A Clarins Dupe? Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss

I’m not really a lipgloss kind of girl, at the moment I’m more of a ‘throw a balm on my lips and run put of the door’ kinda girl in all honesty! But when it comes to lipgloss the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector reigns supreme. However I think I may have found a cheaper alternative in the Bourjois Effet 3D Gloss*. Moisturising on the lips? Yes. Imparts a sheer wash of colour to the lips? Yes. Smells scrummy? Hell yes! Let me explain.

Released as part of the Bourjois Spring 2012 ‘Sweet Paris’ collection, inspired by the world of patisseries, the Effet 3D gloss aims to give the lips eight hours of hydration, a glossy finish to the lips and a light touch of colour. Two new shades have been added to the range, 51 Rose Chimeric and 52 Corail Idylliic, which is pictured above. I’ve tried them both and I have to say that 52 is by far my favourite, it’s much more pigmented and gives the lips a pretty wash of coral. It does have a slight golden shimmer running through it but this doesn’t transfer when it’s actually applied. As far as comparisons to the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector go, the two are very similar. Both feel moisturising on the lips and not sticky at all, give a nice amount of colour and apply nicely. Although the Bourjois Effect 3D Gloss claims to moisturise the lips for eight hours, it’s more like two or three snd cause of the balmy nature of the gloss you do have to reapply often. Overall it gets a thumbs up from me!

If I had to pick between the two I would still say that the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector is top for me as I love the Shade 2 so much, I would also chip in that it’s a smidgen more moisturising on the lips. But if you fancy a cheaper alternative in a wider range of colours then it’s worth checking the Bourjois Effet 3D Lipglosses. The colours 51 and 52 are available now in Boots and Superdrug for £7.69. Have you tried any of the Bourjois Lipglosses before? What d’ya think?

*PR Sample


  • Katie

    Which blush are you wearing in this photo? The lips look looooveellly! Definitely will have to give  the Bourjois a go x

  • gemma.features

    I’m not really a gloss girl either but the look you have in the picture looks really fresh and summery. I’ll have to give it a go if it’s not sticky because that’s what really puts me off – pulling your hair out of your gloss is not a good look!

  • It looks really good, I love the Clarins Lip Perfector but I don´t love the price tag!


  • I do love the Bourjois 3D lipgloss. I bought the waterproof version from their summer collection and it smells like Pina Colada! LOVELY. 🙂

  • Beautypicknmix

    Thank you for sharing, i don’t tend to spend too much on lipglosses because they expire quite quickly and before you know it, its time to bin them. I always pick up this bourjois one to swatch in the store, but never really buy it because i don’t think i need anymore lipglosses.

    Great dupe tho~

  • Nicola

    Great post, glad you shared this, i have better access to bourjois than clarins too! 

  • It looks lovely. I like  Bourjois lipglosses.

    ps. Your skin is so flawless!

  • xblueluvax

    That’s such a lovely colour. It does look more balmy than glossy on the lips too which is a plus in my books! xx

  • Lucy

    i’m not big on Lipglosses, but i borrow my mum’s Clarins gloss all the time! My favourite lipgloss of all time is defitinely Florabundance by MAC, but i lost it yonks ago!

  • Emily Herbert

    Thank you for sharing, will definitely be buying the bourjois one! X

  • anna

    I will so buy this. NO question about it.  STUNNING. 
    It looks fantastic. I am obsessed with this lipgloss now …

  • Georgia

    Looks pretty on you, perfect for spring. Have to admit, the 3D name puts me off…of course lips are 3D for goodness sake 😉 Guess they had to have a ‘stand out’ name xx

  • For anyone that wants to try the lip perfector FYI it’s £11.50 (RRP £16) on and they include free delivery now x

  • louisemary22

    It looks so pretty. Must buy!

  • Eleanor Baldry

    I know this post is about the lipgloss but i CANNOT get over your eyelash extensions !!  

  • You have such nice skin!

    -Lily <3

  • Anonymous

    Oh it’s beautiful on! Great find x

  • Clay Beauty

    Brilliant post, I love dupes ! This colour really suits you ! xx

  • Anonymous
  • wow, i was considering getting the clarins one but also wanted to try out the borjois glosses! thanks anna i now know which one to go for! x

  • Natasha Davies

    Not particularly a Lipgloss person myself, but do believe you have convinced me to try 😀 x

  • Thanks for the tip. Clarins products are dreamy in their- your lips/skin but better sense. I hate a sticky gloss, so I’ll definitely check this one out. It looks wonderfully pretty on you, as does the entire photo actually. I’m jealous of your skin and eyes- are the eyes helped by some Telescopic mascara or are these still extensions? Have a lovely weekend.  

  • Kezkitten17

    always wanted to try the clarins one! must check out these too.

  • Sophia Moir

    The Clarins lip perfectors have been on my wishlist for years! Btw are you wearing Telescopic here? Amazing lashes! Xxx