Clé de Peau Beauté Fall 2016 (also available at CdPB and Neiman Marcus) has arrived and it is breathtakingly gorgeous both for the end of summer and the start of autumn. Rife with colorful–yet wearable–eyeshadow, glowing luminizer, a pigment-saturated liquid lip formula and a creamy, radiant foundation, this collection promises something for everyone.
Kindly scroll on for more details, swatches and images of the collection in action as well as the Bottom Line…
The Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream Foundation in O 40.
My affinity for foundation knows no end and when I found out that CdPB would be launching the Radiant Cream Foundation SPF 24 (also available at CdPB and Neiman Marcus), I couldn’t contain my excitement. This anticipation was further bolstered by emails and comments (on social media) from many of you, asking if/when I would be reviewing the new formula! After procuring samples last week (if you’re ever at Neiman Marcus Fashion Island, visit the CdPB counter…they are the best!), I have tested this foundation daily and am very impressed with the results. Here are my initial impressions:
FORMULA: This foundation is a perfect combination of the original CdPB Cream Foundation (reviewed HERE) and the CdPB Silky Cream Foundation (which was always a little too dewy for me…reviewed HERE). The formula, which is conveniently dispensed in a squeeze tube (which I LOVE), is creamy and lush while pigmented enough to provide substantial–yet natural looking–coverage. In my experience, it has a satin finish that isn’t overly dewy, but the subtle glow that it takes on over the course of wear puts it on par with some of my other favorite radiant formulas (reviewed HERE, HERE and HERE).
A dime-sized amount provides instant medium coverage that, when buffed onto the skin with a damp Beauty Blender, looks nearly invisible on the skin. Similar to other foundations in the CdPB lineup, the formula has a light fragrance that dissipates within a few seconds and my sensitive skin hasn’t experienced any irritations during my trial period.
PERFORMANCE: Much like my beloved CdPB Cream Foundation, this formula has fantastic lasting power. I get 6-8 hours of touch up free wear, even in warm and humid weather and the additionl SPF 24 is an excellent safeguard against harmful UV rays. As aforementioned, the glow factor of the foundation develops over the course of a few hours but it never looks shiny or oily. It wears so flawlessly on my normal to combination skin that I don’t even feel the need to set this with powder!
SHADES: There are 12 shades in the Radiant Cream Foundation lineup, described and swatched below, and I found my pefect match in O 40. In CdPB foundations, I am generally O 20 in the winter and O 30 in the summer but I found both to be too light for my skin (which isn’t any darker than normal), causing me to think that this particular formula runs a little light overall. Those in the fair, light and medium skin tones should have no problem finding a match but those in the medium deep to deep range might find the offerings a touch limited. It is important to note, however, that CdPB has definitely expanded their shade range in the last few years so even more extensions could be on the horizon!
I 10 Very Light Ivory: @N 10
WB 20 Light Warm Beige: @N/NW15-20
BF20 Light Buff: @N/NC 15-20
B 10 Very Light Beige: @N/NW 10
B 20 Light Beige: @N/NW 20
B 30 Medium Beige: @N/NW 25
O 10 Very Light Ochre: @N/NC 10
O 20 Light Ochre: @N/NC 15
O 30 Medium Ochre: @N/NC 20-25
O 40 Medium Deep Ochre: @N/NC 25-27 **My current match
O 50 Deep Ochre: @N/NC 30-35
O 60 Very Deep Ochre: @N/NC 40-45
OVERALL: The Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Cream Foundation SPF 24is marvelous! With beautiful medium coverage and a lasting satin finish that flatters the skin, I am extremely pleased with this particular launch and believe that the formula is worth the splurge.
The three “standalone” shades in terms of undertone–Ivory, Warm Beige and Buff in outdoor sunlight.
The three “standalone” shades in terms of undertone–Ivory, Warm Beige and Buff in outdoor shade.
The Beige shades in outdoor sunlight (**missing B 10).
The Beige shades in outdoor shade.
The Ochre shades in outdoor sunlight.
The Ochre shades in outdoor shade.
A comparison of all “20” shades side by side to illustrate undertone differences.
Undertone differences in outdoor shade.
CdPB Modern Era and Golden Age.
I have been working with the glorious *Clé de Peau Beauté Eye Color Quads in #315 Modern Era and #316 Golden Age (also available at CdPB and Neiman Marcus) for the past couple of weeks and even previously featured #316 Golden Age HERE and HERE. Tremendously pigmented and buttery smooth, these eyeshadow quads offer lush green and warm neutral palettes, sure to flatter a spectrum of skin tones. Despite their color-saturated hues, both palettes are immensely wearable and every shade in the quad fulfills a purpose.
Since, I’ve already demonstrated how I like to apply Golden Age HERE and HERE, I used the green-toned Modern Era in the images at the end of this post. I started by applying a base of the Cream Color Solo #306 Blue Notes all over my lid. Then I placed a healthy dose of the second shade from the left all over my lid, blended a mix of the first and third shade up to my brow bone and used a touch of the darkest shade in my crease.
