A Clarins Moment

On any given day, I only need the flimsiest of excuses to open my wallet to purchase more beauty products, whether I need them or not. It takes a stunning amount of self-control to keep this impulse in check. This is why it should be no surprise whatsoever that I found myself browsing my local Clarins counter at The Bay. For all you Canadians out there, you’ll know that wherever else Clarins is sold, the makeup line isn’t carried – Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora only carry the skincare range.

I’ve tried a few Clarins products over the year, mostly their cult favourites including this toner, this beauty balm, and this makeup remover, with mixed results. I’ve been hearing tons about their lip products so I thought it was about time to hit up one of their counters to see if I could pick me up some lip lovin’. Luckily for me, they were having a free gift with purchase deal that day, which required the purchase of two items including one skincare product, so I decided to go ahead and pick up the Clarins One-Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser, which the saleslady recommended for my skin. I’m almost out of my current morning cleansers, so I thought, why not have another option? And for the lips, I finally got my paws on one of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector (shade 03 – nude shimmer), and I couldn’t help but pick up the newer Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector in shade 04 – orange, which is the only one of the three products I have tried so far. It is lovely for summer, intimidatingly orange in the tube, but it goes on sheer, so it gives a perfect coral tint to your pout.

The gift with purchase came with four travel-sized, but very generous samples, including a mini of the exfoliating cleanser, Foot Beauty Treatment Cream, HydraQuench Cream-Mask (looks amazing for winter!) and Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch primer, which I am extremely excited to try.

All in all, not a bad haul for a lunchtime shop…

Have you tried any of these products, and what is your favourite Clarins product? What do you recommend I try next?


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