Clarins Face and Lips

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm – £28, Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ’02’ – £16

As you know I recently went to Berlin and how could I resist a little airport browsing whilst I was waiting for my flight. I decided to pick up two things from Clarins that I’d wanted to try for a while and they were a few pounds cheaper than they usually are. 

I’ve heard so much about the Beauty Flash Balm and I think I was expecting it to be an illuminating moisturiser/primer that would make me look glowing and make my skin feel amazing. My best friend swears by this product but if I’m honest I was SO disappointed. First of all it absolutely stinks! I think it smells so bad that it actually made me feel sick when I could smell it on my face. It kind of reminds me of nappy cream – big no no. I also felt that it just didn’t do anything. I’ve tried it a few times and just can’t see any benefits. Sorry, what a depressing review… but I just feel really let down by this ‘best seller’. 

On a much more positive note I also bought the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector which is amazing! It’s in a handy little tube with a squiggly foam applicator and it’s been happily living in my handbag since I got it. I’d describe it as a mix between a lip gloss and a lip balm. It’s not stick at all and smells delicious. This is good for those of you who would like to wear lip gloss but are not massive fans of the super glossy look. Big thumbs up and I’ll definitely be buying some of the other shades. 

Have you tried either of these? What are your thoughts? 

Lily xx

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19 Responses

  1. Tori says:

    i have heard so many good things about the Beauty Flash Balm too, but i guess things don’t work for everyone!

    i am tempted by the instant light natural lip perfector but have heard there is a No 7 dupe which i may try as it is much cheaper

  2. Ying says:

    Its such a shame that you didnt like the beauty flash balm. Yes i have heard a few good things about this product and i was planning to go give it a try but i think i should give it a sniff at the store first to see if the smell is bearable for me :) Thanks for sharing~

  3. I really want that lip perfector now! I will go and check it out.

  4. Zoe says:

    I really wanted to try both of these but im still unsure about the flash balm! Think i might have to give it a sniff before i buy it aha. x

  5. Amy says:

    I’ve been lusting after the lip perfector for ages but I just can’t get over the price of it, unfortunately! Maybe one day.

  6. I was underwhelmed by both products. I got the flash balm last year in duty free, I occasionally use it as a primer for special occasions but frankly I don’t think it’s doing much, and indeed it smells to weird for me to wear it as a mask and go to bed with it on!
    The gloss, I find is sticky, not very moisturizing, and I am not crazy of the applicator.
    It’s sad because I do like the brand and think it deserves more hype than it gets.

  7. Sara says:

    I was also really disappointed with the beauty flash balm. I got it for Xmas a few years back and was so excited to try but it didn’t really do anything!

  8. Lulu B says:

    Ooohh this looks gorgeous. I love a neutral looking lip xx :o)

  9. sharon says:

    I love the lip perfecter it’s amazing just what i needed for an everyday lip product…. and as for the flash balm my sister swears by for her it does what it say on the tin for her well tube.. shame it doesn’t work for everyone

  10. this is really sad you didnt like the beauty balm. did they tell you that it should not be masssaged into the skin, just lightly spread over the face and then makeup applied on top?
    it works perfectly for me as a primer. i find that it really makes my skin appear very very smooth and kind of radiant

  11. dnalbnire says:

    I recently tried the Beauty Flash Balm as well, I’m so relieved someone else feels the same way. It doesn’t do anything?!

  12. Emily says:

    The lip perfector sounds great!

  13. I’m definitely going to pick up the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector ASAP! I’ve seen it on so many blogs and everyone is raving about it!

  14. - B says:

    I really want to try Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector, but I never know what colour to pick.
    I was so disappointed with Beauty Flash Balm, I agree with you it sticks so badly that I can’t wear it!

  15. Em says:

    I pinched one of the natural lip perfecters off my mum and fell in love! I definitely need to get myself a few! x

  16. I have been wanting to try both of these products for a while. I might just pick up the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector as I haven’t heard anyone say that they don’t like it.


  17. mancbeauty says:

    I have the beauty flash balm and don’t think it’s that good…I use it as an aftersun though on holiday, its amazing for soothing sunburnt skin! xo

  18. Oh no, I am sorry that you did not like the Flash Balm, you are actually the first person I’ve ever heard of that did not like. I swear by it myself, for me it’s a must have. Love Clarins lip products, too.

  19. i need that lip balm, really wishing i picked it up in duty free now!

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