Both shadows are unique and beautifully easy to wear…highly recommended!
For a dash of glow, the *Luminzing Face Enhancer in #16 Almond (also available at CdPB and Neiman Marcus) is resplendent beauty at its best. This highlighter is exceptionally subtle for a lit from within glow that doesn’t feel like a shimmer-fest. Almond is a universally flattering delicate champagne beige that works well when swept onto the high points of the face.
I use a fluffy brush to blend the finely-milled powder across my upper cheek bones, along my brow bones and down the bridge of my nose, focusing a bit more on my Cupid’s bow for extra definition. The effect is ethereal yet natural and, because the powder melts into the skin, the lasting power is noteworthy.
Wildly unique, #306 Blue Notes is a soft and luminous teal-meets-periwinkle blue that, despite its muted foil finish, looks surprising natural on the eye. The rich #307 Smoke Stream is a radiant charcoal black with minute flecks of blue for a smoldering finish. Both are absolutely beautiful, but I find myself increasingly drawn to the singular Blue Notes as I have nothing like it in my collection.
Blue Notes and Smoke Stream swatched in direct sunlight.
CdPB Radiant Liquid Rouge.
Finally, I am over the moon for the *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rouge (also available at CdPB and Neiman Marcus). This may be my favorite lip product from the entire CdPB line! Housed in a chic glass square tube with intense Art Deco appeal, this formula offers rich color payoff, gorgeous moisture and radiant, non-sticky shine, all the while lasting for hours. It’s like the best of lipstick, gloss and liquid lipstick has been merged into a single formula for lip color lovers of the world to collectively enjoy. It is that good.
In fact, I have a full feature with each shade on my lips in the works, so keep an eye out! In the meanwhile, I must report that the *Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Liquid Rougecomes in eight shades (7 of which, are swatched below):
11 Lingerie: A creamy peachy pink–perfect for creating a muted nude lip when worn alone and glorious over pink lipstick (like *Charlotte Tilbury Liv It Up–reviewed HERE).
12 Chenille: **Not pictured but I did swatch it in-store and it is a lovely and opaque medium rose beige.
13 Flushed: A medium berry nude with a satin finish.
14 Sequin: Also a favorite, this is a brighter pinky peach with a satin finish. I love mixing it with #11 Lingerie for a rich nude lip (as worn in the images at the end of this post).
15 Fast Lane: A stunning violet pink–super color payoff and so flattering on cooler skin tones.
16 Deco: A medium coral with the least amount of pigmentation on my lips–while very pretty, this particular shade feels more like a gloss than a liquid lipstick on my lips.
17 Bugatti Red: Intense warm red with outrageous shine.
18 Lempinka Red: Bold classic neutral red…the color saturated nature of this shade is otherworldly!
Swatches in direct sunlight. Each swatch reflects a single pass of the formula, which showcases the excellent color payoff.
Thanks so much for the foundation swatches. I have been eyeing CDP foundations for a while and this one sounds so perfect. I would love to order online but had no idea which color to go with so i was hoping you will swatch them. I am trying to decide between O10 or O20 or even maybe BF20 ? I am MAC nc15 with strong yellow undertone. What do you suggest?
My absolute pleasure! I think that you'll find a match in O20 or BF 20 as this particular formula seems to run light…hope that helps!
–The Beauty Professor
I always enjoy your reviews and this one is no exception! I am looking forward to trying the new foundation as for me the search never ends as well…. Oh and I was so excited to find out you will be shopping at my Space.NK counter at SCP this month! Yay! Sooooo looking forward to meet you in person!
Thank you ever so much! It was a delight to meet you and shop at the Space.NK SCP…the remodel turned out beautifully!
Have a wonderful weekend…xx,
–The Beauty Professor
Love your reviews. I love the eyeshadows. So pretty! Just like you!
Many thanks, dear Judi! You are such a wonderful reader and encouraging force!
–The Beauty Professor
Thank you for all of your hard work reviewing for us!!!! xoxoxo
Their foundations always strike me as very pink. Can a yellow or even neutral-yellow toned person wear them? Do you have the ingredient list by any chance?
I will work on getting the ingredients list…in the meanwhile, I think you will find more yellow based shades in the O (ochre) hues as well as the BF and WB tones (if your skin is light). I am yellow-olive and the O undertones match me perfectly!
–The Beauty Professor
Hello Rachel! Thank you for sharing this post. I have been wanting to try the Cle de Peau foundation and was about to go and get the Hourglass Illusion HYALURONIC SKIN TINT and now want to give this a go. Hmm… decisions. I tried the Hourglass Vanish Stick Foundation which is great but actually sticks to some of my dry patches. Would you go for the CdP?
Thank you for the kind compliment! With regards to your question, if dryness is a bit of an issue, then I would suggest the CdPB as it is hydrating and plush on the skin. The Hourglass Skin Tint is lovely, but I find that it peforms better on normal to oily skin (or in super warm/humid weather).
I hope that helps…XO,
–The Beauty Professor