Review: Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in Rosewood Shimmer

I liked this version of the Clarins Lip Perfector better than the balm one. This color, in particular, is gorgeous - a dark nude with gold shimmer. It's more pigmented than the balm version. The texture is basically a lip gloss. I found it fairly moisturizing and as longlasting as it is reasonable to expect a gloss to be. The color was pretty on the lips; subtle, but definitely made a positive difference to my lips' appearance. The shimmer was there but natural. Still, I returned this.  Here is why: first, it had that awful vanilla scent that the balm had too, and I really can't stand it. Second, look at this applicator:

It's a sponge tip that you squeeze the product through.  Why???? Even after one usage, it looks kind of gross. Can you imagine if you use this a few more times, then maybe forget it in your purse for a week or two?  I cannot even go there - the worst concept for a lip product I have ever seen.


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