When I first bought this from the Kevyn Aucoin website about a year ago, I was sorely disappointed with it (especially after all the rave reviews from other MUAers, not to mention the whopping $42 pricetag). It was nice but a little too thick and cakey, and I felt like I was wearing a mask. For the price, I certainly expected more.
So I put my SSE aside and used it occasionally, when I need some variety to my everyday makeup routine. Then one day I rec'd compliments on my skin from three different people (normally no one really comments on my skin) and I thought, What did I do differently today? Of course it was then that I realized I had used my KA SSE instead of my usual foundation.
Because the product is so pigmented, it doubles as both a concealer and foundation. I now realize I had originally applied the product incorrectly. Now I usually mix about 1 part SSE with 5 parts Aveeno Positively Radiant moisturizer for a sheer everday coverage and apply to already-moisturized skin. Yes, 1:5 is a big discrepancy between foundation and moisturizer, but really only the tiniest amount (as another MUAer put it--a "grain of rice")is more than enough. The result is beautiful, natural, GLOWING skin! I have been using this about 5x a week for nine months and less than half of the pot (which is slightly larger than the size of a quarter in diameter) is gone. I have this in SX-11 which is very yellowy-based, perfect for my GGG complexion. The website is very helpful with its descriptions of shades, and offers a wide selection to suit all skintones.
I've tried alot of foundations and they have never given me the coverage this has. I dont have bad skin, my skin is pretty clear but i have a few disclorations/scars if you look closely. anways this foundation is awesome it gave me even tone. i use it over nars primer and a spf tinted moisturizer. its a little thick if you use it alone but the coverage is amazing, i love it
i was really skeptical. i have used armani lsf 6.5 or 8 since the inception. I am a mmm-ggg. well I have tried cle de peau and la prairie for evenings and they were so cakey and too off color. this is a great foundation. a little goes a very long way. i use it over kanebo serum , immediately to increase spreadablity. my skin looks like a canvas and every pore is gone.
when applied correctly, its an everday look except for weekends ... wonderful when you want a poreless skin look . also when applied correctly as a concealer it will cover anything. . i am a sx-8- when i am not tan, nc 35 and a sx 11 (better color -less yellow) nc40
the undertones run funny is my only complaint. but when blended ded the too yellow or too brown disappear.
$42. Available at Henri Bendels & Neiman Marcus. Yes, it's a tiny pot. It's meant to be used as a concealer, NOT a foundation. This stuff is thick, like dermablend, but blends easily and does set without powder.
I am using SX 05 (MAC NC20, stila 20 watts) and though it's described as heavily yellow-based, it works well on my not-so-yellow skin. I apply with a synthetic concealer brush (don't waste your money on KA's unless you intend on covering up blackheads...) and apply my foundation/TM over it.Only problem is it can look dry around the eyes, so I do moisturize beforehand. continued >>
I am in love with this foundation. I use this in SX-11(NC40) and it matches my skintone excatly. I have been using this as a foundtion and concealer for over a year now and have not had any problems with it, no breakouts no bumps no nothing. It is worth every penny, and as all the others have said a little goes a loooooong way. So it actualy ends up lasting you a good 6 months if used as a foundation everyday. KEVYN AUCOIN is the best!!!!!!!!!
I have to disagree with those who think this makes a terrible foundation. As a makeup artist, I've worked with a lot of liquid and cream foundations, and this is a groundbreaking cross between them! At first I was shocked at how small the container was for the price (US$42), which I consider really expensive. But it turns out you need a tiny amount of product: one light finger pat will cover an entire cheek, and I didn't even thin it out further with a damp sponge. The results are amazing--you get that poreless complexion that every woman wants and tries so hard to achieve! It melts into the skin and the feel isn't greasy like many cream foundations. It's almost cream-to-powder in consistency, and you only need a light dusting of powder to set. It felt light and non-greasy the whole day, and looked incredibly natural. I agree that because of the price and heavier consistency, it's probably best saved for special-occasion makeup when you want more coverage. Liquid foundation I've found is best for every day, anyway. And I was actually less satisfied with it as a concealer. It caked up a little bit around fine lines. But I have to hand it to the late Mr. Aucoin--his Sensual Skin Enhancer is a wonderful, high-tech product that is a pleasure and luxury to use.
didn't like this procut, very heavy, color was off. I don;t mind playing around with products to get them to work, however, this was too much work, my zits were visible after 10minutes!would not recc. this to anyone, very disssapointing.
I absolutely love this product. I tried it out at Bendel's and fell in love with it. It took a couple of tries for me to get used to the consistency and learn how to use it properly. Now that I have a handle on it, it's my favorite foundation ever. A little bit goes a long way so this little tub will last forever. Kudos to Kevyn!
This product is sticky, difficult to work with and very drying. I tried multiple eye moisturizers of varying consistincies underneath SSE. Bleh!
Perhaps I should have more patience when applying cream concealers, but I spent more time working this in than I did wearing it.
I'll give it two lippies instead of one, as SSE does have a great range of colors.
That said, I would never buy this again. It slides into fine lines and reminds me of theatrical makeup.
I tried to use it as a light concealer, but it was cakey and still really heavy even though I used a miniscule amount after I'd put on my oil-free lotion. It didn't sink into my pores, but accentuated them. I expected better. UPDATE: I started using this alone over moisturizer just as a spot concealer, it works great, I was able to blend it better and it did not just sit on top of my skin. It really covers my mild discolorations and occasional pimple without over drying.