Saturday, January 21st, 2012

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a rich coral-brown with a natural sheen and hint of shimmer. It’s more of a muted coral that doesn’t have the level of warmth that many corals have. Dior Versailles has a similar coral-brown-like base, but it has a lot of golden shimmer, so it appears lighter. MAC Mellowarm is reminiscent of this shade but with more orange. Cle de Peau #114 is slightly more orange, but it’s somewhat similar. Burberry Blush is pinker.

The color coverage is opaque in a single pass–no building required–and the lipstick’s consistency is soft and creamy, so it glides on easily. What I’ve always loved about the Extra Rich formula is the hydration; these wear four to six hours (this one wears five) and my lips always feel better after wearing these. After ten to fifteen minutes of wear, this does seem to soften lip lines. I’m really sensitive to lip plumpers, but I never have issues with these. Cle de Peau says that there are “skincare benefits” included in the formula, but I’ve never worn one for six weeks straight to tell you if there are any long-term benefits.

Cle de Peau is a luxury beauty brand, so it’s not positioned to be affordable. The formula is excellent; the lipstick is comfortable to wear, yields full-color coverage, hydrates, and wears longer than average. Whether it’s worth the luxury price tag is up to you and your justification/rationalization process. For me, it’s a treat; this is the type of product you reward yourself with–maybe for that tough contract you negotiated, recent raise you received, graduating school–and something you’re absolutely in love with. You don’t buy this just to buy a color; you buy it because it’s one of those ultra flattering shades on you.

It took me years to learn the lesson: quality over quantity; buy one lipstick you’ll love wearing everyday rather than five that you wear once or twice a year. A good friend of mine always looks at “cost per use” when it comes to her makeup buying decisions. She won’t shell out big bucks for a shade she knows she’ll never feel comfortable wearing, but she will on something she knows she’ll use for weeks on end.

The Glossover


Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

It's an excellent formula--great color payoff, wear, feel, consistency--but it certainly comes at the top of the price range. Worth splurging on if it's just the right shade of coral you've been looking for, though!











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Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick
Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick

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Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $60.00.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

Dior Versailles has a similar coral-brown-like base, but it has a lot of golden shimmer, so it appears lighter. MAC Mellowarm is reminiscent of this shade but with more orange. Cle de Peau #114 is slightly more orange, but it's somewhat similar. Burberry Blush is pinker.

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34 thoughts on “Cle de Peau Beauty Secret (R7) Extra Rich Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Malia

    That is really beautiful!! I only own one CDP lipstick and its a beautiful bright red, I think this would see much more use!!

  2. Kendra

    This color looks amazing on you, Christine!

  3. Tori

    Its lovely on you. It kind of reminds me of the le mac made to order lipstick which I love.

  4. Martyisblue

    I really love combos like this! (coral lips with blue-teal eyes!)
    Well done Christine!:D

  5. I’ve really been lemming for Cle de Peau lipsticks (mostly because of you haha), and this one looks adorable! It should be a pretty easy-to-wear coral :) I totally agree with the quality over quantity rule too!

  6. baby in a corner

    Christine – are there any cooler toned shades in cle de peau’s lipstick line up? I have going to the States in March and hoping to splash out on some CdP. Thanks

  7. Amanda

    Extra Rich…that’s certainly a fitting name for 60 bucks a pop

  8. I have the same thought about makeup as your friend haha. I can justify HE stuff if I will use it often. For example I got a lot of staples/natural looking items from Burberry, the only thing I got that wasn’t super duper “wearable” is the gloss in Bright Plum. I also get LE items I will use a lot, Chanel horizon blush, Dior Rosy Glow blush are both very flattering on me :). Sometimes I get things I won’t use ALL the time, but are beautiful like the Dior Garden Roses palette, but it’s still something in the “wearable” category for me.

    That being said this lipstick is still very expensive for me vs. how much I’d use it. Since I have so many products I wouldn’t use it every single day which I’d have to for a $60 lipstick. If I was the kind of girl who had a few staples and used them up (aka I wasn’t a minor makeup hoarder) I would definitely go for it though, it sounds like it has a great effect on your lips!

  9. Anna L

    I hope this becomes one of your holy grail lipsticks because it truly looks fantastic on you!!

  10. It looks pretty! But $60! 😮 woah. Haha!

  11. Quinctia

    Treat is how I justify buying UD lipsticks, and I love that formula. XD If I can ever get to a Guerlain counter to swatch, I’ve got some rewards points I can cash in for Nordstrom gift cards, and I might get one of their lippies that way. I don’t see myself wanting to throw down for their list price, and then CDP is even more than that. I personally can’t justify really huge pricetags if there’s something much cheaper that works very well for me.

