Cle de Peau Beaute Highlighters

Cle de Peau Beaute Luminizing Face Enhancers in #13 Sand Beige and #14 Delicate Pink

August 17, 2014


One of the things I love about blogging is connecting with readers who are even more passionate about beauty, cosmetics and fragrances than I am. I’ve learned so much from others who have taken time out of their day to write me about their latest discoveries and loves. Clé de Peau Beauté is one brand that gets frequently mentioned in my inbox. I’ve avoided most of the items from the brand due to the high price points but after so many raves, I couldn’t help but finally check out the Luminizing Face Enhancers ($95 each for the compact+case, or $55 for just the refills). The Luminizing Face Enhancers are powder highlighters that come in a refillable prism-like covered gold mirrored case. There are currently four shades available in a pale white, silvery pink, gold and peachy-bronze.


I picked out #13 Sand Beige and #14 Delicate Pink at Neiman Marcus. The Luminizing Face Enhancers are finely milled super soft pressed powders each containing multiple shades of shimmer pressed together in a jewel-like pattern. It’s difficult to tell exactly how many different shades there are per compact, but there are at least four different colors pressed together. These come with a  sheer veil of glitter overspray (which I’m not fond of) but once you dust it off you get a luminous powder underneath. Once applied on the skin the shimmer is visible but it provides a natural glow. I’ve applied on the cheeks, temples and eyes. These blend in with the skin extremely well. Some powder products can look like they just sit on the skin, but the Clé de Peau Beauté highlighter melds quite well giving a natural look.
For me these are too shimmery to apply all over the face, but they are not frosty. I like them as traditional highlighters. I would say the shimmer factor is light-medium, somewhere in between the shimmer of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders in Dim Light and Luminous Light, but with larger shimmer particles infused throughout.



#13 Sand Beige is my favorite. It’s the darkest option which might look more like a bronzer on fairer skins (anything lighter than a Chanel B20). On my medium olive skin the Clé de Peau Beauté #13 is the perfect natural golden honey highlight. It’s similar in color to Chanel Dentelle Precieuse not quite as shimmery as the Chanel (swatch comparisons below). The brush that comes in the compact is quite good, I’ve used it for touch ups, it’s soft and dense and picks up product well. I do wish it was bigger, but for a compact brush, it’s the best I’ve tried.







#14 Delicate Pink is a cool-toned silvery pink on me. It’s on the pale side which contrasts with my olive skin. I’ve seen it on fairer skin tones and it makes the entire face glow. For me it’s something I use with a very light hand on the temples, on the nose, under brow bone (applied very softly) and it gives dimension to the face. It’s difficult to capture the luminous shimmer in photographs but this one gives the skin a perfect glow.





Swatches below. The flash and light emphasized the shimmer particles, in real life they are more subtle on the face, I swatched these with a heavy hand to show the color and shimmer. When applied normally, the shimmer isn’t quite as pronounced as shown in the detail shot.



Comparisons to a few other highlighters:


Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette with Radiant Light, Incandescent Light and Dim Light (review)
Chanel Dentelle Precieuse (reviewed here)



Second view with larger swatches up close:



Many have reported these Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancers to be the best powder highlighters on the market. For me, there are so many different types of highlighters, I think finding the “best one” will depend on what you are looking for. Some highlighters offer intense shimmer or color like Mineralize Skinfinishes from MAC or Shimmer Bricks by Bobbi Brown. Others like Chanel Poudre Douce (discontinued shades like Rosee or Peche Tendre) or Dolce & Gabbana are highlighting powders that are designed to be use over the entire face. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders have a wide range of shimmer finishes and textures created for different skin tones to either warm up and bronze the skin, give a candlelit glow-from-within look, or create a diffused glow. There are also different skin types that look better with certain highlighters. There are highlighters that some will find enhance their pores, but on others that same product won’t. Depending on your skin tone, if you’re fair, certain shades will flatter you more than if you are darker.


