Clé de Peau Beauté’s Concealer is the one makeup product we can’t live without

Clé de Peau Beauté’s Concealer is the one makeup product we can’t live without

Immaculate complexion

Text: Renée Batchelor

How do you make a cult favourite even better? Clé de Peau Beauté achieves the near impossible with its revamped concealer

There are many schools of thought when it comes to makeup. Some prefer the hyper-perfected makeup look that is seen all over Instagram — from 3D brows to flawless highlighter that catches the light just so. Others go for a more minimal, unstudied look of soft, undefined lines and muted washes of colour to enhance the face. But if there's one makeup product most women can't skip, it's concealer. Clé de Peau Beauté's stick concealer is kind of the Rolls Royce of concealers and if you've ever tried it you'll know why. A bestseller of the brand for the past 20 years, everyone from Kim Kardashian to top makeup artists have sung its praises.

It's hard to think of why so much love is bestowed upon a relatively humble makeup item, but this MVP is the genesis of any look. Encased in a slim stick format is a pigmented cover up that is heavy duty enough to cover marks and blemishes, yet finely textured enough to blend flawlessly to an invisible finish that is not perceptible even up close, allowing skin to look like, well, skin. So natural is the finish, we often use the new concealer alone on marks and redness and blend it into skin without the need for any further foundation or even powder on top. Therein lies its success, that is yet to be replicated by pretenders.

Here's how the new formula improves on the previous version. Firstly it now comes with SPF25/PA+++. At first, you may be wondering why a concealer needs to have sun protection properties. But if you're like us and sometimes use just the concealer on its own to hide blemishes, this is pretty ingenious. Many a time what we're hiding are acne scars, spots and pigmentation marks that could use the extra coverage from UVA and UVB rays that will worsen the condition of skin.

The new formula also contains skincare ingredients like brighteners that will help lighten dullness and pigmentation over time — again a thoughtful addition if you consider how we tend to wear our makeup for extended periods of time, and could use with a quality cover-up. The brand's original thin fit layer formula is the perfect mix of oils that glide over the skin, transporting the coverage and leaving it on skin before evaporating, so it never feels heavy or gets dry over the course of a day. It's available in six shades here, and because a concealer is never just a concealer, you can use it in many different ways. Pat it on over flaws, use it under the eyes to brighten the area (unlike many other stick formulas this is not too dry on the skin), and even use it as sculpting tool to enhance your cheekbones and your face's dimensions, although we'll be real - it will be one of the most expensive contouring products you'll probably use. To create a custom shade, mix two or three shades together on different areas of the face. The possibilties for this life-changing makeup product are endless.

$105 each. At Clé de Peau Beauté stores and counters


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