Now This Is Good Stuff: Clé de Peau Concealer

Cle de Peau Concealer

It’s impossible to talk about Clé de Peau without mentioning their legendary concealer. Everywhere you look, everyone seems to think this is one of the best concealers on the market. I was running out of my NARS Stick Concealer around the time I was back in Taipei, so I decided to give it a go.

Cle de Peau Concealer packaging

Clé de Peau Concealer goes for 70 USD in the US, but about 56 USD (41 euros) in Taiwan. It might seem really pricey, but the 5 grams (0.17 oz) it contains is more than double the amount of many high-end concealers. With a densely-pigmented texture like this, I am ready to bet it will last me at least 2 years.

Cle de Peau Ocher Concealer

There are only four shades available in the line-up, and I was matched to Ocher (or Ocre). From what I can tell, this is third darkest shade. If you are past medium in terms of skin tone, chances are you won’t find a match. The packaging is rather solid and slightly hefty. Nothing I would complain about here!

Cle de Peau Ocher Concealer closeup

Ocher has an incredibly densely-pigmented and creamy formula. You really only need the tiniest amount to cover a multitude of sins. Whether with a finger or a brush (I use Rouge Bunny Rouge Highlighter Brush and Le Métier de Beauté Concealer Brush), it blends easily and covers well. It sets to a real-looking finish (not “shiny,” but not powdery and matte, either) and stays put all day.

Cle de Peau Concealer instructions

I bought Ocher primarily for covering imperfections on my face, and it does so exceedingly well. The texture makes it possible to cover absolutely everything without ever looking dry, including acne, the several enlarged pores on the bridge of my nose, the darker area around the corners of my mouth, and so on. I can even cover my pigmentation spots effortlessly if I want to (though I never really do that)! For my undereye area, however, this is still not optimal. A lot of concealers make what I have on my lower lash line smudge faster, and this is one of them. At the same time, if I am not careful, it could crease. I wouldn’t hold this against the formula though. I really haven’t tried a single concealer that works 100% in my undereye area.

Here is how Ocher swatches. Left: one pass (can you see just how densely pigmented it is?). Right: blended out.

Cle de Peau Ocher Concealer swatch

Ready to see it in action?

Pre-Ocher skin (I do have my eyebrows filled and a bit of mascara on):

bare face

Post-Ocher face:

with Cle de Peau Concealer

I want to say Clé de Peau Concealer looks real because the finish is very credible. However, it almost looks unreal because it erases all the imperfections that you might see on real skin. The print my glasses leave on my nose is not entirely gone, but it has been largely minimized.

Just so you can gauge how it looks in the undereye area, here you can see my bare eyes:

bare eyes

Here is how they look after some concealer (and eyebrow pencil and mascara…):

undereye area with with Cle de Peau Concealer

Here is the ingredient list:


Cle de Peau Concealer ingredients

Bottom line: While my unreasonably picky undereye area isn’t entirely smitten with Clé de Peau Concealer, the rest of my face definitely is. With the creamy texture, high coverage, and blendability, in my humble opinion it is worth the money (the fact that it contains a generous amount of product definitely helps as well)! Now if only I could find something that works this well for my undereye area…

What is your favorite concealer? Is anyone else’s undereye area as big of a pain as mine?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Ruby Chua

    I have heard so much raves about cle de peau concealer and the only drawback is the price tag. But many of my friends still continue with it despite the price because of the quality of the product.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Ruby, I definitely wouldn’t say it’s a bargain, but 5 grams is an awful lot of product. Considering how long the NARS one lasted me with less than half of the amount, I’m set in the concealer department for at least 2 years now!

  • syrena85

    I read many times how good this brand is but was never able to try anything. I wish their cosmetics were easily accessible.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Irena, I’ve heard of a lot of legendary products in the line, and I did have a counter makeover a couple of years ago that blew my mind. However, I do have to say the whole approach is very meticulous and different. It takes many layers (of very fine) products to achieve a flawless base, which I am just not sure most people can do on a daily basis!

