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?
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.