This is such an amazing and versatile product! Yes it's very very expensive but unless you're Christina Aguilera, I can't imagine that you will ever run out of this before it goes bad. You need the tiniest amount. I'm roughly an NC 25 and I have to mix S07 and S08 to get the right shade although I lean more towards S07. S08 has very strong yellow tones and is definitely too dark for an NC25. I am a mineral makeup kind of girl and just can't wear liquid foundations for more than 4-6 hours, which is very sad because this product gives an amazing, flawless finish and covers EVERYTHING when used as a foundation.
Athough I use The Sensual Skin Enhancer mostly as a concealer, I also love using is as a tinted moisturizer or foundation for a flawless, dewey face at night. Keep in mind that you have to mix this with moisturizer if you want to use it as a foundation or tinted moisturizer. I've found that the stickiness makes mixing with my fingers very messy so now I use a professional metal mixing palette and spatula, which I bought online. Before that, I had decent results mixing in my palm with a toothpick.
This stuff is very, very sticky so it will not instantly melt into your moisturizer. Did I mention that the coverage is fantastic? When I apply the mixed foundation with my MAC 187, my skin looks flawless. The finish is very dewey. I don't have super oily skin and I don't wear this foundation for more than a few hours at night so I can't say how this will perform on oily, acne-prone skin although I haven't had any issues myself with breakouts. By the way, this product has a perfumey fragrance.
this stuff is wonderful!! definitely for people that are decently skilled at make up application. you definitely need to mix it with other products to make your own consistency for a foundation, and be able to blend it in well as a concealor. one little jar has lasted me for 2 years already...and it still doesn't look like I used it at all! CRAZY
I bought this in 2 colors to try to get a perfect match. I was completely disappointed. The color (even if I used just a tiny bit) was too much like a chalky mask on my skin. It didn't cover up my pores at all, but magnified them as the cream happily poured itself into every little crevice. Even with a primer it didn't work for me and made all of my under eye wrinkles stand out.
This is a very pigmented, very creamy concentrated foundation. I have been using it for about 2 years as a concealer; however I have to admit that it does not work for me under the eye. It causes every eyeliner or shadow on the lower lid to smudge. I'm assuming that this is because its oil-based. Even waterproof or very resistant eyeliners such as MAC Powerpoint will smudge in less than an hour. So, I have abandoned it as an undereye concealer in favor of a solid concealer such as Shu Uemura Pro Concealer or MAC Studio Finish Concealer, which sets and doesn't cause eyeliner problems. SSE is still a great product to use as a foundation though, when you need good coverage that looks natural. If you are going to use it as a foundation, read these reviews to get to a technique that works.
I finally broke down and plunked down the $45 for this product. WORTH.EVERY.PENNY. I notice some of the reviews saying it can't be used as a foundation. It can. It can be used as a coverup, concealer, foundation or tinted moisturizer. It depends on how you mix it and what you mix it with.
You can't use it straight on dry skin. But that's the point of giving you such a potent formula in such a small pot. You mix a teeny bit on the back of your hand with water/aloe/oil/moisturizer/or heavy face cream. Your choice.
My favorite way to apply it, is 'wet' with a sponge. Dot it on the places you need, then soak a sponge in cool water and wring it out. Use the damp sponge to blend. It sets perfectly and wears all day with no creasing or lifting.
Anyone who followed Kevyn knows that he did a lot with some of the most unusual things. This formula makes it possible to do soooo much.
The colors do run light... I turned out to be SK13. My concealer color is SK11. A sephora salesperson gave me a HUGE sample of SK11 so I won't be running out any time soon.
It takes practice to get the application right. The first time I used it, it took me 5 mintues to make sure everything was blended to perfection. Now it takes me less than a minute.
This product is worth it because you use so little and it's extremely versatile. As a makeup artist, any product that can do so many different things.. is priceless.
Wow this is definitely an excellent product, I took a tiny bit out thinking that it would be enough (from what other people have said) and it was STILL too much!! It is VERY pigmented and hides dark circles PERFECTLY!! It is DEFINITELY worth the price.. I can see this lasting up to 2 years even with daily use!
I got a generous sample of Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX O7 from a lovely makeup artist at Sephora. This color is the closest match to my skin [Armani LSF 5, LM Tinted Moisturizer in Nude] but still skews a bit too yellow to be a true match for me. I tried this several times before attempting a review. Based on my trials so far, I just can't say it's working for me. I've even read the prior reviews carefully because there's lots of advice and tutorials on how to best use this very thick product to it's best advantage. [I intended to use it as an under-eye concealer only.] No matter how I blend just a tiny bit with moisturizer, or what brushes or fingers I've applied it with, it's just too opaque and mask-like for me. I can't imagine anyone using this as a foundation, it's kabuki-thick. As a concealer, even thinned out with a rich moisturizer it appears very dry and made my under-eye area look cakey and unnatural. Sigh...the search for the HG concealer isn't over yet! P.s. Although I didn't like this, I'm not rating it lower because I'm sure others might find a technique and/or color that works better for them than I did.
I have been looking for the right concealer for a while and i think i might just have found it.
Does not crease at all and covers my dark circles like nobody's business.
Not appealing as a foundation to me.
I don't use the same color for concealer and foundation, so It doesn't work for me as a foundation.
Worth the money, your entire look is put together when your under eye circles are properly concealed.
This for me, is entirely too thick to use as a foundation, but what I do use this for is as an undereye concealor, and for that it's incredible! I have dark circles under my eyes, and this covers them very well and brightens my entire eye area. It doesn't crease or fade at all! I only need a very small amount to cover both eyes, so this container will probably last a lifetime! One of the best concealers I've ever tried!
I was a friend of Kevyn's. He taught me how to paint my eyes. :) So after reading many lovely reviews on his makeup, I decided to give it a go. I am aware of his passion for makeup so I knew it would be a wonderful product.
I waited anxioiusly for it to arrive and one day it did. I was astonished at the small size, but once I tried it out... I realized this could last years. Kevyn's genius at work.
It took a while for me to get application down. Three tries exactly, fortunately for me I have hung out in many a drag queens makeup room... so I got it down quite fast.
This product is faboo. It made my acne prone skin beautiful, unfortunately it irritated it a bit. I realized almost instantly that this is a high glam product and one to only be worn on big makeup occasions. I also chose a color that was a bit light and a bit too yellow. Fortunately, a bit of everday mineals powder on top fixed that problem.
Unfortunately, I chose to retun this to Sephora for some horrible Tarte recreate... frankly Scarlett I wish Tarte would recreate the entire product. I long for the beauty of Kevyn, but unfortunately it is only online and breaks me out.. so it is back to the ultimate search for the ultimate beauty tool. It saddens me to realize that perhaps had he lived he would be giving all of these "natural" and mineralized makeups a run for their money... and I would be both beautiful and acne free.. sigh...