The Cle de Peau counter is not a safe place to hang out. And I was loitering there the other day (too late for swatching), when one of the sales associates said, “Would you like to try the world’s greatest concealer?”
Not a fair question — I’d already wanted to try it anyway.
My sales associate prepped my undereye area with Cle de Peau’s Eye Contour Essence anti-dark-circles eye cream ($120). Then she applied CdP’s famous concealer in Ivory ($70). The concealer comes in a twist up stick, but it’s extremely pigmented, so you don’t want to apply stick-to-face. Instead, rub or tap the stick with your fingers and then apply.
The concealer was instantly amazing — color correcting, but totally natural looking. This is how I wish my skin looked every day.
Well once my concealer was on, the sales associate said, “you should also try our ‘tinted moisturizer’ foundation.” That would be their Refining Fluid Foundation ($118), and it’s not exactly accurate to call it Tinted Moisturizer. It’s Cle de Peau’s lightest foundation (dewy finish), but it’s still quite pigmented, and a little goes a LONG way.
There’s a lot of debate over whether foundation or concealer should come first. Lately I’ve been putting foundation on first (to do some of the concealing work) and putting concealer on as my last step. In this case, we did concealer-then-foundation because mine was kind of an ad hoc makeover. While my sales associate did agree that eye cream and concealer should go on last, she said she doesn’t put foundation under the eye. Perhaps because Cle de Peau’s is a heavier, creamier formulation, it’s more likely to move.
Anyway, she put me in Refining Fluid Foundation in B10 (also applied with fingers) — on other occasions, I’ve also been recommended I10. I know I stands for Ivory, and while I forget what B is, I think it’s a slightly pinker choice. I haven’t done a side-by-side to properly determine my foundation shade.
The foundation was instantly pore-minimizing and looked fantastic, so I knew it was pointless to resist when the sales associate suggested I might as well finish my look with a little blush and a lipstick. She put me in blush #1 (a blush-in-compact from Cle de Peau is $87, but the compact is refillable, and a refill is $47) and Extra Silky Lipstick 105 ($52; click here for a swatch).
Extra Silky 105 struck me as that perfect warm pink that everyone’s looking for. I know this is not the best photo to really see the lipstick color — I’ll have to redo this photoshoot at some point.
Anyway, when she was done, all I could think was, “Son of a gun, I look amazing… and my face costs $500.” (For completeness, I was already wearing Make Up For Ever’s Aqua Cream #2, buffed over the lid, Prestige Waterproof Eyeliner in Charcoal Brown, and Prestige My Biggest Lashes Mascara on my eyes.)