beautiful. The only thing I’ve ever bought from Clarins was the sunscreen.

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ParisB March 18, 2009 at 6:13 pm

Hey Amanda

Thanks I’ve never used anything from Clarins before this!

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Amanda March 20, 2009 at 1:49 am

I checked it out at Clarins counter yesterday. They’ve all the colours and they’re really pigmented and pretty. However, I found them overpriced here. They’re around 18,50€ (approx. RM87!). I may get them at airport dutyfree shops on my next business trip.

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ParisB March 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm

Hey Amanda

That’s terribly expensive where you are! Try strawberrynet if you can’t wait or else there’s always duty free :)

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Nette March 18, 2009 at 6:42 pm

I’m not promoting Clarins but I loved Clarins’s Sparkle Puff Blush and still loving till this moment…

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ParisB March 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

Hi Nette

That sounds pretty! I’ll check it out!

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gio March 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm

This color is bautiful and looks great on you!

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ParisB March 19, 2009 at 9:59 am

Hi Gio

Thank you!

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MisSmall March 18, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I agree, Clarins is a brand that hasn’t been given enough credits. I, too, have just started paying more attention to their makeup after hearing some beauty bloggers singing their praises. :)

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jojoba March 19, 2009 at 3:34 am

i can’t believe you got this too!!! yay!!! i really like it. looks like i’d better start shopping online so i can’t save more money on mu (esp something like clarins.) wow that colour looks great on you. i don’t have that. should i get it? i am still trying to score #11 which is totally OOS in malaysia. sigh…

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ParisB March 19, 2009 at 10:06 am

Hi Jojoba

I think #5 is discontinued. I couldn’t find it at the counter nor on the Clarins sites. I love the colour!!

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jojoba March 19, 2009 at 5:14 am

girl, i had refer back to my own review on this product: http://mymakeupreviews.blogspot.com/2008/09/reviews-clarins-colour-quench-lip-balm_28.html

and i didn’t see #5 listed on the swatch pic!!1 OMG don’t tell me this shade is not available to us. :( i love it, seriously love it!!! you don’t know how much i adore these lip balms…

OMG! you have just created a new lemming for me. #5 and i have yet to sure #11!!!

darn it.

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Vonvon March 19, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Ooohhh….it’s only RM58? When I was at the clarins counter last week, the SA told me it’s RM75.

But I love lip glosses…may be should get one???

Never tried Clarins before until last week when I bought their Nature temptations eye palette. ;)

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ParisB March 20, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Hi Vonvon

Yes, that’s what I was told. I detest lip glosses but because this one’s non sticky and pigmented its a keeper!

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