Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Clè de Peau Sand Beige (13) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Clè de Peau Sand Beige (13) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clè de Peau Sand Beige (13) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is light-medium, gold-shimmered peachy-beige with warm undertones and a luminous finish. Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (LE, $80.00) is very similar, just a bit more beige. Urban Decay Strip Highlighter (P) is warmer. Becca Opal (P, $38.00) is more shimmery, lighter. Dior Transatlantique (LE, $58.00) is darker, warmer. MAC Belightful (LE) is more shimmery. Chanel Mouche de Beaute Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is warmer. bareMinerals The Love Affair (LE, $26.00) is pinker, lighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

It’s supposed to be a highlighting powder that that “illuminate[s] your complexion.” It’s available as an individual pan (as in, no compact) for $55 or you can elect to purchase it in a compact for $95 (you can see it here). Since I mostly care about the product itself (and functional packaging), I popped mine into a Z palette, and since it’s housed in a metal pan, it stayed perfectly in place. If there’s one product that I tend to gravitate towards these days, it’s a well-done cheek product. The powder’s texture is soft, smooth, and blends easily on the skin, while the shimmer is luminous and sits well on the skin without emphasizing pores or the skin’s natural texture. It had good color payoff that was easily sheered out or built up for a stronger finish. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before starting to fade.

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10/10

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10/10

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10/10

Longevity

8.5/10

Application

5/5

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Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Cle de Peau #119 Satin Eye Color
Cle de Peau #119 Satin Eye Color

Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is supposed to be a long-wearing eyeshadow with “brilliant, sumptuous color” that yields a smooth application. Earlier this year, there were three new and limited shades released, and I tested two of them. For incredibly finely-milled, velvety textures, Cle de Peau knocks these out of the park. I was able to use these both wet and dry, though the results did not drastically differ between the two. Both shades wore well without creasing over an eight-hour period, but I saw some light fading after seven and a half hours of wear.

#119 Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “shimmering pearlescence [that] creates a dewy, luminous glow.” It’s a pale, light golden beige with a soft, frosted finish and pale gold sparkle. It had semi-opaque color coverage–noticeably color but not intensely pigmented. It worked well as a highlighter or an all-over shade to brighten lids. I can see that some readers may prefer the lit-from-within quality of the color and finish, which may be more important than the pigmentation. Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #2 (LE) is lighter. NARS Jezebel (P) is almost peachy in comparison. Kat Von D Galore (LE) is more frosted, lighter. Disney by Sephora Scuttle (LE) is similar. MAC Femme-Fi (LE, $15.00) is also similar. L’Oreal Iced Latte (P, $7.99) is not as warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

#121 Satin Eye Color ($45.00 for 0.07 oz.) is described as a “deeply rich luster [that] creates a discerning elegance.” It’s a warm-toned, coppery brown with a soft, pearly sheen. It had good color applied wet or dry, though th elatter application gave it a more intense, smoother result. Makeup Geek Vegas Lights (P, $6.99) is more frosted but very similar in color. Sleek MakeUP Sunset #9 (P, $9.99) is a smidgen warmer/brighter. Marc Jacobs Beauty The Starlet #4 (P) is more frosted. Guerlain Cuivre Ora (LE, $35.00) is also a bit more frosted. NARS California (P, $24.00) is redder. MAC Star Myth (LE, $15.00) is a touch redder. MAC Brash (LE, $15.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches.

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Sunday, June 9th, 2013

Cle de Peau Concealer
Cle de Peau Concealer

Cle de Peau Concealer ($70.00 for 0.17 oz.) is available in four shades and comes in a twist-up stick. I’m reviewing the Ocher shade, which is the shade that I’ve been using for a long while now (seriously, the photos were originally taken last summer). It was my pick for best high-end concealer in the most recent Editor’s Choice Awards.

Cle de Peau’s Concealer is definitely a cult favorite, and for many, worth the splurge–but it is breathtakingly expensive for many. (And there are definitely readers who are not impressed by it.) I’m not dedicated to concealer, as I’m usually too lazy about it and find foundation covers enough for my needs on a day-to-day basis, but when I do reach for concealer, it is most often for this (even when I find others that I love). This has a creamy consistency that goes on evenly and smoothly, remains blendable long enough to smooth it over the skin but doesn’t settle into fine lines while you wait for it to dry down. It sets shortly after, and then it lasts eight to ten hours on me without settling into my fine lines or creasing. It has buildable coverage from medium to full, so you can apply as much (or as little) as needed for a particular spot or area. It works well for my under eye circles and darkness by softening the lines underneath my eye as well as brightening and concealing the darkness.

