Review | Clé de Peau Beauté Base Makeup

by Jess on Thursday, October 27th, 2011 · 33 comments

Hello! Finally, here is the promised entry about the Clé de Peau products which you saw a sneak peek of in this post. Many thanks to my friend Kathy for helping me to get all the stuff, and especially for all the extras!!


Clé de Peau Refining Fluid Foundation SPF 24 ~ O 10

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you must have noticed that I’m not really a liquid foundation person, but preferring compact/powder foundations instead. However, my skin kinda has changed from combination/normal to rather combination/dry. And that’s been the reason I decided to venture into liquid foundations.

It comes in hygienic and convenient plastic pump bottle.

Based on the online digital swatches, I matched myself with O 10 (all shades starting with ‘O’ have a ochre undertone).  The shade is not the perfect color match for my skintone (MAC NC 15) as it is slightly too dark. The texture is a little on the runnier side, which applies and blends superbly. I feel as it totally merges with my skin, leaving nothing than refined, silky and amazingly luminous skin behind.

The finish is definitely one of the prettiest ever. But there is no way, I can not cope with the fact that it oxidizes quite a bit on my skin after a few hours when my skin’s natural oil came through. It will turn about a shade darker, and my complexion ends up dull and blotchy at the end of the day.

I’m keeping in mind that O 10 is not the perfect color match, but I need to doubt the oxidizing action is not the same with the other shades. Can you tell I’m quite disappointed? I wished, I could make it work, but my skin type seems not willing to harmonize with this foundation. Sigh…


Clé de Peau Concealer ~ Ivory

I’m pretty sure all of you have already heard/read numerous hypes and raves about this concealer, haven’t you? Also read Lina’s in-depth review, if you haven’t already! It is the queen of concealers! Literally! 

Since my skin is very fair any discoloration and red spots are just like visual eyecatchers. Thus, I always have to rely on concealers to fix the issue. My favorite two concealers that I have been using alternating on a daily basis are the Dior Diorskin Sculpt Smoothing Lifting Concealer and the Shiseido Natural Finish Cream Concealer. As you can see this concealer comes in a small and sleek tube about the size of a lipstick.

Ivory is the lightest shade available, and it is perfection for my skintone. At first, I was concerned it is going to have too much of a pink undertone to it, which I know would not work on my skintone. To my relieve, it has not at all. The shade blends out transparent leaving a brightened and rested complexion behind.

The consistency requires to be applied with the fingers for best results, as the warmth will make it smooth and easy to blend. It evens out discoloration, red spots and dark circles perfectly without creasing or settling into fine lines. Even after hours, I could not remark any major fading or creasing.

70,00 USD for a tube of concealer is hefty, beyond question. But let me approve a little goes a long way, thus one tube is going to last quite a while even with daily use. Now that I have encountered this concealer with its unbeatable texture, coverage and finish, my (makeup) life will be incomplete without this little stick.


Clé de Peau Face Powder

This was actually the last item that I put onto my buy-list, simply because I was not sure if I really ‘need’ to get another loose powder these days, since I have become almost solely a pressed powder person. You know, pressed powders are just so more mess-free and you can carry them with you in your bag wherever you go!

But yes! For the sake of completeness, I had to get it nonetheless. And also because I have heard that this is one of the finest loose powders ever in the market, so tell me, was there a way to say no?

The powder comes in a sturdy plastic container including a very soft and fluffy puff, that sits on the lid that protects the powder. My feelings for the packaging are a little mixed. On the one hand, it’s uniquely Clé de Peau, but on the other hand I find it to be highly inconvenient.

So be warned that powdering your face with this powder could easily end up in a little mess! Also, it’s definitely not a travel-friendly product.

Aside from the packaging, the translucent powder itself is amazingly fine and silky. It gives you a beautiful illuminated soft-focus effect as if your skin has been veiled with the thinnest chiffon layer. With no doubt, this loose powder is the finest and silkiest I have ever used. No matter how much powder I put onto your face, it will never (yes, never!) look powdery. Magic? No, this is Clé de Peau Loose Powder!

However, I find it’s a bit weak at setting the makeup to last longer compared to other powders that I have used before.

Along with these items, I also got the Clé de Peau Smoothing Base for Pores SPF 22. Review on that some time later! I hope the reviews were helpful!

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{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Lina kim October 27, 2011 at 03:32

thanks for the review~ now I feel like I want to buy this..hehe, I looove the photograph, 60D rocks~~~
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:06

Yep, getting to really love the Canon 60D!


Mindy October 27, 2011 at 03:43

Oooh! Everything looks so fancy and pretty! :) Great photos and review, Jess!! <3
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:07

Thank you, Mindy! Glad you like the photos and review!


erica October 27, 2011 at 03:50

LOVE the pics :)

cle de peau is so luxurious! i’m trying to resist the urge to try this brand out….for my wallet’s sake!
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:08

Yes, CdP is quite destroying the wallet indeed… Thanks for reading, Eri!


RM October 27, 2011 at 04:37

Oh my gosh, you’re back! I’m so happy – I stumbled upon your blog during the summer, and I thought you had stopped blogging. Thanks for the review, it looks nice, even though I could never afford that.


Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:10

Yes, I hope I can be back to regular posting! Thank you so much for coming back to my blog!


