Cle De Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer Gets it Right.

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Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer.

Once upon a time, many years ago, I was but a hopeless young woman seeking her first foundation. Naturally, I sought the help of a lovely MUA that graciously directed my attention (and business) to the Cle de Peau Beaute counter.  All the wonderfully packaged cosmetics mesmerized my senses and I shamelessly (aka: superficially) fell-in-love.  Fast forward to the present day, my naive nature has drastically diminished, but the charms of Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer ($55 USD/10g) immediately captured my heart, bringing back all those wicked temptations…this prismatic enchantress had me at…HELLO 🙂

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer.

The spectacular four-color design is what sets this highlighter apart from others on the market.  A color blend of bronze, tan, beige and peach meld beautifully together to create a warm complex subtle golden shade.  This particular color definitely suits warmer skins more so than it’s paler/pinker sister, 14 Delicate Pink (reviewed here).  The sophisticated peach pearl really does impart a smooth radiance, which dare I say, looks quite natural.

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My preferred method of application involves using a slightly dampened dense brush (Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush) and sweeping the brush in a downward motion (not swirling), making sure to pickup all the colors in the pan.  I lightly tap off any excess (which should be minimal) and then gently apply the color to the tops of my cheeks using the same downward motions on the targeted areas.  The dampened conditions keep the soft powder from kicking up, intensifying the color and increasing the longevity (lasts all day).

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige.

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer substantial amount.

Cle de Peau 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer in the refill packaging.

MAC palette

Foundation, Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige, and eyeshadows housed in my MAC Palette with Tom Ford Cream Foundation Brush.

The amount given is quite substantial; the pan itself is rather long and deep, making this one time purchase a lifelong investment.  As you may recall, Cle de Peau does sell an accompanying plastic compact for an additional $45.  This time around, I opted to purchase the refill option (fool me once people) and place my golden goddess in my MAC palette, which incidentally, costs only $8 and houses my powder foundations, highlighter and eyeshadows.

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer ingredient list.

The ingredients of this gem are mostly artificial.  The addition of Argan Oil and Mortierella Oil are nice touches, but the overall components are made from your garden variety of silicones, some unpronounceable substances and mineral oil (5th ingredient which I suspect is responsible for the smooth application and feel).  This formula is manufactured in Japan and thankfully, paraben-free.

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige

Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer worn on the tops of the cheeks and bridge of the nose.

As you can tell from the above photo, the overall effect is unbelievably smooth.  The texture of Sand Beige is perfect for those individuals who work in a professional environment and require a subtle finish, for those who prefer a contained pearl finish rather than shimmer/glitter, and for those who demand beautiful presentation to match cost.

**Cle de Peau Beaute is sold in the States at Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Barneys, and online at cledepeaubeaute.com.**

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Cle de Peau Beaute 13 Sand Beige Luminizing Face Enhancer is a wonderful highlighter that performs as promised.  The smooth formula, subtle warm golden shade, sophisticated finish and substantial amount has restored my interest in this brand.  This goes beyond pretty, and borders on necessary…at least for me at the present moment. 🙂  Will this stop me from investing in other brands?  Come now–as we speak, Kjear Weis Radiance Highlighter is on its merry way to my home–a lemming I totally blame on Maeve from Lilting-grace.blogspot.com (she did a fabulous review on KW cream blush here).  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria
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Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer review and comparisons.

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Admittedly, highlighter/illuminators are my weakness.  I’m fully aware that I am in possession of my fair share of these beauties, but once the desire to purchase a new one comes over me, the raging makeupaholic within needs to be tamed.  Cle de Peau Beautie 14 Luminizing Face Enhancer ($95 USD for powder + compact/ 10g) is the latest attempt to settle my illuminating urges.  The promises of an HG “glow-from-within,” beautiful compact, and seamless formula seems almost too good to be true.  Will this costly bauble quell my appetite and cease any desire for another?  You’ll see 🙂

Cle de Peau luminizing face enhancer

Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer swatch blended.

The Pros to Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer:

  1. Prismatic dimensional pattern is not only beautiful, but unique amongst the brands.
  2. Smooth lightweight formula glides and clings to the skin seamlessly.
  3. Composed of four colors: rose, pink, beige and white.
  4. Initial sparkle overspray is for appearance purposes and easily comes off on the first swipe.
  5. Imparts a delicate/natural highlighting effect.
  6. Ideal formula for those who do not like a metallic sheen and seek a refined finish.
  7. Delicate Pink is the perfect shade for lighter/cooler complexions.
  8. Does not settle into pores or fines lines–great for more mature skins.
  9. Lasts well for eight hours with gradual fading.
  10. Substantial amount given (10g)–will last a lifetime.
  11. Sold as a refill for $55 USD for those who want to save a considerable amount on the cost.
  12. Compact comes with a synthetic brush that works quite well to deposit color.  The brown/beige velvet pouch coordinates perfectly with the compact and will not attract lint or dust.
  13. Argan oil and Mortierella oil are nice additions.
  14. Formulated without parabens.
  15. Made in Japan.

