Monday, December 28, 2015

A Classic New Year's Eve Look with Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret

With New Year's Eve just days away, now is the time to contemplate which beauty look you will embrace to ring in 2016.  Although I am generally apt to resort to bronzy skin, taupe lids and nude lips--my unequivocal go-to combination--I've decided to test the boundaries of my comfort zone and pursue a classic red lip and slightly smoky eye.  Fortunately, this combination could not be easier to achieve thanks to the holiday-inspired Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret.

Kindly scroll on for more details,  swatches and images of the coffret in action as well as the Bottom Line...

The *Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret (also available at CdPB and Barney's NY) is a gorgeous, limited-edition 3 piece set; reminiscent of a Venetian masquerade, the packaging takes opulence to another level.  The coffret features a breathtakingly beautiful eye shadow quad in the greens of the season, a natural red lipstick and a bordeaux version of the Perfect Lash Mascara (reviewed HERE).  

It's no secret that I adore the Clé de Peau Beauté eye shadow formula (extensively reviewed HERE).  Buttery, pigmented and virtually creaseless, the blendable quads are of the highest quality.  At first glance, the shades in the Bal Masque compact could prove intimidating.  The bold gold and army green tones, while indisputably lovely, might cause one to question their wearability.  I am happy to confirm, however, that they are entirely easy to work with!

Embossed with a masquerade imprint, the shades are deemed "metallic," although I would classify them as more of a satin finish.  The luminosity is refined and translates well from day to night.  Each shade could be worn alone as an all over wash of color, but I prefer to blend the green and gold with a dash of the lighter grey near the brown bone for good measure; this amalgamation results in a softly smoky eye that feels just right with a pop of red on the lips.

The quad contains:
  • A deep, smoky, slightly purple-leaning grey
  • A  vibrant yellow gold
  • A lush army green
  • A soft and light taupe grey
Above: Swatches in direct sunlight.
Above: Swatches in mixed outdoor lighting.
 
The lip color, housed in the usual gold and black tube, this timed topped with a special red cover, is all sorts of resplendent beauty.  Richly pigmented and intensely hydrating, this crimson wonder has a timeless quality that strikes the balance between bold and demure.  

I love that all Clé de Peau Beauté lipsticks come in refillable containers; that is, the bullets can be removed and replaced thereby making each case a utilitarian purchase.  The formula feels like velvet, has a marginally shiny cream finish and lasts for hours without feathering or fading.  In the images that follow, I applied straight from the bullet and used a small concealer brush to enhance precision in the lip line area. 

Due to its classic neutrality, I envision that Intense Crimson will flatter a spectrum of skin tones!
The Perfect Lash Mascara (also reviewed HERE) is the only product of the trio to come in a smaller size.  The volumizing and lengthening formula is consistently one that I reach for when I seek longevity as it does not budge once applied.  In all frankness, this mascara is more waterproof (although it doesn't make such claims) than some waterproof mascaras! 

The glossy black bordeaux shade imparts just a touch of rich burgundy for a unique twist on dark lashes with an aubergine undertone.  I actually prefer the size of this tube (bigger than a sample, smaller than the traditional option) as it fits into my makeup bag with ease. This shade is not currently available in the full size so the Bal Masque Coffret is the only way to bathe your lashes in such an indulgent veil of color.

Above: A swatch of the
In the images below, I combined the trifecta of the Bal Masque Coffret with a few key products for an initial pass at my New Year's Eve look:
The following images reflect the CdPB Bal Masque Coffret in action... 



Above: Last look.
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Bottom Line: I hope you enjoyed this in-depth overview of the Clé de Peau Beauté Bal Masque Coffret (also available at CdPB and Barney's NY).  Due to its limited-edition status, it's perfect for dedicated makeup collectors and the fact that every product is entirely wearable will guarantee that your investment is worthwhile.  

I may only be at home on New Year's Eve, eating good food, playing games and watching the Twilight Zone with family and a few close friends, but I am excited to put the Bal Masque Coffret to the test as we bang pots and pans at the stroke of midnight!

What are YOUR New Year's Eve plans?  

Good things ahead, including a Le Metier de Beaute-centric story, a fresh foundation feature and my beauty and skincare favorites of 2015 video!

xx,

--The Beauty Professor

** PR samples provided for review denoted by an asterisk (the rest purchased by me),  however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.  © 2012-15 Beautyprofessor® All Rights Reserved. Do not copy, reprint or republish content and/or photos without author's written permission.

2 comments:

  1. Rachel, what lovely colors! You look wonderful in them and the red lipstick is fabulous for stepping out for a New Years Eve.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Debi!!

      Love and blessings in 2016, my friend!

      XO,

      --The Beauty Professor

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