Cle de Peau Beaute Extra Silky Lipstick ($52, 2 grams) was named "A Top Splurge" in Allure magazine's "Best of Beauty" article in the October 2011 issue.
I was curious about these lipsticks I have heard so much about, so I bought 112, a rose-based blue red, which I assumed would be sheer, like Laura Mercier's Gel Lip Color.
Love love love the rich, velvety deep rose color, but I found it to be disappointingly unsheer. The below swatch was one swipe on white paper. I would call the finish semi-opaque, and if you swipe lipstick across your mouth more than once, like I do (because it feels nice), then you'll end up with opaque coverage. Unfortunately, blotting the color down also took away all the lovely shine.
Compared to lipsticks in other brands, there is not tons of info/swatches online, but I discovered that the swatches at saks.com are, surprisingly, not too far off the mark. Good job, Sak's; let's hope that Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and Bergdorf Goodman are taking note.
- Finish: Very moisturizing and silky with plenty of slip.
- Color: 112 is complex, rich, and velvety, a head about many other red-based colors.
- Scent: None (at least none that I could detect).
- Application: Smooth with full coverage in one swipe.
- Wear: Excellent. I got 4 hours with even fading (no icky bits accumulating at the corners of my mouth and no ugly fading from the center outward). I can't say if the Extra Silky lipsticks are generally staining, but 112 left behind a rosy stain that I liked, as it made the total wear time seemed longer.
- Texture: My first application caused the beveled edge to crumble a tiny bit, so the product is quite fragile and soft.
- Finish: Moderately shiny luster that, sadly, feels like it sits on top of my lips--as in, I can feel that Argan oil and can't get past the feeling that I have salad dressing on my lips. Also, these lipsticks are advertised and described as being sheer, but 112 is decidedly not sheer. That was the biggest disappointment, and I would have overlooked all of the other cons if not for that. I already have plenty of pigmented red lipsticks.
- Applicator: I do not love long, skinny tubes, preferring traditional lipstick tubes that are short and can be easily tucked away. Big con: product does not retract.
- Price: $52 for 2 grams of product, which is double the price of most high-end lipsticks and half the size, as a typical lipstick weighs between 3.5 and 4 grams. Definitely a splurge.
All pictures mine except the first and last, which are from saks.com.