A Drugstore Dupe for the Best Lipgloss EVER?

I love my matte bold lips, I do. Though on a daily basis I’m much more likely throw on a gloss that doses me up with moisture and colour in equal parts, pat it in and head for the door. I might not appear to be the world’s biggest lipgloss lover, but really I’m quite fond of them. The super sheeny, ‘you can see your reflection in it’ finish isn’t for me, but after a doe-foot application a quick swipe over the top with fingers takes off the excess and leaves a natural dewy texture with just a hint of colour. In a way they’re like no makeup, makeup but for your lips. I’ve always preached the ways of the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfectors. They’re creamy, light and leave no tackiness to the lips. Available in a six-strong range of au natural tints, they push all the right buttons in the lipgloss department. But a recent discovery – stumbled across only because I liked the shade name – of the Maybelline ColourSensational Shine Glosses has got me thinking that the Clarins has some competition in the form of a drugstore dupe…

Formula-wise they’re exactly the same; the scent is fruitier, but it’s the same gloop-free gloss checklist that the Clarins follows. And actually for colours there are a much larger range to pick from, with some bolder shades thrown in there too. Personally I’m a big fan of Cashmere Rosemy original purchase – for its peachy pink hue. It’s one of those ‘don’t have to think about it’ ones. A more amped up version of that is Glorious Grapefruit, which has a touch more red to it. If nude is more your thang, there’s a few to pick from but I like Coffee Kiss. Don’t be put off by its browny appearance in the tube for on the lips it gives off a barely there look – oh and don’t worry about the shimmer running through it either, you can’t detect it once it’s slicked on. The unlikely love from the range though comes in the form of a pepto pink – Pink Shock. Albeit I prefer it when I’ve done my patting in trick, but I can see this looking lush when worn with a warm bronze eye in the evenings for a change from my usual nudey nudes.

Have we got a true dupe on our hands? Well yeah, kinda. The scent and shades are different, but the texture is the same and I reckon the Maybelline ones are even a tad more pigmented, though there’s no direct colour dupe for my favourite shade of the Clarins (02 FYI). Can I call a draw? 


  • Ellie

    I love a good dupe! And with the price difference? It’s great if your on a budget! 😀
    I’m not a lip gloss person personally, but I’m sure people who are will love you for discovering this dupe! 😛


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  • Anna Blush

    These sound great, I’ve always wanted to try the Clains offering but maybe I’ll give these a go instead x

  • Evelyn Morales

    I have two of the Maybelline glosses and they are also my favorite ones even doe I am not a lipgloss girl but some days there is nothing better than plump shiny lips!!

  • Sophie Edmunds

    I’m more of a lipgloss girl in the spring/summer I’ll have to give these ago if they can be likened to Clarins!!! xx

  • sarah

    Do No7 still do the Bb lip glosses? If so, they were literally exact dupes with slightly more pigment. I tested one, bought four – they are that good.

  • Gemma

    I’ll have to give the maybelline glosses a road test, the look like they come in some nice colours.

  • Hope

    Ooooh, do love a good dupe H x

  • Almost picked one of these up yesterday but the tester for Cashmere Rose was all discoloured and over-used:( I’ll have to trust you and buy it without swatching *gasp*;)

    Esmé // CloudEsmé

  • I love it if we find a good old dupe in the drugstore, although it is pretty annoying that they’re not EXACTLY the same…hmmm. We’ll call it a draw 🙂

    Sharlotte | UK Beauty Blog

  • KittyMakesUp

    A fantastic drugstore lipgloss is the revlon super lustrous range (not the colourburst!) they are non-sticky feel really light on the lips and have great colours. x

  • I LOVE the Clarins lip perfectors! But then again I’m
    addicted to Clarins in general lol… But I might just have to give these “dupes”
    a go! They sound right up my street!

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  • I need to try these, I love the Clarins lip gloss!

  • Silvia

    I have never understood the appeal behind the Clarins lip gloss, ever. Maybe because all of the colors are identical when applied…. AND they make me look completely washed out. I just find them really unflattering.

    The only thing I liked about them was the applicator, that you don’t have to use a mirror to re apply. At any rate, they’ve been relegated to bed time or in the house only…

  • Alice Porter

    I must get Cashmere Rose it looks so pretty on you when you wear it in your videos!


