Thursday, June 5, 2014

Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate: Three Steps to Plump, Moisturized Skin


If you're looking for a luxurious mask experience, look no further than the Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate*. The name of the product makes it sound like a serum but it's actually a three step treatment that consists of a lotion (also known as a toner), essence and sheet mask. This system literally claims to reduce all kinds of skin issues including dullness, dark circles, dryness, rough surface texture, loss of elasticity, and visible pores. At $25 for a box containing a single treatment, this is the most expensive mask program I have tried so far. 


The signature Clé de Peau Beauté ingredient at work is called the illuminating complex and is derived from natural silk and pearl. This ingredient is found in steps 2 and 3. The first step, the lotion, contains super bio-hyaluronic acid and chestnut rose fruit extract. Included in the kit is a cotton square which you are meant to pour the toner onto to smooth over the skin. The toner is meant to gently exfoliate the skin so that steps 2 and 3 can absorb better into the skin. 


Step 2, the essence, is pictured above. The 2ml in the little ampule is more than enough for your entire face because it is a thick serum. It was more dense than I expected and I prefer more liquid serums for my oily combination skin. The essence is supposed to improve luminosity, skin texture and firmness. Along with the illuminating complex ingredient there is also chai hu extract, chestnut rose fruit extract and super bio-hyaluronic acid. The directions state to apply half the ampule all over your skin and use the rest on areas such as under the eyes and on any areas of concern such as around the mouth. Personally the essence already felt very moisturizing to the point where I did not feel the need to top it with a mask sheet.


But for the purposes of completing the three step process, I went ahead and ripped open the mask sheet. I was pleased to find a very thick and soft cotton mask with a gel side that adheres to the skin. The mask is split into two parts and covered my face very well. The mask contains the illuminating complex as well as royal jelly. 


As you can see, the mask covered my face very thoroughly. It did not seem saturated with essence and I felt that it was a bit dry. The gel side was very comfortable on the skin and the heaviness of the material felt very relaxing. However, I did not find the mask to be very effective at anything in particular because it did not seem to contain enough serum. 

After using the Clé de Peau Beauté Illuminating Concentrate my skin was very dewy and moisturized. I cannot vouch for any of the other claims but my skin was definitely plump and bouncy. For the price, this is not a product I would recommend for everyone. Mature and dry skin types will find this more suitable than oilier ones for sure. If you have a very simple skincare routine and have an important event such as a wedding to go to, sure this is worth a splurge. But for someone like me who already uses a multitude of toners, serums and sheet masks, this is essentially my normal skincare routine packaged in a convenient set. 

What do you think of one-off kind of treatments like this? Is it worth the price? What is your regular masking routine?

* This product was provided for free by PR for review purposes. All opinions are my own. 

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