You might have guessed it already, I am going to talk about my favorite foundation of all time in this post. I have not tried anything like this. If you ask me of the definition of the perfect glow-from-within, radiant, youthful skin, I will say Clé de Peau Beauté Le Fond De Teint The Foundation, this is how much I love this foundation. As other products from Clé de Peau Beauté, this foundation does the work it is created for PLUS it provides all the skincare benefits which you need now and in future. I am talking about Clé de Peau Beauté Le Fond De Teint The Foundation and Clé de Peau Beauté Correcteur Visage Concealer SPF 25 in this editorial.
Clé de Peau Beauté Le Fond De Teint The Foundation (CAD $335) is described as an ultra-luxurious, buildable sheer-to-medium coverage foundation that blurs imperfections leaving skin perfectly even-toned, luminous and cashmere to the touch. Developed from unprecedented skincare science, this lightweight foundation contains radiance-boosting exclusive Illuminating Complex EX which moisturizes, rejuvenates, retexturizes and visibly repairs environmental skin damage for smoothing radiant coverage.
The foundation has a number of key benefits as per their official website. It contains the signature skincare ingredient Illuminating Complex EX to diminish the appearance of damage caused by dryness and to bring visible improvement to the skin by providing hydration and a smooth refined texture. The foundation has a unique gel-oil base brings out the natural beauty of skin and blurs imperfections rather than covering them with powders leaving you with a soft focus finish. It also reduces visible signs of dryness and the appearance of fine lines while promoting an appearance of firmness and resilience. It features a smooth texture and inspires an indulgent feeling that parallels the application of a luxurious skincare cream. It maintains beautiful coverage and keeps skin looking smooth and refined all day long. It replenishes moisture all day long and minimizes imperfections attributed to visible signs of aging for more beautiful, youthful-looking skin. It delivers noticeable retexturizing effects with continued use. It is formulated with ingredients that protect the natural beauty of skin and help defend against the visible signs of aging that are caused by UV rays, dryness, and oxidation. It is formulated with a fragrance of natural rose essence that inspires feelings of elegance and luxury. It also contains Broad Spectrum SPF 21.
The key ingredients include Illuminating Complex EX which delivers unparalleled radiance. It also includes Golden Silk Essence which helps combat loss of clarity, translucence, and suppleness, Japanese Pearl leaves skin satin smooth, Theanine evens skin tone, and Scutellaria Baicalensis Extract is a traditional herb is known to support skin’s beauty.
I use this foundation after my skincare routine and applying the primer. As you see in the picture, the product is in the heavy glass jar and there is a spatula and stand for it. The jar itself looks like a piece of jewel. With the spatula, I take the foundation and tap five dots of it on my forehead, chin, cheeks, and nose. Then I start blending it with my foundation brush. It can be blended with fingers also as suggested by the brand but I do prefer using my brush. Being thick creamy texture, it is very easily blendable and coverage is medium but buildable. It gives a beautiful finish, my pores are smoothened, imperfections are blurred and my skin looks supple, radiant, like really lit-from-within. With passing time, I see it looks more and more luminous, you seem to think like it is your skin and there is nothing on it. It blends in very beautifully that it does not look like there is any foundation on the skin, just beautiful healthy glowing skin. I am so impressed with this foundation that I never want it to finish like I never want to be without it. After blending this in, I use my concealer on top, on the spots from my breakouts, my imperfections, and under the eyes to give them a little boost. Then I follow with my loose powder on the center of my face where I get a little extra glowy on my combination oily skin and I am all set for the day. The formula is moisturizing and does not accentuate or stick to my dry patches on the combination skin.
