I've been using this product for about 6 months now and a little definitely goes a long way! I was actually shown this product by a saleslady when I was looking for concealer and so far so good. You only have to use a tiny tiny bit of this stuff. For the most part, it blends pretty well. I find that using a concealer brush to apply this stuff works better for me than using my fingers. I have tried this with my moisturizer and again, it blends pretty well. Ironically, sometimes, I find it annoying that you have to be so careful when dipping your applicator in your pot or it can get quite messy when you're in a hurry or, if like me, you're just haphazard about it. It is pricey but it'll last a lonng time.
First off I've been wearing illuminare for awhile now.It was until recently the best thing I've ever worn.I wore the ultimate all day in florentine fair.I didnt think anything could outdo it until I tried the sensual skin enhancer.I was amazed at how similar it is to ultimate all day in terms of texture and wear.Its the clear winner for me though because of the color selection.I was looking for something with more yellow to cancel out redness and this does the trick in shade 07 for me.It does get oily after awhile but blots away easily.
And a big shoutout to Bijoulily who said she buffs this on with fix+.I didnt use fix+ but another spray fixer and it took it from good to great.Even after having worn this for hours.
Update***** So while I think this is a good concealer I've decided I just cant wear this as a foundation.If your skin is exfoliated,moisturized and prepped then this looks great.Otherwise it just accentuates all thats wrong and even makes things look worse.I need something easy that looks good on my skin no matter what.
Thanks to hawko's generosity, I was able to get my hands on this concealer/foundation that I was very curious about for many years.
I use it as an undereye concealer, my allergies give me dark circles similar to raccoon eyes and I need something with a lot of coverage and the Sensual Skin Enhancer does just that. While it needs a bit of skill (not much) to properly blend, the advantages are tremendous. This can also be used as a foundation (you need to think it with a primer or a moisturizer) but you need to test drive and experiment, you also need a very light hand if you're going to apply this all over your face or you'll get a heavy mask like-effect (yes, that's how much this baby covers), however it is a versatile product that's guaranteed to last for at least a year.
I recommend brush application and blending with the warmth of your ring finger.
I have not had milia or any other adverse reaction to this product and when on occasion I have used this on my blemishes, it hasn't seem to aggravate them.
Unfortunately this one of those products where you have to be matched pretty close or it will have an adverse effect and make you look bad, due to the high pigment content in this product and how dense it is, a bad match will stand out harshly.
I probably will have to invest in a lighter shade for Winter though.
This is my special occassion foundation/concealer. Why special occassion? Because it takes more than 10 minutes to apply but once it's on, it is ON! Nothing makes this stuff slide off!
Yes, it is pricey, but I've had mine for over a year and there's barely a dent in it! I agree that the application is a bit of a pain, but on days when I just want to spend a little extra (ok, a lot extra!) time on me, this is perfect. I moisturize, prime and apply a dot on either side of my nose, a dot on my chin, forehead and that's it! That literally covers my ENTIRE face! I should add that I apply this diluted down with moisturizer or else I can't blend it! I use a sponge first then follow with a foundation brush.
It creates a flawless canvas unlike any other foundation. So when I want to look airbrushed, I turn to this. You have to work at it, but it's worth it.
It does take practice to learn how this works best for you, but it's worth the effort, IMHO. Just a teensy bit on a well-primed and well-moisturized face can yield the most lovely look! It covers well used with a heavier hand, but can be blended over the entire face for a really air-brushed look.
The color #05 is a fair neutral with yellow undertone that cancels out a lot of the ruddiness in my skin, so I like to add back color with a light-toned bronzer and a rosy blush. I don't use a separate setting powder since I like a natural finish. It lasts all day and doesn't settle into pores or lines.
Tiny jar with a screw-top lid for $45.00. Since I only use an amount the size of a grain of rice for my whole face, this could last a year!! Excellent fun!
****UPDATE, this was a great spot concealer as that is how I was using it after time I noticed I was getting a zit right in the places I would put it on my face. At first I thought well it's my time of the month and it could just be that, but I spot treat about 4 areas on my fast and in all 4 areas I broke out with a zit or two in those spots so I stopped using it eventhough I wish I didn't have to. This formula doesn't work with my skin and I don't have super sensitive skin, so had to go back......so be careful if you tend to breakout from items, because I don't and I did from this.
