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Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer & Modern Pink (2) Lipgloss

Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer
Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer

Cle de Peau Golden Apricot Luminizer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light-medium peach with warm, orange undertones and a dusting of warm white shimmer and occasional sparkle. Essence Be My Highlight (P, $4.49) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Seductive Beauty (Highlight) (LE) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals The Brilliant Sunset (LE, $26.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Ginger Spiked (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Summer Opal (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Lit (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sweet Peach Illuminator (P) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Aura (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Norman Parkinson (LE, $32.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Yummy Cookies (LE, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Shimmer (LE) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Suqqu Yawakouki (05) (P, $34.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Sunny Surprise (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Colour Pop Highly Waisted (P, $8.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals The Premiere (LE, $26.00) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Twilight (LE) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau is pretty minimalist when it comes to describing their color products, so there’s not much to this one other than it is a highlighting powder. For anyone new to the brand, the Luminizers are available as refill pans (no compact) for $55, while if you want the compact, it’ll run you $95 (total); I am not personally motivated to spend $40 on a compact myself, so you’ll see I only bought the pan on its own. The texture of the powder is incredibly smooth and finely-milled, though this shade had a little bit more sparkle (not just fine shimmer) in it than some of the other shades in the range (particularly compared to the Gold one). It had good color payoff that could easily be sheered/diffused and blended out for a soft, warming glow with a delicate sheen that didn’t emphasize pores. It wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Cle de Peau Modern Pink (2) Lip Gloss ($48.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a soft, peachy-pink base with a lot of fine, peachy-gold shimmer. MAC Satin Slip (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Love Nectar (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, glossier (90% similar). Revlon Peach (P, $7.49) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Imagine (P, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (L.S.D.) (LE, $22.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Lancome Mirrored Nude (09) (P, $22.00) is glossier (90% similar). MAC Dynasty at Dusk (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Fresh Peach (07) (P, $12.00) is warmer, glossier (90% similar). Chanel Sahara (610) (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Orgasm (P, $26.00) is warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek VIP (P, $15.00) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Petal Metal (P, $24.00) is darker, brighter, glossier (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Long-time readers might remember that this was one of my very first luxury purchases, and it still remains one of my favorite glosses of all-time (it’s absolutely dupable by other, less expensive ranges, though!). I recently repurchased it when I picked up the newly-released highlighter shade, so I figured I’d do an updated review. There’s not much to the description–“combines the drama and vibrancy of gloss with enduring deep color.” The texture is lightweight with light tackiness but is not overly sticky or goopy (it seemed tackier than I remember it being, though). It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque coverage with a lot of pearl and light shine. Some of the lighter, peachier base color gathers in lip lines, while the pearl/shimmer disperses evenly across the lips. There was no discernible scent or taste. The gloss lasted for five hours on me and was nicely hydrating over time.

Cle de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer Golden Apricot
9.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9
Longevity
5
Application
94%
Total
Cle de Peau Lip Gloss Modern Pink (2)
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
90%
Total

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Cle de Peau Pewter Veil (311) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Pewter Veil (311) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Pewter Veil (311) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Pewter Veil (311) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of cooler-toned shades in hues of blue-teal, dark gray, pewter, and bright silver. Not particularly enamored with this quad, as each shade has some sort of issue, and at this price point, it becomes hard to justify or excuse the downsides.

Note: I purchased the refill pan only without the compact, and should you want the compact, it will run you $25 on top of the $55 price. I’m not really into packaging these days, so I prefer to pop a magnet on the back and store in freestyle palettes (like Z Palettes).

