Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer


367 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$$


Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Polyethylene, Quaternium 18 Hectorite, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrin Palmitate, Honey, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance (parfum), May Contain ( /-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

on 7/16/2015 3:03:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

This is a great under eye concealer for dark circles. It provides more coverage than any I have tried, including BB, Bye Bye Undereye, Laura Mercier and other higher end concealers. Less is better with this concealer - and I could not believe just how little it requires to cover. I top it with a light dusting of L Mercier Secret Brightening Powder and have no creasing. The shades seem to run light and I ordered a couple of samples before finding the right shade. A full size container would last a long time!

on 6/19/2015 6:45:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Black

This is an interesting product. It has amazing coverage-I don't think any other product could have better coverage.
I don't see using this straight out of the container unless you want it as a concealer. it is good for mixing with suncreen or moisturizer and then applying and you can blend it out to rather sheer if you want.
But it is just too much trouble to do that on a daily basis.
I have med-light neutral color skin and use shade #7. It is a bit on the yellow side but I can make it work.
i wouldn't buy it again because it is so concentrated that you would never run out.

3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

We all know this is a tiny product, but the amount is actually economic for how much you get out of it an how long it lasts! In early conclusion, buy this.

I never wore foundation often before this because everything i tried was obvious, didn't last and most of all, would break me out.

I decided to finally buy this because i was was tired of how long it was taking me to spot conceal and that no concealer on the market from low to high end was covering my dark blue circles or red marks properly.

I was terrified before trying it a) because of how complicated everyone makes it sound and b) in case it broke me out and it would be a waste of 40.

It is actually super easy to use. I apply it with bare fingers or a foundation brush on well moisturised skin or I mix a grain of rice with more moisturiser for a tinted moisturiser look. It layers beautifully, so as they all say, start with less and just apply more as you go.
TIP: if you do apply too much, just put your moisturiser over the top and blend some more.

Here is the best thing about this.
Since using it, within the first week, my skin has completely cleared up and my blue circles have actually reduced. I don't know if it is the honey or jojoba oil, but something in this is actually improving my skin. When i take my makeup off i actually don't cringe anymore and look forward every morning to putting it on again. Soon, i am very very sure, i won't even need it!

In terms of lasting power, i have met nothing like it. Dermablend really let me down with break outs and the fact i could just wipe it off so easily... This actually adheres to your skin, if i do get oily in the day it just looks like dewy clear skin, so beautiful! People have told me i look like an angel... Kevin Aucoin really is a god among men.

For reference, i am at my palest and I would say between an NC15-20 in mac. I suffer from redness, but i am olive toned and the SX03 is a total dream for me. The sx04 and up all seemed too yellow to me, but this one cancels out the red and matches my true olive skin tone perfectly.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

on 5/31/2015 7:39:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have very sallow olive skin with extreme dark circles. Most concealers are very fussy for me to work with. Either they don't cover, or are too thick and make the texture of the skin look gross and unnatural (and sometimes still don't even cover). I have fine lines around my eyes that don't show up much normally but even with primers or moisturizers underneath, they become very pronounced under layers of concealer. I'd rather have blackness than lines! Lighter concealers and light diffuser products are quick to apply and just take the edge off the darkness rather than make me feel like I am wearing a mask, so I usually opt for that.

I saw this product on a video and though it sparked interest, figured there could be no way it could work for me. I saw so many reviews saying this was difficult to work with, and given my drawer full of rejected concealers, I obviously don't have a good hand with makeup. I'm also very lazy with makeup. I like to be able to just slap something on my face and go, and from what I gathered, this was definitely not the product for that. I ordered a couple of samples online anyway - S12, which ended up being pretty dark for my olive skin, and S9, which was a perfect shade for counteracting dark shadows.

After letting a little argan oil sink into my skin, I barely put a pin prick on my finger, let it sit for a while so I could judge the color, then tapped it in. It went on like an undetectable layer of opaque, perfect skin. It covered better than anything I had tried before using such a small amount, and didn't look like makeup or emphasize lines.

