Clé de Peau Beauté’s Essential Refining Essence has all the makings of a cult serum

Clé de Peau Beauté’s Essential Refining Essence has all the makings of a cult serum

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Text: Emily Heng

In a time where influencer marketing reigns supreme, authenticity is a rare flower that blooms only in sporadic intervals (alas, not in adversity, though we do love a good Mulan reference). With everything from gummy bears to car insurance being considered fair game, it can be hard to discern genuine quality from the big fat paychecks padding the inside of pockets. The one thing we're sure about? The consumer (a.k.a. you) is just about the last person who benefits from it.

It is what gives old-school success stories the je ne sais quoi that modern-day fairytales lack. M.A.C.'s Ruby Woo is the versatile red that all lipstick novices reach for. Shu Uemura's eyelash curler is a staple in every mascara devotee's kit. Urban Decay's Naked discontinuation caused more distress than just about every celebrity breakup there ever was and will be. R.I.P. Chris Pratt and Anna Faris.

Clé de Peau Beauté's Essential Correcting Refiner runs in similar circles. Launched in 2013 to moderate fanfare, the serum began accumulating buzz as the months passed, gaining favour amongst skincare enthusiasts through word-of-mouth in Taiwan and China. The next rational step would be, of course, to immortalise the product — bringing up its cult-status whenever necessary, and perhaps repackaging it every time holiday season rolls around.

That, however, is not in line with the brand's spirit of constant innovation. Enter Clé de Peau Beauté's Essential Refining Essence instead, a reformulation of the OG icon that is slated to give you exquisite smooth, radiant skin.



With a renewed focus to address the cause of visible pores, this fresh cooling serum works to do exactly that by via their "Surface Refining Complex EX". Apparently, it exorcises the unrelenting demons — sorry, we mean debris — stuck within pores, refreshing and refining skin whilst leaving a cooling sensation in its wake. Pores are visibly tightened, excess oil production kept under a tight leash, and dry skin hydrated to give radiance and luminosity. Phew, talk about a multi-functional powerhouse.

Suitable for daily use, simply shake well before dispensing drops of this potent elixir onto a cotton pad. After all, when it comes to quality such as Clé de Peau Beauté's, a little brings you a long way. 

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