So for me, when someone asks me “what is the best powder highlighter?” My answer would be “it depends.” I’ve been partial to Chanel, Edward Bess and Hourglass for highlighting powders. I’ve also always been a huge fan of MAC Mineralize Skinfinishes (even the frosty ones) for different looks.


To sum up my thoughts on the Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancers, I do think they are amazing highlighters. If you’re looking for a natural luminous glow that makes the skin radiate, adds dimension to the face, isn’t frosty and doesn’t emphasize pores, these fit the bill. They do come with a steep price tag which is why I’m reluctant to give a 100% glowing review. The quality of the product and packaging is there and I don’t see any other product on the market that can provide that same glow. The texture is finely milled and it glides onto the skin blending in perfectly. The $55 price tag for the refills is reasonable for me, but the $95 price for the powder + compact is just too much for me no matter how good the product is.


That being said, I’m very happy with both and I know I will be using both regularly. These are highlighters you have to try in person to really see how good the glow is. Have you tried Clé de Peau Beauté Luminizing Face Enhancers? What did you think?


I bought mine from Neiman Marcus. They are also available at Cle de Peau, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth AvenueBarneys New York, and Bergdorf Goodman.

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  • Divya Raj Singh August 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Such a gorgeous pattern! I love #13 especially for my skin tone.. the shimmer is so understated and beautiful! Aah Cle de Peau!


    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

      I agree – the patterns are to die for 🙂

  • Natalia Bos August 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

    Such a nice highlighter!! I like the design very much)

    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:06 am

      I think Clé de Peau created an exquisite design for these highlighters too!

  • Lana August 17, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    While the product is pretty, my focus is on the gorgeous prismatic packaging – it's to die for!

    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:07 am

      I agree – very unique and gorgeous 🙂

  • Holly Zdolyny August 17, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    They look lovely but the price tag is enough to steer me towards a cheaper option!

  • Dovey August 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Sabrina,

    I'm so excited to see your review of the Clé de Peau highlighters! I've had my Clé de Peau Luminizing Face Enhancer (in 11 Pastel) for a couple years now — it's probably my HG highlighter at this point. Part of the reason is that it's so difficult to find a subtle cool-toned highlighter, which is what I need for my skintone…. and part of the reason is that the aesthete in me loves the gorgeous packaging!

    I liked your discussion on highlighters and whether this one is a must have. As much as I love it, at this price point, it's more of a collector's piece. I think the cooler shades #11 and maybe #14 are more worth a splurge, as there are less options available for cool skin tones. For the warmer/golden shades #12 and #13, there are so many great alternatives (CHANEL, Bobbi Brown, Hourglass, etc.) that they're slightly harder to justify.

    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:08 am

      Oooh! Glad to know #11 is one of your holy grails! I might have to take a peek at it next month when Neimans has their beauty week.

  • Jess August 17, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    These highlighters are really lovely…love that prismatic design! However, that price tag is a little steep. Maybe someday if I really feel like treating myself, I'll pick one up.:)

    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:09 am

      They are definitely a splurge, I recommend testing before buying since they are so pricey. I have no regrets about buying them.

  • Anonymous August 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    OMG!!! So happy that you finally got your hands on these Gems:). Really love and own all 4 of them. And my faves are #11 and #14 as well. Totally agree with Doveys opinion as it is not easy to find a good highlighter for cooler skin tones. My most fave is probably #11. Just LOVe it. Period! Thank you for great review!

    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:09 am

      I'll have to check out #11 because so many people recommend it! Thanks for the rec 🙂

  • bella August 18, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    My absolute favorite highlighter is one by Lora called Perfectly lit
    luminizer in Luminous. Of course, they have discontinued it. I have looked everywhere for it. It makes your skin glow without getting stuck in your pores. Way better than the Hourglass or even Becca!

