Cle de Peau Beaute has a cult-like following for its many base products, and if the high quality of both its skincare and color makeup is anything to go by, the intermarrying of both its skin pampering ingredients and naturally radiant color should be quite something to behold. But the brand does not chase trends, and does not turn out a new base product every season. So it was quite a feat when it released not 1, but 3 new base products – 1 foundation and 2 primers, last September. I have been testing the Radiant Fluid Foundation paired with the Perfecting Cream Veil for a few months now, and would love to share them with you today.
Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation is a light-weight medium coverage fluid foundation that comes with SPF24 sun protection. It contains a new Micro Facets Technology that is akin to the multiple cuts on diamonds, reflecting light in a myriad of angles to give off that illuminated glow. A new Day Matching Powder pigment in the foundation helps to resist and regulate shine throughout the day. The combination produces a long-lasting glow without the being overly dewy.
The icing on the cake for Cle de Peau’s Radiant Fluid Foundation is the incorporation of the brand’s iconic Illuminating Complex into foundation. This is a cocktail of hydrolyzed silk, pearl proteins, fruit extracts and more to soothe and moisturize. A nice way to experience a bit of Cle de Peau’s skincare capabilities at a fraction of the price of its infamous ($1k!!) La Crème. The SPF24 also gives some sun protection, not a whole lot, but enough for a day in the office or a couple of hours at lunch / tea.
The bottle is gorgeous with iridescent deep blue and a shiny beveled cap. I do wish the packaging didn’t feel so lightweight in my hands, and that the pump dispensed more smoothly than the squirt it produces, but I’m really just nitpicking. The most important thing to note is the lovely, lightweight and silky texture of the foundation itself. It goes over the skin smoothly, adhering beautifully for a very natural finish instead of just sitting on top of the skin and giving a flat appearance as some other foundations do.
However, lovely as this foundation was on its own, I must admit I was not instantly wow-ed by it. The trouble was that this is really fairly light in coverage, not completely sheer but certainly on the lighter end of the medium coverage universe. It is buildable though, and minimizes redness and smoothes out pores to a decent degree, but really at SGD$175 for 30ml, I was expecting to look like Amanda Seyfried! Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation will look fabulous if you already have fairly decent skin, but for those with oily / combination skin, you will not find it very long lasting.
The game-changer for me, was when I paired the Radiant Fluid Foundation with the new Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil. This is 1 of 2 new primers released, the other is the watery Sheer Fluid Veil. Correcting Cream Veil is a fluffy cream makeup base that smoothens and moisturizes the skin. It is better suited for those with dry or matured skin, whilst the Sheer Fluid Veil is more appropriate for oily / combination skin.
It contains the same Cle de Peau Illuminating Complex, and for some reason, I noticed the effect from this primer much more than from the foundation. It reminded me of what SK-II’s Clear Beauty Care & Control Cream said it would do, but much much better! After application, it instantly brightens up my face and gives it a very lovely youthful look, without the fake overly-pink/purple hues that other bases use to correct sallow skin. It also noticeably improved the look of my skin, minimizing flaws and smoothening out roughness. I also love the lightweight texture, but yet still feel very moisturizing and pampering on my skin. When paired with the Radiant Fluid Foundation, the Correcting Cream Veil helped provide better coverage, and also holds the foundation in place throughout the day.
As many of you know by now, my skin completely changed from being oily to dry sometime last year. And I’m not talking about a seasonal or periodical hormonal change, but a fundamental steady-state change. So, much as I find myself needing the additional coverage for my old-lady skin, I found it easier to layer lighter coverage than simply going over with a blanket heavy hand. Oil control has also taken a lesser priority in affecting my views on base products.
To illustrate the difference each product made, here are a series of before and after shots. First, a completely disheveled look with absolutely nothing on the face, although I cheated with brows and some lip balm. Notice the general uneven skin tone, dullness, darkness under my eyes and some red patches on my cheeks and an angry red patch over my left brow.
After applying Cle de Peau Correcting Cream Veil, my complexion is visibly brighter and more radiant. Skin tone has been evened out, although the severe redness over my left brow is still visible.
And after applying Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation, most of the redness has been eliminated. There is still some redness over my left brow but much less noticeable now. Skin still looks glowy and very natural.
At this point, I would then reach out for some spot concealer – Cle de Peau’s award-winning concealer (review is in the pipeline) works wonders. I try to strike a balance between creating a flawless canvas, and minimizing any potential creasing around my dry flakes. At the point when those comparison photos were taken, I actually had quite a bit of bumpiness in my skin (which you can see if you click on the individual pictures and ZOOM!), and I hope you can see the foundation + primer floated over those beautifully without emphasizing any peeling skin and lines.
And here is a finished look to demonstrate what magicks makeup can achieve!
True to the brand’s philosophy, Cle de Peau Radiant Fluid Foundation and Correcting Cream Veil render an elegant lit-from-within look to the skin, without being overly dewy or flat-ish white. The combination feels comfortable all day on my skin, and lasts me well throughout the day.
Have you tried any Cle de Peau makeup bases before?
The products featured here were provided to me for my consideration. All the views expressed here are my own honest, unbiased opinions, and are not influenced in any way.