Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday Splurge: Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer

Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) is one of those mythical beauty products — a short list of products that are celebrity staples but cost a ton.  I’ve been burned by its kind before (Creme La Mer – I spent a ton and it made me break out).  It’s a terrible feeling making that kind of investment and having it sit on your shelf because its too expensive to throw out.  Even though Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer has made “best of” lists in Elle and InStyle, I wasn’t sure I was ready to commit $70 to a 3.5

Last weekend, I was wandering around midtown in a daze of disappointment.  I had just gotten a facial where the esthetician gave me violent extractions, and I knew it was my own fault.  I know better to 1.) Opt out of extractions as much as possible, unless I’m especially clogged 2.) If I do end up getting them, tell the esthetician I have plans that night and she should go especially gentle 3.) If she is too rough, tell her.

I broke all three rules and even told her, “do what you have to do.”  She did.  And it hurt.  And it left marks.  I was frozen in the spa locker room staring at the welts all over my face. I looked at my phone and saw I had two hours until dinner uptown.  I did the math and guessed I could make it to Bergdorf’s in the next ten minutes  and have plenty of time to give the famed concealer a real challenge.

Bergdorf’s beauty floor was its usual Saturday madness. Luckily when I walked up to the Cle de Peau counter, Specialist Nina Konate  had just finished with a customer.  I told her my predicament (like she couldn’t see for herself) and she quickly went to work on me.  Obviously my scarface required more than just concealer, but the concealer was the star performer.

I was wary at first when I found out it was a stick. Sticks always scare me.  They have a bad reputation for being drying and too thick. Nina assuaged my worries when she explained the concealer has, “Revitalizing Moisture Complex to lock in moisture and smooth out texture.”  When she applied a stripe to the back of my hand it felt silky, creamy, yet with a soft powder finish.

The next day when it was my turn to play with my new expensive toy, I primed my eye area with Cover FX Eye Prep FX Anti-Age Smoothing Primer ($43) and then barely swiped my ring finger over the concealer and patted it under my eyes.  I lightly swiped again and patted a little more in the darkest spot under my eye and used the rest to conceal the redness around my nose.  The powder-like finish diffused the light giving the concealed area an airbrushed look.

Not only does it layer seamlessly, it layers well with other products. On mornings when my under-eyes reflect my sleepless nights (or too many glasses of wine), I lightly pat on Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer Fair ($42) first, and then lightly patted on the Clé de Peau.  The two products are unstoppable together, but Clé de Peau wins the top prize.  Bold statement, I know, but I feel confident in my decision.  Luckily, I am not in a position where I have to choose, or at least not for another several months.  This tiny little tube will last a long time.
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3 Responses to “Sunday Splurge: Cle de Peau Beauté Concealer”

  1. January 28, 2013 at 9:01 pm, Red Carpet Beauty Regurgitation (I mean Recap) from the SAG Awards - Beauty Binge | Beauty Binge said:

    […] STUNNING until I saw the close-ups.  If I saw her on the red carpet I would have whipped out my Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer and touched her up in the bathroom (though the “no primer” or “shitty […]


  2. February 22, 2013 at 4:13 pm, Makeup Tutorial: How To Steal Jennifer Lawrence's Red Carpet Look - Beauty Binge | Beauty Binge said:

    […] To conceal any blemishes and/or broken capillaries bring out the big guns and apply Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer ($70) sparingly by patting on with your fingertip or with a concealer […]


  3. March 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm, 7-Minute Makeup Routine (Yes, I Timed It) - Beauty Binge | Beauty Binge said:

    […] with my ring finger I pat on Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70) underneath my eyes, tapping to blend and diffuse at the outer edges.  Since this concealer […]


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