    I’m not a huge packaging fiend, though. I prefer, for instance, some of the sample lip products I’ve gotten because then I can tote more things around at once!

  12. this does not look like something I would buy, based on the look in the tube, and the arm swatch, but DAMN does it look gorgeous on your lips!

    I might need to hunt this down :) Thanks Again, Christine!

  13. Pawsha

    Completely agree with the quality over quantity rule. If one has an issue with the price of a cosmetic item, then why bother looking at it in the first place? I personally would rather have 1 quality item than 20 so-so items.

  14. Anna

    It is a beautiful lipstick but that brand does not exist where I live so won’t be getting it. I totally love the eye make up! I think I defiently will need to invest in some similar eyeshadows and liner.

  15. That is a gorgeous color, definitely one I’d wear on a daily basis. I still don’t think I could get over the price, though :( On another note, how the heck do you apply this with that oddly shaped tip?? You must use a brush…but then what do you do when you’re out in public and you need to touch up? LOL!

  16. Wow, this is a gorgeous color! I’m going to keep this in mind in case I ever want to treat myself. :)

  17. Mairyn

    Great colour on you Christine! Sadly these sort of shades look awful on me..

  18. myra

    The grading system on this blog is on/off. High end brands especially one with expensive lipsticks always get a high grade. Drug store brands hardly ever get high remarks. And no, I am not against high end brands. But a lipstick gets an “A” for being $60 bucks??!!! Most bloggers include price when they grade/review a item…this site does not.

    • Hi Myra,

      I specifically removed price from the rating system, because it is dependent on each buyer. I’ve never liked price being part of a rating system, because what’s expensive to one person is normal to another. Maybe you think $20 lipstick is acceptable, but to someone else, $5 is acceptable. YOU are the in the best position to judge whether you can or want to afford something. You can determine whether it’s “worth” it to you. I certainly do include price and quantity in every review – and if a brand is ever pricing themselves out of their normal range or not providing an adequate quantity of product, I always tell you.

      I don’t see how my system is off when I simply don’t include it – it’s not like I’m cheating the system. If you find $60 too expensive, don’t buy it – but it means an A for a $60 product is the same as an A for a $1.00 product. Try reading through our budget reviews, because if you’re not seeing high grades, you aren’t reading through the reviews. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve given good grades to Maybelline and NYX. Wet ‘n’ Wild is also a brand that does pretty well. Why should price dictate the rating? At the end of the day, your budget and rationalization process dictates the price you are and are not willing to pay. It doesn’t matter if the product is the best lipstick on the planet, because if you don’t want to spend $60, you’re not going to. You’ll go with something that’s a lot less and maybe minutely less in quality.

      The goal is that no matter what the price, an A means the same thing. From your comment, you believe I should artificially inflate drugstore brands’ products purely because they’re cheap and then artificially deflate high-end brands’ products purely because they’re expensive. How does that make sense? Quality is the most important factor, whether you’re spending $5 or $50. You should be getting a quality product for your money. You can do that at both ends of the spectrum and everywhere in between.

  19. lolli

    you can feed a child for a month in south america for the price of this lipstick!!! give me a break…

    • Don’t buy it and donate your money then :) The assumption that you can only do one or the other is unfortunate – many people spend money on themselves while donating to various causes. It’s not anyone’s place to judge, since it’s not your money!

  20. Veronica

    I really like the color on you, especially paired with that eye makeup. It’s not in a price range I could ever justify for myself, but it’s a great shade for those who can. :)

  21. td

    I know this question does not pertain to this particular lipstick and brand but, when are you going to finish reviewing the Covergirl Lip Perfections or did you forget about them?

  22. Alexis

    This color is lovely. Great review!

  23. Kelly

    wow gorgeous colour! i think this is out of my budget, even with the cost per wear formula. nice looking tube/bullet though, might add this to a wish list…

  24. That is freaking stunning, and I desperately want to try it (and some of the other super high-end lipsticks you’ve recently reviewed).

    I think the price discussion is always interesting and thought-provoking. “Price per use” is a useful way of thinking about it. I certainly was questioning my sanity when I bought a Gloss d’Armani lip gloss after seeing it reviewed here — it’s the most expensive gloss I’ve ever bought, and I have a drawerful of ones I used a few times and then abandoned. But I ended up using it on a near-daily basis ever since, and with the excellent long wear formula, I think it’s excellent bang for the buck, probably a better value than one half the price I’d have to reapply throughout the day.

  25. Zulaikha

    such a gorgeous colour! unfortunately there is are no dupes on your system for this lipstick, would definitely buy a dupe coz this one is pricey.

  26. sherie

    Do you know which # Rose des Quatre Saison is? It was in RealSimple magazine but didn’t give the #.