Pewter Veil #1 is a muted, medium-dark blue-teal with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had good pigmentation but a slightly dusty consistency that felt a smidgen drier and was more troublesome to work with. The color didn’t go on as evenly nor did it blend out as easily as most Cle de Peau shades to. This shade started to fade noticeably after seven hours of wear. theBalm Open to Offers Olwen (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Clinique Aqua Pop (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Fyrinnae Sleepy Hollow (P, $6.75) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (DC, $19.00) is brighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #5 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Pacific (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Teal Appeal (P, $16.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Hydroplane (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Fringe (P) is lighter (85% similar). MAC Blue Karma (LE, $22.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter Veil #2 is a medium-dark charcoal gray with cool undertones and a sparkling, frosted sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff, but the texture was dry and a little dusty to work with. I had some sparkle fall out over time, even though the base color lasted for seven hours. NARS Bad Behaviour (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Granite (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Stila Black Diamond (P) is darker (90% similar). theBalm Surf's Up (LE, $16.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Black No. 1 (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Enigma #2 (P) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Les Annees Folles #4 (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Say It Isn't So (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). CoverGirl Charcoal (335) (P, $4.99) is cooler (85% similar). MAC Graphic Style (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Gucci Beauty Cosmic Deco #3 (P) is darker (85% similar). Stila Black Pearl (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Galaxy (P, $6.00) is darker (85% similar). Viseart Diane (P) is less shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter Veil #3 is a light pewter with subtle, cooler undertones paired with warmer shimmer. The color coverage was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft, smooth, and blendable. It was the best-performing shade of the four. On me, it wore well for seven and a half hours. Lancome Joie (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Two Stylish #1 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D552 Crystalline Gray Beige (P, $21.00) is warmer (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #19 (LE, $33.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fly by Twilight (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Arctic Grey (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). LORAC French Toast (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Palladium (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Telepathy (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Bijoux Royal #1 (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Dior Etoile (021) (P, $31.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Graphite #5 (P) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani #1 Spring 2012 #4 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Pear (LE, $14.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Lost Coast #1 (LE, $25.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Antares (P, $29.00) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter Veil #4 is a bright, sparkling silvery-white with a frosted sheen. The texture was a little looser, so the color separated more when applied to the skin, which sheered out the coverage and had fall out as the sparkles didn’t bind with the powder as well. It wore well for seven hours but had some fall out. MAC Filament (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Treasure Me (LE, $20.00) is cooler (95% similar). Lancome Tower Bridge (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). theBalm #34 (P, $6.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Nimbus Cloude (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Tarina Tarantino Lovely #1 (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Pewter Veil (311)
8
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
7.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
82%
Total
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Cle de Peau Golden Lace (313) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Golden Lace (313) Eyeshadow Quad
Cle de Peau Golden Lace (313) Eyeshadow Quad

Cle de Peau Golden Lace (313) Eyeshadow Quad ($55.00 for 0.21 oz.) is a set of warmer neutrals. The strength of Cle de Peau’s eyeshadow formula is in how soft, silky, and smooth they typically are, so they blend out easily and sit nicely on the eyelid without looking powdery or dusty. They also seem to “melt” against the skin after an hour for a really luminous sheen. This one has a sparkly shade in it, which gave me some trouble as it was looser and had a little fall out, but all told, the four shades were easy to apply, were fairly pigmented, and lasted seven to eight hours.

Note: I purchased the refill pan only without the compact, and should you want the compact, it will run you $25 on top of the $55 price. I’m not really into packaging these days, so I prefer to pop a magnet on the back and store in freestyle palettes (like Z Palettes).