  • Nadya Dino

    I bought this because of all the hype..but didnt like it all tht much..the ysl stick concealer is wayy better.creamier, covers marks incredibly well…been using it for years..u must try it..


    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Nadya, I’m so sorry to hear you didn’t like this one! I just got Touche Eclat but I haven’t looked into the stick concealer at all. Now I’m intrigued! Thanks for the heads-up!

  • beautiesatwork

    I don’t use concealer :) My bb cream gives enough coverage

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, oh lucky you! I don’t think any of my imperfections are really so bad that I HAVE to use a concealer on most days, but it does create a very clean canvas for when I want to wear bolder makeup.

  • Bella

    Wow, magic! Too funny, I have never noticed your glasses-spots before. I have major ones, but then I could never go without my glasses so it doesn’t matter LOL. I will check out swatches of this concealer, but I suspect they may all be too light.

    • Bella

      Oh no, I’m in luck, or rather my wallet is out of luck: the colour honey will definitely suit. This one joins the wish list!

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        LOL oh hahaha glad to hear you found a shade match! There are only 4, so you’re definitely one of the lucky ones 😉 I sometimes wear contact lenses, and that’s when I haaaate the print on my nose!

  • Redhotjillypeppers

    I haven’t found a concealer yet that stays put under my eyes. The coverage of this one looks great, though !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jill, oh OK then we are on the same boat! For me the problem is not exactly staying put, it’s not creasing into lines that I don’t even know I have after a few hours!

  • ValleyDoll

    I have heard many good things about this concealer. I believe Kim Kardashian is also an avid fan of it. It is thought kinda pricey for me :d. The highest coverage concealer I have tested yet is one from Catrice, which costs about 5 euro. Talk about a bargain !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Eva, oh I had no idea about that! I am actually kind of surprised she can find a shade match though. There is only one shade that is darker than Ocher!

  • Lily

    Hey Sunny, I find Cle de Peau to be a bit pricey, but I’ve been loving my NARS radiant creamy concealer. In fact, a good drugstore concealer I’ve been using is the Revlon colorstay concealer. It works really well under my eyes and doesn’t emphasize fine lines. I think for now, I’m just sticking to these 2 :-)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Lily, I have NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and it used to work well. Unfortunately it seems to have dried out a little with time, and now it’s a little thicker and it could crease. I need to try the Revlon or Rimmel one. Sounds like they get a lot of love!

  • Replica

    That looks impressive, unfortunately we don’t have that brand here, which is a shame as a lot of their items receive raved reviews, mind you hate to think how much I’d end up spending if we did have Cle de peau here 😉

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      LOL yeah I’m kinda happy we don’t have access to the brand here, either. Back in Taiwan it’s by no means a budget-friendly brand, but we do get better prices than North America.

  • TracyBeautyReflections

    Glad you found something that works well for you! I tried this once, but found it too dry for me. My fave concealer at the moment is MAC’s Prolongwear. Creamy, blends easily and lasts all day. Plus I can use it under my eyes and any where else I want. Love it!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, ouch I’m sorry to hear that! I’ve heard great things about MAC concealers, but I have a hunch that like the Bobbi Brown one, they will make what I have on my lower lash line smudge.

  • Icaria

    At the moment I use Rimmel so talk about a price difference. Next on my list are NARS, YSL and Givenchy. I just don’t know which yet. Reason? Rimmel is getting harder to find. Face is pretty even so it’s mainly for under eyes and I fear that CdP would be too thick for me.

    • Kristen / Glambunctious

      I’ve been looking for the Rimmel Wake Me Up concealer for almost a year now and still haven’t seen it for sale anywhere! I really want to try that one!

      • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

        Oh that’s strange. I think it’s easy to get that one here! If you guys ever need any help, let me know!

