Sunday, November 29, 2015

Clarins Mission Perfection Serum and Joli Rouge Lipstick

Clarins has launched a new fall collection that includes some must-have products. Namely, the Joli Rouge lipstick and the Mission Perfection Serum. You know I love Clarins and the science behind the brand.
Clarins Mission Perfection corrects dark spots
Left: All the shades of the new Joli Rouge lipstick; Right: Clarins Mission Perfection Serum and two Joli Rouge Lipsticks
This new serum is the only one from the brand that focuses on dark spot correction. It is geared towards a younger demographic - women in their early thirties who are just beginning to see the signs of a poor skincare routine and sun exposure.   Mission Perfection targets discoloration and hyper pigmentation (a problem that plagues 1/3 of women in the world). It corrects but also prevents new dark spots from coming to the surface.  In my opinion, I think this particular formula is going to be preferred over other equally situated serums on the market. This one, unlike others on the market, does not change the color of your skin.  Your complexion remains the same - there are no bleaching agents in it.

Price wise, it falls within the reasonable price range for serums, clocking it at $72.

Pros: It applies smoothly and absorbs quickly.  I love the way it smells! As with all Clarins products, it has a soothing and calming smell.  After about 30 days of use, you will start to see some results and lightening of those nasty brown spots. It's for the face, but I don't see why you can't also use it on your hands. Bonus: It boosts radiance as it attacks discoloration.

Cons: While the pump dispenses product cleanly, and the packaging is sturdy, it makes it difficult to get every last drop of product out.  Does not contain any anti-aging ingredients.
Clarins Mission Perfection serum review
Mission Perfection Serum packaging

The Joli Rouge lipsticks are luxurious. They're packaged in a gorgeous gold tube with magnetic closure (I've included a link to a post with all swatches down below). The formula is long wearing but not drying. It contains softening and good-for-you ingredients like mango oil.  This is a 7 hour formula that provides medium to full coverage.  The finish is somewhat glossy with a very creamy texture.

Pros: long wearing, non-drying, gorgeous packaging.
Cons: Shade range is somewhat limited. I would like to see more colors, especially more young and fashion forward colors.

You can see the full range of swatches over on this blog, and on her actual lips here.

As an aside, Clarins launched wooden pencil 3 lip liners in universally complimentary shades. They're numbered 1,2 and 3.  Swatches below.

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