The staying power of the foundation is great, it was perfect till the end of the day, a little more glowy I would say, but no other change and I loved it that I didn’t want to take it off in the night sometimes. As there are some amazing ingredients and formula with skincare benefits, this is going to be a staple. The quantity you need is very little, even less than pea-size for the whole face, so it would last a long time. Another good thing about it is the sun protection. There is a hint of rose scent to it which is very subtle and just adds on to the feeling of applying something so deliciously luxurious on the skin. For my medium tan skin tone with yellow undertones, 040 or 050 is suggested for me but I went for 040 as I am on the lighter side of medium tan.
Clé de Peau Beauté Correcteur Visage Concealer SPF 25 (CAD $95) is described to deliver long-lasting, full coverage while correcting the appearance of dark circles, spots, imperfections and uneven tone without a heavy finish. It leaves skin looking smooth and refined with a seamless finish while protecting against UV rays. The key benefits of the concealer include following. IT contains the signature skincare ingredient Illuminating Complex EX to diminish the appearance of damage caused by dryness and to bring visible improvement to the skin by providing hydration and a smooth refined texture. It offers an advanced-performance formulation, Thin Fit Layer Formula, that applies smoothly, adheres superbly, and becomes one with skin to cover uneven tone, spots, and dark circles without a heavy finish. It is formulated with a rich, creamy texture that blends smoothly and enables exceptional coverage. It reduces the visibility of wrinkles around eyes. Being developed as a convenient glide-on stick concealer that allows easy application to all facial surfaces including the contoured eye area. It contains Chestnut Rosa Fruit Extract and Green Tea Extract to defend against oxidation.
For my skin prone to congestion and pigmentation, I love a good concealer. And with my daily routine, two kids, full-time job, I am always deprived of sleep, so to have that fresh look in the morning, concealer is my friend. I love this concealer for my problem areas, it blends in very beautifully with the skin, without any dryness or cakiness. I usually apply the concealer before the foundation and after my skincare routine. I tap the bullet of this concealer on my problem areas and then blend with my finger or with the concealer brush. It blends seamlessly into the skin and then I follow with either a loose powder if I am not using any foundation, otherwise I follow with the foundation. If using this on the top of my foundation, I prefer it on the days when I have very visible dark spots from the breakouts and then I follow with the loose powder. Another great thing about this is that it can be used as a primer for eye and lips. After priming eyes and lips with this concealer, it increases the lasting power of the lip and eye products, making them look fresh all day. As in the pictures, you see the concealer with SPF25 and the other is the regular concealer without SPF. The one with SPF is the version of cult-favorite regular concealer formulated with SPF. Depending on my need, I use the almond under my eyes to give them a boost and also on the highpoints of the face to give them a boost. Mixing both almond and ocher shades gives me the perfect concealer for my problem areas.
I am totally in love with this foundation and concealer, they are one of the best I have tried. They are going to be a staple and I will repurchase them, actually never want to be without them. I highly highly recommend this brand and this foundation concealer duo. I have been looking my skin in the mirror few times every hour just to see how beautiful it looks and it does not even a little look like I have something on my skin, so luxuriously lightweight yet so good. And depending on how little is required to cover the face and imperfections, this jar will last you a very long time. I am still thinking what I have written about these two products so far is less than how good they make you feel about yourself. I have also been loving the brand the lipsticks called Clé de Peau Beauté Rouge À Lèvres Lipsticks which I reviewed here.
Clé de Peau Beauté Le Fond De Teint The Foundation and Clé de Peau Beauté Correcteur Visage Concealer sSPF25 is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and also from the official website of Clé de Peau Beauté if you are in the US.
Its almost been two months into the new year and I am still in love with the season, one reason being the beautiful fall and winter makeup along with some amazing skincare products that I can use during the colder months. I have been a fan of the skincare products I used from Clé de Peau Beauté till now which I wrote about in here. Clé de Peau Beauté is a luxury brand under the Shiseido group and these are some of the lipsticks from their A/W 2017 collection which I am so excited to share with you all today, they are called the Rouge À Lèvres Lipstick.
