Ever since my first break out, I've been striving to find the be-all and end-all of concealers and cover-ups for those pesky spots and imperfections. I've been quite facinated by the prospect of a product that can morph from full coverage to sheer simply through application technique. I was, again, on Cult Beauty and noticed that Kevyn Aucoin has a product called the "Sensual Skin Enhancer'. If the title didn't pull you in, the claims certainly would!
Being unable to source this product or Kevyn Aucoin products in general in store to physically swatch, I took the plunge and ordered online.
On Cult Beauty:
" This multi-tasking skin enhancer is all you need to achieve an even, flawless looking complexion. Ideal for use as a concealer, foundation, highlighter (choose one shade lighter) or even mixed with moisturiser for a lightweight skin tint with a soft-focus finish. Honey and Jojoba oil combine to nourish skin for a healthy, dewy glow"
Mineral Oil, Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate & Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, Magnesium Carbonate, Calcium Carbonate, Honey, Simmondsia & Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Beeswax, Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin & Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891).
Ranging from my fair tone, SX01, right through to darker tones up to SX16. So therefore a total of 16 shades.
And yes, I have used this product around 10 times, which goes to show how little you need!
The tiniest amount can yield a full coverage, or can be sheered out for a more natural look. I know it may appear slightly yellow in this swatch, but to minimise and cover redness in my skin, this tone works best.
Price: I purchased mine on Strawberrynet for $53.50 , but it is also available on Cult Beauty for £37.50
Packaging: Small round plastic pot with screw top lid.
Consistency: Thick, creamy and heavily pigmented
Fragrance: No strong fragrance or smell, smells a little like the Burberry foundation though..
Application: As this is a very pigmented product, a little goes a long way. I either gently touch my (well cleansed!) finger into the pot to take out a tiny bit and dot on blemishes. I then either dab and blend in the product, or use the Real Techniques Stippling or Buffing Brush to work the product in. I recommend using well moisturised skin when using this product for best results.
Longevity: This product is great for all skin types, particularly oily as it lasts very well. I have combination skin and this product doesn't budge. It doesn't contain SPF either, so use a sunscreen underneath or it will be perfect at night for that flawless skin look.
Colour Range: Including 16 shades, you should find a shade close to your complexion.
Finish: This isn't matte, nor is it dewy. It's kind of a "natural skin look", so I suppose that is why it's called the "Sensual Skin enhancer", as it is supposed to be that, "your skin, only better".
Overall impressions: A great multi-tasker that can be sheered out and buffed into the skin, or used to pin-point conceal blemishes. Can also be added to moisturiser or lighter coverage foundations to build pigment. It may seem like a tiny pot but in reality you only need a tiny amount, so if you find your correct shade it's an investment that helps justify the price for this product. It is important to note that it contains Mineral Oil, which can be a problem for some and promote break-outs and blemishes, however I have acne-prone, combination sensitive skin and have not had a problem.
What's your go to concealer? How do you apply this product?
Ellen Rozalia xx
*Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own