Nov 122010

In September, I spoke to Dustin Lujan at Le Metier de Beaute‘s counter at Bergdorf Goodman, who did a makeover with Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complexe Tinted Treatment ($125).  I had recently read about the product on The Non Blonde, a blog that I highly respect.

As I averred to previously, Le Metier seems particularly concerned about the ingredients that one puts in contact with one’s skin.  Indeed, when he saw my skin, Le Metier’s Dustin immediately recognized that I had been using a mineral makeup.  Without my telling him.  Just from looking at my pores. He recommended that I stop immediately, and that my skin would look better in seven days.  He was right.  An area of my cheeks which had become clogged looked clear within a week–a problem that I had been trying to deal with using retinol (Avene Diacneal), the Clarisonic toner and a toner for several months. He’s really good.

He also recommended that I try Peau Vierge to improve the quality and tone of my skin.  At the time of my makeover, my skin care concerns are complicated by two things–first, I live on the West Coast of the U.S.  It’s sunny here, and I’ve been living here for quite a while.  Also, I love to walk outdoors in the summer.  Yes, I wear sunscreen (sometimes up to 100 spf with a hat), but I’ve only recently switched to European sunscreens.  When I started getting skin color with a U.S. sunscreens rated at 100 spf, I began to suspect that the U.S. brands are not effective in blocking light.  I had some dark patches on my forehead, and some that seemed to recently appear on my cheeks.  Also, I had been wrestling with a summer chin breakout that threatened to leave discolorations.

Last September, I asked Dustin to ship Peau Vierge to me in connection with Bergdorf’s September beauty event (they have these events periodically), which would net me a $25 discount on this $125 product.

Peau Vierge is a sheer, lightweight tinted skin care product.  This is intended to accomplish several things–first, provide a beautiful finish with very sheer coverage.  Second, to deliver all-day benefits that include correcting discoloration and deliver anti-aging benefits.  For example, Le Metier represents that Peau Vierge has retinol delivered through unique delivery technology called “Syntoc Actif,” which encapsulates the Retinol and allows it to safely and effectively penetrate the skin. According to the line, “traditional over-the-counter products have very poor penetration—less than 2% of active ingredients are actually absorbed. In comparison, with Syntoc Actif, 20 times more Retinoic Acid is absorbed into the deeper skin layers, making it the most effective cosmetic Retinoid treatment on the market.”  Sign me up.

For these reasons, Peau Vierge be applied directly to the skin without using any base, primer, or diluting it with another foundation.  For that reason, I adopted Dustin’s advice to wear Peau Vierge as my first layer of foundation, then brushing a second sheer foundation over the top where needed (in my case, Burberry Beauty’s Sheer foundation).

I’ve been using Peau Vierge four or five days a week since early October.  Peau Vierge made my skin look noticeably better in the first week, and I’ve noticed continual improvement since then.  The dark areas on my forehead have faded to the point where I no longer need a concealer on them–foundation is fine.  My skin is completely clear-no acne or clogged pores.  The discoloration on my chin area from my summer breakout has faded considerably to the point where it can be covered with foundation only, no concealer necessary.  I’ve been using less and less Burberry foundation, sheerer and sheerer layers as time has gone by.  Peau Vierge makes my skin look younger, clearer, brighter and is gradually removing discolorations.  I will say this, Lisa Eldrige once said that nothing is more aging than discoloration. So true!  Very young skin is bright and even.

At this point, my skin has improved so I am considering using Peau Vierge foundation alone, and purchasing the Peau Vierge concealer (this has the same skin care benefits) to use for any remaining patches of concern.  Yes, I know $125 is a breathtaking price for a foundation.  This comes from someone who owns plenty of foundations in the $50-70 range, and I’d rather not pay that much.

Peau Vierge is worth it to me.  It is not only that it contains skin care–rather, it is because it contains skin care that works.  No over the counter skincare has ever been this effective for me.  I’ll certainly re-buy because I love, love, LOVE the results.

Ingredient list:  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclotetrasiloxane, Propylene Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Disodium Lauriminodipropionae Tocopheryl Phosphate, Cyclohexasiloxane, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Lysine, Penax Ginseng Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Anthemix Nobilis Leaf Extract, Camelia Olefera Leaf Extract, Phytantriol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocpheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Tetrahexyldecyl Acorbate, Aluminium Hydroxide, Stearic Acid, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Boron Nitride, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Dextrin Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Dehydrocetate, Retinol, Polysobate 20, Methicone, Phenoxythenol, Methyparaben, Proplyparaben.  May contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.  Active Ingedients:  Titanium Dioxide 5.0%, Zinc Oxide 5.0%.

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  34 Responses to “Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Review”

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  2. Great review! I haven’t been using Peau Vierge long enough to attest to its claims to even out skin tone, but I love, love, love the glow it gives me. It’s one of the few products I’ve used that really is luminescent. I got a great makeover from Justin yesterday and could have talked to him forever about LMdB and makeup in general. He gave me some good tips.

    • Ava–is Justin at Bergdorf’s too? Thank you for the comment–I’m really enjoying so many things that I’ve learned about from this line!

