Talk about being one step ahead of the trends. I purchased a tube of Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm the day before its Oscars cameo and subsequent viral popularity. And I completely understand why it was so hard for people to find- it took stopping at 4 Clarins counters before I finally found it in stock.
Why was I on the hunt for this particular lip balm? My beloved Shiseido Benefiance Full Correction Lip Treatment ($36) was on its last legs and I needed a heavy-hitting replacement. I'd done my research and determined that the Clarins balm ($24) was universally well-liked and might be an adequate replacement- and came in $11 less.
Clarins HydraQuench Moisture Replenishing Lip Balm is primarily composed of rose wax and shea butter, ingredients that can be found in lower priced alternatives from L'Occitaine ($12) and Rosebud ($6), both of which I've owned and loved. I actually keep a tube of the L'Occitaine lip balm on my bedside table. Still, I was looking for a heavy hitter to replace my ultra-expensive HG lip treatment. I could easily justify the purchase since Fresh lip balms, which I enjoy but don't ultimately find very hydrating cost $22.50.
For your $24, you receive a distinctive light blue tube containing 0.45oz of product- the same amount as my beloved Shiseido. I've been testing it for several weeks, and I'm pleased with my purchase. This is one celebrity-endorsed product that I can find great value in- and I'll likely make this my go-to during warmer months. I'm not sure if it's up to the harshest points of winter, but my lips did not re-chap during an uncharacteristic cold snap in March. There's a distinctive rose scent to the balm that dissipates quickly- similar to but a little more intense than Rosebud's salves. My lips feel hydrated and I haven't needed to exfoliate as frequently since I started using this. Perhaps the combination of rose wax and shea butter is a magical combination?
Let me be clear: I'm not blogging about this because of the frenzy. In fact, I debated whether to even review the product at all after the frenzy around the lip balm. Ultimately I felt like I might be able to provide useful information, especially for the other fans of the Shiseido balm (which goes out of stock frequently). I just found it hilarious that I beat the trend literally by 24 hours or so.
I have to give this a huge stamp of approval. It's been over two weeks since I literally used the last drop of my Shiseido balm, and my lips are just as happy (if not moreso) than before. I also don't feel the panic I had been experiencing upon realizing I was almost out of my HG lip treatment. I'm quite content using the Clarins balm and have every intention of using it to the last drop. I may even buy a second one- it's that good. (One for the purse, and one for the nightstand.)
Even if it's sold out at your local counter, check Clarins website- it's apparently available there.