i was trying to find Covermark's hermal essence foundation but its not sold in the U.S. so i gave this a try. Its a bit heavy, a little bit goes a long way. Coverage is very good. But the packaging is terrible and extremely inconvenient, price is very very expensive. I think i'll buy it again (if i don't get a chance to go to asia to stock up Covermark -- if you've tried covermark before, this cle de peau is a very similar fondation), then i'll get this again. So far, its great at covering up my acne red marks and doesn't break me out.
This foundation was a bit disappointing for me - it doesn't provide a flawless finish on my skin that would be expected for its very high price tag. However, my skin generally does not take well to most foundations and usually looks better without (I only use foundation for small areas/spot treatments). Surprisingly, The Body Shop "ultra smooth foundation" works just as well for me for a much lower price.
I tried/used so many fdts (Guerlain issima antiaging, divinora; Chanel teint innocence and vitalumiere; BB moisture rich and luminizing; Sue Devitt whipped; Shu Uemura water perfect; Chantecaille future skin; Stephane Marais cream; Kanebo cream finish, etc.) but this one still remains as my favourite fdt, together with chantecaille and stephane marais (chantecaille lighter and more glowy than CdP, SM somewhere in between two). I have dry skin, and it is one of the few foundations which do not dry out my skin without being greasy. I can use it comfortably in winter/summer. It has almost a cream to powder consistency. I do not need concealer/ powder with this. I also feel that it is gentle on skin unlike some other fdts I tried. It never broke me out or irritated my sensitive skin. It looks matt directly after I apply itbut after a few minutes, it melts into the skin and looks very polished without being unnatural. It is very densely pigmented but if you apply carefully (with sponge), you can also achieve a natural look. As other reviewers said, it is important to use a small amount. However, if you're allergic to talc, it may irritate your skin because it lists talc as one of the first ingredients. It works best on well moisturized skin: if your skin is flakey, it will emphasize it.
**Update May 2008** I bought this foundation again, and somehow I am not that happy anymore. It looks great when I apply it but after a few hours it oxidizes (orange) on my skin and turns rather greasy. I don't know why. My skin is less dry nowadays than years before, so that may be the reason. For this price I would not repurchase this fdt again.
This is a wonderful foundation that I have used so far. It works for all skin types despite the fact that it's a cream foundation. The price is expensive but you get what you pay for and it lasts you a long time since you only need very very little to achieve a flawless finish. The key thing here is application techniques. If you apply the foundation wrong, it'll look cakey and unnatural. My perfect match is an O20 and I have never been happier with any other foundation. My skin is super oily, acne-prone, easily break out, very hard to find a foundation that works. But finally Cle De Peau Cream Foundation works for me, and it works so well.
This is a dream foundation! It absolutely leaves me glowing without looking MADE UP. My skin is also extremely dry and I have a lot of redness from eczema, but some moisturizing beforehand completely makes the face flawless and no trace of my irritated spots! Definately worth the money.
Too bad i've oily skin but i really love this foundation a lot. Can't say if it's worth it's price but it should be good for dry skin gals.
Excellent colour match and coverage. Dont have much to complain.
I love this foundation. However, It is winter & my skin is very dehydrated which makes this product settle into my skin and appear "cakey". I have tried mixing moisturizer but my skin is still too dry. I will definatly use this when summer rolls around & the humidity kicks in! Color - 010. continued >>
Okay, I am OCD with high-end cosmetics, I admit it. I've tried almost all of them (Armani, Chanel, Dior, YSL) and though I love Armani's foundations, they've been discontinuing alot of their lighter shades and even their eyeshadows, which use to be die for, are starting to be boring and repetitive with each season. Anyway, I just bought CDP's infamous cream foundation in I00 and I can see why some would have a problem with it. It's very dense so therefore, you need just a tiny bit to do your whole face, otherwise it will seem cakey. If that seems like an issue, all I can say is that for the expense, I'm glad it only takes a drop. A smooth surface is the key here. After I wash, I use a moisturizing sunscreen and then use the CDP primer in my T-Zone and under my eyes. I then use a a little bit of the cream foundation and find that it spreads really nicely and leaves a matte finish that not's dry or flat. Just porcelain perfection. It also doubles as a concealer so I can skip that step now. I think the packaging fine. Small navy jar that I think looks classy. It would be better if it came with a spatula, but I just use one that I already have.
This is probably the best cream foundation in the market.
If you need medium to full coverage, this could work for you. It did for me.
It gives a flawless look!
Very expensive at $110 per 20 ml jar but works great for me.
I love it!
In my opinion, this is the best foundation that is available on the market. I have gone through one full jar (I use this on and off with the Cle de Peau Creamy Powder Foundation) and now on my second jar. It takes forever to go through one jar since a little goes a long way. I like to transfer a bit into a small jar and use it every day. I keep the full size jar tightly closed to keep the freshness of the product. I have normal to dry skin and this works great when use sparingly. There is no need to load the skin with this foundation because it is highly pigmented. When used with the appropriate amount, it gives your skin a beautiful, natural glow. The coverage is wonderful. It is a bit expensive at $110 for 20ml. However, it is totally worth it, since it lasts so much longer than others, you get much more out of it. Your skin looks great when it is on, and it is also a treatment for your skin. The only downsize is the packaging and that it does not contain any sunscreen. I don't really care for the packaging. Very cheap looking jar with a lid for a $110 price tag! Other than that, I love the stuff, and have been using it ever since I first tried it five years ago. Nothing else I tried came near to its standard & quality. continued >>