Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Shades


38 reviews

81% would repurchase

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 4.3

Price: $$$$


Mineral Oil, Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Polyethylene, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrin Palmitate, Honey, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Beeswax, Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance. May Contain ( /-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77491).


Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I agree with many of the reviewers here. This product is VERY pigmented and will cover pretty much anything you want. It can also be thinned out to a tinted moisturizer-level coverage. It's very versatile. That said, its versatility is also one of its downfalls. Because it's so highly pigmented, it can be very hard to spread on its own. When I have dry skin, this clings to everything and looks patchy. I absolutely must thin it out with moisturizer, primer, or a facial oil before applying. Thus, this product requires a lot of work compared to your typical product. Approximately 2-3x as much work as I must mix it with something prior to application. If you're lazy like me, you might just prefer to have a separate foundation and concealer that you can just pop open and put straight onto your face without the effort of mixing. When I do put in the effort, this product does look pretty phenomenal and I like that I can use my own tried and true skin care products as a base. Whether this will work for you really depends on the effort you're willing to put in. If you do decide to put in the effort, you'll get solid coverage, with a satin finish that lasts a pretty good amount of the day. One additional caveat, this is a mineral oil-based foundation. Mineral oil is not an issue for the vast majority of people and is contained in many cosmetic products, partially because most people do not react to it (also partially, because it is an inexpensive ingredient). That said, some people have an issue with this. I do not.

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.


Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Normal, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I absolutely adore this foundation/concealer. 1) This plays most happily with oil, I place one SMALL drop of ANY facial oil on the the back of my hand and then two match head amounts of the color and I mix it together and then dot on the center of my face moving down and out. This is the most versatile and innovative foundation to come down the pike in a very long time, the reason is because YOU have total control over the coverage, from very sheer i.e.: tinted moisturizer to full blown heavy duty base. I have a light ivory complexion that is normal and I have this in three colors, #2,#1 and #6 I use the 1 as a Touche Eclat like brightener in the center of my face and I use the #6 around the perimeter and /or in summer the #6 is a good match. The #2 is a slightly lighter shade than my natural color and I like that in the evening and again as an and/or concealer in the summer. It is best to go to the KA counter to have a pro test them on you, although the colors look VERY light in the pots they in fact seem to have a chameleon like ability to blend with the skin.

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Green

I have type 1 rosacea where my baseline face color is red which increases with sudden, uncontrollable flushing. It's very hard to be out and about with my skin reacting to temperature changes, fluorescent lighting and stress. I've tried hundreds of dollars of products trying to find something to conceal that wouldn't irritate my skin but I feel like this has been the biggest game changer for me.

I don't even know why I tried this but I'm glad I did. I had talked myself out of it due to the price and it seemed like such a small amount. It does take a little trial and error to begin with because it's not like any other product. It is more pliable than the dermablend cover cream in the pot and feels better on my skin. The way I use it is to apply my moisturizer first and wait a few minutes and then dot this on. It warms up fast on my face so it starts to spread but leaves a very nice base to help disguise the redness. I let it set for about five minutes as it dries a bit so I don't smudge it then I apply a small amount of my makeup forever hd foundation to kind of set it and give it a natural finish.

It has helped me feel more comfortable going out and really helps me camouflage the redness. It also seems to be a good barrier to the environment because of the consistency and texture so my skin doesn't react as much.

I wear 117 in the mufe foundation. Not sure of the new number for the updated version though. With this product I find sx3 works well for me because it does have some olive in it which helps to neutralize the redness. Sx2 is nice but a little fair for me but I could get away with it. Sx4 is warmer and I like that for a little extra color.

I really hope they don't ever discontinue this product or that my skin doesn't revolt and decides it doesn't like it. I'm always afraid that I will "jinx" it by saying how great it is but I have been able to use this for 6 months without incident so I'm pretty happy!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Oily, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I have no need to wear a heavy, cakey foundation just to achieve full coverage anymore. This product covers ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. I apply a thin layer of foundation and spot conceal my very pigmented acne scars with this product. It leaves the most beautiful finish. Nothing peeks through. This product can be used as an all over foundation but please be cautious and use the smallest amount because a little dab goes a very long way. Although it's quite a splurge for such a small container, it is so worth it. Again, you only need the smallest amount of product. For reference I'm an NC40-42 & I use shade SX11. Hope it helps!

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I am so impressed with this product. I usually use Laura Mercier's Tinted Moisturizer on top of a very emollient SPF moisturizer for dry skin. However, I grew tired of wasting time in the morning waiting for the moisturizer to absorb before applying the TM (otherwise the TM would never absorb and slide around on my face until it inevitably disappeared by mid-afternoon), so I decided to take a hack at the SSE.

I applied just a dab (literally a tiny smudge) over my moisturizer with a damp beauty blender and got a sheer, dewy finish with enough coverage to even my skintone and hide a blemish on my chin. This took me less than 60 seconds, plus 30 seconds to set my face with a little translucent powder. I thought this would be too high maintenance for me, requiring a lot of tools and blending, but it's one of the easiest things I've ever used.

