Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Shades Aren't Your Average Lip Balms

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When it comes to slathering stuff on our lips, we ladies usually fall into three camps: lipstick lovers (for their ultra-rich, full-coverage color), gloss fanatics (for their high-shine finishes) and Team Lip Balms (for their super-moisturizing properties).

But what if you want the benefits of all three in a single tube?

Enter Clarins Instant Smooth Crystal Lip Balms. The limited-edition balms made such a splash last summer, the French beauty brand brought them back for another round of surf and sand, this time in four brilliant summer-y shades:

  • Crystal Rose, a beautiful dark pink
  • Crystal Mandarin, a bright coral
  • Crystal Berry, a deep violet
  • Crystal Gold Plum, a rich mauve

Each shade features a dual-action bullet with a creamy pigment encased by a layer of clear hydrating lip balm. Depending on your method of application, you can impart more or less color on your lips—apply the slanty side for a bolder hue or the outside of the tip for a sheer-er, glossier look.

Scoop them up for $26 a piece at