Thank you Mr. Aucoin for this, it is utterly amazing. I have SX01 (I'm super pale) and this stuff is THE BEST concealer ever. I noticed some of you have had flaking issues, this stuff is not to be used over moisturiser but rather a decent primer. I recommend the KA primer as it's not too heavy on the silicon. I understand the price could put some people off but this stuff lasts forever and the packaging prevents early break down of the product.
Mr Aucoin, I'll bet you're now making the angels look pretty. You are missed Sir.
I've had SX-08 for a year now, and have about half the tiny jar left - and I use it (primarily as a concealer) almost daily. I have medium-tan Asian skin. SSE is reminiscent of Shu Uemura's highly pigmented cream foundation compacts, but in a more elegant container and with a more pliable texture. You only need to apply the tiniest bit - I barely dab the tip of a Prescriptives nylon-bristle flat concealer brush in this for my whole face. I usually apply it as an undereye and blemish concealer.
Kevyn recommended using a lighter shade of SX on places where light naturally hits the face, like the chin, center of forehead, bridge of the nose, etc. I might buy the SX-06 or 07 and try this out. It is surprisingly easy to use, so long as you use it sparingly. Just dab it on and let it sit on your skin a few minutes while you put on eye makeup, then blend it in as needed with your fingertips, brush or sponge. It sets matte, almost skin-like, and gives impressively natural opaque coverage. It lasts all day on my dry skin and is reeeally resistant to moisture; you'll need a cream or soap-based cleanser to wash it off, water alone won't cut it. Oilier complexions might not like the heaviness of this product, but it is a superb concealer and highlighter for normal-dry skin.
Recently went back to this after unsuccessful attempts to find something else. Like a good man, a good concealer is difficult to find. I wear shade 03. I love this stuff, but only use it as foundation when I'm looking for SERIOUS coverage. Otherwise, it's concealer, baby. I get great wear out of this, and love the texture. I have very dry skin and wear primer (Silicone-based), if that helps anyone. Price is outrageous, but if I have it forever, it'll be worth it.
I had this in the shade SX07, which was a good match for my light olive skin. However, the real problem was that I had no use for this product. It didn't look natural to use as a spot concealer, and it was too cakey to use as a foundation. It also had a tendency to peel on any dry spots. This is also extremely overpriced... I mean, $45! Come on! I'm glad that I was able to sell it on eBay and get my money back!
I think I've finally found the perfect undereye concealer! I have medium-brown Asian skin with dark brown undereye circles that nothing can eradicate. After years of using peachy concealers and mixing and matching with concealer sticks, I finally found a heavily pigmented formula that you need so little of (!) that matches my skintones and stays put with a light dusting of powder. It does not crease or disappear either. Remember though, as with all undereye concealers, they should significantly/markedly reduce the circles but not eliminate them (otherwise you're sure to look like a reverse 'coon!)
Stopped in a new beauty store at the big local mall and was tempted by this line. Originally, was given #2 which was much too light & pink for me, so exchanged for #5. Wish I had played around with it more before exchanging colors, because I should have just returned it. Can't quite figure out how to make it work for me. It's cakey as an undereye concealer even when mixed with moisturizer and while I liked the idea of being able to use it allover, it doesn't work. I've read the suggestions and even emailed 2x for help on Kevyn Aucoin's website, but no one emailed me back. I'm just tempted to pitch it. I'd much rather spend the money on Cle de Peau's concealer (which I love, though I have to order by mail).
I love this foundation. I have it in SX 07 and it matches my skin perfectly. I have very red cheeks and a bit of redness around my nose and mouth. I just use this on those areas. I use just a tiny bit (no more than the size of a grain of rice) with a foundation brush and blend, blend, and blend some more! It covers all the redness perfectly and makes me look like I have naturally flawless skin! People don't believe me when I tell them I am wearing foundation! Love it and will definitly continue to repurchase!
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 >>