I love how much coverage I get with so little product, how sheer it can be if applied with a light hand (I can still see my freckles), and the time I now save in the morning.

Color matching may be a little difficult, especially if you are seeking heavier coverage. I am an NC 35, LM TM Sand, GA LS 5.75/6 and feel the 08 works for me. It looks a little scary and very yellow in the pot, but it diffused out to be a nice match over my moisturizer. I also picked up the 10 shade, but it looks a little gray on me.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Dark, Warm

Hair: Black, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I bought the Sensual Skin Enhancer after reading about it on NYMagazine's The Cut. It's a versatile, not-quite-foundation product that is essentially a heavy pigment that is then mixed into primer, color corrector or luminizer to create the desired final product.

The product is incredibly thick and 10x as pigmented as a NARS eyeshadow -- it is KEY that you not use too much! I had to start over after seeing myself in the daylight and adjust with my primer til I was using about a finger tip's worth of product. I highly recommend being matched in store! Though Kevyn Aucoin is hard to find in store, the shades are MUCH lighter than they look online. I thought I was an SX 12 and ended up being a 14.

For women of color, I would recommend finding your undertone shade first before choosing a color match. My undertone is very warm, so the bronze (reddish-yellow) base of 14 was a good fit for me. I might mix it with 12, however, as 12 has a very yellow base that is closer to my skin in cooler months.

The product is a hefty $47, but the pot has what I would consider to be 4 HE foundations worth of pigmentation, or maybe 7 DS foundations! The pigment is rich and versatile. If you own a moisturizer or primer, you will mix this to create your foundation. You'll mix your luminizer to get a soft highlight effect and use the pot's color straight or with a bit of corrector for your concealer. It's basically pure "color" that you can play with to get a handful of products out of.

I'm overall satisfied with the Sensual Skin Enhancer as I'm not the type of person to want to own tons of makeup - it's versatility makes doing a full face pretty simple. If you are like me and struggle to find foundation with rich base pigment to match your undertone, this is a must-try product.

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.


Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Just a little quick review:
Im currently around nc/c 30 and 8 was the closest color match. Still a bit too beige and not yellow enough. 7 was too light, 9 too dark.
Only needed the tiniest amount; blends well. However, even setting it w powder or w setting spray, it would break up by the end of the work day. I have oily dehydrated skin and live in hot southern california.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Very Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I am a makeup junkie always looking for my HG foundation. I saw this on you tube and decided to order from Sephora as they have a great return policy.

It is not an actual foundation. I believe it is actually meant to be used as a concealer but you tube shows that it used as a foundation.

You tube shows to put very small dots on your face and buff in. I actually put a couple of small dots mixing numbers 1 and 2 on my hand. I am extremely pale. I could use #1 alone but a little bit of 2 warms the color a bit. I then dot it on my face and use fingers to spread.

I have good skin but with red undertones. This makes my skin color even without red. It also makes a great concealer for under eyes.

The key is to use extremely sparingly only where needed so you don't get a mask look (I do this for all foundations). Using a buffing brush didn't work as well for me as well as using my fingers.

The biggest surprise is that it lasted all day.

I have extremely dry skin. I used moisturizer and primer underneath which I do with all foundations. Will definitely buy again if I ever run out. The pots are small but the amount needed is so tiny, it will probably last a minimum of 1 year if not longer.

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

(cross-posted under Concealers) I really regret not having purchased this earlier. I was afraid Iíd buy the wrong color, and I live far from the nearest KA counter. I only purchased this recently because I found out that sells samples for about $5 each. I purchased four samples: SX01, SX02, SX03, and SX05. Given the concentration of the product, you could make one sample last for weeks (no exaggeration) of daily application, so $20 was a bargain for four samples to try alone as well as mix together.

Bottom Line:
Genius product that can be used as foundation, concealer, highlighter, blender/lightener for other products, and probably contour. Very travel-friendly. Time and effort spent on getting this right will pay off. A bargain per use. The full pot is $48 and would last the average person months or years with daily use. Totally makes me feel like a professional makeup artist and makes my skin look better than any other complexion product Iíve ever tried. I believe success with this product depends on three factors: technique, mixing medium, and color selection.

I consider this an advanced makeup product. Unless you are extremely proficient, you canít just slap this on and go. Especially starting out, you should make time and be willing to experiment to find the right method. If you are not willing to put in this time and effort, you will likely be disappointed with the results. If I had not read many reviews of this product prior to purchasing it, I would not have known how to use it, and I probably would have just given up.

