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Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer Review & Swatches

March 8, 2010
Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer ($70)

The Cle de Peau Beaute Concealer has been on my lust-list for the longest time, but $70 for a mere 0.17 ounces of product can be a little hard to stomach. Lucky for me, I’ve got wonderful friends like Nicole who send me products like this for Christmas.

Cle de Peau Beaute’s Concealer is a makeup-artist and celebrity favorite and one highly editorialized product – it’s an In Style Award winner and it’s nearly impossible to miss it being featured in various magazines. And while I’m not usually one to buy into product hype (nor was I much of a concealer user in the past), this concealer has made a believer out of me. Check out the rest of the review and additional photos after the jump!

Packaging: While nothing spectacular, the minimalistic sleek black tube accented with Cle de Peau’s logo and capped with q gemstone-like blue accent is extremely portable (I was a little shocked by just how small this was for $70 – I guess I was expecting something more along the lines of a stick foundation) although it can tend to get lost amongst my glosses and lipsticks. It’s chic and simple – nothing gaudy or ostentatious here!

The Formula: So we’re finally getting to what I absolutely love about this product – the formula. Looking at it initially, I was worried about dryness and skin drag, but Cle de Peau’s Concealer is wonderfully creamy and really blends like a dream as long as you’ve moisturized well underneath. The pigmentation is pretty fantastic, meaning a little really goes a very long way and you won’t need to layer and layer to achieve the coverage that you desire, and what’s really fantastic is that this works for both the undereye area (no nasty creeping or crepiness) and the rest of your face. I use mine to conceal dark circles, blemishes, redness in my cheeks, and pretty much anything and everything else.

Other than the price there’s very little not to love about this product, but I should warn that if your skin is very dry or you don’t moisturize really well, this can drag and look a little dry/chalky. However, it’s by far the best concealer that I’ve ever tried and I see myself using up all of my petite little stick.

Check out the swatches of Cle de Peau’s Concealer in shade Ivory below:

See isn’t the coverage just dreamy? I know that a $70 concealer really isn’t within a lot of people’s budgets, but if you’re like me and like to splurge on a beauty product every now and then, this one is really worth it. I love mine so much that I’ll even use it as an all-over foundation on occasion (I know I’m crazy and this is waaaaaay to expensive to use that way lol) when I’ve got nothing else in my purse.

Have you tried this yourself? Thoughts? I’m thinking I’d love to try La Mer’s new (rereleased) concealer at some point to compare since I’ve been hearing that it’s HG material.

This product was a gift from the always amazing Nicole – I’ve gotten to try so many incredible products thanks to her generosity and thoughtfulness!

Kimiko ‘Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer’ Review & Swatches

November 2, 2009

As some of you may remember, a few months back I blogged about Kimiko Beauty’s miraculous-sounding concealer which claimed to eradicate undereye woes ranging from fine lines and wrinkles to dark circles in a manner of 30 days.

So is this click pen the stuff of dreams? Did it banish all puffiness and wrinklies? Find out after the jump!

So first I have to admit I probably didn’t give Kimiko’s Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer a fair shot in curing all my undereye ailments (dark circles, the onset of fine lines, some puffiness) because I didn’t use it on a continuous basis for 30 days. But I promise I have a good excuse for being so lax! And what is it?

Well honestly this stuff is messy. You click the gold button on the side of the pen to release the product, and one click seems to just release waaaaay too much concealer for my liking. Furthermore, without a super emollient eye cream underneath, the feeling (and appearance) of the concealer is reminiscent of thick spackle – it looks dry, doesn’t like to spread too well and even pills up a little.

I will admit that Kimiko’s Multi-Tasker Treatment Concealer is pretty magical over my Sensai eye cream (but really, what isn’t? This stuff is worth its weight in gold), and it never settles into my fine lines, but over any other eye cream it’s such a mess that I really can’t be bothered with it most mornings. The damage that I feel like I’m doing to my undereye area attempting to blend this just isn’t worth concealing a few dark circles for.

Overall I didn’t see much of a difference at all in my undereye area – the same fine lines are there, I still have some dark circles and my undereyes get just as puffy towards the end of the day.

So the photo above illustrates what the concealer looks like over one of my random eye creams (not the Sensai). Once blended it does look pretty good on and stays put really well, but for me it’s a bit more of a hassle that I’d like. Then again I’d take my opinion with a grain of salt since I actually haven’t tried all too many undereye concealers and have yet to find one that I actually like. If any of you one that you love I’d so appreciate your sharing in the comments!

This review contains a press sample sent to ABS by the brand’s PR representative for blog consideration. Sadly I just wasn’t a huge fan although the packaging is really clever and adorable. If you have any questions regarding the foregoing, please feel free to contact me at

Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick Review & Swatches

April 6, 2009
Bobbi Brown Face Touch Up Stick ($22)
Keep your foundation looking fresh all day with Bobbi’s Face Touch Up Stick. Carry this mini stick in your makeup bag, and use it to conceal any imperfections, redness or blemishes. Its creamy, full-coverage formula is perfect for the cheeks, nose, forehead, and chin (not the under eye area), and is ideal for normal and combination skin types.

The Formula: I received Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick (in Shade #5 Sand) as a gift a few weeks back, and it’s become an indispensable part of my makeup bag ever since. The formula is creamy, pigmented, and blends relatively easily while maintaining good staying power–everything that I look for in an on-the-go foundation/concealer product. I love how tiny and portable this is, and the fact that I can just dab it directly onto my blemishes without the need for carrying any additional brushes.

My oily skin does mean that this doesn’t stay put on me all day long, but the staying power really is decent for such a nice creamy formula. The other day I discovered this gigantor disgusting monster of a pimple taking up residence on my nose. I immediately whipped out my Touch Up Stick, ran to the bathroom, and my mini makeup crisis was averted! While I do wear foundation, towards the end of the day my face could use a little bit of a refresher, and Bobbi Brown’s Touch Up Stick is the perfect little tool to achieve that end.

Swatch of Bobbi Brown Touch Up Stick in Shade #5 Sand

All Blended

The Shade Selection: One thing I wasn’t entirely crazy about was the shade selection. I have this in #5 Sand, whch I happen to think is a bit too dark/yellow for me, although once blended it really does conceal beautifully. I’ve heard many complaints that Bobbi Brown’s face products all learn towards being on the “too-yellow” end of the color spectrum, and I’d definitely have to agree.

The Verdict: Bobbi Brown’s Face Touch Up Stick was recently awarded ‘Best Undercover Agent’ from “O” Magazine’s 2009 Spring Makeup O-wards, and while I’m not 100% satisfied with the shade, I’m definitely loving the portability, creaminess and coverage. If you’re like me and feel the need to touch up your makeup throughout the day, this could be the product for you!

Benefit Powderflage

August 22, 2008
Benefit Powderflage ($28): A light-diffusing powder concealer for under eyes & face;

Tough camo on the outside, soft pink on the inside-how cute!

“For camouflaging dark circles & fines lines, powderflage is fast, easy, light & breezy! Virtually weightless, this silky, light pink powder magically camouflages & diffuses. The “flager” brush conceals in 2 quick strokes.”

Tips and tricks: With “flager” brush, sweep powderflage over dark circles or lines you want to diffuse. Use alone or over makeup.”

I don’t generally wear concealer, as it’s an extra step that I don’t really need or have the time for, but this is mighty tempting! I’m wondering if it works to conceal redness, or only works to brighten/diffuse. I may have to check this out for myself to find out =P

Do you have this? I’d love to know more about it!