Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil | Review + Lip Swatches

Hey everyone! As a follow up to my review of the Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss, I decided to go out and purchase another lip oil. I have been intrigued by the concept and I had heard good things about the one from Clarins, so I decided to go for it. The shade I was most intrigued by was the “Tangerine”, which is a bright orange. I’m not sure why, but I have been totally craving a juicy, sheer orange lip gloss. So, let’s get into the review.

Packaging and First Impressions

This gloss comes in a transparent component with a silver mirrored cap. The doefoot is a larger, wide paddle shape. It is not so large as to be too big for the lips and I do manage to apply it accurately to my cupids bow regardless. There is a delicious sweet scent to the lip oil that may be slightly citrus-y.

This lip oil comes in 8 different shades, although four have the name “Lip Comfort Oil” instead. I am not sure what makes these different, or if the formula is different at all. I imagine almost all of the shades are quite sheer, unless you choose the more brightly coloured shades. I specifically chose Tangerine, which looks like a bright orange in the tube.





“A truly revolutionary formula. A unique fusion formula rich in plant active ingredients, directly inspired by the expertise of Clarins face and body oils.

  • Nutrition, comfort.
  • Leaves a shiny film on the lips that is not sticky and slightly sweet.
  • A cocoon applicator that increases pleasure upon application.


  • Sheer color
  • Mirror-like shine
  • Blend of 3 aromatic plant oils
  • Soothes and comforts lips
  • Non-sticky texture
  • Delicious flavors
  • Lip-hugging applicator”

Price and Quantity

This lip oil is priced at $28 CAD and has 0.1 oz of product. This is a pretty small amount of product for this price.

For price comparisons I chose higher end glosses that come in a cream finish (no shimmer or glitter) and are meant to be sheer. There are also a few out there right now with oil in the name as well. This is certainly the beginning of a new trend.

Here are the comparisons listed from best value to worst value:

Rank Product  Cost
($ CAD) 
Quantity (oz) Cost-Quantity Ratio for 1 oz of product
1 NARS Oil-Infused Lip Tint $34 0.28 $121/oz
2 Buxom Full On Lip Cream $24 0.14 $171/oz
3 Bobbi Brown Crushed Oil-Infused Gloss $36 0.2 $180/oz
4 Dior Addict Stellar Lip Gloss $39 0.21 $186/oz
5 BareMinerals GEN NUDE™ Buttercream Lipgloss $25 0.13 $192/oz
6 Tarte SEA H2O Lip Gloss $26 0.14 $193/oz
7 Hourglass Unreal™ High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss $40 0.2 $200/oz
8 Dior Lip Glow Oil $45 0.2 $225/oz
9 Charlotte Tilbury Lip Lustre Lip Gloss $28 0.12 $233/oz
10 Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss $38 0.16 $238/oz
11 Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss $36 0.15 $240/oz
12 Pat McGrath Lust Lip Gloss $37 0.15 $247/oz
13 Clarins Lip Comfort Oil $28 0.1 $280/oz
14 Lilah B. Lovingly Lip™ Tinted Lip Oil $40 0.1 $400/oz

Clearly, this product does not have great value, and I knew that going in. I mainly chose this oil based on past reviews that I had heard from people I knew, and the shade. I also didn’t think the purchase price was too bad, compared to other items that are actually termed “lip oils”. So, I thought this was still a good choice for a “lip oil”, even if the value isn’t great.


Pigmentation and Performance

As suspected, this gloss does not have very much pigment to it. It is quite sheer, but it does give a bit of that juicy orange glow that I desired. As you will notice in the close-up lip swatch below, you don’t see much colour, but in the in-person pictures of me, you can see there is quite a bit of colour to my lips. Maybe it’s because I am in the sun? I’m not sure why there is that discrepancy, but you can take my word for it that this gloss isn’t just clear. It does have a bit of colour to it.

Overall, I really like this gloss and I can already tell that I will probably go through this whole bottle. The finish is extra shiny, I love the little bit of colour it gives, and it is super comfortable. The formula is very smooth, and it is thin but hydrating. I think these are characteristics that make sense with it being a “lip oil”. It also does not feel very sticky to me. As for lasting power, it is normal for a gloss. Of course it transfers and wears off, but that is not something that personally bothers me because most glosses do that. As it does wear away, it does also leave a bit of a stain, which I love. Altogether, I think this is a great gloss.

Below are swatches and pictures of me wearing it.





Final Thoughts

While this is an expensive gloss, I do think it feels what I think a “lip oil” would be like and I really enjoy it. I would definitely be curious about purchasing perhaps a red or pink shade (“red berry”, “pink candy” or “raspberry”). Sephora has barely any of the shades, but the Clarins website has all eight. They are also sold in select Shoppers Drug Marts in Canada, which is where I bought mine.

Have you tried any lip oils before? Can you recommend any?

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4 thoughts on “Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil | Review + Lip Swatches

  1. This shade does look lovely on your lips! I have one of the Clarins lip oils in Honey that I won in a giveaway. I am not a fan of honey scents but this lip oil smells good and is really nice! I tend to use mine when my lips feel dry or flaky and apply it before bed and leave it on overnight 🙂


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