Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Purchase - Cle De Peau Concealer -Vs- Shiseido The Makeup Concealer Stick. A Quest for perfection unanswered.

Once upon a time there was a girl that had $70 burning a hole in her pocket and some red spots to cover up on her face.

She happened upon the Cle de Peau counter at her local Neiman Marcus and was wooed by the now infamous concealer. She fell in love quickly, and wrote a blog entry about it. The romance lasted through the New Year and she put it on her Favorites of 2008 list. Then something terrible happened. Her love did not fade. No it was much worse than that. The concealer was running low. It no longer swiveled up, there was no more product to swivel. She imagined that there must be a good 1/4 to 1/2 an inch left under the swivel stopping point and plans to dig down to use up the very last ruminants of her beloved CdP concealer, but what happens when it's all gone? What then? Her ideal...dare she say... HOLY GRAIL concealer will be a distant memory. What will she do then?

This Crisis of Concealer occurred a month or so ago and she laid plans to acquire a new CdP concealer or find a duplicate. She didn't quite have the money for a new CdP concealer at retail prices. It was only on a whim and left over Birthday money that she purchased it in the first place. So what was she to do? She looked on evilbay, bid on several auctions (as she set a price no higher than $45 USD in which to acquire a CdP Concealer) but alas, she was out bit every time. There were many CdP concealers at an almost reasonable "Buy It Now" price but the packaging was different. She feared that the formulation would also be different from the fuddy duddy, ridged, matte, dusty blue packaging. So she thought "Go to the source” Yes. Cle de Peau is a Shiseido brand. SURELY they would have a stick type concealer that is very much like the CdP one she loves so dearly.

She happened to be on StrawberryNET.com and found a Shiseido The Makeup Concealer Stick that looked like it might be like her CdP and purchased it for a paltry $18 (with reward discounts of course) A week or so later the concealer arrives. She opens up the box and is a bit disappointed to see that the product is 1/2 the circumference of the CdP. Well, the Shiseido is only 1 oz (3g) versus the CdP 1.7 oz (5g). OK. She paid less and got less product, but it's OK. Shiseido and CdP are owned by the same company. How different could they be?

Swatch test.
Humm. The CdP is a perfect color match for her but it looks like the Shiseido is slightly pinker than she would like. It's just slightly though. She's just being picky she thinks. On to the ingredient comparison

Cle de Peau Concealer Ingredients:
Squalane, Cyclomethicone, Kaolin, Phenyl Trimethicone, Paraffin, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquisostearate, Carnuba, Mictocrystalline Wax, Water, Dimethicone Copoyol, Cholesteryl Hydroxsterate, Glycerin, Boron Nitride, Polysilicone-5, Tocoppheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Aluminum Hydroxide, Aluminum Disterate, Simethicone, Methicone, Ascorbyl Dipalmiate, Soy Sterol, Sodium Acetylhaluronate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides

Shiseido The Makeup Concealer Stick Ingredients:
Hydrogrnated c6-14 Olefin Polymers, Cyclomethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Kaolin, Paraffin, PolymethylSilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Sorbitan Sesquisostearate, Copernicia Cerifera (Carnuba) wax, PEG/PPG-36/41 Dimethyl Ether, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalimitate, Microcrystalline Wax, Methicone, Barium Sulfate, Tocopherol, Tin Oxide, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Alumina, Fragrance, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides

CdP has 29 ingredients and Shiseido has 23. Of those, there are about 13 matching ingredients (in bold and in purple above) and most of them are either waxes, preservatives, filler or silicone of some sort. The Girl sighed. Without one chemistry class under her belt (hey, she graduated high school and college but managed to avoid Chemistry 101 because she knew she would never remember the difference between Tocopheryl Acetate and Ascorbyl Tetraisopalimitate, let alone how to spell them.) she must test the old fashioned way: Actual application to red spots on her face.

5:45 am: The girl applies the thin Shiseido concealer stick to her under eyes and red spots using a synthetic brush. Humm. It does not seem to spread as nicely as the CdP she thinks to herself. She decides it is because of the cooler temperature (she likes to justify to keep herself in denial) so she uses her finger to warm up the concealer and applies her concealer covered finger pad directly to her face (a sin she can live with this one time. After all her hands are clean) Humm. Warming it up didn't doo much, she muses. Upon careful application she notices that she Shiseido, while not a perfect color match blended well enough but seems to get a bit cakey if applied too liberally, and didn't do an effective job of covering the extra dark spots she had on her face. Her under eyes looked like they were going to crease before mid day so she applied some Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder to set the concealer (something she never had to do with her CdP).