Clé de Peau Beauté Rouge À Lèvres Lipstick (CAD $74) is described as a luxurious lipstick with a petal-shaped tip that envelops lips in ultra-vibrant, luminous HD color and rich lasting moisture. Leaves a silky, semi-matte finish lasting for 8 hours for youthfully smooth, full-looking lips. Packaged in a perfectly weighted lacquer case for a smooth and easy application.
From left to right – 1 Bamboo, 2 Silk Scroll, 5 Camillia, 6 Passion flower, 8 Red Lantern,12 Pillow Book
The Key Benefits of this lipstick as per the official website include: It delivers ultra vibrant HD color with Light Reflection Technology to reflect colors instead of absorbing them, corrects the look of unevenness and wrinkles while adding shine and a smooth look, adds a look of dimension and translucence to lips, helps deliver moisturizing benefits to lips, helps create a smooth, creamy texture that feels divine on lips, provides a long-lasting finish for up to 8 hours, delivers lasting moisture for up to 4 hours, scented with an exquisite rose fragrance.
It has some amazing ingredients in the formula, the key ingredients include: Light Reflection Technology uses unique Translucent Pigments to reflect colors instead of absorbing them like typical color agents do, Light Focusing Oil, Lip Forming Powder, and RS Pigment correct the look of unevenness and wrinkles while adding shine and a smooth look, Contouring Powder and Inner Lighting Powder add a look of dimension and translucence to lips, Premium Argan Tree Oil and Illuminating Hydro-Wrap Complex help deliver moisturizing benefits to lips, Water Holding Oil with a moisture retaining effect helps create a smooth, creamy texture that feels divine on lips.
From left to right – 1 Bamboo, 2 Silk Scroll, 5 Camillia, 6 Passion flower, 8 Red Lantern,12 Pillow Book
Now coming to my thoughts about this lipstick and formula. The packaging is heavyweight and feels very luxurious, the sparkly blue surface with the hint of gold on the top and the brand logo on the side makes it classic. The petal-shaped bullet looks very delicate as well as unique, the touches the lips while applying in the most beautiful way. The formula is hydrating and plush, leaves moisture and soft shine on the lips. It has a semi-opaque pigmentation and flattering cream finish which looks timeless as well as modern.
The lasting power of the lipstick is good too, I get 3-4 hours of comfortable hydrating wear without any dryness on my lips. As the formula is creamy and soft, it does last lesser time if you are eating or drinking with this lipstick on but I do not mind touch-ups when the formula and the shade are so good.
From bottom to top – 1 Bamboo, 2 Silk Scroll, 5 Camillia, 6 Passion flower, 8 Red Lantern,12 Pillow Book
I have six shades which I have used for the last few days and swatched here for your reference:
1 Bamboo is a nude beige which could be nude for some skin tones and may wash out darker skin tones
2 Silk Scroll is a pale nude beige
5 Camillia is a deep neutral rose
6 Passion flower is a vibrant pink
8 Red Lantern is a wine-tinged red
12 Pillow Book is an Oxblood red
I hope you enjoyed this editorial review on the splurge-worthy Rouge À Lèvres Lipstick. I would recommend you to check these lipsticks for their formula and the range of shades. My personal favorite shades from these are Red Lantern and Pillow Book. There are 15 available shades and you can purchase them at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue and also from the official website of Clé de Peau Beauté if you are in the US.
For Marc Jacobs, getting it right requires a little bit of wrong. “I see beauty in many things and I am attracted to all sorts of imperfection, to style, to confidence or experimentation. It’s unexpected and surprises you.” Inspiration stems from the spirit of “the girl” and her makeup ritual. “I think the idea of transforming into this person you want to be, is a lot of fun…it’s the idea of a young woman enjoying creating her look, getting ready for her night out, or her night after her night out.”