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    I would love to try this oft raved about concealer but I can’t bring myself to get past the $70 price tag. Though if it’s as pigmented as it appears and it could last 2 years…then the price is down to $35 bucks a year! So totes manageable! 😉 My current concealer lineup has been NARS Radiant Creamy for under eye magic and MAC Select Cover-Up for blemishes. I bet you look super cute in your glasses!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Kristen, I personally think I can at least do 2 years with this one, but of course it’ll depend on how much concealer you use every day 😉 I got these geeky glasses earlier this year and I love them! Doesn’t help with the annoying print on my nose though 😉

  • Natasja

    I never heard of this product and not sure how I feel about a concealer stick for under your eyes. I have always used a liquid concealer there (but i’ve recently bought a creamy one by Bobbi Brown, so we’ll see…)… so a creamy stick like this one just seems really heavy and cakey? BUT your post-ocher face does look good! So… I don’t know. Hm.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Natasja, I think my undereye area is trickier, because many people seem to be able to use this one in their undereye area! It’s not cakey at all, I swear 😉

  • looknookhook

    I still haven’t found a HG under eye concealer that won’t crease!! Most of the ones i’ve tried do tend to accentuate the fine lines i have even… :( But this looks really good for covering up all sorts of other blemishes… nice buy! :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, yeah most concealers crease where I don’t even know I have fine lines! This is certainly great for everything else though!

  • Shari

    The mother of all concealers – I have this in my list because if it’s one item I can’t be without, it’s CONCEALER. Right now, I’m loving an Asian brand one and the NARS Radiant one (which I saw your review just now, too!). Good to know this is worth the raves (and the youchy wouchy price tag!!).

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha hmm I will probably opt for a tinted moisturizer/powder foundation before I reach for a concealer, but I know what you mean! For the amount it contains, the price tag isn’t unreasonable in my humble opinion. Buying it in Taiwan where the price is less marked-up certainly helped as well 😉

  • Sofia

    I wear glasses too, (ok, sometimes, when I remember to or really need to) and they also leave a mark around my nose! I think I’ve already mentioned I’ve never seen this brand around Bcn, but hey this seems great!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha oh I am blind without mine! I think the only European country that gets Cle de Peau is Russia, though I do hope at some point we’ll have easier access (or maybe not, considering how much everything costs LOL).

  • jenn @Abeautifulzen

    this does a great job at concealing (as per your photos) i wonder why its cheaper in taiwan? i’ll have to remember to check that brand out if i’m ever there. there no point paying so much more when you don’t have to.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Jenn, I can only assume shipping from Japan to Taiwan is cheaper than to North America? I know Cle de Peau is the “cheapest” in Japan. If you’re ever there, do check the brand out!

  • Liz

    CdpB haulage in Asia, yes! Weirdly, I don’t recall seeing their counters in Singapore but it must be there, right? I haven’t tried this concealer but do like some makeup from the brand. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Liz, from what I can see CdP does exist in Singapore! Maybe there aren’t THAT many counters? In Taipei they’re easy enough to find. I so want to try a lipstick, but the price tag makes me cringe a little. Maybe one day!

  • rachlovespenguins

    I haven’t tried this one yet, but just about every concealer I attempt to apply under my eyes manages to find those previously nonexistent fine lines you mention and settle itself there within two or three minutes. I have a feeling that CdP would do the same. It’s like my undereye area takes a brand’s claim of “crease-proof” as some sort of personal challenge. I was beginning to think it was just me, or that maybe in all my makeup wearing years I still hadn’t managed to learn to apply concealer correctly, so I must admit I’m a little glad to see that I’m NOT the only one with this annoying issue.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Rach, oh no you’re not the only one! That or the concealer makes what I have on my lower lash line smudge faster. Either way it’s insanely annoying!

      • rachlovespenguins

        Well if the concealer moves around of course anything we put on top of it is going to move and smudge too! lol 😀
        I just avoid putting anything on the lower lash line anymore. Concealer or not, it won’t stay put anyway. The most confusing factor for me is that my skin is more dry than oily, so I thought that maybe it was my eye cream, but no it happens with or without that too. If anyone ever cracks this mystery I hope they share the secret!