Well I purchased this and will use out what I have but I only use it as a concealer. I am so used to powder foundations I just can't go back to putting all that on my whole face anymore. So I use this to touch up the couple spots I need a bit more help on. I have a small scar on my forhead from when I was little and this does a good job of covering it up and staying power seems to last a long time. This is a very thick cream and if you were to apply it as regular makeup I can see where you would need to be very careful on not using to much and spreading it out. I littlerally use the size of a pen head to do my one area and just pat it around. So this thing even though small will last a long time for me. Now if I were using it on my whole face I would of been happier with more product even if you only use a little bit, this stuff is not cheap! Also the color I picked for myself works but if I were to use this for my whole face I would have to do as many have before me and mix two colors together. I have yellow undertones and have medium skintone and my match is a bit too much yellow so I am sure I would have to mix it with the darker one but since I only use it as a concealer it really is OK as I put this on first that put on my LM mineral foundation over it, so works fine but maybe for the price they ask for this stuff and the size a bit more of a color range, just MO. Reason I say I won't buy again is b/c so expensive so I don't know if I will repurchse it just for concealing even if it will last me probably over a year.
This product will NOT blend, sits yuckily on my face, and collects in areas that need exfoliation. (Yes, I know I should exfoliate every day, but some days I just don't have the time.)
I have read glowing reviews and attractive ads about this product for years, and I finally broke down and spent the money for it from Sephora; and I am going to send it back. No matter how much moisturizer or primer I use, it does not smooth out. It clumps and doesn't cover my redness or freckles.
I have to write about this product, but my feelings about this foundation may sound very mixed and confused. I think it's an amazing product! The colour that the Sales Assistant tried on me matched me perfectly (I am hardly ever satisfied that instantly, even with MAC foundations). So yes, I was delighted. The product is also amazing because it's so concentrated and so lasts a long time. I haven't actually found something as unique as this in Australia. The skin looks so natural and dewy with this on. It manages to stay on long with a good primer underneath. The SA tried to sell me the Kevyn Aucoin primer, but it works fine with my MAC Prep + Prime. So yes, there are a lot of good things going on with it. But I only gave it four out of five and there is a very good reason for that.
I bought the product and it sits on my shelf these days and when Iím in a really good mood, I will put this foundation on. Why do I only put it on when Iím in a good mood and not every day? Well, thatís because this is one of the hardest damn products to apply! If youíve read a few of the reviews here for this foundation already, then thereís a bit of information on how to/how not to apply this product. The SA was very helpful too with lots of handy hints. But the truth for me is that this product takes effort! It really does! Personally itís not a foundation to quickly put on when Iím in a hurry. It needs to be blended and if your skin is a little flaky, it catches in some areas. Itís almost like a perfect foundation to use when youíre having a really good skin day. For me, the nose is the hardest part to apply this product. It never seems to blend enough. So why bother you may askÖ Well, because when you do get it right, it looks absolutely amazing!!! Hope Iíve confused you all enough. ;)
Yes, as all the previous reviews mentioned, full yet natural coverage, a little goes a long long way; can be diluted with lotion/cream to stretch it as a sheer/medium coverage foundation. It doesn't look masky even using at full strength.
I am NC30-35, I purchased #7, #8, #11, by mixing these yellow based shades will be good for all year round.
#8 is described in the KA website as "medium shade with warm gold", which means it is medium shade & very yellow undertone.
#11 is described as "medium shade with gold tone", this is still yellow base, but not as yellow as #8, however the shade is darker than #8, and I will described it as medium-medium-deep.
#7 is described as "light shade with neutral yellow undertone", it is a shade lighter than #8, & definitely not as yellow as #8.
At present #8 with a touch of #7 is my best match.
If you are buying it in the store, please make sure the skin is well moistened b4 testing the colour or else it will not give an accurate match. In other words, if you don't spread it out well enough it may appear darker on your skin since the product/pigment is very very concentrated.
BTW, I also bought the Dewdrop fdn in #8, & it is lighter than SSE #8.
I only need the amount of 2 pinheads for the whole face & part of my neck. It will take a long time to use them up.
I could not make this work for me, as much as I wanted to. I, too, wanted the full coverage that looked like natural skin! I tried various ways of applying: 1) moisturizer first, then SSE on top with a foundation brush 2) SSE mixed with moisturizer 3) moisturizer, then stipple SSE with sponge 4) as a spot concealer. It just looked..okay. For the price, I had high expectations, and this did not live up to it.
COVERAGE: was not that great! It didn't even cover my darker freckles like my Becca concealer (or even my Everyday Minerals concealer)
FINISH: a little shiny; I still finished with loose powder (which I always do anyway) - BUT, it still didn't set it. Throughout the day I felt greasy, and when I would lightly scratch my face, it would come off in my fingernails! That was a huge negative.
BLENDABILITY: foundation brush made it easier. But if I had to apply so little, or dilute with moisturizer, just to avoid it looking too heavy, and therefore give up coverage, then why bother?
OVERALL: For 1/4 the price, I would make do. But for this amount of money, there are so many more (and better) options out there.