Everyday makeup from Clarins – Natural Lip Perfector & Joli Blush review + swatches

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I love easy natural looks, that don’t take too long to create. More often or not I need products that do the their job quickly and that I can throw in my bag. It’s magical how using just a few simple products I end up feeling more powerful and put together.

Today I’m talking about products just like that. These are things that I use every day. I received these quite a while ago from Clarins, when they came up new Joli Blushes and some new shades on their Natural Lip Perfector glosses. I’ve always loved Clarins makeup products and these are no exception.

Keep on reading to see all the shade swatches on the Clarins Natural Lip Perfectors and 6 shades of the Clarins Joli Blush.

Clarins Natural Lip Perfector review & swatches

Clarins Natural Lip Perfector is a gloss that gives some color, but most of all gloss and volume to your lips. The plumping effect comes from the gloss, by the way, so if you’ve been wearing matte lipsticks in hopes of bigger lips, try a gloss instead. These glosses have a gel-like formula that feels very comfortable on the lips. The applicator is a soft cushion.

There are oils and shea butter in the ingredients, so my lips don’t feel dry after wearing these. Then again, lip glosses tend to be more hydrating anyway – another reason to skip matte lipsticks.

The best feature about these glosses is probably the scent. It’s a vanilla, toffee-like scent, that I can’t seem to get enough of. Especially now since I’m not eating candy for a year (sigh).

Overall I love these glosses, because the shades are so wearable and they go with almost any look. I also use these a lot on top of lipsticks. And yes, I usually have at least one in my bag on the go.

New shades in the collection are shades 16-19 and their packaging is slightly fancier with gold details (as seen in the photo above).

Clarins Natural Lip Perfector Swatches 01 05 06 07 08 16 17 18 19
Clarins Natural Lip Perfector swatches on my arm in a warm light.

Where to buy:

*Clarins Natural Lip Perfector (Clarinsusa.com)
*Clarins Natural Lip Perfector (amazon)
Finnish stores listed here

Wearing Clarins Joli Blush shades cheeky pink & cheeky boum – and Natural Lip Perfector shade 19 on the lips.

Clarins Joli Blush review & swatches

Clarins knows their packaging and their makeup products are beautiful. These are products that I love to keep on display and that also makes me use them even more.

Clarins Joli Blush is one of those blushes, that you can’t go wrong with. The consistency is nice and easily blendable – and most of all – it’s easily buildable too. Blush is one of those products that can be ruined with too much pigment. Here there is just enough pigment.

There’s just something special about these blushes. I’m not sure whether to believe that they’re really ‘pH-reactant’ as advertised, but they do seem to adjust and melt to my skin and cheeks very nicely.

My favorites shades are cheeky pink, cheeky rose, cheeky peach and especially in winter, cheeky purple. So, basically all of them. The only shade I don’t love as a blush is cheeky boum. That is super shimmery and definitely more of a highlight. As a highlight though, it’s beautiful. I sometimes use it as a shimmery topper to any other blush.

One thing I need to mention about these blushes though, if you end up trying them on your hand at a store and feel disappointed. They swatch poorly on the hand applied with a finger, but when you apply them with a blush brush to your cheeks, they work brilliantly. For the swatches I used a sticky base, so you’ll be able to see the shades properly.

Clarins Joli Blush Shades (01 cheeky baby, 02 cheeky pink, 03 cheeky rose, 04 cheeky purple, 05 cheeky boum, 07 cheeky peach) swatches
Clarins Joli Blush Shades 01 cheeky baby, 02 cheeky pink, 03 cheeky rose, 04 cheeky purple, 05 cheeky boum, 07 cheeky peach swatches.

Where to buy:
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Clarins Joli Blush (Clarinsusa.com)
*Clarins Joli Blush (Escentual)

Wearing Clarins Joli Blush in cheeky pink & cheeky peach and Natural Lip Perfector shade 18.

I was also wearing Clarins Everlasting foundation here (mixed with a CC cream) – check out my review on it here.

Are there any other Clarins makeup lovers out there? 

YSL Touche Éclat Le Teint Foundation review

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If you want a glowy foundation with a good coverage and a very lightweight feel – Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation might just be the right foundation for you.

YSL Touche Eclat foundation is definitely a classic product. One, which I just had to test out myself. I have a thing for foundations and more often or not I opt for the more expensive ones. I think Touche Eclat foundation is reasonable priced though and worth the money.

Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation

It’s said on YSL’s site that this foundation is radiant and full-coverage. I was bit surprised to read that, because at first I would have said it’s medium coverage. However, it does actually have an amazing coverage. It’s just so thin and lightweight, you don’t even realize it. It covers well without looking like a mask. It leaves a beautiful radiant finish, which helps to make it look more natural.

Now since it’s not a totally matte foundation, it’s not more long lasting than, say, Double Wear foundation. It still lasts really well on my skin and it wears off nicely. I’m quite glowy at the end of the day, but my skin still looks nice and even. It lasts better if I set the foundation with a powder though, which I rarely do nowadays, even though I have some oiliness on my skin. I just like the finish this foundation leaves on my skin, I don’t want to add any more product to it. Or am I just lazy and leave the powder out therefore? Who knows.

Before & after with YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint BD30. I used it for this gold tutorial. Photos taken in softbox -light.

Wearing YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation in the shade BD30. Natural light.

Touche Eclat Le Teint is easily blendable and I recommend using a damp beautyblender to apply it, as always. As said, the coverage is very nice even with one layer. You can build it up a bit too, but I just use a concealer where needed (acne and dark circles).

How the shades go in YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation 

B – neutral
BD – beige dore (yellow undertone)
BR – beige radiant (pink undertone)
The number indicates the darkness of the shade.

So my shade BD30 is yellow undertone and the third lightest shade. The numbers go all the way to 70 in Beige Dore shades.

I use the shade BD 30, which is considered a golden light color. It’s quite yellow (I could have probably picked a color from the B (neutral) range), but since I’m more on on the warm side when it comes to undertones, I can use this shade. In summer it’s probably the perfect match for me. And to be honest, I feel like yellow foundations give my skin the much needed warmth, since it’s winter and I’m starting to remind one of Dracula’s victims.

Where to find & shop the foundation?

YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint foundation 54$
*YSL Touche Eclat Le Teint Foundation £35

I would recommend this foundation to normal and combination skin. If you’re oily, you can probably use it too, but you need to powder it well. If you have dry skin, you have better luck with *YSL Touche Eclat All-In-One Glow foundation. Actually, it might just work amazingly for you. I let my sister, who has extremely dry skin, test both of these and she couldn’t make Touche Eclat work, but the All-In-One Glow worked perfectly. I know it’s hard to find good foundations for dry skin, so hopefully this tip will help you out.

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