The Cons to Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer:

  1. Compact is a fingerprint magnet and is sold separately for a whopping $45 USD.
  2. Despite the gorgeous design, this expensive magnetic compact is composed entirely of plastic.  Even the beautiful champagne prism detailing is really a square piece of thin plastic glued to the top of the compact.  Burberry has more substantial compacts.
  3. Delicate Pink although beautiful, is not meant for warmer/medium/darker skins.  If applied with a heavy hand, the white base dominates and turns ashy on these skins–trust me I have made this mistake.
  4. Not the type of formula for those that want a high impact highlighter.
  5. Due to the soft nature of this formula, powder kick-up is inevitable.
  6. Fifth ingredient is paraffin (mineral oil).

Cle de Peau14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

  • Clé de Peau Beauté hired jewelry designer Shaun Leane, to design this compact.  According to Shaun Leane,

“In terms of its aesthetic, we wanted the design to be as though it was a jewel with a multitude of facets; to be chic, sophisticated, whilst exuding an element of glamour and fun, just like the lady who will be inspired by it.”

  • This compact is very sleek, however, those aesthetics come with a hefty price tag.  Personally, I never carry a highlighter with me, so investing in this compact was an unnecessary expense.

Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer

  • The compact also comes with a thick plastic insert to protect the mirror from powder kick-up.  Although a thoughtful addition, I doubt anyone will religiously place this piece of plastic over the powder after every use.
  • For the price, someone in the Cle de Peau Beaute design team should have thought of attaching a hinged acrylic shield directly to the top of the powder, similar to that found on many cream foundation compacts.
Comparisons: Laura Mercier Spellbound, Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Edward Bess Sunlight, Cle de Peau 14 Delicate Pink, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Estee Lauder Crystal Baby.

Comparisons:
Laura Mercier Spellbound, Laura Mercier Highlight 01, Edward Bess Sunlight, Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer and Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (click to enlarge).

  • Laura Mercier Spellbound is a warm rosy color that is darker than CDP Delicate Pink.
  • Laura Mercier Highlight 01 is a smooth pinky beige color that suits a variety of skin tones.
  • RMS Beauty Living Luminizer is really ideal for drier skins, but the finish is so refined, yet noticeable.
  • Edward Bess All Over Seduction in Sunlight has to be my favorite color.  The cream-to-powder finish is so flattering and the longevity is amazing.  However, the price/amount ratio is outrageous ($38 USD/ 1.5 g).
  • Cle de Peau Beaute Delicate Pink is very lightweight and so subtle, but if used in abundance, the white base becomes very evident and looks ashy on warmer/darker skins.
  • theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer is a champagne color that can be worn sheer or opaque for a true metallic effect.
  • Estee Lauder Crystal Baby (reviewed here) is another favorite of mine.  Although, quite pink in comparison to all the others, the sheer texture is versatile and can be worn mixed with other highlighters and on its own, sheer or opaque.
Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer.

Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer.  Where’s the beef?

Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer on the tops of the cheeks, which is barely noticable.

Wearing Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer on the tops of the cheeks is barely noticeable on my olive skin.

  • As you can tell by the photos above, Delicate Pink was hardly noticeable when blended out against my olive complexion.  Should I have been darning enough to apply more product, the white base proved to be a powerful presence, leaving behind a noticeable white streak across the top of my cheeks.  Definitely not $95 cute. 🙁
Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink ingredient list.

Cle de Peau Beaute #14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer ingredient list. (click to enlarge).

THE VERDICT:  If makeup could talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Cle de Peau Beaute 14 Delicate Pink Luminizing Face Enhancer is a lovely color for those with light/cooler complexions.  Sadly, this color did not suit my coloring and will be exchanged (refill only) for 13 Sand Beige; at this price, I need to love the product to justify the expense.  The burning question–Do you need this?  If you can do without the compact, then I would say this luminizer is indeed a lovely product to own.  On the other hand, if money is of no consequence to you, then by all means, go to town and buy two–just make sure you have the right colors  🙂  What are your thoughts?  Yay or nay?  Be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

*Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com is not affiliated with any brands mentioned, all products were purchased by me. *Compensation is not given for any reviews. *This post contains store affiliate links. *Click on each photo to enlarge. *Click on the rose highlighted words to take you to a direct link to each product. *All opinions are my own and based on my experiences. *All photos are property of Ifmakeupcouldtalk.com unless otherwise noted.