Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Clé de Peau Lipstick (No. 15)

This Cle de Peau lipstick was an impulse purchase. I was actually looking at the eye shadow palettes at Bergdorf, trying to decide between two (and wishing I could combine two colors from each), when I spotted No. 15 in the display and decided it would do me more good than the eye shadows.

Clé de Peau lipstick (no frilly and ridiculous name. Just "lipstick") No. 15 is a berry red. The frosted/metallic finish you see in the tube is just an overspray- the actual texture is satin with micro shimmer. It's a medium shade- bold enough to spice up a simple dress, but will not look like it's wearing you.

But the real story is the texture. I have many lipstick loves, but none has this weightless feel while giving an excellent coverage and long lasting pigment. And in "long lasting" I mean that it survives lunch. The sheen fades, but the color stays in place despite the best efforts of the soup, a bagel and a bottle of water. I'd imagine it can be a good choice if one is heading out for a business lunch.

Bottom line: As long as you find your perfect color it really is worth the money.

Cle de Peau lipsticks ($55) are available from Saks, Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus. The swatches on the websites are utterly ridiculous. I think that customers who spend this much on a lipstick deserve a much better online shopping experience.

Photos: mine.


  1. you are such an expert at the lipstick! Would you say that this brand is the ultimate lipstick- or one of the top 3 brands/lines? Have you tried the Guerlain G lipstick (the new flashy one)? If so how does it compare?

    I've been pretty loyal to chanel, but am willing to defect for something better. :)

  2. Wow what a pretty shade, perfect for Autumn/Winter - not sure if I will be able to pull it off with my skin tone though :(


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