CoverGirl Eye Pencil & Clé de Peau Concealer

CoverGirl eye pencil & Clé de Peau concealer

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. “They” tend to say a lot of things, but this time they’re kind of right. Eye contact is important: people, whether consciously or not, are constantly searching each other’s eyes for signals. Think about flirting. Think about fighting. Think about how you avoid eye contact with strangers on the street because it feels almost like an invasion of privacy. Now, think about what you put around your eyes on the average day: concealer on any dark areas, varying amounts of eyeliner, mascara, maybe some eye shadow. For this High/Low, we’re taking on the first two.

As far as eyeliners go (and they go pretty far; you can find one for anywhere between $1 and $75), if you're looking for a basic black hue, ease of use, and staying power, CoverGirl’s Perfect Blend pencil hits the nail on the head. It’s $6.49 at Duane Reade, has a nifty smudger on the opposite end if you're feeling creative, and gets pretty smooth when you warm it up. Plus, it’s a pencil—you can sharpen it for a precise line if that’s what you’re into, and it's going to work all the way down to the nub. And if the liner gets a little smoky as the day progresses, all the better. There are worse things than day-after smokiness (ask Delfina, Daphné, or Irina). You know what’s worse? Concealer that creases, won't blend, rubs off, and leaves you, well, unconcealed.

Clé de Peau Concealer is $70 a stick, but when you’ve got something to hide, be it under-eye bags or a blemish or whatever (we're not prying!), it's precisely the time to pony up. Also, you won’t need much of it per use. If you've been following ITG for a while, you'll recall this sleek black twist-up is a staple on the shelves of every makeup artist, editor, and ‘fashion person.’ Made extra-creamy thanks to the Japanese company’s scientific-sounding Revitalizing Moisture Complex, the concealer comes in four shades (beige, honey, ivory, and ochre) and blends seamlessly into moisturized skin, in daylight and under a flash (no Nicole Kidman moments here). Sure, some people like to have under-eye bags (Inès de la Fressange, for one, has said she thinks they’re sexy), but for most, fatigue isn’t a good lookThankfully, Clé de Peau has got us...covered. Pat it on lightly: it doesn’t crease, it doesn’t feel heavy it doesn’t look like you’re wearing any product at all. All the better for when you’re gazing deeply into somebody’s eyes.


Illustration by Karleigh Sherman

Let’s Talk About It! JOIN IN
  • zoobia

    That CG eyeliner is my absolute favourite! It truly is the best for a smokey eye because you can blend it out to nothing and it stays that way all night. Plus, it's so cheap, but better than some of the more expensive eyeliners I've used. I love it, obviously.

  • Courtney

    I am SOOO sad that the CDP only comes in a few shades, none of which are suitable for the darker skinned beauties. I almost fly into a rage every time I go to the makeup counter because they obviously have no intention of diversifying the range. For any darker skinned beauties, I've had great success with Vapour cosmetics. I either get an actual concealer in my skin tone or order up a sample of the stick foundation in a shade lighter.

    Add koh de goh to the list of foundations with no range. Rant over :))

    • freudianslippers

      Word. I wonder if higher-end cosmetics companies have ANY idea how much respect they'd get (not to mention how much money they'd make) if they diversified their color range.
      I know Tarte offers a nice range of colors, but Tarte ain't Cle De Peau!

    • Shawnburkemakeup

      Kevyn Aucoin sensual skin enhancer has a pretty amazing range of skin tone colors. It's a bit trickier to work with than CDP but the coverage is also beautiful and natural once you get the hang of it and it lasts FOREVER...

    • Ava Smith

      I understand your frustration, Courtney. I've found that many lines are expanding their color ranges, but they don't advertise it. I'm a MAC NC45, have found Koh Gen Do's Maifanshi Moisture Foundation in 003 to be an excellent match. There are also several colors darker than 003. (I wish their Aqua Foundation and new powders had a broader and more nuanced color range.) Concealers, however, are a bigger challenge because even though I find color matches, they often turn ashy upon application. Armani and Bobbi Brown make orangy-colored correctors that are applied before concealers, which helps a lot. Sometimes I apply foundation directly over the corrector, skipping concealer altogether.

  • The PvdH Journal

    it is the most amazing concealer EVER. Left the YSL miles away.

  • pam

    love the PULP FICTION reference!

  • Becca @ The Beauty Sample

    Cle de Peau concealer is something I hear rave reviews for all over the place. I am definitely curious! But *cringe* I've never paid that much for a concealer before. I generally don't like to have a completely perfected face and prefer a light foundation to even the tone, but leave everything else showing through alone. I just always feel so caked-on and fake after I use a full-coverage foundation, then apply concealer to cover EVERYTHING, then powder...I'd rather look natural but in a "my skin but better" kind of way.

  • Elise Vandrunen

    CDP is allright, but languishes in my makeup box looking gorgeous next to my Maybelline Dream Lumi concealers with messy caps and faded letters, which I use every day and adore! But I use a Chanel eyeliner, so my high/low is actually reversed. This CG doesn't stay on for me- smokey eyes quickly ADD darkness to the area I am trying to lighten.

    • murt

      I have the same reverse high/low! I have the CDP, but never really use it. Instead I've been using Almay line-smoothing concealer lately, with Urban-Decay 24-7 pencils. I've never tried the CG pencil though - I'll give it a shot.

  • Alejandra

    And if you want anneyeliner that looks natural for the day and doesnt smudge ,try milani liquif'eye , besides it is so smooth to put on it also is super cheap like $5

  • VotreAmie

    I've always wanted to try CDP, maybe now's the time!!! No time like the present, right?

  • reddysteadygo

    Courtney: about the Cle de Peau concealer not having a wide range I think it's not really supposed to be a perfect match for anyone. I am Indian and have kind of caramel colored skin, and it works well. It's pretty sheer and its job is to sort of enhance the color of your skin where you're putting it. You might want to try it!

  • gaowmichelle

    yup. i only wear cle de peau concealer. don't need foundation. works perfectly here and there. expensive but worth it. which is definitely not nearly always the case.

  • Jennifer Monforton

    I've been using Cle de Peau concealer for the past 6 months and am totally in love with it! Was hoping I wouldn't like it quite this much, because it means I'm left with an expensive concealer habit- but it's worth it :) I've not yet found another concealer that matches its texture and coverage. Gives amazing opaque coverage but, like you said, really looks like skin once blended. Totally worth the splurge.

  • Margherita

    CG has such a good quality-price ratio and this eyeliner is no exception! $6 is such a fair price for a phenomenal product!

  • MrAJBx3

    I really want to try Cle de Peau but i have no idea where to get it in the UK awesome post! <3

  • Michelle Lee

    great recommendations :)

  • Cocoatsecretindulgence

    I'm using CPB concealer. This concealer really last. I had mine for more than 4 year and still have a huge tube. Little goes a long way.


CoverGirl Perfect Blend
CoverGirl Perfect Blend Eye Pencil