My concealer + powder foundation routine featuring Cle de Peau.

When I did the Seven Deadly Sin of Beauty Tag, I mentioned that the Cle de Peau Beautè concealer was my most expensive beauty product. I wanted to feature it in a post to explain why I love it much. I know it’s pricey at $70 a pop, but it’s just so good I almost wish I didn’t try it because I see myself purchasing it again and again. I actually did a post on it when I first got it, but I wanted to update my thoughts since then.

Swatches: top is the Cle de Peau concealer in Ochre, bottom is the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus

Like I mentioned before, this concealer comes in stick form in a twist up tube. The packaging is simple and sleek, when you close it you’ll feel it click so you know it’s covered tightly and the product won’t dry out. Despite being a stick concealer, it isn’t thick and cakey in the slightest. It’s surprisingly light in texture for a stick product allowing you to layer the product to achieve the coverage you desire. You can use your fingers to apply this, but I’ve actually found that I prefer using a fluffy blending brush, like the MAC 217. I swipe the brush over the product then lightly buff it on any blemishes, redness around my nose, and undereyes. The coverage is amazing and it blends like a dream. It doesn’t the accentuate fine lines under my eyes either. The lasts well throughout the day and it looks seamless.

L: bare face; R: After concealing with Cle de Peau

Part of the reason this product works so well for me is that the shade I have, Ocher, is such a great match for my skin tone since there is some olive in it. It works for my undereyes and the rest of my face. I do still add a little bit of a highlighter for my undereyes when I want a brightening effect, but it covers my under eye darkness very well. The brand has added more shades, I think there are six available at the moment, but obviously it’s still very limited. I like using this with powder foundation because the coverage is so good. The one I’m using most lately is the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Medium Plus. I use a fluffy powder brush to buff it all over my face, you don’t really need any heavy coverage after using this concealer and lately, I prefer just a light layer of powder foundation instead of the heavier coverage of a kabuki brush.

Just the CDP concealer and the MAC MSF as the base to the rest of my makeup.

I am a concealer addict, so despite this being so good, I still can’t help but purchase others. I think the kicker for this one is the shade match. The Nars Creamy Concealer comes in second in terms of my love for it, but I actually have it in two shades because I don’t have a perfect color match from that line. So yes, I still think it’s worth the hype. I bought mine blind from Nordstrom after reading several reviews and looking at swatches, reading the review from The Beauty Look Book really convinced me to just go for it. But if you’re on the fence I would head to a counter if possible to check it out before making such an expensive purchase.

Have you tried the Cle de Peau concealer yet? What were your thoughts?

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Pulling it together on the bare minimum.

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We all have those days where we don’t have much time or just don’t feel like putting much effort into getting ready. I’ve been having a lot of those days lately where I just can’t be bothered, but I still want to look somewhat presentable. These are the bare essentials that make me look like I put more effort in than I actually did.

1. Complexion.
I think it’s worth it to put some work into your skin, at least to even things out a bit. But, going through a whole foundation routine is a no-go. Tinted moisturizer/CC or BB creams are perfect for this and you can even get away with skipping moisturizer and just using one of these products to save time. Because I have dark circles under my eyes, I always conceal and it makes me look brighter and well-rested. I’ve been testing out the It Cosmetics CC Cream (review to come) in medium and of course I’m loving my Cle de Peau concealer in Ocher.

2. Add back some color.
Instead of going through the whole bronzer, blush, highlight routine, I just stick with adding blush to bring a little life back into my face. Using a blush with a little bit of a highlighting effect, like the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes can work double time to give a nice flush as well as a little glow to those cheekbones. I used Luminous Flush, the first color in the palette.

3. Brows.
Honestly, I probably started focusing more on my brows just over a year ago and now I think they are essential in any makeup look, even if it’s a minimal one. I like the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Soft Brown, it makes it easy to define your brows in just a few strokes and helps to frame your face.

4. Lashes.
Skip the eyeshadow & liner and just layer on a few coats of mascara. I think mascara does wonders for enhancing the look of your eyes and making them stand out. Use a formula that adds length and volume and that’s super black for more impact. The Maybelline Lash Sensational waterproof mascara is my current favorite.

5. Bold lips.
Using a brighter or darker lip color makes you look instantly like you put way more thought into your makeup look. Stick with a glossy or creme finish, I think they’re more forgiving than a matte when you’re pressed for time and you’re dealing with dry, flaky lips. So far I’m liking the L’Oreal Glossy Balm in Petite Plum that I got last week. I glides on easily and has good color payoff.

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Just the essentials.

This probably took me less than 10 minutes. I had to bring Ava in for a doctor’s appointment and I was running around trying to get her lunch ready so she could eat before we left and get myself ready too. Her ped actually commented on how nice I looked, which she never does, even on days I’ve seen her and actually done the whole 9 yards. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend hours doing you hair and makeup, 10 minutes is all you need.

And because you can never have enough pairs of black boots, I wanted to share my latest addition.

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Black pointy-toed booties, distressed jeans, & Balenciaga.

I’ve been looking for a pair of more pointy-toed booties for awhile and I found these ones from Steven by Steve Madden on Rue La La. They have a low heel so they are actually pretty comfy.

Hope everyone had a great day!

Worth the hype?: Clè de Peau Beautè concealer

 

I’ve always wanted to try the Clè de Peau Beautè concealer, but the price point has always stopped me in my tracks. But, my under eye circles weren’t all that bad back then and now I’ve pretty much come to the realization that the ones I’ve developed since pregnancy are going to be permanent. Most of the reviews I’ve read about CDP have made it sound like magic in a tube. So I finally gave in and decided to give it a try. Worse case scenario, I’d just return it if it was nothing special.

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In shade ‘ocher’

But, it is special. Very special. I actually had a ‘wow’ moment after applying it. Because it’s in stick form I thought it would be a little thick and hard to blend. It’s actually the perfect consistency and blends like a dream. I just rub a little onto my fingertip and pat it in or I use a concealer brush. It’s easily buildable because you can apply it in a thin layers and it doesn’t looked caked on. I can also use it to cover blemishes and the redness around my nose and it works great. It’s a surprisingly good match for my skin tone. The shade I picked is ‘ocher’, there are six shades in their range.

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Top: left eye concealed, right is not; Bottom: both eyes concealed

I still use my L’Oreal Magic Lumi concealer just to brighten a little more, the CDP isn’t something I’d try to use to get that highlighted effect (especially since it’s so pricey I wouldn’t want to go crazy with it). It’s perfect for what I wanted it to do, which is conceal my dark under eye circles. And it didn’t crease the whole day and didn’t wear away.

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FOTD

So yes, I think it’s worth the hype and I will be keeping the CDP concealer around. If you’ve tried this out, let me know your thoughts!