Sunday, 11 January 2015

Veracious Product Review: Cle de Peau Eye Colour Quad in #303 Baby Universe

Hi, everyone! I've been on a bit of a Cle de Peau kick this week and I'm here to hit you with another amazing option from the brand. I clearly need another eye shadow palette like a hole in the head, but the newly reformulated Eye Colour Quads seriously caught my eye last Fall. I finally caved with Cle de Peau was offering a serious GWP in November, and was thrilled to make this baby mine. 


The Cle de Peau Beaute Eye Colour Quads come in navy blue cardboard boxes with gold and white lettering. 



As per the back of the box, these palettes promise shadows rich in texture, inspired by "celestial jewels". Not sure what a celestial jewel would look like, exactly, but it sounds tantalizing nonetheless. The palettes are meant to offer coordinated shades that blend together seamlessly while creating definition and a flattering, brilliant finish. 


Like the Luminizing Face Enhancers, the Eye Colour Quads can be purchased on their own (stored in a plastic clam shell container) or alongside a coordinated compact case. Since I splashed out for the compact with the highlighter, I opted to purchase the shadows solo. I figured they would be protected just fine in their plastic case, and the quad would definitely be easier to store this way!


There are 8 shade variations in the range and I ultimately fell for #303 Baby Universe. Not only is the name both curious and surreal, the shades included are totally beautiful and much unlike other in my collection (a difficult feat, indeed!). Baby Universe includes a warm, mid-tone nearly-matte brown, a shimmery peachy champagne, a plum-tinged darker brown with a satin finish, and an ultra shimmery garnet. It was this right-most garnet shade that sold me on this palette especially- it's truly something unique!

Here are swatches of the four tones in Baby Universe on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone):


And here are a few shots of a look I created with the Baby Universe Quad. I applied the lighter matte brown shade all over the lid, the satin plum shade on the crease, the shimmery garnet on the outer corners, and the paler champagne as a highlight on my brown bone and inner corners of the eye. 




And now for my breakdown of the perks and setbacks of this luxurious palette: 

Pros:
  • Texture of the shadows is very soft and silky, feeling almost creamy (but not at all heavy) on the lids
  • The matte shades are not flat and the shimmery shades offer complex, non-garish shimmer (both leading to a polished, sophisticated finish)
  • This mix of finishes allows you to create a variety of looks with only 4 shades
  • Sheer to medium pigmentation makes it impossible to 'over-do' application
  • Colour wears true without creasing for 10+ hours
  • Baby Universe offers a unique, yet wearable mix of shades that should be flattering with many eye colours and skin tones
  • Appreciated that you are not forced to pay extra for the compact if you do not want it
Cons:
  • These shadows can be a bit powdery, in that they can "kick up dust" when you sweep a brush across them
  • Those who love ultra-pigmented eye shadows will not think this palette is worth the money, as the formula is more subtle and sheer
  • The price. Even without the compact, this quad will set you back over $60 CAD

Overall, I quite like this palette! Its strength does not lie in bold pigmentation or flashy metallic finishes, but rather in the ultra soft texture, sophisticated shimmer, unique shade combination, and extremely long-wearing, comfortable formula. I can't say that I'll be running out to purchase other quads from this range, but I'm very happy to have Baby Universe as part of my collection!

Have you tried any eye shadows from Cle de Peau? Tempted by the shades in this palette? What eye shadow palette do you reach for when you want a sophisticated, polished (but not boring) look?

Thanks for stopping by! xo

31 comments:

  1. aaaand, Im in love. That colour family is my faaaaave.

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    1. I love shades like this too! And I appreciate that they're not the typical neutrals that I already have way too many of in my stash :)

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  2. I love that eye shadow It looks amazing on you!!!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  3. Oh Jennifer, I am in love with your eye look! So gorgeous! Instantly makes me forget about all those little cons :-)

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  4. Beautiful colours :)
    http://whattaylorbuys.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Wow, when applied, the eye shadows looks amazing!

    www.LUXESSED.com

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  6. Hi Jen,
    these are so your colors, this one almost screams Jen lol.
    I love how they look on you, really very pretty on your eyes. The same here, I won't be purchasing another one but I like Satin Moon very much.

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    1. Thanks, Sara! Satin Moon was second on my list :)

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  7. These shades are perfect! Love how natural they look but ever so pretty at the same time! These look nice and creamy which I love and the shimmer also comes in perfect for highlighting the inner corners of the eyes x

    www.krystelcouture.com

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  8. Lovely lipstick :) M&MFASHIONBITES mmfashionbites.blogspot.gr

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  9. haha celestial jewels means they're gonna make you look like the Moon Princess :P who wouldn't want to have the silver imperial crystal locket and sceptre...or is that just me... :P

    well...considering one sheer burberry shadow is $34... i guess four smaller cle de peau ones for $60 is a steal (hahaha faulty beauty logic right there) the colors look GREAT on you and sort o remind me of the logic behind naked 3

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    1. Haha, you rationalize high prices almost as well as me ;) Heehee!

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  10. So pretty shades! I like the second from the left. So shimmery! I don't know if I can do sophisticated looks hahaha usually plain eye looks I opt for.
    xx Kat @ Katness

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  11. I love the palette! I think my favorite is the third from the left! All beautiful though (:

    - Deniz
    www.dressedupdeniz.com

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  12. This quad looks like it's to die for! I love all the shades - very versatile.

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  13. Those colors are gorgeous! I will have to try them!

    http://www.lifeofbrookeandjane.blogspot.com

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  14. This palette is stunning and your swatches are perfect! I checked their website and apparently the nearest store available to me is in Vancouver. I'm heading there in February to see the Chinese New Year celebration and hopefully we have time for a little shopping.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. The palettes are definitely worth checking out! Thanks, Shireen :)

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  15. the colors are so warm and pretty. You wear them well!
    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

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  16. Lovely eye makeup ! :) xo

    http://shannenandco.blogspot.ie/

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  17. So beautiful! What lovely shades.

    http://floralsandsmiles.blogspot.ca/
    twitter.com.floralandsmiles

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  18. HAHA, YES TO JENN'S SAILOR MOON REFERENCE!
    But woooooord, seriously loving that peachy champagne shade and the look you've created!

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    1. Haha, it made me laugh too! Thanks, Vanessa! xo

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All of your lovely comments make my day! Thanks for taking the time to share your musings, ideas, and opinions. Feel free to leave a link to your blog- I'd be happy to check it out :)