Since the time I got the sample of Le Marc lip creme with purchase from Sephora, a few years back, this brand has been in my good list, then I purchased the Air Blush Soft Glow Duo, the formula and the staying power impressed me. Then came the Mega Bronzer which was just as good and so my love affair with this brand started. I am not going to write about these in this editorial but the products I have been using for last few months and loving. The products include Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate – Shades discussed are 33 Beige and 36 Beige Golden, Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 – 110 The Shoe Gazer, Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara, Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Eye Crayon in 82 Femme (Violet) and 42 Blacquer, Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer in 312 Sugar Sugar, Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in 254 True.
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate
Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able full cover foundation concentrate (CAD $64) is described as an innovative foundation that delivers instant full coverage in a single dot. This revolutionary formula is described to offer twice as much pigment as a leading full-coverage foundation, but in an oil-free base that blends instantly across the complexion to completely cover pores, blemishes, and other imperfections with the thinnest possible layer that lasts up to 24 hours. All foundations are composed of two parts: pigment and ingredients to carry the pigment to the skin. Re(marc)able innovates by filling its formula with as much pigment as possible, leaving little room for non-essential ingredients, including water. Not only does it contain twice as much pigment as standard, full-coverage foundations, but these pigments are made of patented golden mica to give the complexion a more radiant, natural-looking glow. The pigments are wrapped in lecithin – an ingredient with a texture that feels similar to the skin—to blend effortlessly and meld with the complexion for a smooth, soft-matte finish.
I heard great reviews about this foundation before I started using this and I must say I am impressed, the foundation is medium to full coverage, I take a dot and apply on my forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose, then start blending it. It gives a beautiful natural medium coverage which can be build to full with an extra drop of it. The packaging as you see in the pictures is in a beautiful heavy glass bottle and the product is dispensed with the dropper kind of wand. The consistency is not runny and not thick, good enough to blend and glide easily. It does not cake or emphasize my problem areas. It feels very lightweight on the skin and the staying power is amazing, I have tested it for over 14 hours and it stays on quite well. As the formula is very pigmented, a small amount is what is required for full coverage. I am totally in love with this foundation and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for full coverage with lightweight and smooth natural finish. This is suitable for most of the skin types, especially normal, combination, and oily. As in the swatches, for my medium tan skin tone with yellow undertones, I am 33 Beige in winters and 36 Beige Golden in Summers, mixing both the shades also give me that healthy glow kind of look.
Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3
Marc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 3 – Plush shadow (CAD $49) is a petite set of three plush eye shadows that harmoniously provide a creamy, sumptuous finish. It is a mini palette of shimmery metallics, buttery mattes, and lustrous sheens which are made with advanced pigments that allow true, instant color payoff and long-lasting, plush performance.
This eyeshadow palette in The Shoe Gazer 110 has peachy-bronze sheen/ matte taupe brown/ light turquoise blue sheen shades. The formula is very smooth, finely milled and glides on easily on the lids. The staying power is very good, without primer it did not crease or fade for over 7 hours and with primer, it was good enough for a whole day for around 12 hours. The formula is highly pigmented, and the packaging is so beautiful. This would be great everyday shadow palette or can be used for a dramatic look when the last turquoise blue shade is used. I have been using the peachy bronze and matte taupe on regular days and it looks beautiful, not overly shiny. To make it more dramatic and intense, a little spray of the makeup setting spray on the eyeshadow brush does the trick.
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara
Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara (CAD $33) is described as an ultra-volumizing mascara that delivers instant dimension for epic lashes. The lash-maximizing, curvy brush places the most volume at the hard-to-reach center lash line, and the defining tip styles lash for major drama. The super-concentrated black pigment delivers the greatest visual impact, and the Flash Volume Complex™ creates instant, smudge-proof length and volume in three strokes or less. Velvet Noir gives you the thickest lashes in one sweep. Apply Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara on its own, or layer with O!Mega Lash Volumizing Mascara (sold separately). Pair it with Feather Noir Ultra-Skinny Lash-Discovering Mascara and Lamé Noir Ultra-Glittering Mascara (sold separately) to style your lashes for every occasion.
