Saturday, 14 January 2012

Review: Cle de Peau Beaute Gentle Cleansing Foam and Balancing Lotion

Most of the basic skin care of Cle de Peau Beaute (CPB) have two formulae, 'refreshing' for oilier skin or people who like a fresh sensation, 'gentle' for drier skin or people who prefer a smoother feeling.  My skin is generally normal to dry, and throughout the consultation, the beauty assistant only considered recommending me the gentle versions - no complaint at all here.  :)

I got all the basics in full size - a cleanser, a lotion, a day emulsion and night one.  I will split up my reviews in parts, and in this one I shall review the first two, because I give them more uses and opinions are formed.

Let me begin by quoting from the CPB website.

Gentle Cleansing Foam (mousse nettoyante tendre)

Claims on website:
A rich-lathering cleansing foam that leaves skin receptive to moisture with regular daily use.
Creamy foam and rich moisturizing ingredients
Pamper skin with an extra gentle, smooth feeling

Gentle Balancing Lotion (lotion tendre)

Claims on website:
A luxurious skin conditioning lotion that gives dramatic moisturizing and balancing effects and visibly improves texture and glow.
Pampers skin with an extra gentle, smooth feeling

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 Gentle Cleansing Foam

PRICE: 1/5 - HKD480 (~USD61.5) for 110ml

Before I got this, I knew that cleanser doesn't perform miracles, they literally 'wash-off'.  I didn't have unreasonably high hopes for this.  In fact, it is a pretty decent and good cleanser.  Texture-wise it really is top, you get firm foam, very delicate and luxurious feeling, cleanses thoroughly without drying skin out.  FYI, I use this after make up removal.

The application is a little tricky, you need to know how to foam up a cleanser in the Japanese expert way to make the desired thick foam.  Hence the 3/5 for application.  I don't have those hands nor skills, hence I turn to a foaming net.  It is still easy to use and I enjoy that.

Price and scent are the major drawbacks.  I thought for the price, they would either make the smell really natural and organic (not the marketing of this brand I am afraid), or super designer fragrance complex notes.  But it is just a simple, clean, nice scent.  Big disappointment.

Overall Rating: 15/25

Recommend?  Maybe.  
For those who like foaming cleanser that doesn't dry out skin,
for those who know the trick to foam up a cleanser,
for those with excessive cash to splurge!

Repurchase?  No.  
Cleanser is a cleanser. 
I can get a very good one at a quater to one-tenth of this price, serious.

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Gentle Balancing Lotion

PRICE: 1/5 - HKD950 (~USD122) for 170ml

I adore its bottle and pump.  For what it claims, I agree that it is conditioning and balancing, not too moisturizing.  Visibly improves texture and glow - not so much.

Generally, I use 3 pumps of this on a Cle de Peau cotton in daytime after washing face with water, and night time after cleanser and shower.  It smooths on nicely and does help the following skin care to apply on better.  

My verdict?  This is insanely pricey, I must be mad when I went shopping with my mum and let her buy me this...  It is not worth the price tag and I really hope they can make the smell a little more sophisticated (or just take away the fragrance).

Clean Cotton

1 Pump Lotion

2 Pump Lotion

3 Pump Lotion 

Overall Rating: 17/25

Recommend?  Maybe (not).  
For those who want a very pretty and handy plastic bottle dispenser for liquid at a ridiculous price... XD

Repurchase?  No.  
I'm gonna refill the bottle with my Naruko lotions. :")

Read More:
Review on Naruko Rose Milky Toner

Cheers :D


  1. I think I'll stick with Perricone MD!

    1. Thx for coming, Jamilla. I have never tried Perricone MD, don't even know if they sell it in Hong Kong. Is it good? I need to investigate on that. ;)

  2. You really need to try the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser! I swear buy it.Don't think I will ever bother trying another xx

    1. Yes Sam, I read and saw so many positive reviews on Liz Earle products! Maybe I can ask for some in our next swap?? :")

  3. This is a really good review! I agree, with cleansers you don't have to pay huge amounts for a decent product.

    Thanks for following my blog - I'm following you on GFC! 

    1. Thanks Hannah~ I guess this will be officially my first and last high-end facial cleanser before I win the lottery 1st prize! Cle de Peau is such a luxurious brand I don't see other department store brands cleanser worth trying at all! :P Have a nice day!



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