Cle de Peau Almond (16) Luminizing Face Enhancer Review, Photos, Swatches

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer ($55.00 for 0.35 oz.) is a light beige with warm undertones and a light gold shimmer. Becca Moonstone (P, $41.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Light Beam (02) (P, $14.00) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Sunstreak (LE, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Urban Decay Luminous (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Capri (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). lilah b. b enchanting (P, $60.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Filtered Light (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). NARS Rêve Salé I (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $40.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Coloured Raine Luxurious Bling (P, $25.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Cle de Peau Bal Masque (LE, $120.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Catrice Champagne Campaign (P, $5.99)(90% similar). MAC Tutu (LE, $37.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Cle de Peau Delicate Pink (14) (P, $55.00) is darker, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Hi-Sequincy (LE, $37.00) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Worth the Wait (LE, $49.00) is cooler (85% similar). Natasha Denona Light (01) (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cle de Peau’s Luminizing Face Enhancer formula is a powder highlighter for the face (that’s about all official description says). It is available as just a pan or in a bejeweled compact for $95 (when confronted with paying $40 for packaging, I cannot do it, so I always get the pans and keep them in a Z-Palette!). I’m a big fan of the formula for a subtle to light highlighter–it’s not ultra-metallic, shimmery, glittery, or shiny on the skin–and tends to complement satin to frost blushes exceptionally well without adding a lot of additional sheen. The texture was very soft, finely-milled, and smooth to the touch, which made it easy to apply to the skin as it diffused with minimal work and produced a subtle, but noticeable, glow to the skin. It looked more glowing than overtly shimmery on my skin tone, but it may be more noticeable on very fair skin tones due to the natural warmth of the powder. The powder lasted for eight hours on me skin, which is normal-to-dry.

Almond (16)

PPermanent. $55.00.
A
A
9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
9.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
93%
Total
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Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer
Cle de Peau Almond (16) Face Luminizer

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Makeup Look
On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • NARS Hardwired Eyeshadows (Lunar
  • Earthshine
  • Pygar
  • Parallax)
  • Sephora Baby Blue Eyeliner
On lips:
  • MAC Where No Man Has Gone Before Lipstick
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Reviewer

Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

Learn more about her review process here.

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And that, Christine, is the very quality that makes them so popular amongst older women. We want to glow without that spotlight appearance that many of the younger women can rock. Both are pretty looks. It’s just a matter of finding the product that creates the desired effect. For my everyday wear, it’s CdP. I’m a huge fan and have several of the CdP luminizers.

This is pretty–the color, shimmer, and geometric design. I like to use some of these subtle highlighters as all over face powders

This imparts such a nice softly-lit natural glow! Love how it looks, but because I have the LM Highlight 01 I’ll be passing on this. Hard to do because it really is very becoming!

Hi Christine, This is absolutely gorgeous I own three Golden Apricot, Delicate pink and Sand Beige. I plan on getting Almond but just not right now. I think it is a little bit lighter than Sand Beige which one do you prefer out of the two. This is by far my favorite brand for a highlighter & it looks beautiful on you.

Just beautiful! Some day I might just have to buy one of CdP’s luminizers. So far I’ve not seen one I didn’t like.

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