Base Makeup

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Beige

September 6, 2011

You’ve all read the hype and raves about Clé de Peau’s Concealer virtually everywhere. If you haven’t tried it yet, believe the hype. It’s the holy grail of concealers. The quality, consistency and finish cannot be beat. It has full pigmented coverage but blends out naturally to even out dark circles under the eyes (which I did not know I had before trying this concealer), tone down red areas on the face and brighten the overall appearance of your skin.

I was gifted Beige courtesy of Neiman Marcus and Clé de Peau about a month ago and have been carefully testing it out with a highly critical eye. Upon opening it I was a bit concerned it might be too light for my skin, but after testing it out I’ve found that it’s actually perfect. I am around a MAC NC30-35, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in B30, Guerlain Lingerie de Peau on 03, Dolce & Gabbana Powder Foundation in Warm. Upon first swipe it’s clearly lighter than my skin. Blending it out with the fingers makes the product disappear and blend naturally with my skin to even out any areas that need extra help.

A bit of concealer history for me: I’ve neglected concealer in almost a year now. I’ve postponed repurchasing my usual Chanel or Laura Mercier loves thinking any shade I purchased would soon become too light (I’ve been trying to build my summer tan). Still, even though I’ve tested a hefty number of concealers, I have never been fully convinced it was really a necessity (like foundation or powder or good makeup brushes). Most concealers fail to pass the test of having good coverage, having long lasting power, being non-creasing, being non-drying and a having a good color match. There are many that look great upon immediate application but do not work well with the skin as the day progresses. The Clé de Peau Beauté meets all requirements of what a concealer should do. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad review yet before trying this I was skeptical due to the hefty price tag of $70 a tube. After testing this out for a few weeks I can say this is the best concealer I’ve tried. Whether or not it’s worth a full $70 is another question, but when this is used up I will definitely be repurchasing it.

Application tips: I’ve tested this concealer for several weeks using several methods and found application is key. A huge thanks to Karla Sugar’s in-depth review and also tips from one of my readers Laura R., I’ve found the best method is really to apply over a moisturized face (or if you just use on the eyes, make sure your skin is well moisturized) with the fingers.

I’m going to quote Laura on some of these tips combined with my own thoughts:

  • Prepare face and apply moisturizer, primer, foundation first
  • Next prep the eyes with eye cream by pressing into face, not hard, but not tapping either
  • Apply concealer with your index finger and press lightly and blend 
  • If other areas need concealer to tone down redness or even out the skin, apply with your finger in a press-then-blend method (using the fingers help to warm up the product)
  • Top with a soft dusting of loose or pressed powder (but with a brush)

Things to avoid based on my trials:

  • I don’t recommend applying this over any type of powder, the result will be cakey
  • Skipping moisturizer also results in a cakey looking finish
  • Swiping directly from tube to skin can result with too much product on the face and use up the concealer too fast, if you do this, do with a light hand to avoid too much product to the face which can also result in a cakey look (even after blending)
Clé de Peau’s application tips that come with each concealer:

Plus the ingredients (click to enlarge):

Since first trying this out, I haven’t skipped using it for a day. If I were slightly darker I think Beige would be too light but I haven’t looked at the other shades in the lineup in person but you can see Karla’s swatches here and I found the user comments in the bottom of her post useful. At first glance it would seem better if CdP had a bigger color selection for their concealers – I’m not sure how hard it is to find a color match, I’m glad I found mine, but this is something I highly recommend having an expert try on you in person. They will know which one works best for your skin and show you how to apply as well.
For inquiring minds, other Clé de Peau loves of mine include: La Creme (although I’ve survived off mini samples), Extra Silky Lipsticks and a few of the Lip Glosses.
Have you tried Clé de Peau’s concealer? What shade do you use and what other foundation shades are you?
Many thanks to Neiman Marcus and Clé de Peau for providing this concealer for review.

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  • Ooh, I've heard many good things about this, as well. Sounds like I will have to save up for it.

  • Great review, thanks! I'm eager to test this out the next time I need a new concealer. My recent concealer splurge was Chantecaille's biolift concealer which comes with a core of anti-aging ingredients. Its $69 and I was convinced to get it after it was used on me in a couple of makeovers, gives a really great finish, no caking whatsoever. The skincare core quite appealed to me especially since my skin gets uber dry in the fall/winter, the MA recommended using the stick directly under the eyes for maximum benefit. Have you tried Chantecaille's concealer?

  • This is one of the best concealers I have ever tried. I was matched at NM last year with Ivory which was too light for me, I need to repurchase it possibly in Beige. Thanks.

