A bit pricey (130 my Chanel one is only 65) but It is completely worth it!
I've been using this foundation for way over a year now (B20). It's light, yet covers well and, best of all, doesn't settle in my wrinkles. In fact, I'm on my second bottle now. It lasts forever, so the price (although high) per application is low. And the color choices are amazing. I've turned several of my friends onto this foundation (and concealer). They all gasped at the price and then marveled at the feel and coverage of the foundation. My skin is normal to dry and I use the foundation over moisturizer and sunscreen. After trying everything else (Armani Silk, Chanel Vitalumiere), I'd come back to this line again and again. When you realize that you can get almost a year from one bottle, the price becomes reasonable. And you'll never have to have a partially used bottle of foundation again. You'll use every last drop of this fabulous product!
I'm going to start off by saying that I love Clè de Peau products but this foundation is just not worth the money. I was curious to try it due to the great reviews that it gets so today while at Neiman, I asked a SA to try it on me and I could not wait to get home to take it off! It felt like I had a mask on! I looked so made up, especially on my chin area! It felt so sticky and shiny! Yuck! I like the dewy look but this almost gave me an excessive glow! Wow I did not even think that was possible. I did like the bottle it comes in but seriously not a great foundation. Perhaps a good choice for someone with more mature skin that needs more moisture but definitely did not do it for my combination skin. My Chanel Perfection Lumiere is indeed perfection and this does not compare to it in any way.
This foundation has been a massive disappointment, which makes me sad as I hate to spoil the glowing reviews! Lately I have been loving light-textured foundations with a satin liquid consistency, and buildable coverage (e.g. Guerlain Lingerie de Peau, Armani Luminous Silk, Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua). I expected somewhat of a similar effect from this, but this simply didn't deliver. The coverage was very little, and lasting power was poor. It has a dewy finish that doesn't dry down, and combined with the shimmer particles in this, was too much for my combination skin. Perhaps drier-skinned folks looking for very light coverage would appreciate this, but I was under the impression it was good for all skin types. This reminded me in a way of Revlon PhotoReady, except more moisturizing and shimmery. On a positive note, I adore the Cream foundation which gives beautiful coverage and a semi-matte finish. If you have dry skin, I suggest checking out the Silky Cream foundation which is flawless and dewy, and can also be sheered out if that is your preference.
The SA at Saks recommended this foundation for me and put it on me in the store.
Unfortunately for me, the only good thing about ths foundation was the color match. The I01 matched my fair with pink undertones coloring. Nothing else about this worked for me. The coverage was medium and emphasized lines and pores but didn't really cover up anything. Nor did it look very natural on me. It definitely left a glowy finish but it also felt sticky on my skin and stayed that way. Also I didn't like the sparkle in the foundation. It was subtle but still noticeable.
Thankfully I went back to Saks and had the SA switch out this foundation for the creme foundation. So glad cause the cream (not silky cream) is just perfect for me. Gives a totally flawless semi matte finish without the glitter, glow or stickiness.
This may work nicely for some but was awful for me.
Like all of CdP's products, this foundation is unbelievably expensive ($130 w/tax). However, I will probably re-purchase over and over again because I absolutely love it! I have combination skin, which is a little on the dry side due to the dry AZ climate. I am usually NC25-NC30, and I wear O30 in the Refining Fdtn (my summer shade, my winter shade is O20). I LOVE how this foundation has shimmer in it, it gives this natural beautiful glow. I would say this is light to medium coverage with a luminous finish. It settles a bit in my laugh lines (but almost everything does) but it seems to still be present on my face when I get home from work (I'd say it lasts about 6-8 hours on me). One of the few foundations that doesn't make me itch or breakout in rash/zits. Doesn't give me those foundation wrinkles that a lot of thick foundations give at the end of the day. I love how lightweight and moisturizing it is, and don't always use moisturizer underneath unless I'm having a very dry day. Though, for people looking for serious coverage, I wouldn't recommend this foundation b/c it is more on the light end and will not cover much without concealer. I like to throw some of my La Mer Powder in Translucent on top of this, CdP blush in 01, CdP concealer in Ochre, and CdP Luminizing Face Enhancer in 11 Pastel. End result is a very natural and beautiful glowing finish, and it looks like my face has just been lit up. Gorgeous. If you're looking for lightweight foundation with a natural yet glowy finish (and are willing to spend this much!), then I highly recommend CdP Refining Fdtn.
I've been loving this foundation for the winter because it's a bit more hydrating. For reference, I am NC30, and I have this in the color beige. I have acne prone combination skin with a super oily t-zone and dry patches around my mouth and on top of my cheekbones. This doesn't cling on to those dry patches nor is it super oily in my t-zone. Blends really well into the skin because it's very liquidy, almost runny. Smells like very noticeably like makeup, but not a huge deal for me. The only thing I wish was different about this is the shimmer in it. It's not incredibly obvious, but makes me look a bit more oily than I already am. So the only reason why I wouldn't repurchase it is the shimmer and the price. There are a lot of foundations that work just as well for a fraction of the amount I paid for this. I'm going to stick with my laura mercier silk creme foundation.