I have naturally long lashes and always look for products that do not make the finish gunky or smudge. I have been using this regularly along with my favorite Givenchy Mascara. This mascara lengthens, adds volume, and separates my lashes. It gives an intense finish and my lashes look fuller without any smudging throughout the day. One more thing I noticed is my lashes are soft with volume and not brittle like with few other mascaras. I go for one stroke for the day and two to three strokes for the night, it makes a great difference.
Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Eye Crayon
Marc Jacobs Highliner – Gel Eye Crayon (CAD $31) is described as a gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes. This is extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver an instant color payoff. Exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty, the super-malleable formula offers the versatility of application. Apply Highliner for flawless, precise lines, or smudge immediately after lining for an instant smoky eye. It’s formulated with innovative gel ingredients, as well as conditioning vitamin E and rosehip seed oil. Its intense color payoff is available in an array of richly pigmented shades with two finishes: original shimmer or high-impact matte.
This has been in my makeup stash since ages, I just love this eyeliner so much, it is not new to me but I am reviewing it here with my favorite black shade which I have been wearing since a long time along with the shade 82 Violet which is new to me. This eyeliner never irritates my sensitive eyes and the staying power is really good. It does not fades or smudges. I swipe it on one time for a light definition of my eyes and for the intense definition to the eyes, I swipe it few times on the waterline to get the desired intensity. The formula is very smooth and glides without effort, it is one of my favorite eyeliner no doubt. The Violet Femme 82 – Orchid Shimmer is a shimmery violet and Blacquer 42 is a dark black.
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer
Marc Jacobs Enamored Hi-Shine Lacquer (CAD $35) is a high-shine lip gloss in covetable shades with lasting brilliance. It delivers maximum color and brilliance with its unique Triple Shine Complex, a blend of high-performance ingredients that provide unstoppable wear and shine like “30 coats of lacquer.” The brilliant shine contributes to an optical plumping look. And, Enamored feels cushiony on the lips, never sticky. This mint-scented lip gloss collection features a profusion of creamy pinks, shimmering lavenders, and iridescent brights that give lips a lush look with lasting color and unbelievable shine.
This lip gloss in 312 Sugar Sugar is a champagne gold shimmer. The formula is non-sticky and very comfortable to wear. It can be wear alone or as a top coat over a lipstick. The formula is not overly shimmery and can be used for daily routine. For me, it looks like a nude shimmery lip gloss, it did not dry my lips and is moisturizing. The texture is thick creamy but not sticky, the staying power of other products I talked about in this post is amazing. It is available in more shades which are beautiful.
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme Lipstick (CAD $38) is described as a rich, creamy lipstick that redefines luxury with instant indulgent color while providing 10 hours of wear. In just one sensual swipe, Le Marc Lip Crème Lipstick delivers indulgent color that lasts all day long. The unprecedented color payoff comes from concentrated color-boosting pigments that are triple-milled and enriched with hydrating ingredients—imparting ultimate long-lasting color and moisture. Your lips will feel instantly plumped and nourished from powerful peptides, antioxidant-rich seaberry, and natural humectants, including meranti and cocoa butter. Its subtle vanilla taste and scent mimic a decadent dessert. Just snap the case shut and hear a satisfying click, which Marc Jacobs describes as “the sound of luxury.”
This lipstick in 254 True is a beautiful nude and the formula is very comfortable to wear. The texture is very creamy and does not dry out my lips. The staying power is good, for me, it is around 5 hours. My lips stayed soft and smooth all day, even after the lipstick was worn off. I have few other shades in this lipstick and this formula is amazing. There are more shades from this line worth checking out when you are in store.
Marc Jacobs Beauty is a brand worth checking out and everything I have tried from them yet has never disappointed me, be it the formulas, shades, or packaging. These products are available at Sephora and Nordstrom.