  • Eileen August 18, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    I own all four of the luminizers and only one case which I use when I travel and also as an evening compact. I feel so pampered and elegant when I take the compact out of my evening bag to touch up my lipstick. It looks so much better than my grubby old magnifying mirror! LOL

    I think you brought up an important point about finding the luminizer/highlighter that is right for your skin. Many of the popular ones by Hourglass, Becca, MAC, etc. just look like they're sitting on the surface of my dry, mature skin. They're pretty, but very artificial looking on me whereas the CdP luminizers meld with my skin to create a beautiful and ethereal glow wherever they're applied. I use a Hakuhodo squirrel brush to sweep them over my brow bones and cheekbones which enlivens my complexion and gives a lovely "lift" to my features. Sand Beige and Delicate Pink are good daily options for my NC15 complexion and I find Sand Beige works perfectly for summer into autumn and Delicate Pink is ideal for winter into spring. I usually wear Pastel and Gold for evening looks and special occasions. Pastel is cool elegance and Gold is festive. Seeing as I get so much use out of CdP's luminizers and they're such a good fit, I find $55 is a reasonable price to pay.

    • Sabrina August 19, 2014 at 2:12 am

      Hi Eileen – I've been intrigued by the Hakuhodo brushes, they look so soft and luxe! I've been doing some research and making a list.

      I love the way you described how they enhance your complexion, I completely agree and didn't realize anything could give that natural glow. I'm in love and definitely need to look into Pastel 🙂

    • Eileen August 19, 2014 at 3:11 pm

      Hi Sabrina,

      I use either a Hakuhodo K020 blue squirrel blusher brush for a very diffused look or a B116BkSl blue squirrel highlighter brush for precision. The blue squirrel is very soft and gives a a delicate, smooth, and even wash of pigment. It's veritably impossible to overdo it when using blue squirrel 🙂

      You should definitely visit the Hakuhodo showroom in Torrance the next time you head towards LA. I'm sure they'd be thrilled to have you visit and check out their various brush series. You'll feel like a kid in a candy store with more choices than you can imagine, but the Hakuhodo people will help you select the perfect brushes for your features, skin, and the types of cosmetics you apply. I can't say enough good things about the company. We're lucky to have a showroom in our own "backyard" 🙂

  • Anonymous August 20, 2014 at 12:05 am

    Hi Sabrina –

    How's #13 compared to #12? #14 Delicate Pink looks pretty but I'm afraid it's too white for my NC30 skin tone. Let me know your though 😉


    • Sabrina August 20, 2014 at 4:09 am

      Mirna, I do not have the #12 to compare and don't recall what it looked like at the counter. I recommend Raeviewer's photos (linked above) since she has all four photographed together.

    • Eileen August 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      Hi Mirna,

      Yes, do take a look at Rae's feature because she has comparative swatches of the four that are applied heavy enough to really see the difference in tone. In a nutshell, #12 Gold is very warm and gives a beautiful gilded glow. There is no pink undertone in this one. #13 Sand Beige is deeper and is a luminous beige with soft rose.

    • Anonymous August 26, 2014 at 12:28 am

      Thanks Sabrina and Eileen! I'll check out these luminizers.

      Btw, Eileen, I'd like to get your thought on Hakuhodo squirrel brushes. I own Hakuhodo, (but the not squirrel ones) and I love the quality. Let me know if I can email you directly. Thanks! -Mirna

  • Anonymous August 20, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    Thanks ladies!

  • Jane at Daly Beauty August 25, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    The Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder in Brightening Nudes was what I settled on after swatching it next to the Cle De Peau, which I was seriously lemming. Less shimmer in the BB, and I'm addicted to the glow it gives. I may have to get the BB Bronze Glow one now, too….

  • Fanny Blackrose September 4, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Love your reviews. Was thinking buying it or not. After your comparison swatches now I know what to do. 😉

  • Anonymous May 9, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    can we put these refills in some Z palate or magnetic MAC palettes? Thanks! I mean $55 for product is OK… but $40 for container!! Seriously???

  • May Situ July 14, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Thank you so much for the detailed review! I'd love to buy one but we don't have CdP counters here 🙁 Chanel BB cream#20 or their water base foundation #30 is the perfect shade for me. I was wondering whether you could advise me which shade I should go for. I would like to use it day and night for a natural glow. Thank you very much for your time and your recommendation will be greatly appreciated!