  • Chloe McFarlane

    I’m not a gloss girl but I really like the look of these! *trots off to Boots* .x


  • Jessica Sutherland

    I love the Clarins lip perfectors! They are my absolute favourite! I have one of the Maybelline glosses (I can’t remember the’s a pink one! not one of the above) and it’s lovely! Maybe I’ll have to invest in some more shades!

  • I’ve been wanting to test these out since I saw you loved them a few months ago! I can’t justify spending £17 on a lipgloss (Clarins) so these maybelline offerings look fantastic for me! x

  • Helen

    I think you would like the NYX butter glosses! x

  • molly

    i have been eyeing these up so much, everyone seems to love them! as someone who hasn’t tried the clarins alternatives i think i NEED to try these xxx

  • Lina

    Probably I’m the only one who didn’t like Maybelline lipglosses… Clarins is so so much better in my opinion. I bought Cashmere rose one and couldn’t use it. First of all I didn’t like the scent (Clarins ones smell delicious by the way) and even though the shade is really pretty (I agree on that) but it has shimmer which is noticeable. Overall I’d say the only lipglosses that come close to Clarins lip perfectors are Buxom lip creams: the scent is similar and they also have milky texture and no shimmer (I have a couple of shades not sure if they all come without shimmer).

  • Liv

    I have been looking at these since you posted about Cashmere Rose a few weeks ago! Think a trip to Superdrug is in order now, they look lovely! xxx

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  • Carly Jade

    Ohhh I’m just not that much of a gloss girl! I hate that sticky feeling and just don’t dare buy one in case I get it on and it’s sticks my lips together! 🙁

  • Ohhh I want! I’ve never try Maybelline glosses before, but I’m after some for spring and summer time.

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  • Manouk

    I really don’t like lipgloss. I always end up regretting buying them 🙁

  • I have to get my hands on these! Clarins Instant Light are the only lip glosses I like. Thanks for the tip! X

  • These look amazing, and I love the colours you picked up! x

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  • Ioanna

    I haven’t tried Maybelline glosses before, Cashmere Rose looks particularly lovely, I’ll keep an eye out for them next time I’m in Boots. Thank you for sharing! x

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  • Sophie

    I must try these… I love a lipgloss when I’m on the go. Have you tried the Superbalm Moisturising glosses? It’s my HG lipgloss in the shade Current. Definitely worth a shot!


  • Didi

    I have been listening to you rave about the Cashmere rose shade for absolute ages. I am convinced. SOLD. I am buying it!

  • I’ve heard great things a bout the Maybelline ones, have tried them yet though.
    Have an amazing day!

  • Kat

    I have wanted to try the Clarins ones for so long but the price tag puts me off, definitely going to try the Maybelline range! x

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  • Gillian

    I’ve seen lots of people raving about the Clarins Instant Lip Perfecter and I’ve wanted to try it for a while but might give the Maybelline glosses a go, thanks.

  • Defo need to try these out, love the Clarins ones though!

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  • Pippi Bartlett

    I absolutely LOVE the clarins lip perfectors but at £17 a go they’re definitely on the pricier side of things! If you think these are up there with them then they’re definitely worth a try!! xx

  • Louise Smith

    I really need to try this! What a great post!

  • Stephanie

    This just jumped to the top of my ‘to-buy list’ I love the packaging of them too!



  • Emily Knott

    I love my clarins lipgloss! Will have to try these!

  • Sophie Blumenthal

    Omg those look AMAZING.

    Sophie x

  • Jenn

    I live in the US and I still can’t find this range anywhere! Has anyone in the US found these?

  • Effortless Chic

    I will make sure to check these out, as I love the Clarins Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector as well 🙂 I also like that, although they’re a high street product, the packaging looks very nice!

    Eva x

  • Emma and Emily

    Might have to try this out! I am not a massive lip gloss fan, but I love the lip perfectors so much!

  • Talisa Lauren Tossell
  • Can’t wait for these to come out in the states! Would love to try it out!

  • Lou

    Oh my gosh, I love Clarins but I have recently been a bit out of pocket and looking for a good one. This was a massive coincidence! x

  • Grace

    i love these maybe line lip glosses I’ve been using them for a while now, my favourite is Fuchsia Flash it’s a really pretty pink colour that is great bit of girly pink for when you’re having a no makeup makeup day.

