Cle de Peau Beaute

Cle de Peau Beaute At-A-Glance

Strengths: None of note among skin-care items; even the best products are not worth the money when compared with superior versions from other lines that cost slightly to considerably less; foundations that provide excellent coverage without looking heavy; a magnificent concealer; good highlighting powder and eyeshadows; one good mascara.

Weaknesses: Too many to list, but major ones include: average to ineffective moisturizer and serum formulas; no sunscreens; no products to address acne; several products sold as nourishing or anti-aging that douse skin with alcohol or other irritants; makeup products rated as average that are definitely not worth the investment.

Shiseido-owned Cle de Peau Beaute has a great French name that means "key to beautiful skin," but even a cursory overview shows that it is merely the key to the most inane waste of money. We wish there were a way we could bestow a sense of the truth about what women are really buying from this line with a swoop of a wand or a mind meld! The reality is, aside from having no sunscreen—which leaves skin completely vulnerable to the very damage this skin-care company makes every claim it can repair—these products contain nothing unique or out of the ordinary. While most of the products contain some amount of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and anti-irritants, the amounts are so minuscule they are inconsequential for skin, and for this kind of money that’s offensive. Moreover, the formulations are repetitive, with few significant, bona fide differences among them, despite sometimes wide swings in prices.

Where Cle de Peau excels is in its propaganda of beauty at any cost, especially really expensive cost, regardless of fact or reality. Words such as "extraordinary" and "elegant" pepper the literature for this line, with the none-too-subtle message being that of luxury and obtaining the crème de la crème among skin-care products. Although several of their moisturizers have indulgent textures and are packaged in exquisite containers, it takes much more than that to create efficacious skin-care products whose substance equates to more than mere style. A few Cle de Peau products were reviewed favorably, but we can't in good conscience recommend this line given the prevalence of equal or better formulas from many other lines, most without the price tag that contributes immeasurably to the opulent image Cle de Peau has cultivated.

For more information about Shiseido-owned Cle de Peau, visit www.cledepeau-beaute.com.

Note: Many of Cle de Peau's formulations are variations on what Shiseido itself offers for much less money. Shiseido doesn't necessarily have better formulas (although their sun-care line is formidable and worth a look), but they offer proportionately more products we feel comfortable recommending.

Cle de Peau Beaute Makeup

Without question, this is absolutely one of the most expensive collections of makeup sold today. While the prices defy logic or reason, at least the majority of the products perform reliably well and most have beautiful, soft textures that are easy to work with. Of particular interest are the cream foundation and concealer, and the mascaras, pencils, blush, and eyeshadows have their strong points, too. However, when you consider that products costing considerably less share these strengths, the decision to purchase from Cle de Peau comes down to how large your cosmetics budget is and how important the image of ultra-high-end prestige is to you and your makeup bag.

The salespeople for this line go on and on about how each makeup item is an extension of the treatment benefits attained from their skin-care products, but a review of the ingredient lists for almost every cosmetic below clearly refutes that claim. Ironically, even if the makeup were an extension of the skin care, that would be bad news, because the skin-care products are some of the worst on the market.

Nothing in this makeup is special, unique, or even all that competitive with what the cosmetics industry's frontrunners are creating for you. Nevertheless, the main reason to consider Cle de Peau makeup is if you're looking for a selection of silky foundations that provide substantial coverage without the heavy, masklike look of days past. That attribute is one of the reasons celebrities often claim to use Cle de Peau's foundations and concealer.

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Good Eyebrow & Eyeliner Compact Cle de Peau Beaute Specialty Makeup Products  $70.00
Average Facial Contour Treatment (Traitement Visage Remodelant) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizing/Firming Masks  $135.00
Average Gentle Balancing Lotion (Lotion Tendre) Cle de Peau Beaute Toners  $100.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Gentle Cleansing Foam (Mousse Nettoyante Tendre) Cle de Peau Beaute Cleansers/Soaps  $63.00 3.30 fl. oz.
Average Gentle Nourishing Emulsion (Emulsion Tendre) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $150.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average Gentle Protective Emulsion (Emulsion Protectrice Tendre) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $110.00 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Intensifying Cream Eyeliner Cle de Peau Beaute Liquid/Gel/Cream/Cake  $60.00
Poor Intensive Eye Contour Cream Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Moisturizers  $250.00 0.53 fl. oz.
Poor Intensive Treatment (Soin Intensif) Cle de Peau Beaute Exfoliants  $145.00
Poor Intensive Wrinkle Correcting Cream (Creme Intensive Correctrice Rides) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $170.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Average Lengthening Mascara Cle de Peau Beaute Regular Mascara  $45.00
Poor Lip Contour Treatment (Soin Levres) Cle de Peau Beaute Lip Balm Without Sunscreen  $50.00 0.14 fl. oz.
Good Lip Gloss Cle de Peau Beaute Lip Gloss  $48.00
Average Lipstick Cle de Peau Beaute Cream Lipstick  $55.00
Average Massage Cream (Creme de Massage) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $125.00 3.40 fl. oz.
Poor Micro-Refining Treatment (Soin Micro-Lissant) Cle de Peau Beaute Serums  $200.00
Poor Oil Balancing Essence (Essence Equilibrante) Cle de Peau Beaute Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $63.00 2.50 fl. oz.
Poor Oil Balancing Gel (Gel Equilibrant) Cle de Peau Beaute Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $63.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Best Refining Fluid Foundation SPF 24 Cle de Peau Beaute Liquid Foundation w/ Sunscreen  $120.00 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Refreshing Balancing Lotion (Lotion Fraiche) Cle de Peau Beaute Toners  $100.00 5.00 fl. oz.
Good Refreshing Cleansing Foam (Mousse Nettoyante Fraiche) Cle de Peau Beaute Cleansers/Soaps  $63.00 3.30 fl. oz.
Poor Refreshing Nourishing Emulsion (Emulsion Fraiche) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $150.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Poor Refreshing Protective Emulsion (Emulsion Protectrice Fraiche) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $130.00 4.20 fl. oz.
Average Revitalizing Emulsion (Emulsion Revivifiante) Cle de Peau Beaute Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $148.00 1.30 fl. oz.
Good Silky Cream Foundation Cle de Peau Beaute Cream-to-Powder Foundation  $120.00
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