However, in the midst of the re-hype of it and the No7 dupe this year, I whacked mine out and.. well, fell in love.
I'm not sure what it is about it - maybe it's everything! I adore the packaging, as I find wands a bit hit-and-miss quite literally, and often end up painting the general vicinity of my lips instead of my actual lips. I love the spongey bit (yes it's unsanitary, I know), and I love how you can squeeze the last drop from the tube when the time comes.
I like the consistency also, because it's moisturizing, smooth and it has a nice glide aspect to it, rather than gloopy or sticky. It quite easily replaces a liquidy lip balm. When I stepped on my 12hr plane ride to find my Carmex MIA, I panicked - which is why I hesitantly reached for this, which in my eyes, was still a gloss at the time. And I'm happy to say I was very content with my lips' moisture levels during the whole flight :P! (However, it was spurting everywhere from changing air pressures after take-off so be warned, holiday goers :P)
The only thing is the colour. I know there are 3 choices - Rose Shimmer 01, Apricot Shimmer 02 and Nude Shimmer 03. But none of them are shimmery for one! And I genuinely don't think the shade really makes too big of a difference, as they're quite lightly pigmented. It probably doesn't help that my lips are super pigmented, but I thought I'd throw that in there :) I usually apply this with the intention of slightly toning down my natural lip colour in a peachy way..
And one more thing I forgot to mention - it smells like burnt sugar! OM NOM NOM-age.
So to much of my surprise - the Rimmel Moisture Renew has been pushed aside for the time being, especially since I've been wearing no make-up at all (shock horror!). I'm very pleased with this Lip Perfector, and really happy I tried it again :) Although - I would recommend trying to find it for cheaper like in Escentuals for £12.80 as the RRP of £16 is quite hefty. That being said, these have a lifespan of 36 months (lol can be good or bad), and can be found in Debenhams if you want to use your Beauty Club Card points! :)
Do you have the Clarins Lip Perfector or the No7 dupe?
What are your thoughts?