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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Why I use and love the Clé de Peau Concealer (but haven't written a review on it)

The Clé de Peau Concealer must have had a bit of publicity recently because about 5 different people have asked me about it and whether or not it's worth the money.

I've tried to write a review so many times because it's a product I've used every day for about 11 months and think it's a wonderful product.

But, like many beauty bloggers, I find it hard to pin point exactly why it's so great and worth the hefty price tag. This review is going to be odd but it's the only way I can properly explain the product and all its positives.

It costs a small fortune, but it lasts a long time.

I've just reached the bottom of my concealer stick, but there's about 2-3 months worth still sitting in the tube, I just have to use a concealer brush to dig into it. I've been using it since last April so the stick so it took a year to work through the stick, adding on the 2-3 months worth still left in the bottom of the tube this concealer is going to last me well into June-July. Sure, it's a lot to pay up front but it works out cheaper in the long run because it's the only concealer I have needed to buy for over a year.

It's full coverage, lasts all day and doesn't crease.

The coverage is opaque but you can sheer it down a little if you want too (this comes in handy if it doesn't exactly match your skin tone). It’s not going to move on your skin or fade throughout the day and it doesn’t crease. The main reason it doesn’t crease is because you need to use such a small amount of the product that there’s simply not enough on the skin for it to sink into lines.

It doesn’t oxidise, even on my combination/oily skin.

Oxidisation happens when the natural oils from your skin don’t mix well with a tinted product like foundation and concealer. Oxidisation causes the product to turn orange. I haven’t had any problems with oxidisation from this concealer.

It’s a multi-tasker, great for under eyes and on the face.

I use it under my eyes as my primary concealer and on my face for any blemishes or red spots. It’s quite a thick concealer so it’s best applied with finger tips. The warmth of your finger helps the concealer blend easily on the face. I use my fingers to pat it out and blend the edges.

It looks natural.

This is the really draw card for the concealer, it doesn’t cover so much that your skin is washed out and it’s obvious that you’re wearing excess make up on certain areas. It covers just enough to give a really natural finish while still letting your skin glow through the product. This fact is what will make you either love or hate the concealer. The natural look is why it’s been a favourite among make up artists for so long and why it continues to win awards year after year.

The reason the product is so hard to review is because I’m sure you can find other products that do all of the above things but Clé de Peau is different and it’s really hard to pin point exactly why.

Okay, now for the cons.

Limited shades.

The Clé de Peau concealer comes in only 4 shades and considering the fact that skin doesn’t come in only 4 shades this can be annoying. I have very light skin (MAC NW10-15) and the lightest shade (Ivory) is just probably just slightly too dark for me but it still works fine as long as it’s blended.

That’s all, that’s the only con I can throw at it. I’m not counting the price as a con because it lasts for such a long time.

It’s important to remember that this is a concealer, not a corrector. It wonderfully conceals imperfections and slight dark spots on the skin such as under eye circles but if you have very dark circles under your eyes, you need to use a corrector as well as a concealer. My under eye circles are quite dark, it’s one of the many joys associated with fair skin, so I need to use a pink toned corrector before I use concealer. I use Bobbi Brown Corrector in Light Bisque before I apply the Clé de Peau concealer and the final look is heavenly.

The bottom line is that yes, the Clé de Peau concealer is wonderful and I do recommend it. I will be repurchasing it when I eventually make my way down to the bottom of the tube. 

The Clé de Peau Concealer costs $70 from Nordstrom in the US or $90-$112 in Australia (depending on your state and where you purchase it)

(I'm posting this review early for a friend and will post a swatch picture as soon as possible)

Animal Testing - Clé de Peau does not test on animals


Dustyn said...

Lurveeeeeeeeeeee think this is a definite add to cart.

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