This is my review of the two main Clé de Peau products which I had the chance to try out. I will do a separate entry comparing the Clé de Peau lipsticks soon enough. I have been using the Silky Cream Foundation for about three weeks, and started using the concealer for more than a week.
I have previously posted an overview entry consisting of product information, and swatches of almost all the foundation & concealer shades in this entry HERE, so do check that out. (link)
I have also posted many FOTD pics on my instagram feed, so do follow me on instagram for regular updates of stuff which I am in the process of trying out. (my instagram name makeup_blogette).
I also did a Clé de Peau combination of base products in this recent LOTD HERE, so you can also see how it looks like. (link)
Ok, with all that out of the way, let's look at the two products up close:
[Silky Cream Foundation, 25ml S$189]
[Concealer, 5g S$105]
The foundation is housed in the form of a slim tube, very nondescript and very good when you want to just have it in your makeup bag if you need to do your makeup on the go. No heavy glass bottle, no glass jar container like my two other cream foundations -- the Lancome Teint Miracle cream & Cosme Decorte cream foundation. It is very similar to that of a BB cream, actually. I also appreciate how the 'spout' of the tube is a skinny thing, so you never really squeeze out too much product - less wastage, more money saved, given the high price-point of this foundation.
The concealer is packaged like a lipstick, in a very sturdy metal casing. It looks super sleek, rather in contrast to the plastic tube of the foundation. I never apply the concealer straight from the tube onto my face though. I usually dab my finger on the concealer or use a brush to pick up product. Again, the product is slim, there is no chance of any spillage and breakage if you put this inside your makeup bag. Just don't mistake it for a nude lipstick. :)
Formula/ Texture/ Consistency/ Finish
The silky cream foundation is, as the name suggests, SILKY... while it is a cream product, it doesn't feel heavy at all. I do feel that for this foundation -- a little goes a long way. I have used it with the Cle de Peau pore minimising primer, I used it with various BB creams as a base, and the results are similar. You do get a very smooth and even-ed out appearance even before any usage of concealer. The coverage is light to medium depending on how much you use, and what method you apply it with. Inititally I use my fingers to warm up the product and blended into my face. I have also used synthetic buffing brushes to blend and buff this product into my face. When using a brush, make sure you really buff, and not use too much product, otherwise streaks will appear, and the foundation will look too heavy. You are less likely to make these boo-boos if you have your fingers. Personally I am fine with both, having worked with this product for several weeks, I kind of know how to manipulate and play around with the texture to get the most perfect finish for my face.
There is also a slight scent to this product, it smells a little floral, just like the rest of the Clé de Peau skincare products. The scent doesn't linger on your face after you are done with your makeup. It didn't break me out in the weeks which I used this foundation. The foundation is able to last me the whole day without any fading nor oxidisation (whole day means a good 10 hours). I do get oily after 3 - 4 hours.
The concealer is one of the very best I have tried in a while. Prior to this concealer, I was using my Shu Uemura pro-gel cealer which is a cream concealer in a pot. That was a concealer that truly lasted and has maximum coverage for the spots which I wanted to concealer. It took me a longer while to actually open and try the Clé de Peau concealer because I was not sure of my expectations for it. I do know that many people have swore by this as their HG concealer. I am not sure if you can see in the pictures below, you can see how SMOOTH the concealer is. It blends seamlessly into my skin. And that's how it works on my face. It feels like a buttery smooth full coverage concealer, and it doesn't move and slip about. It stays put and lasts the whole day I have my makeup on. I have also tried using just a tiny bit to concealer my undereyes... which works fine too, but I really prefer to use concealers on spots.
Comparing this to my Shu Uemura pro-gel cealer, I would say that the Clé de Peau concealer has BETTER TEXTURE - I am just blown away by the smoothness, and the finish... but my Shu Uemura one just has that tiny bit more coverage.
Some quick snaps of my face when I am wearing the foundation and concealer. (This is how I go to work everyday as you know by now. I don't do much eye makeup at all). And I have been waking up at 5am to do my makeup everyday, and I usually don't wash my face after a jog in the evening around 7pm.
2 fridays ago: taken at 6am and taken at around 5pm
only blotted twice, no powder touch ups
last week, somewhere in the middle of the day
While the foundation is a great all round performer, I don't think it is really outstanding as compared to other foundations that I have used and liked for the same reasons. For the price you pay, you won't be disappointed for sure, however, I don't think you will be super duper wow-ed by it too. I like it, but I am not crazy about it, because I have used other foundations that give me the same results at a lower price point. I do think this is a great foundation for girls with dry skin, it is very soothing and keeps your skin looking soft and supple the whole day. I have oily skin, and luckily it didn't look 'too much' on me either. Do give it a try if you are looking into splurging on a decent foundation.
I am a lot more impressed by the concealer. Would I purchase this for myself? Yes, definitely. I think I am addicted to the smoothness and finish of the concealer. For me, it is totally worth every cent of the $105 price tag. It doesn't replace my Shu Uemura concealer, but it seriously ranks up THERE as one of my all time fave concealers. I definitely highly recommend the Clé de Peau concealer. Do give it a swatch at the counters to see what I mean...
p/s -- How much does my face cost with all these products on?
Base products - Clé de Peau foundation 189, Clé de Peau concealer 105, La Mer Powder 125 [that's already more than $400!]
Lips -Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet 44
Cheeks - Clarins Bronzer 76, Nars Blush 40, MAC Lightscapade 46
(not counting eye products)
But I always maintain to be able to fake a flawless canvas without looking made up... that's PRICELESS. Perhaps nobody cares nor notices how much, but it's good for me to know I kinda look presentable and professional while carrying out my work etc etc.
Anyway, I hope you find this entry helpful, and if you have any questions, leave them in the comments below.
Thanks for reading. :)
Clé de Peau products were given to me for consideration without any obligations for review. All opinions are my own honest ones.