I'm really not sure about this product. I have to say it does cover extremely well, and with a very very small amount. However, I think it takes ALOT of practice to get the application right; the first time I tried it I must have overapplied it because it's actually kind of 'dyed' my skin as it were. Days later after not using it for a while, I still have a ring of light around under my eyes where I spread the product out to blend into the rest of my face. It's not overly noticeable, but still its there. Granted, I did overapply, but it still shouldn't do that! I also think it made my dark circles worse, not at the time of using it, as it did seem to cover very well, but in the days after the dark circles did seem so much worse suddenly. As I said, it does cover well, but it just didn't cut it for me, there just still wasn't something quite right with that respect that I can't put my finger on. (apart from the fact it tatooed my skin argh) I think if you can get the application right and the right shade for you, this could probably work for you, but it doesn't meet my apparantly high expectations. UPDATE: I LOVE this on other parts of my face other than undereyes, e.g. blemishes, redness around the sides of the nose. Have since tried it on these parts and it just makes my whole face look more flawless and radiant. However, I noticed the skin-dyeing thing going on around my nose for a day or so... maybe I have a shade too light...?!(I have SX02)
Anyone with sensitive skin, BEWARE. This product turned my eyelids red and made the skin peel. There must be some ingredient that is very irritating near the eyes.
UPDATE 5/6/06: I finally decided #7 was too dark, and I exchanged for #5. #5 is a much, much better match. It somehow feels a little thinner than #7, but the color tradeoff is worth it.
This is a GREAT product, but it cannot be used haphazardly or with a heavy hand. It takes only the smallest amount to offer serious coverage. I don't even think of using this in terms of "grain of rice" as so many others have mentioned; I use this in terms of a smudge. Just a tiny, flat smudge of this on the tip of my finger covers, for example, my entire forehead and my nose. I usually don't use this all over my face, but in selected areas which require more coverage. The make up associate matched me with 07, which is a bit too dark. However, once I set it with powder, it really isn't. She suggested I keep this in mind, because she said nothing would look worse than chalky white once my makeup was done. I now agree, and I think this was likely a good call on her part. Also, this makes great undereye concealer. I just can't get over how thick and densely pigmented this is. I haven't tried mixing it with any lotions because it already spreads and blends easily onto my oily skin. It lasts super long, too. I said I would buy it again, but it will be probably two years at least before I could use all this up. When you look at how long it lasts, the $42.50 price tag doesn't seem so bad. continued >>
I got this in a swap, and can't imagine why she didn't keep it! It is truly a concealer ! Miracle ! You must use a tiny drop that seems waaayyy less than you'd think or it will be too much! But it spreads well, covers nicely w/o creasing, and lasts. It does everything. The instructions don't call it a concealer. I don't know, maybe it would be something else like a e/s base. The instructions say it can even be used instead of fndn but I don't see how that is possible, given the small amount you need to use and the area you'd have to cover. I like Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer, but this tops that (and is less expensive, if you can imagine anything KA less expensive!) If there is anything I don't like, it comes in a small but wide-mouth jar which looks like it would dry out fast to me. Maybe a squeeze bottle like eyedrops or something would be better.
I LOVE this product. it blended seamlessly into my skin. It looked flawless without the cakieness you get from other products. I have combination skin, but mostly very oily and very acne prone, this product works great. I m also asian with olive skin.
Because you use such a little amount (a grain of rice) (mix in with lots of lotion/primer) the finished product sets beautifully and looks satin soft. The skin did not give the appearance of a layer of foundation like most products.
(note that most foundation do NOT blend into the skin but sort of just stay atop.) Kevyn aucoin's product sets into the skin, becomes apart of the skin, you look great.
as to refute all the bad reviews, these people are not applying the product correctly and are not realistic, come on... if you have bumps on your skin, or acne, no makeup in the world is going to cover that up, except maybe make it worse because you caked on your makeup.
in short... GREAT PRODUCT
UPDATE: i have just recently discovered that certain lotion tends to peel off when mixed with sensual skin enhancer, which explains why some consumer experience the "dry skin effect." I've dsicovered that clinique's lotions causes this as well as the Christian dior serum with spf 8.
Another update (11/11/08) - after having used this product for about 3 years now, I wanted to update my review. My SX11 is too YELLOW. I look like I have jaundice. And for some unknown reason the product has become unmanageable to me. It no longer blends into my skin but feels as if it's just sitting on-top. by afternoon i have patches of makeup on my face. This will be my last purchase.
I love this product! I do not have problem skin, except a little dryness in the winter, but this makeup makes me look flawless. It's like wearing airbrushing! It blends to beautifully and disappears into the skin. This is the skin I was born with. I wear MAC NC 20 and the #2 is a perfect match for me.
I have never worn foundation, but as I've gotten older I've noticed some hyperpigmentation and darker circles under my eyes that I really wanted to cover. I tried a number of stick and liquid concealers before reading an article about Kevyn that mentioned this product. I didn't care much for it when I first bought it - I was using way too much, and it's so highly pigmented that you really just need a tiny amount on well-moisturized skin This product will definitely emphasize any flakes or dryness, so if you have chronically dry skin it's probably a bad bet. But for me, it's astounding to find something that works under my eyes as well as on other areas that need a little help. The little tub seems expensive, but I've been using it for six months and have hardly made a dent. I'm thinking it will probably last me in the eighteen-month range as long as it doesn't go bad.
I am very disappointed. No matter how little I use of this it is clearly visible due to its tendancy to streak or set in lines (yes, I used the primer). The color is not good either - very orangey. I would strongly recommend against this particular product.
I must admit, I love makeup and I'm always looking for THE one. So far, this is IT. The application is key though. The other reviewers are 100% correct in saying you need ONLY a tiny little bit. After some practice, I find that this is what works best for me: start with a little bit on a makeup brush, spreading quickly before it sets. I then smooth it all out with a makeup sponge. Apply blush and then I use the KA powder in "diaphonous." I have never had a more flawless look in foundation from any other product. Also, for those who think $42 is steep, you will not have to replace the tiny jar for at least 12-18 months.
i love this stuff. in theory this isn't the foundation for me - i've never used dept. store or full coverage foundations. but i've always loved kevyn aucoin's work and had heard good things about the line. i got a match within a few minutes of stopping at the neiman marcus counter, and the color has worked out perfectly for me since. at first i had a more difficult time getting the application seamless enough, because i have pretty clear skin and only wear concealer/foundation around my eyes, nose and chin.... so the application has to match the bare skin around it. in the beginning i was using my fingers to blend it into my skin. i found that it's easiest to use a tiny amount (maybe 1/4 rice grain size!) with a dry foundation brush (i like the essence of beauty foundation brush, cvs carries it... it's inexpensive and does a great job). if you just buff it into the skin (freshly moisturized skin), it blends perfectly. this is the first time i've ever used a foundation that made my skin look unbelievably perfect... i think it's a combination of the good formulation combined with the great color match. my match is sx-05... which i believe is a light neutral beige, and the palest of the more commonly used shades. i use it over ddf's matte spf 30 and have had no problems at all. if my skin is looking dry, i'll use another moisturizer in those spots, since the ddf is quite matte, to avoid giving the foundation any flakiness to cling to.