Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer in 203

Hello there! I’m here to offer you some relief on this boring Wednesday. Let’s talk about extravagant lipsticks!

This particular lipstick was a definite splurge for me. If you’re going to buy Cle de Peau, might as well buy it in Japan where it is cheaper. For me, the place I was shopping at was tax-exempt and had an additional discount for tourists. You can see where this is going… ūüėČ

Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer¬†¬†in 203 (Chocolate Truffle) is essentially a sheer moisturising lipstick. Let’s talk about the colour first which is just perfection. It’s at that sweet spot where it’s the right balance of brown and pink which makes it so flattering. It’s definitely tops my list of MLBB shades. It’s very similar to Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle which is one of my all time favourites.

Although it’s sheer it does even out my lips when I build it up. It’s very very moisturising throughout the wear. It’s not as balmy as the Chanel Rouge Coco Shines, it definitely has more slip. I find it similar to YSL Rouge Volupte Shine in that regard. Another thing I like is that you can wear this over thick moisturisers and it’ll still look good. It also feels very light on the lips which is always a priority for me. I hate it when you can feel a lipstick (especially now in summer).

There’s no discernible fragrance (yay) and it’s very glossy. It makes your lips look very smooth and even (texture wise). It doesn’t settle into lines either.¬†It lasts about 3-4 hours which I guess is standard for any sheer lipstick. Can’t really survive meals or drinks though. I love wearing this to work, I don’t mind touching up after meals and snacks. If I have to step out for a while or just meet friends etc I love quickly slapping¬†this on. Even if I’m not wearing any makeup at all, I might put this on because that little hint of colour makes me look¬†a lot more put together.

The packaging is different from your conventional lipstick. It’s very tall, almost like a lip gloss. The only other lipstick that comes to mind is the Dior Serum something lipstick which has a similar look.

The holder and actual lipstick (refill) have to be bought separately. Once you insert the refill, it snaps into place. The lipstick can be twisted up but not¬†down. I like that the lipstick¬†retains it’s angled oval shape pretty much always. It’s very easy to apply, especially at the corners and cupid’s bow. The¬†case is weighty and a very dark navy colour, when you look closely you can notice a bit of shimmer throughout as well.

The holder costs $25 and the lipstick itself (refill) is $35. ¬†That brings it to a price range similar to¬†Guerlain Rouge G or Tom Ford lipsticks. I can say that it was a definitely cheaper in Japan. I don’t remember¬†exactly what I paid but I had converted it in rupees at the time, it didn’t make my eyes pop too much. :)

I also get the sentiment of why pay so much for a sheer lipstick. I think the same many times but I rationalise it this way. I’m going to spend a lot for¬†a product, it’s worth it for me if I’m going to use it a lot and enjoy doing so. I’m pretty sure this particular shade makes it “worth it” for me. I think it’s one that I will¬†use till the end. I may not repurchase it right away but at some point, I’ll definitely buy the refill.

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L-R | Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer in Chocolate Truffle 203 | Clinique Chubby Stick in Curviest Caramel | Revlon Lacquer Balm in Ingenue | Revlon Lip Butter in Pink Truffle | Burberry Lip Mist in Copper | YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in Ultimate Beige



Name: Cle de Peau Enriched Lip Luminizer

Shade :  Chocolate Truffle 203

Pigmentation : Sheer to medium

Finish and Texture : Very glossy finish

Durability : 3 hours

Price : $25 for Holder, $35 for Refill

Available at : Nordstrom (Refill), Nordstrom (Holder), Saks (Holder), Saks (Refill)

Overall : 5/5


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  • Divya

    This is such a pretty nude on you Adwaita! CDP is super duper luxury for sure!


    • Xuvious

      It was a very quick shopping trip, so I’m glad I found such a perfect shade! :)

  • Laarni

    I love this! Safest color out there! But there is always a but: Can’t twist down? :O BTW, i like your Finder widget. What is it?

    • Xuvious

      True! There’s also something!

      So the Finder thing, I actually coded it myself.

  • Chelsey A. Thornton
  • How Does Dee DoIt

    Luv the comparison shot – very useful! Looks so pretty on you..I still havent bought YSL Ultimate Beige :s You lucky duck…discount Japan?! :)

    • Xuvious

      I initially found it so difficult to find good nudes that would suit me. Now I document them all meticulously. :p

  • Clever Girl Reviews

    I like the color on you. It’s so nude without being washed out. The price though, yikes!

    • Xuvious

      Yea, it was definitely a splurge!

  • Linda Libra Loca

    You can’t beat a good discount, and if it is paired with travels, what is not to love?

    Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

    • Xuvious

      My argument for every single purchase I make when I travel! ūüėČ

      • Linda Libra Loca

        Two things I¬īll never run out of are red lipsticks and shopping excuses.

        • Xuvious

          Haha! ^_^

  • Krithi Marla

    love the shade and the packaging :)

  • Jaa

    I love the slim design and color! This is so totally your color. :) Like you, I sometimes prefer a lighter formula during summer months. :)

    • Xuvious

      Aaah thank you Jaa! That’s the best thing to hear considering the price. :p

      Definitely, also with lighter colours, I feel like they work better for me if they’re sheer. :)

  • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

    Oh goodie, oh goodie! You bought a CdP lipstick! I’ve tried some CdP stuff and love it (the concealer really is good and I can never seem to go through my stick), but so far I am hesitant to dole out money for their lipsticks. Glad to hear your experience is so great! Now I am tempted :)

    • Xuvious

      I really couldn’t decide on a concealer shade so I decided to not get it.
      I think it was a nice one time treat, I don’t see myself buying CdP all the time. :)

  • Corinne C

    It looks such a lovely colour. Can’t beat that packaging, it’s very elegant!

    Corinne x

    • Xuvious

      Yea it’s so sleek! I love it! xx

  • nausheen

    The packaging looks so classy, petty shade :)

    • Xuvious

      Yea, very sleek! ^_^

  • Kiss & Make-up

    I like products like this so yeah, I’d probably dig these :-)

    • Xuvious

      Oh I think the colour would look amazing on you! ^_^

  • fiona furtado

    This looks so so good on you.

    • Xuvious

      Hard to find a good nude but this one’s a keeper! ^_^

  • Kristen / Glambunctious

    This is a beautiful shade, and so lovely on you! I too love it when a lipstick hits that note between pink and brown! Angels sing! ūüėČ I couldn’t agree with you more. If you LOVE sheer lipsticks and where them often, then why not splurge on it if you can? I personally would get much more use out of a sheer pink than a bold red, so the expense would make perfect sense.

    • Xuvious

      You’re completely right, that’s how I rationalize it as well. :)