Nic nic October 27, 2011 at 04:39

the concealer sounds amazing and I heard many good things about it. If I get rich I’ll try it :P Great review Jess, thanks for the insight.. I’ve always wondered about this brand!
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:11

The concealer is actually an amazing product! I’m glad my insight of these CdP products were helpful to you, Nic Nic!


georgina October 27, 2011 at 05:20

Cle de peau concealer is the best in hiding dark circles and other imperfections on the skin. the only issue i have with it is that it tends to emphasize lines if not set properly, which is ironic because the price tag obviously targets an older demographic. haha.
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:15

Since I don’t have really visible lines, I can not tell about that issue, but I can imagine that it will crease on skin that is not well hydrated/moisturized. My skin around the eye area is very dry and has some very fine lines, so I always make sure to apply a rich eye cream beforehand.

Thanks for sharing your experiences, Georgina!


Jamilla October 27, 2011 at 05:56

I must try that concealer! Thanks for the review!!
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:16

It’s the best for evening out red areas and spots! I hope you like it as much as I do, Jamilla!


Rola October 27, 2011 at 06:52

I was disappointed with the Cle de Peau Silky Cream foundation. However, I really like the concealer.
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Jess October 27, 2011 at 15:16

The concealer is hg stuff, isn’t it? Thanks for reading and commenting, Rola!


lisa October 27, 2011 at 21:31

I love Cle de peau, i think their products are amazing! Thanks for sharing.
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Jess October 29, 2011 at 23:40

You are welcome, Lisa!


Rei October 28, 2011 at 04:53

Great review Jess! I also love the concealer and the loose powder. I apply the powder with the cdp puff first then dust the excess off with a powder brush. The makeup can last a lot longer with this application method.
On to the oxidizatio problem.. Yes I agree… most japanese liquid foundations have this problem!
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Jess October 29, 2011 at 23:39

Okay, next time I’m going to apply the powder with the puff like you recommended! Thank you for your tipp, Rei!


Kat October 29, 2011 at 02:37

Ouch! Sorry to hear that the foundation is too dark for you and oxidizes. I really dislike it when my foundations do that I many seem to have that problem. Unfortunately when it happens with a foundation this brand, it’s an expensive problem to have.

I also love how fine the translucent loose powder is! It’s the one powder that I can use that doesn’t settle into or bring out any fine lines.

I tried the concealer and wasn’t too impressed by it. I’m glad that you like it. I know that it’s a HG product for many.

Thank you for your reviews!
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Jess October 29, 2011 at 23:38

Yeah, unfortunately the foundation is not the perfect one for me… But yes, I’m super happy about the concealer!
Thank you again for the CP!, Kat!


Katherine October 30, 2011 at 05:40

I’ve been wanting this face powder for a long time! Because I have dry skin so I am not sure if I need it.. Thank you for the review :):)
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Jess October 31, 2011 at 00:37

Dry skin usually doesn’t like to be ‘powdered’ as it will look even drier and flakes might show up. I think this powder would be a good choice for dry skin.
Thank you so much for reading and your comment!


Katherine October 30, 2011 at 18:54

I love CdP – thank you for the review! And yes your photographs are amazing :)
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Jess October 31, 2011 at 00:38

You are welcome, Katherine! I’m really glad you like my photos!


Shannon October 31, 2011 at 20:02

Hi! Awesome photos, DSLRs really are the bomb! since you mentioned in the review about the powder that while the texture’s fantastic, it’s not the best at setting liquid makeup. Which of the powders you’ve purchased before is really good at keeping the liquid fdnt longer? i have oily skin so setting really matters for me unfortunately.

Thank you! :D


Jess November 1, 2011 at 15:05

Hi Shannon! If you are looking for a loose setting powder to set the makeup, I’d recommend the Chanel Poudre Universelle Libre.

But my favorite powders come in pressed form. My hg powder has to be the MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural as it sets the makeup nicely, yet doesn’t dry out at all. Another powder that does a good job at keeping the makeup is the RMK Pressed Powder N.

Hope that helped! Thank you so much for stopping by!


Makeup Morsels November 1, 2011 at 06:41

Awesome review Jess! I keep hearing such great things about CdP’s concealer, so if I ever purchase anything from the line, it will probably be that.
Wish it would go on sale sometime though!
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Jess November 1, 2011 at 15:08

Thank you, Makeup Morsels! You should get the concealer if you ever decided to get something from CdP!


worshipblues November 1, 2011 at 21:17

I hear amazing things about this concealer. It sounds magic! Thank you for these reviews!


Jess November 3, 2011 at 00:54

You are welcome!


Chau May 3, 2012 at 19:51

Hey, this is a great review!!! i’m a beginner in make-up and just started learning things :) I have been looking around for reviews to find a good foundation and concealer for my skin. The review really helps! Thanks a lot :)

I’m probably gonna get the concealer from CdP although it will hurt my wallet, hahah. But my skin have so many similarities with yours so I hope it’s gonna work. (I’m also Asian with oily/combination skin, but my skin around the T-zone is super sensitive. I also have a lot of redness too.)

and do you have any suggestion for a good foundation? I spend half a year in the US but half in Vietnam, which is super hot and humid, darken my skin really fast, and makes it much more difficult to find a good foundation


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