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The Globe and Mail (Ottawa/Quebec Edition) - - THE BUZZ - – CAITLIN AGNEW

THE PROD­UCT

Clé de Peau Beauté The Foun­da­tion SPF 21 Broad Spec­trum, $395 at Holt Ren­frew (www.holtren­frew.com).

THE PROM­ISE

For a lit-from-within glow that in­creases with use, this light­weight foun­da­tion de­liv­ers the tex­ture of a mois­tur­izer, and nour­ishes skin as it per­fects the com­plex­ion with a ra­di­ant fin­ish.

HOW IT WORKS

This foun­da­tion marks the first time Clé de Peau has in­fused skin­care in­gre­di­ents into a foun­da­tion, in­clud­ing botan­i­cal ex­tracts, hyaluronic acid and the brand’s ex­clu­sive Il­lu­mi­nat­ing Com­plex EX. The oilto-gel for­mula gives a lu­mi­nes­cent and blur­ring ef­fect to the skin.

HOW TO USE IT

Af­ter ap­ply­ing your skin­care and primer if de­sired, ap­ply the foun­da­tion us­ing the ac­com­pa­ny­ing spat­ula to the fore­head, nose, chin and both cheeks. Smooth the foun­da­tion over your cheek with two or three cir­cu­lar mo­tions, work­ing up­wards and out­wards un­til blended. Re­peat the process on the other cheek, over fore­head and nose and around eyes and mouth.

THE BOT­TOM LINE

The pro­fu­sion of BB creams circa 2012 ush­ered in a new era in cos­met­ics. No longer sat­is­fied with plain old makeup, now we want makeup with ben­e­fits. And why shouldn’t we? If some­thing is go­ing to be on your beau­ti­ful face all day, it should re­ally earn its keep, much like Clé de Peau’s new of­fer­ing does. It’s a nice feel­ing ap­ply­ing such a high-end foun­da­tion in the morn­ing, a rush that I think con­trib­utes to the over­all glow­ing ef­fect. I found no need to wear my usual cheek­bone high­lighter with this prod­uct, and pre­ferred the fin­ish with­out any primer be­cause re­ally, there shouldn’t be any­thing be­tween you and some­thing this rich. While the fin­ish was in­deed com­pli­ment-in­duc­ing, the steep price tag is tough to swal­low. Spend­ing $400 on a foun­da­tion, a flight or a nice pair of shoes is your choice, and that’s a lux­ury in and of it­self.

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