  • Tried Cashmere Rose today and did not like it. No color pay off whatsoever, just a plain clear lip gloss. Incomparable with Clarins!

  • Chelsea Leigh

    awesome! can’t wait to try!

  • Marlenne

    I’ve never tried these Clarins lipglosses but everybody is raving about them, so I think I’m going to buy one soon!

  • These sounds perfect! I’m always on the lookout for cheaper dupes as I spend way too much money on makeup.
    Laura x | Life and Lipstick

  • I’m loving my Maybelline ColourSensational gloss in Glorious Grapefruit, it’s the perfect everyday lip! x

    lillies and lipbalm

  • Charlie

    Maybelline have some great new launches! These look so good! Added to shopping list. The new nude lipsticks are amazing as well

  • Rachel Elizabeth

    Definitely going to have pick one up. Not a really glossy lip gloss fan either, so these are up my street!

  • Alittlebitunique

    Glorious grapefruit sounds right up my street, I need to pick one up!!

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  • Have you ever tried the soap and glory sexy mother pucker lip glosses? I like a fuller looking lip and can’t decide which to purchase!

  • NatalieSimone Makeup

    Definitely going to boots tomorrow!!

  • Abby Connigale

    Not really one for lip glosses but I’ll have to go and check these out! xx

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  • Tarte Tanya

    You have sold me on these.
    I will be going to a drug store asap!

  • arin antoine

    @tarte_tanya:disqus amen sister. She’s sold me too! Because I love me some Clarins ILNLP

  • Emma Handley

    I am getting them all haha. I have stellar berry but they only used to do that and a nude and it is amazing. best lip gloss ever 🙂

  • Jess

    I brought one of these lipglosses a few weeks ago and love it too! Will definitely be picking some more up soon!

  • Ahhhhhh oh my gosh these look amazing!

    Need to get my hands on these.

    Bana, xoxo

  • Ooh I’ve not seen these yet. I’m not really a fan of lip glosses, but you may have persuaded me to give these a try! x

  • stylediscovered

    You’ve literally just sold me on these – need to get to boots ASAP!

    Freya x

  • Iqra

    These look GORGEOUS *_*

    yet another thing to add to ‘need to buy after spending ban’ list haha

    Iqra |The Blushing Giraffe


  • I’ve been using the Maybelline glosses for ages now and absolutely love them! I actually prefer them to the Clarins, I find them creamier and much easier to wear xxx

    Amy |

  • Esme

    These sound amazing, I need to hae a look at these. The shade glorious grapefruit is so pretty <3

  • Yay! Will need to go pick these up!

  • Brittany Messner

    Ohhh, I LOVE the Clarins ones and wear mine nearly every day! I need to go back and get more soon…or try this dupe. Though the Clarins one smells so amazing I’m not sure if I’m willing to trade them in, even for a cheaper version 😉

    • claudia

      I have both, the clarins and the maybelline one and I actually think that the maybelline gloss is better. Four reasons: it is cheaper, more color pay off, feel even more comfortable on the lips and they wear off nicely.

  • Becca Cook

    Definitely going to be purchasing one of these – I hope they are available in the UK!

  • I love the Clarins ones. I went looking for these in the drugstore and got all tripped up because the packaging is different in Canada! I like the UK packaging better though – much slimmer and sleeker. Might still give them a try!

  • I need to check this out!

  • Relly

    Next on my shopping list – god help my Boots card!

  • Ciara Pollock

    I loove these lipglosses, Cashmere Rose is so pretty x

  • tiggles

    I was considering trying out the clarins ones, but now the maybelline dupe is out…

    Beauty Challenged

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  • Hannah

    It would be helpful to include prices and links 🙂 x

  • Kristi C.

    Unfortunately this particular version of Maybelline gloss doesn’t appear to be available in the US. There is a high shine version with different colors than what you show above. : ( got excited for a possible Clarins dupe!

  • Alla

    Has anybody been able to find the North American shade names? I really want to try Cashmere Rose (sounds right up my alley!), but don’t know what it corresponds to and am having a tough time finding out.

  • Jemma

    I have never tried this particular Clarins lip product although will definitely be checking out these Maybelline ones!!!