      • Amy – Justin is doing makeovers through Saturday at the Mazza Gallery Neiman Marcus in Washington, DC. I’m curious – I thought SPF 20 was sufficient. What level should we be using?

        • You know, Ava, it really depends on your skin. I’m not an SPF expert, but 20 may work for you depending on where you live, how much sun exposure you get, and your skin. If I’m at a pool for a few hours, I prefer something over 40 and I usually add a hat. I don’t think there’s a universal answer for all–if you find 20 sufficient, then I think that’s wonderful and you should go with it. I am heartened by the ingredient list on the Peau Vierge–there are sun blocking ingredients in there. I have noticed that my skin is super pale these days, so it must be working! But if I were to go out in summer California sun for a few hours, I’d sure add something stronger for me.

        • Hi, Ava. Over the past few years the recommended SPF number has actually gone up from SPF 15 to SPF 30 as the minimum needed for brief daily sun exposure. We all know that if you compare an equal amount of SPF 15 and SPF 30, there really isn’t much difference in the amount of protection. So, why the change? It’s because most women do not use enough sunscreen on the face. It’s not cosmetically elegant and it interferes with make-up. The rational is that if a woman is going to skimp on the amount being used, then she might be better off using a higher SPF as a way of compensating.

          Amy made a very good point when she said how much SPF you need is dependent on your skin, your life style, and your location. I live an outdoor life in Southern California just a few miles from the ocean. Out here we tend to wear sunscreens with very high SPF levels. Personally, my daily facial sunscreen is Chanel SPF 50. It’s pricey, but it has skin care ingredients and it wears very well under make-up. On the rest of me, I use something like Neutragena or Aveeno SPF 70 or higher.

  3. Hi! Thank you for the review, it sounds like something I would like to try. Just wondering, do you still use moisturizer and sunscreen underneath this product? Or is this something that should just be used on top of clean skin alone? Thanks!

    • Yes, Vivian, that’s my understanding–I believe that it has SPF 20 in it. I also add a separate eye cream.

    • Vivian, skin care specialists and dermatologists agree that skin treatment always proceeds sunscreen; that sunscreen is the last thing you apply before your foundation. Since Peau Vierge claims to be a treatment, foundation, and sunscreen all rolled into one product, in theory, you shouldn’t need anything else. Unfortunately, the SPF is quite modest, and unless you’re applying it fairly heavily, you’re not going to get the protection your skin needs for anything beyond a modest amount of sun exposure.

      I’d suggest getting a sample from LMdB. They have a multi-use sample that is ample enough to let you experiment and see how it fits into your routine.

  4. This sounds very intriguing but if it is to be applied directly to skin and only contains SPF 20 I’m very concerned about the lack of sun protection? 🙁

    • Hi Christa–Eileen’s comment says it best. I typically wear this four-to-five days per week, to the office where my sun exposure is pretty much non existent and I’m hoping the SPF 20 does its job. My skin is quite winter-pale right now. For days when I’m outdoors, It’s my chemical (Avene) plus physical (Elta MD Physical) sunscreen. This time of year, I’m trying to balance healing my skin with sun protection. In the end, I may go the prescription route (as Eileen mentions), but for now this seems to be working perfectly.

  5. Amy, this was an excellent review. When I first read about Peau Vierge on The Non-Blond, being a LMdB fan, I really wanted to like it. Unfortunately, the light/medium is too dark on me and doesn’t work with my undertones–odd since their Flawless Finish Foundation has a perfect match for me. Oh well, at my age I’m better off just sticking with my Renova. It doesn’t get any better than that. For younger women, though, or women who don’t want to deal with a prescription product, Peau Vierge offers a nice alternative.

  6. I just started using Peau Vierge daily and I love it! Like others I love the way it evens out my skin tone and gives me a beautiful dewy finish and enhances my make up! I have noticed though that my oily t-zone does get oily but somehow I’m not too concerned. I wonder if anyone else has experienced this? I still have acne but this could be that my skin has been getting sensitive as I’m getting older :0

  7. I too wanted to like this product. Unfortunately, the light/medium shade was too dark and yellow for my quite fair/cool toned skin. I did really like the finish it left though. Very pretty and smooth. I would definitely consider it if they came out with more of a color range.

  8. Hi Amy,

    Great review. I really enjoy reading your blog. I never use any of their products but I am understand how it feels when you need less and less foundation and yet your face glow. I have been using Chantecaille’s skincare including it’s retinol product and it’s future skin gel foundation.

  9. I’m wondering if I can score a sample at the Downtown SF Nordstrom or at Neiman Marcus.

    • Hi Lexi. Every time I’ve gone to the LMdB counter at Neimans since Peau Vierge was introduced, the SA has offered me a sample. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting one. They’re very proud of the product.

