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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Ready to see it in action?
Pre-Ocher skin (I do have my eyebrows filled and a bit of mascara on):
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:
Here is how they look after some concealer (and eyebrow pencil and mascara…):
Here is the ingredient list:
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