This just might be a HG concealer for me... make sure you skin is well moisturized this is key... yes i know the first ingredient listed is Mineral oil but believe me...this is not oily in any way, it blends very quickly.
After reading a lot of comments as to how much to use ( every thing from a pea size to a grain of rice size)
I went to the Kevyn Aucoin web site and got this bit of of information as to how much to use (remember I am using this as a concealer only)
Recommended Use: Apply sparingly (a pin sized amount) with your finger or concealer brush on top of freshly moisturized or primed skin and blend. Apply more as desired.
I used an eye liner brush and just a tiny amount and i do mean "tiny" it spreads very well and very quickly this will last me more than a year, at the price it better
under eye circles what circles??
I have mixed feelings about this product. It's great as a concealer, but not so good as a foundation. It's difficult to blend regardless of whether you use the overpriced primer, your fingers and/or a foundation brush. And, this business about using just a rice grain sized amount is the equivalent of an urban legend. With Bobbi Brown, I can use just a touch of tinted moisturizer followed by a little concealer or stick foundation where I need it. With the KASSE, even if you have good skin, you'll feel you need more than a rice grain. But, if I use more, the finish looks blehh-- kind of waxy, even with a perfectly matched color. Maybe I haven't found the correct amount for me. KA's coordinating loose powder is a cakey, too matte, too orange looking disaster-- so I can't get the satisfaction of using a product from the line that is supposed to provide the correct finish to the SSE.
IMO KA's only truly great product is the precision eyebrow pencil. The others have been disappointing.
UPDATE-I've been working with this product to get the hang of it. I bought two more colors SX 08 and SX 09 to mix with my SX 11. I'm dampening my foundation brush with a spritz of Avene water, wiping the brush with a Kleenex and mixing two or three of the colors above on the back of my hand. I apply it quickly in short strokes and let it sit for a few seconds. Then, I lightly work the foundation into my skin with my fingers. If necessary, I add a bit more under my eyes. I'm following with Radiant Diaphanous powder applied VERY lightly with a sponge and patted into my skin with my fingers. I think I'm lovin' this now. I went to a meeting yesterday and got a compliment on my complexion. Update Update: Kudos to the poster above who recommended blending with the MAC 187 brush-- it works like a charm and allows me to use less product and to stick to the SX 11 without having to mix other SX colors . This foundation takes practice, but the color matches just can't be beat.
Wow, talk about disappointment. The one lipstick I give it is because the color SX01 is indeed a great match for me. However that's where the love ends. I used a TINY tiny amount just like what was recommended, and it still gave a cakey effect, and not the greatest coverage. To make matters worse it also amplified the appearance of my pores and clogged up my skin something fierce. I also have a new blemish on my chin that wasn't there before I used this. I'm sending this RIGHT back and will have to go to town the next few days on my skin to bring it back to normal and unclogged.
This is the best concealer on the market!! It is the most pigmented concealer Ive ever tried. I need the tiniest, tiniest bit to cover A LOT!! It has a thick, creamy consistency and doesn't budge during the day. I bought this over 4 months ago, looks like I barely touched it!! This will definitely last well over a year, so it makes up for the very tiny size of it!!
So Ive been hearing alot of hype over this product and decided to try it because Ive been desperate for a good concealer for under the eyes. I have dark coloring under my eyes and Its because my skin is very thin in that area. This is alot of product for the miniscule amount that is needed. I seriously would use the tinest bit and it still was too much....it also dried way to fast......I returned this after trying for a week......i instead purchase Amazing Concealer from Amazing Cosmetics.....now this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!
Best concealer that I have ever tried. Covers black bruises, sticks to skin (whether oily or dry) and highly pigmented. I will be very sad if they stop making this. It makes me look like I sleep. :D
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.