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The Splurge is our new weekly column dedicated to expensive beauty products that are actually worth it. This week, why we're rebuying Clé de Peau Beauté's Radiant Cream Foundation—despite the $125 price tag.

Erin Lukas
May 10, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
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I'm too cheap to spend $100 a month on cable, so I've only seen Westworld thanks to my friends' HBO GO passwords. But spending $125 on foundation? Now that's a totally justifiable purchase. 

Few makeup products are actually worth a three-digit price tag, but Clé de Peau Beauté's Radiant Cream Foundation SPF 24 ($125; nordstrom.com) is one of the exceptions. At just over $100, it's the "affordable" alternative to the brand's $250 The Foundation, also known as the world's most expensive foundation. 

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I get it if you're not convinced that it's worth spending this much on any foundation, let alone one that's smaller than a tube of toothpaste, but hear me out: two pea-sized drops of this Clé de Peau Beauté foundation is enough to cover my entire face. After using it for almost a year, I'm still about a quarter of a tube away from a refill.  

Typically, I dab it on with a damp BeautyBlender. Since it's so creamy, the full-coverage foundation blends effortlessly into my skin but it doesn't slide off of blemishes, oxidize, or feel like you're wearing makeup at all. But, the formula's major selling point is its radiant finish. It gives my skin the same healthy, lit-from-within-glow I get following a good workout.

Many dewy foundations make your face look oily after a few hours of wear, but Clé de Peau Beauté's always looks natural. Throughout the day, our skin tone changes due to oil production. That's why you usually see uneven orange stripes on your jawline or around laugh lines that weren't there when you applied your foundation in the morning. Since this foundation's formula responds to the these shifts in skin tone, no one can ever tell that I'm wearing foundation. 

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Usually acne and dewy foundations don't mix, but I actually relied on this one when I was struggling with bad cystic breakouts. Since the formula always adapted to my skin tone and also contains hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, my shade was still a match even when applied over red, inflamed pimples. 

I'm coming up on a foundation refill soon, so I'll take the cable passwords of anyone who's willing to give them to me, as that money's already been spoken for. 

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