The one advantage this has is that it’s very portable, and the other is that it looks good on bare skin without foundation as a companion. Sometimes when I have a blemish or healing blemish but don’t plan on wearing foundation, I can dab this on quickly, blend with my fingertip, and I’m good to go. It’s also great for touching-up faded foundation on long days out and about (this was a go-to when we were in Vegas and would be out all day). I can get dry around my eyes, and this helps keep them looking less dry (overall) and never emphasizes their dryness.

I would say I use this about once or twice a week with two to three dabs for each application, and I’m not even half-way through my tube. I think that if one were to use this on a more regular basis, you would still see it last a few months. I hadn’t slept well (about two hours a night) for three nights in a row this past week, so I was like, “This would be an excellent moment to really test and photograph under-eye concealers!” which motivated to finally review this product. Few products live up to their hype, but Cle de Peau’s Concealer absolutely did. It is a product I would (re)purchase, but don’t tell Mellan I spent $70 bones on it or else he’ll have a fit!

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Few products live up to their hype, but Cle de Peau's Concealer absolutely did.

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10/10

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10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

10/10

Application

5/5

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Monday, December 31st, 2012

Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

There were actually a lot of fantastic lipsticks released this year! I already pulled up twenty that to consider for the top ten, and I had only reached August (I go backwards). There were 52 pages of lip product reviews to sift through (that’s 312 posts!), and these were the ones that made the cut:

What was your favorite lipstick from 2012?

Saturday, September 1st, 2012


Cle de Peau Beaute La Beaute Enigmatique Collection for Fall 2012

Colors that reflect and shine create a velvety softness. A glistening eye expresses the magic of the night as color and texture impart an enigmatic beauty.

Three stunning shades of eye emit a soft and monochromatic spot of light, evoking a sophisticated look. By mixing shades, eyes look deeply mysterious. Rich red lips compliment the eyes with captivating allure.

Satin Eye Color ($45.00) (Limited Edition)

  • 116 Burgundy
  • 117 Blue
  • 118 Taupe

Eyebrow Pencil Cartridge ($25.00)

  • 201 Brown
  • 202 Gray brown
  • 203 Light brown
  • 204 Gray

Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00)

  • R10 Burgundy
  • T10 Pink

Eyeliner Pencil Cartridge ($25.00)

  • 201 Black
  • 202 Brown
  • 203 Blue
  • 204 Bordeaux (Limited Edition)

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Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau T9 Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Albertine (T9) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a soft pink-tinged peach with a fine golden peach micro-shimmer. MAC Delectable is darker, more orange. MAC To the Future is very similar but doesn’t have the shimmer. MAC Fashion City is more orange. Chanel Santal is very comparable.

Albertine delivers mostly opaque color, but there’s a little hint of translucency. It applies evenly and smoothly, and the formula itself has a fair amount of slip but isn’t too thick, despite the creaminess of the texture. It’s lightweight and comfortable to wear, and this particular shade wore for four and a half hours, which wasn’t particularly long but longer than average for shades of this lightness. This is a very wearable shade, and it is a bit more dupeable and less nuanced compared to some of the other colors available in the Extra Rich formula. I like it, and I am personally drawn to peaches and corals as go-to shades, so it is a color I’d wear often.

Cle de Peau advertises that there are “skincare benefits” in the formula, and while I can’t attest to that, given that I cannot commit to a single formula for six weeks to trial it, I can weigh-in on the short-term benefits like de-emphasis of lip lines (softened after ten to fifteen minutes of wear) and intense hydration. There are a lot of lipsticks that keep lips hydrated while you wear them to the point where your lips are no worse for the wear after they’ve faded, but there are fewer formulas that leave your lips feeling more hydrated than they were when you first applied the product.

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Cle de Peau T9 (Albertine) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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This is a very wearable shade, and it is a bit more dupeable and less nuanced compared to some of the other colors available in the Extra Rich formula.

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10/10

Texture

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Longevity

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