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 🙂

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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

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Comments

  1. I used to have a thing for Cle de Peau but that disappeared with the wind. I hated buying the product then to have to buy the case. The price is ridiculous, actually the entire line is priced ridiculously. I am not putting down anyone who wants to buy the stuff for I have myself but for the amount spent, I would expect a compact that could become a vintage item like YSL had years back with the heart ones. (I still have mine.)

    Only an overlay? How disappointing!

    Sorry for sounding so negative! :-S I actually liked the Estee Lauder highlighter better–more versatility and better color!

    Still you look darn good!

    xoxo,

    Olivia

    • Hello Olivia,

      I agree, the entire line is drastically overpriced. My first foundation was from Cle de Peau, and I suppose the fond memories of that positive experience attracts my business every so often.

      In my mind, I thought I would be getting this amazing piece of art, what a let down to discover, the beautiful prism top side is a glued piece of plastic! That was the line in the sand. I would place the entire cost of compact, powder, and brand name at $65-70–not $95.

      I did managed to snag 13 Sand Beige (refill only) and I must admit, the overall color and results are beautiful.

      I don’t think you sound negative, just HONEST…and I love it!

      -Maria

  2. I think your review is spot on. I own Delicate Pink and Sand Beige and I never reach for Delicate Pink…too white like you said. But, if you get that Sand Beige you will love it…Plus I ordered mine without the compact. Paying $45 for a compact alone is ridiculous. I could understand if it was a solid piece, but I couldn’t see forking up that money for fancy plastic.

    • Hello Kiara,

      Love your name BTW 🙂 Thank you so much. I did manage to get Sand Beige and the color is definately more suitable for gals with warmer tones.

      I was thinking the same thing, a solid piece would have been such a nice touch–it would have shown a level quality befitting of the brand. Thankfully, 13 Sand Beige is lovely and I can see myself using it on a daily basis.

      -Maria

  3. It looks beautiful, but the compact sold separately? Increasing the price a bit without that huge gap would be a better solution I guess! I always love your reviews so much 🙂 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    • Hello Gyudy,

      It is a beautiful design for sure, but the price of the compact really got my goat. Sounds crazy,considering how much I invest in some of my makeup, but I’ll be darn if I have to add the extra expense of a compact to the list. Thank you so much for all of your support.

      -Maria

  4. Hey Maria, thanks for the review! I can see it’s a bit of a miss for you, and to be honest it’ll probably be the same for me. I prefer highlighters that don’t end up looking too white on me! I hope Sand Beige will work better for you. Keep me posted!

    • Hello Sunny,

      This color would look so good on paler complexions. One would think the gorgeous color combinations would flatter a variety of skins, but alas, Delicate Pink was not meant to be. I did get 13 Sand Beige and the color and finish are beautiful. Review will be up next week.

      -Maria

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