Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks 2016: Review & Swatches

If you like a subtle wash of sheer colour on your lips then look this way... Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant lipsticks have been reformulated for 2016, now extra moisturising with ultra fine pearl particles and a shiny finish. Extremely comfortable to wear, I'd describe the result as mid way between a tinted balm and lipstick. 

These are heavy swatches with 4-5 passes from each bullet, more to give you an idea of the colour than the formula; one or two layers will give a much more sheer finish.

The colours from top to bottom are: Raspberry, Fig and Tea Rose. Raspberry is a just bitten dark pink; Fig - a mid brown nude with subtle shimmer and Tea Rose - a peachy nude, a whisper too pale for me, though a lip liner could probably fix this.

On most days I prefer my lipsticks with a bit more va va voom (the original Joli Rouge are right up my street), but if you prefer a subtle wash of colour and balmy texture, these may be worth a look.

I actually think it's useful to have at least one formula like this in your collection. I call them pocket lipsticks - the kind I carry in a pocket (or bag!) and apply on the go, no mirror required. (This is a common occurrence for me since having kids, along with pocket concealers - Maybelline Age Rewind is a good one).

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant Lipsticks in Raspberry and Fig are good go-with-anything colours that are easy to wear and leave lips looking polished without being the main focus of your face. Also good for no makeup days.

Do you prefer your lipsticks sheer or more pigmented?

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