I tried this again later minus the argan oil and had a little difficulty with it then. But with the oil first and tapping on just a small amount of the skin enhancer, like a period at the end of a sentence, it goes on like a dream. I really hate the feeling of makeup on my skin but I have to use so little of this, I don't even know it is there. A product that I barely need to use a tiny dot of that completely covers my undereye and looks totally natural - what not to love?

The only issue I might have with this is that after a couple of weeks of using this daily, I did see some milia popping up. Once that clears up, I'll try again and see if the same thing happens. If so, I will save this for nights out as opposed to a daily thing. The S9 ended up being my perfect shade for counteracting the undereye darkness but I also ended up loving the other one that I thought was way too dark for me (S12) for covering bags.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

on 5/28/2015 2:45:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Very Dry, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Okay so I tried a sample of this from Camera Ready Cosmetics because my RCMA foundation could NOT cover my dark circles and just would not freaking layer nicely. I had heard that this covers EVERYTHING, so I got it.

As someone who needs HEAVY DUTY COVERAGE under my eyes, this is the ONLY thing that works, and it is now my favorite makeup product in the existence of the universe. Despite it's thickness, this somehow blends into the skin like a DREAM!

Not ideal for dry skin because it will CLING to and highlight EVERY dry patch like crazy, and your face will look disgusting. You have to keep it AWAY from all the dry and or flaky parts of your face. (It's funny how bad it looks on dry skin considering how creamy and rich it is. It's weird.) Lucky for me, my under-eyes have not recently been dry, and I only use this as under-eye concealer, so I'm good.

So, if you have dry skin there's no way this will work out for you as a foundation.

I first apply and blend most of it out with my ring finger, and then use a DRY SPONGE in light bouncing motions to flawlessly blend it in.

You have to powder it right away or it will definitely crease, since it's so thick. It's thickness also makes it not ideal for under-eyes. (I set it with a TON of ELF's Undereye HD powder, and that makes this the only concealer to NOT CREASE on me which is amazing.)

Figuring out how to use this product was completely worth it. I want to buy out my shade from Kevyn Aucoin.

This is a complicated concealer. It works only in certain conditions, with only some powders, and only on some areas of the face. But the thing is, when it works, it's the best concealer product ever; nothing comes even close.

So, I would recommend you to try it out before you buy if possible, and just play with it to see if you can make it work for you. It's certainly not for everyone.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 5/17/2015 5:44:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm

Hair: Red, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Green

what more is there to say about it at this point? it's a classic. i bought it to use as a foundation but have ended up using it mostly as a concealer. not that it's bad as a foundation, i just prefer something that feels a little lighter as a base most of the time. the shade range is fantastic. i bought sx01 without seeing it in person & it's a very pale neutral, maybe slightly pale for my ~nc10 skin, which rarely happens. def check it out if yr super pale.

i dispense a small amount on the back of my hand with the end of a brush to let it warm up & then spot conceal with a small brush, tapping in w/ fingers. as a foundation i dot it on & stipple in w/ a beautyblender, but fingers also work. i don't find it mixes very well w/ moisturizer but have mixed w/ liquid foundation. i think it would work for most skin types but i do rec setting w/ powder on oilier skin. it has a fragrance to it but hasn't irritated my sensitive skin. i can see why it's a makeup artist staple & i'm glad to have it in my arsenal especially since it'll last so long.

Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I first started getting this as samples from Camera Ready Cosmetics (SX02 and SX05 I think...) I read all the reviews and was prepared for a struggle. Not so. I did have to mix the two and schmeared tiny little dollops, I mean nothing, on chin, cheeks, forehead. I used a wet beauty blender and just worked it in and warmed it up. My skin is having a clear moment right now, and I really want a fresh finish that is believable. Viola! Perfection. It is my skin but totally better. Breathable, lasting (and I work in a hospital), and just wonderful. And, even better, I can use a little heavier dollop as concealor. Bravo!

on 5/12/2015 6:00:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is a wonderful multi-use product, and since it isn't exactly on the cheap side, having several purposes certainly makes it worth the splurge. I have the shade SX08 which is yellow tones and suits my NC30 skin very well. On its own, the SSE is FULL coverage, it's thick and extremely pigmented and will cover pretty much anything. I purchased it whilst my skin was going through an awful spotty phase and it definitely hid a multitude of sins for me personally :D
It's a great full coverage concealer, can be sheered down by mixing it with a moisturiser or a sheer foundation and can be added to other foundations to make them more warm toned. It gives the skin a smooth, satin-matte finish, lasts all day and unless you're really oily like me, you can go without having to powder it during the day.
Since it is very heavy, it should be applied sparingly as a little goes a long way. Make sure your skin is well moisturised however, it will make blending much easier. You can always add more product later, but whatever you do, don't dollop it on because it will look like plaster. I don't use it on a daily basis, only the days when I want my makeup to look flawless all day (parties, weddings, going out with friends etc). It also photographs really well.
The little tub it comes in is very nice, definitely has that high-end feel to it. Don't let the size put you off however, because it will literally last you through several generations. And if I happen to live that long, I shall definitely repurchase it!

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I will have to update this review after trying it again but so far i'm not crazy about this. Maybe I am doing it wrong but it seems soooo far not a fan but I will keep trying

on 4/16/2015 9:13:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Right now, it feels like this is the only *foundation* I will ever need, AS LONG as my skin isn't flaky. It doesn't fully substitute concealer though.

It's very thick, so if to be used as foundation, it needs to be mixed with something else: moisturizer, primer, sunscreen or another foundation. I read that this is super-opaque, so an amount of a grain of rice of this is enough for the whole face. That's not quite true: if you have very good skin, that might be enough, and also if you only use it as concealer - then that's actually too much for most people. I have pretty good skin, and I use my silicony (slippery) sunscreen as a base for this. I then smear the SSE on and blend before the sunscreen sets. I use about 2 grains of rice of this, and that gives me light coverage - just enough to change the undertone of my face to match my neck. Then I powder and use a little more of this as concealer. Powder might not be necessary for everyone.

As concealer this is for me mediocre-to-not-very-useful, unless use for hyperpigmentation. It's heavy coverage, but it doesn't stay well on my blemishes, which can be a little dry - I have more luck covering them with a regular concealer, which is more creamy and tacky. The SSE barely stays on the blemishes for a couple of hours. Not sure how this would stay on flaky skin - I guess only if it's mixed with something else tacky. The pigment really clings to dry patches.

Despite being a crappy concealer, what I actually like about this is:
- it makes for a good foundation, and I can deside the coverage myself
- good to cover hyperpigmentation
- small packaging that is easy to travel with
- some people say it takes them more time to apply the SSE as foundation, but my method actually saves me time: I don't need to wait till my sunscreen sets before applying foundation
- good shade range
- does not oxidize
- gives a very thin, skin-like texture/doesn't change the texture of the skin

- not good as concealer
- not good over flaking skin without something sticky as a base. Will cling badly to dry patches
- it seems this could get a little oily throughout the day if applied to give full coverage by itself (not mixed with another foundation)
- has quite a lot of perfume, which can bother very sensitive skin
- not sure it will be able to give very full LASTING coverage without mixing with a sticky base (like another foundation)
- the colours can be a little extreme, like SX04 and SX06 are VERY yellow

I have this in SX04 and 06. SX04 would fit someone NC15-20 in MAC shades if applied lightly, and NC20 if applied heavier. SX06 is about NC25, but could also fit NC20 if only light coverage is required, I think (not tested this out yet). Both shades are very yellow... Like, Homer Simpson-yellow. They don't different much from each other, so if you are fair olive-skinned, grab only one of these as sample and SX03

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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