LOVE this! Ok, so here's a rundown on my skin: normal with occasional slight dry areas due to allergies and weather, extremely sensitive, intolerant of botanicals in particular and any number of random ingredients, no acne or dark spots, no lines yet, generally very good as far as evenness and tone goes. My foundation needs aren't that expansive, basically all I want is sheer to light coverage, just enough to provide some evenness, and a natural looking finish. Normally a BB or CC type of product would be perfect but those are out given all the anti-aging, brightening, and other little extras that are always thrown in there. On a whim I tried a sample of this but expected nothing due to the chemical sunscreen in here and usually those are an absolute no for me. But after a week of everyday wear I was hooked and bought it with no regrets and have been using it ever since.
I have it in I10 and it melts into my skin and matches it so well that I can't even tell I'm wearing anything. The color isn't too pink or too yellow, just a nice neutral that works nicely on my cooler toned skin. A list of some of my other previous and current foundations/etc. for color reference:
Armani Luminous Silk Foundation in No.2
MUFE Duo Mat Powder Foundation in 200
Cle de Peau Concealer in Ivory
Laura Mercier TM in Porcelain
Armani High Precision Retouch in No.1
It's very liquid, almost runny, so it's really easy to blend out and work into the skin. I like the thinness of the formula and how nicely it spreads. Usually I've always applied liquid foundations with a foundation brush but with this i find myself using my fingers a lot. Just a tiny, tiny dab on each cheek, forehead, nose, and chin and then I blend. Takes all of 20 seconds and is completely foolproof. Doesn't settle anywhere you don't want it or enhance dry patches at all. I think it's impossible to make this look cakey or awful. Sometimes I dust on a layer of loose powder but even without it this lasts all day long and don't fade off. The addition of the sunscreen is a plus but even so I wear my regular sunscreen underneath (unless I'm applying it at night when I'm going out) and it doesn't change the way it applies or wears.
The finish is beautiful and luminous due to the light reflecting particles (I hate calling it shimmer since it's too subtle for that). If you don't like that glowing, borderline dewy effect then this might not be for you. But to me the finish reminds me of the subtle glow of the Guerlain Meteorites powder, something I love so I'm all for it. No fragrance other than a little hint of a foundation type of scent, you know the one? Kinda chemical for lack of a better description, not strong, maybe a sunscreen vibe but I don't notice it once it's on my skin.
My foundation experience isn't too broad with all the sensitivity problems my skin has. I try things with a lot of caution and once something works I usually stick to it. This is just so insanely gorgeous and I want to jump up and down everytime I wear it that it actually works for me. It's expensive, but the amount I use everyday translates to a repurchase once a year, so it's completely worth the investment.
Ahhh-mazing! I don't know why I have waited so long to try this foundation. Erstwhile, I've tried the majority of both high-end and drugstore brands, only to find that nothing was really perfect. If I found a good formula, I couldn't get a good color match, and vice versa.
About my skin: I have combination skin with a very oily t-zone. For the most part, my skin is clear, but I have a couple of dark pigmentation spots and underye circles that need coverage. My skintone is light-neutral, sometimes veering on the more golden side. For reference, I am about NC20 in MAC, though it is a tad yellow for me. Other shades that are a decent match are Chantecaille Alabaster (though a hair too pale), and Chanel BR23. (In Chanel's "B" line, B10 can be too ashy for me, and B20 too yellow.) In Armani LSF, I am between #4 and #4.5. In MUFE HD, I am between 117 and 118.
Anyway, I've been a big fan of the CdP concealer for years (use it in Ivory), so when I stopped by the counter to get a replacement, I decided to look st their foundations.
Refining Fluid Foundation comes in 8 shades. I was matched to O10 which is a perfect match for my skin - really blends right in. The extremely fair as well as those who have more tan and chestnut complexions will not be able to find a match, unfortunately.
The bottle is a dark blue plastic with a pump, and there is a small window in the back so you can tell when you are getting low. The packaging is both sanitary and ideal for travel, so thumbs up on it.
The texture is good - feels very lightweight and non-greasy, and really melts seamlessly into the skin. The coverage is about medium, so I still need a bit of concealer on my spots and undereye circles, but it really evens out the complexion on its own. I use one full pump (about dime size) on my entire face.
The finish is a natural satin - not dewy, and not matte. It seems like there may be some reflective particles, but they are very fine and not noticeable, so you won't feel like you're wearing glitter or the remnants of a disco ball.
This foundation features SPF 24 with a part titanium dioxide sunscreen, so it probably would not fare well in flash photography, but I have not yet tried that. In natural and fluorescent light, it looks very natural.
My favorite part of this is how long-lasting on the skin it is, while not feeling like you have anything on your face. The first time I tried this, it was 95 degrees outside and humid, so I expected it to melt off my face or at least leave me looking like a greasy mess, but after several hours of sweating, my skin still looked fresh.
Overall, this is a must-have for me, and even though it is super pricey ($120 - gulp!), the results are so phenomenal, I can't imagine being without it! continued >>
I've worn this foundation for the last two years. I've gone through two bottles. My last bottle just ran out. For now, I am in search of a cheaper dupe. Not sure if there is such a thing, because this truly gives me a great glow. I'm very fair and the B10 seems to match well. (a tad dark to be picky but I was matched to this shade) It's like a tinted moisturizer with extra coverage. I switched off between this and double wear (my thicker foundation) because some days I prefer lighter coverage than other days.
I do get compliments when I wear this foundation. I've worn it on top of Mac's strobe cream and it really gives you that hollywood glow.
It costs over $100 and I've never purchased a pricier foundation. It's really ridiculous!