I Reviewed Clé de Peau's Concealer and My Dark Circles Are No More

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 Erin Jahns

When a subject line like "The Heir to Clé de Peau's Concealer Throne" graces the top of your inbox, as a beauty editor, you click on it with Edward Cullen–esque reflexes because A) the original Concealer SPF 25 ($73) is an iconic industry favorite and perhaps one of the best (and most expensive) concealers in all makeup history. And B) the sheer concept of a new, perhaps superior formula is enough to raise our product-obsessed blood pressure to new and dangerous heights. (But seriously, as a past devotee to the aforementioned original, I'm surprised I didn't faint—this is big, big news, people!)

Thus, we introduce the concealer's biggest competition: the Radiant Corrector for Eyes ($70). Which, blessedly, I found in my otherwise empty Friday mailbox—the perfect scenario considering my decrepit, sleep-deprived state. (A tip: Avoid arriving back from Las Vegas–based work trips in the middle of the week at all costs).

Pros + Cons:

Pros:

  • Brightens and conceals
  • Hydrates skin
  • Creamy formula
  • Easy to apply

Cons:

  • Price per ounce is expensive
  • Not multi-purpose

Bottom Line

Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes will have you saying bye-bye to dark circles. Its luminous coverage will leave you bright-eyed from morning 'til night.

Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes

Best for: All day under-eye coverage

Star Rating: 4.5/5

Active ingredients: Crataegus Monognya Flower Extract, Zingiber Aromaticus Extract, Chestnut Fruit Extract  

Clean?: No, contains PEGs

Potential allergens: None

Price: $70

Shade Range: 11 different shades, Espresso to Ivory

What’s Included: Pen design applicator with a brush tip

About the brand: Clé de Peau Beauté was founded in Japan in 1982 with the mission of using skin cell science to enhance and illuminate the skin.

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Clé de Peau Beauté Radiant Corrector for Eyes $70.00
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About My Skin: Acne-prone

As I mentioned, I used to wear Clé de Peau's original concealer stick religiously. It was one of the only formulations to tackle my shadowy under-eyes, acne spots, and any other facial pigmentation in one sleek swoop. Alas, this was back in high school when I had nothing better to do with my babysitting income than make it rain in the product-studded aisles of Nordstrom. Fast-forward a couple of years to college, however, and I had almost completely converted to a drugstore-based beauty diet (Student loans will do that to you).

Since then, my bank account has thankfully improved, but for whatever reason, I never returned to my beloved Clé de Peau. There was no reason, in particular, but more than likely because I've found countless other formulas to worship that are a little less harsh on my monthly budget. (Coffee, wine, and parking tickets now seem to reign supreme). That being said, the news of a concealer iteration specifically designed for the eyes (ugh, my weakness) had memories of my previous affair with the brand all flooding back to me. I need to try it, I thought to myself.

How to Apply: Click, Dab, and Blend

Byrdie editor Erin Jahns using Clé de Peau Beauté concealer
Erin Jahns

Available in 11 shades (Espresso, Cocoa, Dark, Nutmeg, Hazelnut, Mocha, Ocher, Buff, Almond, Beige, Ivory), the liquid concealer comes in a handy pen design (not unlike a few other cult-classic formulas) with a soft brush tip that produces a perfectly portioned bubble of product with each press of the base. Handy, travel-friendly, not messy. I like. Additionally, other purported perks from the press release included a strategic, skincare-meets-makeup design marrying luxurious eye-caressing ingredients like color-correcting and light-reflecting pearl, Crataegus monogyna flower extract, zingiber aromaticus extract, and rosa roxburghii extract. Apparently, not only would said fare help mask the look of dark circles but the concoction is also intended to reinvigorate the notoriously fragile eye area with antioxidants and melanin-increasing benefits. So dreamy, right?

Key Ingredients

Crataegus monogyna (hawthorn) is a member of the rose family. It has antioxidant properties that protect against free radical damage and is also believed to have anti-inflammatory potential.

Of course, this all sounds fine and dandy, but trust me when I say that at the age of 25, I've already read a lifetime's supply of fine-and-dandy-sounding press releases—many of which have had me shouting "lies!" mere hours later. For the record, however, I really hoped that wouldn't be the case with this new, especially exciting launch. Prior to my first application, it truly felt as if it were meant to be. So since I came to work early and bare-faced this morning (with significant dark circles in tow), I decided to try it out immediately. Why wait until the weekend?

The Results: Shadow-busting

Erin Jahns wearing Cle de Peau Beaute Radiant Corrector

Erin Jahns

My verdict: obsessed. Truly, I wasn't expecting to be. I actually have never met a pen-like concealer or under-eye diffuser I've liked, and since I've felt pretty committed to my most recent shadow-busting favorite concealers, I was mentally prepared to tuck this one away into a stash of things I would probably never use. What I didn't expect was to be completely blown away. Not only is the color and pigment (I'm using Ivory) perfectly on point, but the strategic dilution of skincare and tint is exactly what the doctor ordered for my sleep-deprived status. Instantly, my dark circles were diffused in a perfectly creaseless, natural-looking fashion, and within a mere two minutes, I looked like I had logged the 10 hours of sleep I haven't gotten in months.

Not only is the color and pigment (I'm using Ivory) perfectly on point, but the strategic dilution of skincare and tint is exactly what the doctor ordered for my sleep-deprived status.

The Value: Pricey but worth it

The pen disperses the perfect amount of product, it's believably buildable, and it maintains a sheer wash of radiance that doesn't compromise coverage. (A significant gripe I've had with other similarly designed options). Now, has this launch necessarily replaced the high-brow status of its predecessor? No, not really. However, I definitely prefer this formula when comparing it to the old (although they do serve different purposes to an extent—the original offers more multipurpose benefits versus this one, which is specifically eye-targeted), and I plan on taking it with me everywhere I go from here on out. Seriously, folks, I haven't had a new product high or typed this fast in a long, long time.

Similar Products: You have options

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 25: Of course, it goes without saying the original will still be an OG monster favorite when it comes to iconic products, and I don't see that status abating anytime soon. A bit more expensive at $73, this concealer provides lasting coverage while leaving skin smooth.

Our Verdict: An under-eye savior

When it comes down to it, Clé de Peau Beauté makes solid concealers. So whether you favor one over the other will ultimately come down to your skin concern and personal preference. Keep in mind that the original formula (favored by models) tackles blemishes, dark circles, and a dull complexion whereas the newer version specifically targets the under-eyes area. So go ahead, pick your Peau-inspired poison of choice.

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