Worth the splurge?
Not heard of Clé de Peau Beauté before? Hardly surprising as this Japanese skincare and make-up brand has long been an insider secret, touted as the best of the best by make-up artists and used religiously by celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Amanda Seyfried.
Clé de Peau Beauté is also renowned for creating La Crème, the world’s most expensive moisturiser that will set you back an eye-watering £700. So is this beauty brand worth the hype?
Expensive but worth it
Actually, yes. The skincare is as high-tech as you’d expect from an Asian brand. Everything is designed to release steady moisture, energise cells and keep your skin in constant repair mode.
Meanwhile, the 35 strong make-up collection will have you looking more radiant than the best KiraKira filter. Here's our pick of the best...
Skin the pallor of melba toast? This face oil gives dullness the heave-ho, floods skin with nourishing botanicals and dives in deep without any greasy residue. Use it for the face, body and hair.
This serum will do it all - and then some. Laced with radiance-boosting silk extract and a blend of red, green and brown kelp, Le Serum is a heavyweight when it comes to kickstarting cell renewal. Anyone can use this serum for the face, but those with dry skin will benefit most.
The best-selling product worldwide, it is more than just your run-of-the-mill primer; it also brightens and transforms your foundation application into airbrushed perfection. Plus, it errs on the side of affordable.
Yes, it’s pricey - and may not be something to simply whack on for the bus ride home from the gym. But its serum-like texture is one of the most dewy we’ve come across. It’s the perfect foundation for dry skin and oily types as it hydrates without straying into shiny territory. This is because it harnesses technology that controls the speed at which oil evaporates when the foundation is applied. Factor in silk and pearl derivatives and any niggly fine lines and imperfections look like they’ve been blurred away. The downside? Only having 12 shades as it seriously limits the number of skin tones the foundation caters for.
We really love this concealer; it all comes down to the slip. With a dry oil base and a moisture injection courtesy of hyaluronic acid it spreads really evenly over the skin [read: no caking in creases]. Another trick: go one shade darker than your natural skin tone and sweep it from the hair line to the middle of your cheek for contoured cheekbones so sharp you could shave parmesan on them.
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Fiona Embleton has been a beauty editor for over 10 years, writing and editing beauty copy and testing over 10,000 products. She has previously worked for magazines like Marie Claire, Stylist, Cosmopolitan and Women’s Health. Beauty journalism allowed her to marry up her first class degree in English Literature and Language (she’s a stickler for grammar and a self-confessed ingredients geek) with a passion for make-up and skincare, photography and catwalk trends.
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