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Cle De Peau Concealer - reader reviewed and recommended

October 6, 2009 Reviewed by Emily 6 Comments
Vogue magazine’s beauty column a couple of months ago was devoted to tips from several well-known make-up artists for aging skin.  Possessed of an aging face myself (I’m 54), I read it avidly.  Sadly, there were few revelations—I’d already figured out that using loose powder only makes matters worse, and that nothing is scarier than lipstick ooze—but one of the experts touted Cle de Peau’s concealer ($78).  And any online search reveals that it gets lots of raves generally.  So I made a note of it.

I had never tried Cle de Peau—and only recently learned that it is Shiseido’s high-end line.  But while I almost never leave the house without mascara and lipstick, concealer comes in a close third in terms of can’t-do-without.  I am self-conscious about thin skin around the eyes and rely on concealer to cover under-eye circles, lighten the skin on the side of the bridge, and serve as a base for a little eye shadow on the lid and crease.  (And, of course, occasionally camouflage a spot or two.)

By way of background:  I’ve used Chanel makeup products for years, and wasn’t unhappy with their newer concealer product.  It comes in a tube with a brush at one end; rotating the mechanism at the other end releases a dollop of product onto the brush.  (That was a big improvement over the older, lipstick-format stuff.)  And when I read about Tarte’s The Eraser on Truth in Aging last year, I hurried to try it, too.  And I liked it a lot:  it’s certainly comparable to Chanel’s (same delivery format, though less sleek design), provides very good coverage, and, at $19, is half the price.

Cle de Peau, on the other hand….I found the $70 price tag somewhat stunning.  (Though I’m still dying to try their $55 lipsticks, assuming the recession ends in my lifetime.)  But I persevered.  The nice lady at the counter assured me that it was full of beneficial ingredients, including, I think, vitamins C and E.  After a lengthy comparison between the ivory and beige tones (it comes in four shades), we concluded that the beige was the better match.

And as it turns out, there’s some there here.  The concealer comes in a slim stick, with a lipstick-like mechanism.  It goes on smoothly (I actually apply it with my finger, but I do that with the liquid, brush-on products too); covers well but is not cake-y or heavy; is creamy (but not oily, and doesn’t make mascara run); has a nice, powdery finish; and doesn’t dry or settle too much into those little eye lines.  Most of all, I think it lasts better than the other products I’ve used, and that, along with its creaminess, may be its biggest advantage over Tarte, especially for those of us with older skin.  And that $70 stick should last a long time.

Ingredients in Cle de Peau Concealer:

Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Kaolin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquisostearate, Carnuba, Mictocrystalline Wax, Water, Dimethicone Copoyol, Cholesteryl Hydroxsterate, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Polysilicone-5, Tocoppheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Disterate, Simethicone, Methicone, Ascorbyl Dipalmiate, Soy Sterol, Sodium Acetylhaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides

Ingredients in Tarte The Eraser Concealer:

Aqua, Ethylhexyl Palmitate,Caprylic/Capric Triglyceide, Dimethicone, Bentonite, Isododecane, Cetyl Dimethicone, Cetyl Dimethicone Copolyol, Glycerin, Ethylene Brossalate, Butylene Glycol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride, Gluconolactone, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ceramide 3, Tocopheryl Acetate, Cholesterol. (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Mica.
  • May 25, 2010

    by Bess

    I am a longtime CDP concealer fan and can testify it lasts a long time. Expensive in the short run and real value over the long haul.

  • November 30, 2009

    by Trophime

    I'm only 37, but love it too. I came across it looking for foundation actually, but after I figured out that I look good all day by just covering up the bits I'm not satisfied with, with this concealer, I'm no longer looking. I'm looking forward to using this for a long time.

  • November 21, 2009

    by Liz

    Ok Ladies - you sold me - I turned 50 this year and my once tolerant skin turned on me!! I can't find a concealer that a) works and b) doesn't look fake! I will give this a chance and report back.

  • October 12, 2009

    by Susan

    I decided to bite the bullet and purchase this product last week. It is far and away the best concealer I have ever used. I'm 52 and have had dark circles for years. I had lost hope in finding something that would be effective. Most products I have used either don't cover, they cake, drift into my wrinkles or simply don't last more than an hour. I LOVE this concealer! It's very convenient to use, comes in a tube, the texture is creamy without leaving my eyes 'shiny' or dry looking. It actually stays put and lasted the entire day with no touch ups. Honestly I don't know how they did it. When I think of the money I have spent over the years for products that have produced no results, the $70 I paid for this is nothing.

  • October 6, 2009

    by JulieK

    Now this is worth looking into- I currently use Everyday Minerals intensive concealer which is a loose powder. I use it under my Sterling mineral foundation. The concealer is the first I've found and used that covers my darkness and doesn't fall into cracks or otherwise make the area look worse. But it doesn't have the staying power you're citing here. After six hours or so, it begins to crack itself and I become self-conscious about it. Good tip, Thanks! ~jk

  • October 6, 2009

    by Bev

    I've had my Cle De Peau concealer for over 2 years and think it's the best concealer out there. I've tried them all and this is by far the best. It covers well, doesn't crease, doesn't slip, doesn't change color, doesn't slip into wrinkles and it lasts all day and night. I use either a brush or my fingers to apply - either way works. Yes, it's expensive, but worth it. I think my tube will last at least another 3 years. It truly is one of those classic products that stands the test of time and no other concealer even comes close - this is perfection!

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