  • I would love to try but its not available in Ireland! I've heard so many good things though!

  • I have this concealer and have had mediocre results with it, but after reading your review I realize I may have been using it wrong! I am going to try it with my fingers and pressing it into the skin. I have been using a brush and this does not work so well.

  • I haven't ventured into Cle De Peau products yet, but I really have heard amazing things about all their products. Great review (as always!) 🙂

  • Anonymous

    For those that are slightly darker than NC30/35, Ochre is perfect. I am NC35 (asian) and slightly more tan in the summer, and Ochre is the best match for me year round. I always venture out to try new brands, but always end up going back to CdP. My justification for the price is that it lasts for over a year, so $70 is not too bad. I've wasted much more money buying cheaper products. Please review more of the CdP e/s, I'm very interested in buying a palette!

  • Whoa, what are the odds, Lina! I'll be receiving this concealer in a few weeks! A friend of mine helped me with ordering it from the US, since it CdP is not available over here.

    I decided to go for the lightest shade which is Ivory (I think…), since I have a very fair skintone. Hopefully, there won't be too much pink undertone to it though!

    Thank you so much for your review and sharing application tips! I can not wait for getting mine! 🙂

  • Eileen

    Clé de Peau's concealer is the darling of MA's for good reason: it covers a multitude of imperfections and, when the correct color is being used, blends seamlessly with the complexion. Thanks, Sabrina, for such a good description of how to apply this great concealer. It's the combined warmth of the face and from the fingertips lightly patting it, that helps it meld with the surrounding makeup to form a smooth, even-toned canvas. I very rarely wear concealer, but when I need it because of hay-fever flareups, I rely on Ivory to set everything to right.

  • hi babe! i also use & love this concealer, and i agree, its vital to set it off with a light dusting of loose powder to avoid caking.

    i am NC30 and use the "Ochre" shade, i tried "Beige" in the store but it was too light for me! have you tried taking photos with "beige" on? i read you are NC30-35 and trying to get a tan. you might want to check how it looks in photos because i looked ghastly in photos with "Beige" on. LOL.

  • I've been using this concealer for more than 6 months, there's still like 5/6 left in the tube, so I'd say it definitely worth the price tag.

    Cle de Peau Beaute is a brand I really love, I can't live without their gentle cleansing foam, and loose powder is a must have for me, too!

  • Sophia1105

    I'm not much of a base person, I like being active and dislike sweating with anything on my skin. Laura Mercier's Rich Vanilla mineral powder foundation is the exception and a joy to wear. As far as concealer, I have a tough time finding one that doesn't make me look weird, I have deep half-circle creases for dark circles and it looks odd when I completely conceal them. I sprung for CdP's cream liner a while back and never gave it the love to justify the $60+ price tag. I just haven't found a reason to fall for the line considering their high price tag.

  • Zazie

    Based on the reviews I read I had just decided to jump (blindly) on the ellis faas concealer… but now I'll wait and make a detour to the clé de peau counter. I totally get the idea that a good concealer is a great asset…but sometimes they don't wear well. So far I have been quite happy with my liquid Armani and a Shideido double cream, but after years of use I definetly wish to try out new formulations.

  • I agree with Caroline….have been using my CDP concealer for almost a year and can barely tell it has been used…'s a good value. And thank goodness to finally be able to stop searching for a concealer that actually helps you look better!

  • Rei

    Cle de peau concealer has been my HG concealer for years. I have yet to come across a concealer that is as good as Cle de Peau. I am using the shade beige and I am a B10 Chanel vitalumiere aqua. I also love Cle de peau's foundation and their loose powder and the La creme (me too I was given some samples of it..:p).

  • I am now kicking myself for passing on a swap for a brand new CdP Concealer in Beige, which I thought would be too dark for me. It actually looks like it would be perfect, as I tend to like my concealers a tiny bit darker than the skin around my eyes.

    Great review and pictures, thanks!

  • Yu

    I'm in Japan atm so I should go check it out! 🙂

  • Great review, I'm thinking of ordering it. Btw which red nail polish are you wearing in the 5th picture, it's gorgeous!!! I'm addicted to reds at the moment and this one has some beautiful sparkle to it! xoxo

  • Anonymous

    Have tried product with recommended tips above. result was still disappointing. Accented fine lines and felt drying even with expensive eye cream. don't understand what are the hype is about?!?

  • I have been using the concealer for 2 months and it really is the end all be all. Rally. I have tried most every store and name brand and this WORKS! I swear. You will not regret your results.