Friday, May 29th, 2015

It only took a year, but I finally reviewed all of the Cle de Peau Eye Color Quads in the permanent range. After receiving two as press samples, I loved the texture of the formula so much that I bought the other six, which I wouldn’t repeat again. I still really like the texture, generally, across all of the quads, but the colors are more dupable in far too many of the quads, and there are a lot more neutrals that run together across the variations that inspire me less after trying. They’re also just not as impressive relative to their price point (which doesn’t leave a lot of room for error).  The ones I reach for most are Stardust (302) (A-) and Stellar Gaze (307) (A-).

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Friday, May 29th, 2015

Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a smokier, medium to dark set of neutral shades, which still leans warm-toned, though it isn’t as overtly warm-toned as a few of the other quads. Unfortunately, this quad had one of the more disappointing eyeshadows that I’ve tried from the entire quad range, as it was drier, a little powdery, and harder to blend on the skin. The color combination comes together particularly well, and there’s enough contrast to create a few layered, neutral looks with a smoky edge, so it’s a shame that it didn’t perform better.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Satin Moon #1 is a light-medium, golden brown with a soft, frosted finish and warm undertones. It had nice color payoff with a soft, silky texture that was blendable and applied evenly to bare skin. It didn’t fade until after I wore it for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #2 is a medium-dark bronzy brown with warm, reddish undertones and gold shimmer and micro-sparkle. The texture was soft but a smidgen powdery, though it applied well and blended nicely. The color stayed on the lid for eight and a half hours with a little bit of fall out from the sparkle. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #3 is a muted, medium-dark brown with a very, very subtle hint of gray with its bronzy, frosted finish. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Satin Moon #4 is a deepened grayish taupe with cool undertones and a satin sheen. It had so-so color payoff, but the real issue was the texture: dry, powdery, and difficult to blend. It was the type of texture that stuck where it initially applied but was hard to diffuse or blend out the edges–it needs a primer or base color to adhere to help minimize that. The color started to fade after eight and a half hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Satin Moon (305)

B

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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4.5/5

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Satin Moon #1

A-

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9/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Satin Moon #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Champagne Supernova (304) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is an interesting mix of lighter, spring-y shades that aren’t quite pastel, but they’re not brights either. This quad seemed very shimmery, almost metallic, at times, and I would have loved to see one darker, more contrasting shade instead of one of the lighter shades (perhaps the gold). I had minor, but noticeable, fall out with two of the four shades, which was disappointing. I think a primer would help kick this one up a notch more so than some of the other variations I’ve tried.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Champagne Supernova #1 is a light-medium, yellowed gold with a frosted, lightly metallic, finish. It had fairly good color payoff that was blendable and adhered well to the skin. It could have been just slightly smoother all in all. It wore well for eight hours but had a little bit of fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #2 is a light-medium, neutral-to-warm-toned purple with a soft, golden frosted shimmer. It had nice pigmentation (though not fully opaque) with a soft, blendable consistency that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #3 is a light-medium, taupe brown with warm, golden metallic sheen and fine golden bronze sparkle. The texture was soft but on the looser side and felt almost dry. It had good pigmentation, but I wish it was smoother. It lasted for eight hours on me but had a bit of fall out. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Champagne Supernova #4 is a light-medium, chartreuse green with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It’s a more subdued take on chartreuse, so it can be easier to wear if you’re not used to brighter shades. The texture was soft and silky, while it had good color payoff. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Champagne Supernova (304)

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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5/5

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Champagne Supernova #1

B

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Champagne Supernova #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

Cle de Peau Baby Universe (303) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Baby Universe (303) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Baby Universe (303) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a more mid-tone set of warm-toned neutrals that’s also a bit less frosted than some of the quads in the range. The major upside to the Cle de Peau formula is how blendable and silky in feel it is, which makes it easy to apply to the lid, and the formula adheres well to the skin without a primer. I liked this quad, but it’s certainly dupable as there are so many neutral quads and palettes to choose from these days.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Baby Universe #1 is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a really silky, soft powder consistency, but it was a little powdery to work with. It lasted for seven and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Baby Universe #2 is a light-medium, peach with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had good color coverage paired with a soft, silky texture that applied well and sat beautifully on the skin. The shade stayed on well for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Baby Universe #3 is a muted, medium-dark purpled taupe with warm undertones and a satin sheen. It had so-so pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that was a smidgen powdery. It lasted for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Baby Universe #4 is a muted, medium-dark brown with warm, reddish undertones and a frosted finish. It had excellent pigmentation with a really smooth, buttery texture that was so easy to work with. It wore well for eight and a half hours before creasing slightly. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Baby Universe (303)

B+

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8.5/10

Pigmentation

9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Baby Universe #1

B-

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8/10

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8/10

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8/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Baby Universe #2

B+

Product

8.5/10

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9/10

Texture

9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad
Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad

Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky (301) Eye Color Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of lighter, warm-toned neutrals. It’s just a so-so palette, and the colors are fairly dupable that it’s not one I’d splurge on, as I think there are better options for warm-toned neutral palettes (or quads) out there these days.

Also, keep in mind that the price is for the refill only; the case is sold separately ($25). I keep mine in Z-Palettes with a magnetic strip on the back, which has worked just fine for me! Another way to do it is to purchase one case for traveling with a particular quad but not a case for each and every one you may have.

Marmalade Sky #1 is a light pink with warm undertones and a soft, pearly sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a soft, silky-smooth texture that was easy to work with and lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #2 is a sparkling, warm beige with a hint of peach and gold micro-sparkle over a more metallic finish. It had good pigmentation with a silky, blendable consistency that wore well for eight hours, but there was a little fall out over time. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #3 is a bright, neutral white with a frosted finish. It had good color payoff with a finely-milled, silky texture that applied well. The color wore for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

Marmalade Sky #4 is a softened, medium copper brown with copper sparkle and a gold frosted sheen. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was drier and a little powdery. The sparkle felt disconnected to the base color, so there was fall out during application as well as during wear. There are too many shades in the industry just like this to have this be anything less than excellent. See comparison swatches / compare dupes side-by-side.

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Marmalade Sky (301)

B

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Marmalade Sky #1

B+

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8.5/10

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8.5/10

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9/10

Longevity

8.5/10

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5/5

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Marmalade Sky #2

B+

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8.5/10

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9/10

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9/10

Longevity

8/10

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5/5

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Saturday, January 31st, 2015

When it comes to highlighters that illuminate and add a glowing sheen to the skin without emphasizing pores, I’m obsessed. Every year, there are so many fabulous limited edition highlighters that get released, but thankfully, there are also some excellent permanent options that I never tire of. Here are some of my favorites!

  1. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink — a soft, shimmering pink-beige
  2. Burberry Nude Radiance No. 01 — a sheer, liquid luminizer
  3. Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight — a warm, golden beige sheen
  4. Becca Moonstone — a shimmery, golden champagne
  5. Kevyn Aucoin Starlight — a shimmery, warm peach

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