I’ve been meaning to swatch Cle de Peau’s blushes since my impromtu CdP makeover. These blushes are exactly the kind that confuse me. Not only are there two shades to contend with, but the larger pan is mottled. Honestly, whenever there’s more than one color of powder in the pan, I have no idea how the blush is going to turn out.
There are several ways to use the Cheek Color Duos. You can use the two shades together (which is what I think I would do). You can use just the mottled shade as a blush. You can use the light shade as a highlight (cheek, brow). You can also use the light shade to sweep a semi-circle over the top edge of your blush. One of the sales associates strongly preferred this method; he felt that contouring was the blush’s intended purpose.
For each shade, I first swatched the two pans individually, with sponge-tipped applicators (which make a very heavy swatch), then blended them together with a triangle sponge to make a heavy blush swatch. I find that mixing in the highlight color lightens (or modifies) the blush color, and adds “glow” (in the form of uber-fine shimmer). If you don’t want that glow, or you prefer the color of the larger pan alone, don’t mix.
The quality of these powders seems really excellent. Finely milled, and quite lovely. Blush 1 (far and away the best seller) is a natural beige-pink. Sales associates said this shade was universal, and gave everyone a healthy, sunkissed glow. The highlight shade is cream colored.
Blush 2 is a muted, terracotta peach-pink (the highlight is slightly peachy pink beige). Blush 3 is the coolest pink (with a white-pink highlight).
Blush 4 is NARS Orgasm-esque. It’s warm pink with gold (and a buttermilk highlight). Blush 5 is golden brown — perhaps more bronzer than blush. Its highlight is golden sand.
The pans of this product (the refills, essentially) are $47 each. The empty, refillable case is $40 (I found a few for sale on eBay, but not with substantial savings) — so your first blush purchase could cost you $87. I’d be tempted to buy the powder alone.
And an interesting piece of trivia: Cle de Peau is owned by Shiseido, as are NARS and Serge Lutens cosmetics.