Golden Lace #1 is a medium-dark plum with warm undertones and lighter purple shimmer that gives it a pearly sheen. It had good pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that blended out well and didn’t look dry on the skin. This shade wore well for eight hours before fading. Smashbox Eggplant (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Capital of Light #5 (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Stila Plum (LE, $18.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S832 Ash Plum (P, $21.00) is warmer (90% similar). Smashbox Headline (P) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Boulevard du Montparnasse #6 (LE) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Girlish Appeal (LE) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Show Plum Love (LE) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Jammin' (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Olympe (871) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mauve Over (LE, $16.00) is lighter (85% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Seductive Rose #4 (P) is brighter, warmer (85% similar). Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Overlook (P, $14.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). MAC Dark Lullaby (LE, $23.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Disney by Sephora Master (LE) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Cabernet (LE) is cooler (85% similar). Chanel Delicatesse #4 (LE) is warmer (85% similar). MAC Oh My Mocha! (P, $16.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Lace #2 is a slightly muted, medium orange within brown tones and a frosted sheen. It had nice color payoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable consistency that applied well to the skin. This shade stayed on for eight hours before fading. Sephora Fall Leaves (P, $10.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Mortal #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). NARS St-Paul-de-Vence (Left) (LE, $25.00) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #3 (P) is brighter (90% similar). Gucci Beauty Autumn Fire #1 (P) is warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Play (DC, $5.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Easy Baked (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Lace #3 is a light, peachy-beige with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. There is fine sparkle in this shade, which didn’t seem to make it rough or gritty, but the texture had a slightly looser consistency compared to other shades, which made it prone to sheering out on the skin. It had semi-opaque coverage that wasn’t buildable to opaque coverage without a primer to adhere to. It lasted for seven and a half hours with slight fall out. Urban Decay Midnight Cowboy (P, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Glitter Glue (LE) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Tisse Rivoli #2 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Just Gleaming (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Cle de Peau Marmalade Sky #2 (P) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D716 Crystalline Papaya (P, $21.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Vermeer (P, $12.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Givenchy Tentation #4 (P) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Phresh Out #1 (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). theBalm High Tide (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Surratt Beauty Soie (P, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Almond Pearl (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Vendome #2 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Fallen Angel #1 (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Viseart Kifu (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Opale (LE, $45.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Vanilla Diamond (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Diamond Butterfly (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rebel #1 (P) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Golden Lace #4 is a light-medium, yellow gold with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had stronger yellow tones than a true gold, which gave it a slightly “cooler” appearance compared to many golds. I think that actually helps it work with this palette, which runs pretty warm otherwise. The texture was silky and smooth, which made blending an easy job, and the color pigmentation was opaque. This shade wore well for eight hours before creasing slightly. Tarte Mermaid (LE) is less shimmery (95% similar). NARS Studly (LE, $29.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fool's Gold (LE, $16.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Praline (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Guerlain Petrouchka #2 (LE) is lighter (90% similar). Coloured Raine St. Germain Cocktail (P, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Anastasia 10K (P, $12.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Viseart Ceska (P) is less shimmery (90% similar). Ciate Vaycay (LE) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Coast (LE) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Natasha Denona Pearl (56P) (P, $29.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Gingerluxe #1 (LE) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Empreinte du Desert #2 (LE) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Smashbox Fortune (LE) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Stellar Gaze #1 (P) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Golden Lace (313)
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total
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Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder

Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder
Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder

Cle de Peau Bal Masque Body Powder ($120.00 for 0.33 oz.) is a very pale, pink-tinged beige with fine golden shimmer-sheen. Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99) is darker (95% similar). MAC Climax (LE)(95% similar). Anastasia Crushed Pearl (LE) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (P) is less shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Pretty Bonnes (LE, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Rosy Glow (Right) (P) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Starlight (P, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Mystery Princess (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Oasis (LE) is less shimmery, less pigmented (90% similar). L'Oreal Rose (P, $12.99) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Almond (16) (P, $55.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Gleam (P) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Laura Geller Universal (P, $32.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Glazed (LE, $8.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

I know what you’re thinking, “But Temptalia, why would you buy a $120 body powder?” And I’d have no real answer for you other than I was really curious to see if it was good, bad, or somewhere in-between. I remain curious, as well, about what might be in it that makes it inappropriate as a cheek highlighter (the box does say to avoid direct contact with eyes, but it isn’t unusual for cheek colors/highlighters to be safe for cheeks but not eyes!). It is luminous and high-shine on the skin, whether body or cheeks, but I don’t think it veers into disco ball territory where the shimmer emphasizes the skin’s natural texture. There are noticeable sparkly bits here and there, but it is the least glittery body powder I’ve come across–not that I’ve tried more than a dozen over the years! The powder is soft, smooth, and incredibly finely-milled, while it is blendable and easily diffused for sheerer or heavier shimmer coverage. The powder has a floral scent, which I didn’t notice often when wearing it, so it didn’t seem as heavy-handed as some fragranced powders can be. The powder lasted for eight hours with minor migration when I wore it on my neck/shoulders, but I didn’t notice migration when I tried it on cheeks.

Cle de Peau Body Powder Bal Masque
Bal Masque
Bal Masque
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Round-up: Cle de Peau Eye Color Quads Overview & Thoughts

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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Cle de Peau Satin Moon (305) Eyeshadow Quad

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.

Cle de Peau Eyeshadow Quad Satin Moon (305)
8.5
Product
9
Pigmentation
8
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
86%
Total
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