If, like me, you stayed up all night to watch The Oscars on Sunday and if, like me, you have almost bionic vision for even the merest flash of beauty product, then you will have immediately identified the item Ellen DeGeneres cheekily pulled from Best Actress in a Supporting Role Lupita Nyong’o’s clutch as none other than Clarins HydraQuench Replenishing Lip Balm. I have a problem, don’t I?
But still, I did a small whoop because a) I love Lupita and admire any woman who goes to the lengths of matching her lipbalm tube to her Prada frock. b) I bloody love HydraQuench. The latter has always been one of my favourite balms (Lupita and I have so much in common). Firstly, because it comes in a tube with a slanted nozzle. I am not a fan of deep jars that force you to gunk up the underside of your nail. Gross. Secondly, it’s not remotely sticky. It melts on the lips and envelops them in a soft, clear, moist glaze, not coats them in jam (see Lupita’s gorgeous mouth on the night for proof). Thirdly, it really works. The humectant, hyaluronic-rich formula fixes dry, flaky, sore lips within a couple of days and keeps them in great shape thereafter. It’s a brilliant and often overlooked balm and totally deserved to go home with an Oscar.