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Review: Cle de Peau Extra Silky Lipstick

MAC Hug Me, Cle de Peau #129, Chanel #54 Boy, Buxom Dolly

I've mentioned before how much I hate concealer-nude lips -- they trot the line between porn star and zombie in the least attractive way.  I'm forever searching for that perfect pinky-nude -- slightly lighter than a my-lip-but-better colour, nuding out your lips just enough to accommodate a smoky eye. 

I caught sight of a Cle de Peau lipstick on Kijiji (sketch) and decided to check it out.  I found one single colour swatch of this on Temptalia (or I likely would have assumed it was a fake), and decided to throw caution to the wind and get it. 

The lipstick itself is a long, slim tube; Dior makes a similar one.  I'm really surprised that the cap doesn't close with one of those satisfying clicks, but I can see that the shape of the product might get in the way of such a detail.  The texture of this lipstick is extremely soft -- it will glide over your lips like softened butter (and the bullet will indent in a similar fashion), but be warned, it will emphasize roughness like nothing else.  That said, this is the most moisturizing lipstick I've ever put on.  It reminds me of the texture of Clarins Lip Perfector actually.  Lipsticks as soft as these don't have the greatest wear time (I got about an hour and a half with no eating/drinking), but if you get a vibrant enough colour, it'll usually leave a nice stain. I've also read that these lipsticks don't retract once you've twisted them out, so attempt that at your own risk!

The colour on me just doesn't work.  Sadness!  On my hand the swatch looks fine, but on my pigmented lips, it pulls oddly baby-pink. My body chemistry is weird.  I can't help that.  Also, in the same way that Chanel Boy does, it makes my lips look weirdly full.  I know most people want that, so this is probably good for people with smaller lips, but on me it becomes a caricature of my natural lip.

And the search goes on...

Cle de Peau is available at Holt Renfrew (and the occasional shady back alley). Extra Silky lipsticks will run you about $62 CAD.


  1. They had Clé de peau lipstick at the 2012 Shiseido November warehouse sale... They were $20 each~~ The swatch look soooo pretty tho~~ XD

  2. Sometimes my lips get reddern than usual and as I base I use NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Tashkent or Madère, but pat them on like a stain, or for a dewy finish their Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in Buenos Aires. It's a shame to throw it out.

    1. Thanks for the rec, I'll be sure to check those out!

  3. Love how thorough your review is, shame you don't like the colour on your lips.
    Would love you to check out my latest outfit post :)
    Have a fab weekend Hun xoxo

  4. I love your product picks :) Although the color might not something that you like, I think the texture and the creaminess is something that I would love to try!

    1. It definitely worth a go -- just make sure you test the colour properly at the counter! If I found the right colour, I'd probably definitely repurchase (although that would likely mean i would never be able to buy another lip product again)

  5. Aww I'm SO sorry to hear you don't like the color much :( I've tried the formula at the counter. While it seems amazing, the price tag is really a little off-putting and I just haven't decided to splurge. You never know though! Maybe I'll get one when I'm back in Taipei this summer :)

    1. I'm hoping to find a way to make it work! The price tag is completely off-putting, but I think it's much cheaper in Asia. Can't wait to see what colours you try, I think we have a pretty similar undertone!


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