She went about her usual day at work. Hours of drudgery in front of a computer, dealing with cow-workers that wear too much perfume and eating lunch at her desk because she's trying to save money and also hoping to leave early enough to pick up her son from daycare. Humm. Now the clock begins. It's 10:45 am : The red area around her nose begins to show through. The concealer looks like it is separating from the oils on her face. OK. Blot, spot conceal with her emergency TheBomb TimeBomb concealer she keeps in her purse, powder. OK fixed. 1:30 pm: Her spots are beginning to show through on her cheeks and chin. Blot, spot conceal, powder. Gah, now the concealer that was there before is caking up over the new concealer. She looks as if she has smallish orange dots on her skin. Buff, Buff, Buff, with a powder brush. OK. That's better. 4:45 pm: Pick up son from daycare have an "Oh So Helpful" daycare worker suggest La Roche Posay Acne Treatment. Gee thanks! 5:30 pm: Dear Husband arrives home. She finally has a minute to change out of her work clothes and put up her hair. Gasp. It looks as if she has no concealer on at all! The girl now understands why the "Oh So Helpful" person made a recommendation. She looks terrible. The girl quickly washes her face and moisturizes and goes about the rest of her evening. The next day she uses The Shiseido Concealer again hoping for better results. She uses the concealer for 7 days. Each day it seems to "quit" on her by noon.

The evidence is clear. This is NOT the same concealer. It is not the same quality, it is not the same amount, it is not the same. Period!

She weeps....OK. She doesn't really weep. That would be stupid and unhealthy. It's just concealer. But it sounds romantically dramatic though! She starts saving her pennies, and nickels and dimes and hopes that she will have enough saved up to buy a new CdP Concealer at an increased evilbay bid or at retail before her beloved CdP runs out.

She wonders if the glossy black product packaging is the same formula as the blue matte packaging but does not want to spend $50 to find out. She tries to resist the urge to buy concealers to "test" to see if she can duplicate the CdP... she knows better.
She wonders if she should throw away the Shiseido concealer so she won’t be tempted to use it, should her CdP run out before she can acquire another one.

So many questions, quandaries and challenges when it comes to finding a new Holy Grail.



  1. I also found the shiseido concealer to be a big fail!

    Hope yo ucan come to our perfume party.

  2. Did you ever try the Kevin Aucoin concealer? It worked pretty well for me but I never tried the cdp. I can sample it for you if you want to try it. Let me know!

  3. thank you for this! i've been wanting to try the CDP concealer for a while now. CDP does not understand what recession stands and price their items close to the price of gold >.<

  4. I don't use concealer anymore. I found that loose powder mixed with my foundation covers red spots better. But that's just me.

  5. i never think shiseido has good concealer! the stick was rather a joke IMO. CdP on the other hand is too expensive for everyday use, especially my case. i need probably 10 sticks a month!!! HAHAHAHA

    i LOVE this review! i laughed all the way!

  6. I say if it works that well and makes you feel good, $70 is worth it! :-)

  7. I am with Valerie in this one! You know it works and you love it so....defo worth the gold mountain that it costs.

    You could try and make cut backs else where say........with taupe eyeshadows?? LOL Its is joke Elvira - please dont throw anything at me!!

    : )

  8. LOL @ Glow Chaser`s Taupe e/s comment.
    I say save up and get the CdP hon despite its price - can't put a price on feeling your best can you?

  9. This made me cry. I'd gladly whore myself out so that I can send you $70 for the concealer. That's how much I love you. I too need a new concealer...my undereye circles are multiplying =(

  10. Hi Kristy: I RSVP's Maybe. I have to see if my husband can take care of little Darthypie. He usually works that night.

    Hi Tessa: The KA Sensual Skin Enhancer? Yes I have tried that. It was a pain getting a color match but I found that it broke me out...sadly. But the coverage was excellent. And a little goes a long long way. Anyone reading this, might want to give it a try as I think it's a good product, just not for me.

    Hi M: Oh I know. So many cosmetic companies are having "sales" like MAC and Urban Decay. I wish CdP and Chanel and Givenchy would. ::sigh::

    Hi Hyena Overlord: Thanks for the tip. I'm going to try that!!

    Hi jojoba: Thanks for the feedback. I'm glad you like it. Every day is a special occasion for me I guess. LOL. I wish MUFE full cover worked as well for me as it does for you. My problems would be solved.

    Hi Valerie: Thanks. I can always count on you to enable me. Did you see Scrangie's swatches of Carolyn New York? http://www.scrangie.com/2009/01/50-off-every-order-at-carolyn-new-york.html OMG they are TDF!!!

    Hi Glow Chaser: LMAO. You are so right. I could make cuts on my Taupe e/s budget! :-/

    Hi The Mighty J: Yes. Good old Beauty Bloggers can enable me well. Thanks for the support!!

    Joey: LOL. Please don't whore yourself out for my concealer crisis!!! That is very sweet of you to offer. I heard Some people with extra dark circles say that CdP didn't cover them very well. :-(

  11. Hello, I came across your lovely blog as I'm on the hunt for some help on color comparison for this Cle de Peau concealer. I am trying to decide between the ivory and beige but live too far away from a store where I can try them first. SO maybe you can help...I currently use timebalm in light and it's a good match. I have also used the Boing in med. which is a tad too dark for me. I only use my concealer for under the eyes. Any advice will be so helpful!! thanks.

  12. thank you for telling the difference between the old and new formula of cdp....that was the info I was looking for because I am reading on other bolgs that the old formula is sooo much better than the new, so again, thank u! I laughed all the way thru that one! :)


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