Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick (R3 Leonardis)







Cle de Peau lipsticks are as good as it gets. The coverage, texture and finish look like a million dollar, which is a very good thing considering the price. Their regular lipstick has been my secret weapon for nearly a year now, and its performance still amazes me. I didn't think it could be topped, but the new(ish. I've had it for two or three months now) Extra Rich Lipstick has proven me wrong.

Cle de Peau has taken the smoothness, weightlessness and tenacity of The Lipstick and combined it with Vitamin A Acetate which delivers moisturize and serious smoothing without gooping up or looking balmy. It almost erases the lines on the lips and I've watched in awe how it makes the tiny scar on lip nearly invisible. The Extra Rich lipstick has its predecessor's amazing staying power- it stays on throughout lunch or dinner and even retains most of the finish. The color barely transfers to a glass or a cat (my white cats often sport kiss marks on their foreheads) and there's no need to reapply for about 6 hours.

The Extra Rich Lipstick only comes in eight shades. I tried all of them at the counter but the only one that looked good and came home with me was R3, Leonardis (the full name only appears on the Cle de Peau website, it's not on the box or tube). Sometimes having a funky skin color saves me money, but I would have loved to have more options in this range. R3 is a medium berry red. It has quite a presence but isn't too out there and I can easily wear it during the day with minimal other makeup. It perks up the face and looks juicy and alive, but also very elegant and grown up.

Bottom Line: Love doesn't even begin to describe it.

Cle de Peau Extra Rich Lipstick ($60) is available at top department stores from Bergdorf to Saks, including their websites.

All photos are mine.

10 comments:

  1. What a beautiful, rich color! I haven't tried a CdP lipstick yet because I was uncertain about the shape. How do you deal with the sharply pointed corners? I noticed on your arm swatches that the outer corners are more heavily colored which you certainly wouldn't want happening on your lips. Do you use a brush? I usually just line my lips and apply lipstick from the tube, but carrying a brush with me would be well worth it if that makes application more even.

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  2. oh I so wanted to try these, but when I saw the price...just to rich for me (pun intended!)

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  3. I liked all the Cle de Peau products I have bought and tried. I have yet to buy any of the lipsticks, it's just so hard for me to justify buying a $60 lipstick, but they're so pretty! My wallet is going to hurt when I finally give into temptation.

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  4. Expensive but very pretty. I love the shape of the lipstick.

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  5. Eileen, I usually prefer to use a brush with dark colors, but I've found that by using the different sides of the baguette shape here I can get an even application even without a brush. But I suspect it's actually easier to just go with a brush.

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  6. Frida, the only good thing I can say about the price is that it's still considerably cheaper than Serge Lutens lipsticks. They are exceptional but only worth the price if you find a color that's absolutely perfect and gorgeous on you. I was (un?)lucky to fall just for this one. Scary to think what would have happened if they had a color range similar to Chanel Rouge Coco.

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  7. Diane, I actually think the listick might be CdP's strongest items, though I also like their face products and adore the skin care. It's the mascara and eyeliner that left me unconvinced.

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  8. Melissa, the shape is very unusual and quite elegant. There's something Art Deco about it.

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  9. ohhh looks divine!! like I need another red lipstick - but you've sold me!

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  10. Your review was SO good that I bought this. I don't even wear makeup! But a girl has got to have a fabulous red lipstick handy, right?

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