  10. I am confused by two things:
    1) How can Retinol and SPF be compatible? I was told that Retinol was not to be used in daylight.
    2) an SPF level of 20 doesn’t seem enough for those of use who are prone to freckles.
    One of the girls at the counter told me that this product won a Nobel prize. Do they have a Nobel for make up now?!?! It must really be the end of the world then…

    • Hi Bella, LOL a Nobel prize? Goodness that’s new to me to. I’m not a chemist, so I don’t know the Retinol /SPF answer. I do know that Retinol tends to make skin more sun sensitive, so that’s why there is a caution about using it in daylight. I didn’t realize there was any problem using Retinol with SPF necessarily. I haven’t noticed any bad reactions–my skin has never been better. I don’t have any affiliation with LMDB, unfortunately, so I don’t have access or insight into their process or technical specifications other than what I’ve posted. Take care and thanks for posting! 🙂

    • Hi Bella. Retinol is not incompatible with sunscreen. It’s the increased sensitivity to sunlight that is the problem. Most daytime products that list some form of retinol are; however, using a very small amount. A little bit is added so a company can claim to use all the latest bells and whistles. Look at the ingredient lable and you’ll usually see it listed somewhere in the bottom half of the ingredients. These little dabs of retinol do not even begin to come close to the amount of retinoic acid that is found in prescription products like Retin A or Renova–products that are only to be used at night. I’ve used Renova every other night for years and, although my skin tolerates it very well, my skin always feels a bit sensitive for awhile after applying it. I could not even begin to imagine ever going out into the sun wearing it no matter how strong my sunscreen might be. I’m sure my skin would feel like it was on fire!

      By all accounts, Peau Vierge is a wonderful cosmetic product and, in theory, the SPF 20 should give adequate protection if you’re wearing enough of it and you don’t plan on spending much time outdoors. That’s the key. How much product must be used for the sunscreen to be efficacious? That’s always been the glitch with SPF in foundation. Women won’t use a heavy enough application of foundation to get the full benefit of the sunscreen. And, at $125 an ounce, how many women will actually use enough of the product to get adequate sun protection?

  11. I’m with Bella on this. Retinol and sunlight are not a good mix, which is why dermatologists will tell you to only apply it at night.

  12. This sounds very promising and I’m curious! But just to clarify – you put this product on first and then blend in your regular foundation?

  13. Come to think of it, the (junior) makeup artist used BOTH foundation and powder after applying PV on my face, so I am resistant to spend hard-earned $ in a product that needs two other complements, does not have enough SPF for my skin type and could potentially foster irritation with sun exposure. Now, if someone gave me a sample, I’d be glad to wear it for a night at the opera!

  14. I met Dustin today at Neiman Marcus in Atlanta. He told me multiple times throughout our conversation that this product had received a Nobel Prize for the science behind the product. He also told my sister the same story-line. When I got home, I did a little internet research and could not find any factual information on this alleged Nobel Prize. Nothing, nada, ziltch. If this product is as great as people say it is, why is there a need to lie about the awarding of a prestigious honor?

    • Interesting Sarah–I did not hear that before. I know that the product relies on nanotechnology, and that might be perhaps what he is referring to? There are certainly a number of researchers working in that field (not in connection with this product specifically, but the background technology generally). At any rate, I hope that you had a good time shopping! Did you get anything that you like?

  15. After all the deliberation to which you folks witnessed, I caved in and bought the product during a beauty event at BG (read: a $25 discount.) Justin came back with the dark version giftwrapped in the bag, no testing, no questions asked aside from a brief explanation (“I can see your skin’s undertones.”) PV feels silky on the skin but it has a little bit of a grayish tinge – not so flattering unless one is appearing in a goth video! In order to still be able to use it and take advantage of the purported Nobel-awarded benefits, I have been mixing it with an ivory colored Lancome foundation that was sent to me via a FOCUS group. Although it has been working OK, I suggest that future generations of the product offer both more diversity of color and more coverage. Finally, SPF would turn the newly improved product into a perfect 10.

  16. I mean: MORE SPF.

  17. Hi Amy,
    I bought Peau Vierge after reading your review and I am loving it so far (I’ve only been using it for 4 days, but noticing the result already!). Currently I am using Peau Vierge as a makeup base (too dark for me), then apply Guerlain Lingerie de Peau foundation. Did you end up buying the Peau Vierge concealer? Is it about the same shade as the light/medium Peau Vierge foundation? Is it creamy and do you think it is worth getting? Sorry for all these questions.. We do not have LMdB counters in Australia and your help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    • Hi Natalie–I did get the concealer –I’m due for a review. I have loved it, yes. It’s very good. The quantity is quite small, although the tube looks similar to the Cle de Peau it is smaller in size.

  18. Do you know if this is a good product for oily/acne prone skin? I went and got my make done at the LMdB counter the other day and the MUa used this (and set it with powder). I was very “glowy” and my T-zone was a little shinier than I would have liked but skin did look nice and healthy.

    • I think it is, because it has retinol in it. You might get some purging at first, however, Can you try a sample for a few days before you commit?

      • Yes, I did get a sample but I unfortunately spilled it this morning : ( I may still have a few days use left but I may ask for another sample : / Since I’m only 24, not sure it would be worth the price but I guess it would be a good preventative measure for wrinkles and acne scars. Thanks for the review though, I really enjoying reading your blog!

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