Every time I’ve sat down to tell you about the Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation, I’ve found myself checking myself. It’s by Cle de Peau which means it’s a luxury product, which means it’s expensive. Very expensive for a 30ml bottle. Which means I’ll have people moaning at me about how expensive it is. So I’ve sat on it for over 4 months since its launch last year, dithering…
But I’ve raved about it at every opportunity to anyone who’d listen, or who’d ask. I’ve convinced a friend to buy it (and I think she loves it as much as I do!) So, I finally decided that ok, I’ll talk about it on the blog. Again, please bear in mind that this is expensive, so please don’t moan about the price – it’s not as if I haven’t warned you 😛
The thing though, for the asking price, I do wish that Cle de Peau had thought to put the product in a packaging with a more luxurious look and feel. The liquid foundation comes in a pump bottle, but the deep navy body is plastic, and so is the golden cap.
It often boggles my mind when I see incongruity like this. Perhaps the cost is in the product itself (because it’s an amazing product!) but I’m quite sure a little bit of the cost could have been spent on making it look better and more luxurious. At least give it a little heft. Or perhaps the idea was not to make it too hefty so you won’t demur from taking this foundation everywhere you go – because if you travel a lot, you’ll want to. It just looks amazing when worn. There’s that word again.
When you lift off the cap, the navy blue packaging extends to the pump. It’s quite a sleek packaging, I’d give them that despite my complaints, and you don’t even have to shake it up. I do, out of habit but even when I don’t, it’s never once separated on me when pumped out.
With regular use, the nozzle and surrounding pump can get a little grubby but not so that you can’t just wipe it clean with a piece of tissue.
I use the shade B10 which is one of the lightest shades, but I do find that it has a decidedly pink cast. I won’t complain because I can handle pink based foundations and often seek them out. Cle de Peau also makes the Radiant Fluid Foundation in O (Ochre) which may suit those with warm tones better.
Here is a comparison swatch next to some other foundations I wear and love, so you have an idea about the shade selection. The shades do shift across the cool-warm spectrum but they all look fine once I wear them and blend them out, which confuses me, but hey, there you go. It’s makeup 🙂
L-R: Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet B10, RMK Gel Creamy Foundation #201, Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation B10, Lunasol Skin Modelling Liquid Foundation OC-01, Urban Decay Naked Skin Foundation 1.0
I wear the pink based range in RMK foundations but you may notice how much more pink based the CdP one is next to the RMK. Lunasol and Chanel are both more yellow toned while the Urban Decay one is pretty neutral.
But swatches aside, what is it about this luxurious Cle de Peau foundation that has me hesitating to tell you to empty your wallet and run out and buy it RIGHT NOW? Well, you know how we all want to have that wonderful lit from within glow to your skin, while maintaining an even tone and looking like we have been air-brushed in real life?
Well, this Radiant Fluid Foundation gives you all that! I call it my photoshop in a bottle 😛
I only need a very thin layer (I only use 1 pump of foundation, draw 5 lines on my face and then I use a flat top foundation brush to blend it out. The gist of the technique is here and is the only technique I use to apply all my foundation) and it just gives me the appearance of a perfect, dewy complexion. It hides any redness in my skin, it evens out my skintone, it adds luminosity and a glow and it does all that without feeling heavy, oily or greasy; and it stays put. All day long. In the case of this foundation, dewy and glowy does not equal shimmery and greasy. At no point in the day do I ever feel like I need to do something about the shine, because it isn’t a shine, it’s a GLOW.
While using this foundation, I’ve never had it settle into my pores or lines. I do apply a thin layer of powder or Guerlain Meteorites powders to set it which I feel is useful in our hot and humid climate. In a drier climate, I don’t think it’s even necessary. I have normal-dry skin and this one glides on like a dream over my skin.
I find that the product offers a lot of “stretch”, where I can make one tiny drop go a very long way in terms of coverage. 1 pump therefore allows me to even out the skintone all over my face, and offer extra for me to layer on over areas where I need more help. When I use this foundation, I don’t use a concealer, because it gives me enough coverage once I layer it on. Besides, I don’t want to mar the beautiful finish of this lovely product with mere concealer (even if it’s my HG concealer) and I get a beautiful finish just using the foundation.
Coverage is buildable from light to medium-full if that’s your preference. I only ever go for a medium coverage at best, because I like it natural. It’s ok if my freckles or pigmentation peek through, it makes me human 🙂
For an example of a before-after situation using this foundation, here is how it looks on me.
These photos are unretouched and are straight out of my camera. In the bare-skinned picture, that’s without a lick of makeup on, but I do have daytime skincare and sunscreen on. You will notice the dark shadows under the eyes, the redness around the nose and chin and the pigmentation around the cheeks.
On right is with a thin layer of the CdP Radiant Fluid Foundation blended all over. If you use my method of application, you’d realise that it’s a very thin layer of product on skin. I didn’t apply an additional layer on on my cheeks. You may notice how the shadows under my eyes have been markedly reduced, the redness around my nose neutralised, the skintone looks more even and although the pigmentation on my cheeks are visible, it’s not as noticable. Skin has a soft glow to it, and yes, it looks photoshopped. It isn’t (I don’t know how 😛 ), it’s just my photoshop in a bottle 🙂
So, if you ask me if I love it, the answer is a resounding YES! It never fails to make my skin look amazing and I have to physically stop myself from peering closely in the mirror every time I pass one or go to the bathroom, because I just can’t get over the beautiful finish of my skin, or how naturally glowy it looks. It’s… amazing. I have no other words 🙂
IN A NUTSHELL
The Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation is a lightweight liquid foundation that offers light to medium-full coverage, and can be easily layered on skin. It does not feel heavy or oily or greasy and it does not settle into my pores and lines. What it does is give my skin a beautiful candlelight glow from within, while evening out my skintone, and leaving me with a finish that I liken to that of photoshop. You don’t need a lot of product as a little goes a long way, and it stays on me all day long (I have normal-dry skin and don’t go out in the sun a lot) If this were a bit more affordable, I’d say that this is one everyone should own, or try at least once. But as it’s a luxury product with a luxury pricetag, tread warily.
PROS: Lightweight liquid texture, A little product goes a long way, Easy to layer without looking thick or cakey, Easy to blend, Does not settle into lines or pores, Makes skin look dewy, luminous and glowy and photoshopped except it’s not
CONS: Luxury pricetag, Packaging could look and feel more luxurious
WHO WILL LIKE THIS: Anyone who can afford it, Anyone who wants dewy, glowy, luminous, even skintone that is like photoshop in a bottle
I have nothing but praise for this foundation and I’m very thankful that I was given the opportunity to try it, but I’ve already set aside my “CdP Radiant Fluid Foundation Replenishment Fund” because this is one I’d repurchase (and at the rate I’m using it, I will! Can’t wait for that day!)
Have you tried this or any Cle de Peau Beaute foundations? Are you willing to splurge on foundations?
I had previously been curious about the CdP cream foundations in a tube, and I’d heard a lot of raves for the stick concealer (which I haven’t tried). If they’re as amazing as this one is, I’d have to give a go, but because I know this one works, I’m sticking to this. I’m willing to splurge, but this even had ME gasping at the price. Ouch! 🙁
Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Fluid Foundation SPF24 Price: RM395 | US$125 / 30ml Availability: Cle de Peau counters, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus