Cle de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer

Clè de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a pale, yellow gold with a luminous sheen. Tarte Champagne (LE) is lighter. Divergent Gleaming Pearl (LE) is more iridescent. Becca Moonstone (P, $38.00) is lighter. theBalm Mary Lou-manizer (P, $24.00) is darker. NARS Albatross (P, $29.00) is lighter. Chanel Routes des Indes de Chanel Illuminating Powder (LE, $80.00) is darker. bareMinerals The Shining Moment (LE, $26.00) is darker, warmer. Bobbi Brown Gold (LE, $39.00) is slightly darker. Bobbi Brown Party (LE, $42.00) is a touch darker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Clè de Peau Gold (12) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer Gold (12)
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Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
9.5
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
93%

Cle 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.

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Clè de Peau Sand Beige (13) Luminizing Face Enhancer
Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer Sand Beige (13)
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Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
8.5
Application
5
Total
97%

Cle de Peau #119 and #121 Satin Eye Colors

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.

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Cle de Peau #119 Satin Eye Color
Cle de Peau Satin Eye Color #119
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Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
9
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
84%
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Cle de Peau’s Concealer

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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Top 10 of 2012: Lipsticks

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?

Cle de Peau Beaute La Beaute Enigmatique Collection for Fall 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)

Availability: Now @ Nordstrom

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