Hereís how I work it. I remove about a rice-grainís worth of product from the pot with a palette knife (any spatula, orange stick, or Q-tip stem would work). I smear about three quarters of the product on the back of my hand in one spot, and I smear the remaining amount in another spot. I do this because I will be mixing the larger portion with sunscreen or tinted moisturizer to make a foundation, and Iíll mix the smaller amount with a bit of eye sunscreen to make a concealer. I let these warm on the back of my hand for a few minutes. I think this step is key to getting a smooth mixture that is easy to work with. I apply a layer of sunscreen to my face. Then, after I mix in the medium on the back of my hand, I transfer the product to my face in small dots with spatula or fingers, blending the foundation mixture one section at a time. Iíve used both my RT Expert Face brush and my fingers successfully. I just work in a bit for sheer coverage, then add some more and work in, and add layers until I have the coverage I want. I then take the concealer mixture and dot it under my eyes and in the center of my face, and blend with a RT Setting Brush or my fingers. Again, I apply a little bit at a time, building up coverage as I need it. When Iím done, I apply a dusting of Guerlain Meteorites and my skin looks luminous and, on a good day, flawless.

Mixing Medium:
For me, attempting to apply SSE directly from the pot to my face is disastrous. Itís just too thick and dry for me to work with. Plus, I am a sunscreen fanatic and I demand that both my foundation and concealer provide sun protection over and above the layer of sunscreen I use as a makeup ďprimer.Ē Mixing SSE with a bit of tinted sunscreen works best for me (current favorites are Cliniqueís CC Cream, Clinique Super City Block, EL DW Wear All Day Glow BB, Paulaís Choice Resist Super Light Daily Defense, etc.). For my eye area, I mix with Clinique Superdefense Eye Cream SPF 20. Iíve found I can mix with matte- or dewy-finish products with equal ease as long as I warm the SSE on the back of my hand first, blend on my hand with a palette knife, and apply sheerly in layers to build coverage. I have no trouble with the product sinking into fine lines or accentuating any flaws. I just get a fantastic real-skin-but-better look. If you are oily, youíll probably want to mix this with a mattifying primer or sunscreen. Iím combo-to-oily, and I prefer a satin, demi-matte, or slightly dewy finish. I can go 6-12 hours without needing to blot or touch up as long as I don't get overly warm/sweaty. Do experiment with several types of mixing mediums. If you find one that really works for your skin, you will be absolutely stunned at the beauty, longevity, and versatility of this product.

Color Match:
Iím light-complected with neutral, slightly peachy undertones. Iíve stayed out of the sun and have used sunscreen religiously for decades, but my face is still darker than my neck. I cannot match to my neck because I would look like a vampire. But I do want a pretty seamless blend from my lower cheeks onto my neck. My face is currently around NC15/NW10, with some red blotchiness on cheeks and nose. I donít have dark circles, but I have a lot of red around my eyes, and that tends to make me look tired. For reference, I wear: YSL BR20, Nars TM Finland, EL 1N1 or Intensity 1.0, Lancome Clair 20 (NC), Too Faced Snow Glow, IT Cosmetics Fair, Revlon Nearly Naked Vanilla, Maybelline Fit Me Ivory 115, Clinique CC Cream Light, etc. In KA SSE, I ordered samples of SX01, SX02, SX03, and SX05. has arm swatches of all colors.

SX01 Ė (Very) fair, neutral undertones, a true ivory
SX02 Ė (Very) fair, pink-toned, rosy ivory
SX03 Ė Fair/Light, olive/greenish/neutral beige
SX05 Ė Light, neutral beige

Because I am so neutral, I can wear any of the samples if sheered, but I think a mix of 02 and 05 is dead perfect. 03 is just a little greenish/grayish in the pot, but sheers out nicely. 01 is great for lightening up foundations that are a little too dark or pink. 02 is fantastic as a middle-of-the-face highlighter. A 50:50 mixture of 01 and 02 is nearly the exact shade of my neck.

Perfection on me: 02/05 50:50 as foundation with 01 towards neck; 02/05 75:25 as concealer, 02 as highlighter, all mixed with TMs or sunscreens.

52 out of 53 people found this review helpful.


Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Kinky, Fine

Eyes: Hazel

At first I was smitten with this product, a highly pigmented cream in one small jar in my make up bag. Can be sheered out as a TM, and built up in areas that need more coverage.

After a few weeks, I found all of my CONS. If you are not a true MUA, and not willing to put the time into working with this product, it won't work for you.

It is not a slap on, blend in, and out the door. It also contains mineral oil, which while a good oil for your skin, does not set into your skin so well, it sort of stays on top of your skin (my problem) and no matter how thin I made this it "melts" and transfers -- and I have dry skin

It needs to be mixed, matched, warmed up, layered, SET WITH powder, etc

I can't emphasise SET WITH POWDER enough, as this is a thick mineral oil based formula, and mineral oil does not go into your skin, it sits ontop of your skin, won't clog your pores, but.............

It DID NOT WEAR well on my skin. I used this invery warm weather 80-90 degrees with sun in Arizona and it transfered and slid all around. Don't even try to put much over it as that too is a mess

Bottom line: Not for me but probably the best tool a MUA could have in their kit

1). I never found a perfect match but was close with SX5 and could sheer and use SX5 on its own. To get a perfect match I would need to mix a few of these together which is OK and not unusual for me

2). Small pot of very concentrated product. I like small, and I like concentrated. So does my make up bag.

3). Very dense. you can nock over this and its not going anywhere

4). Bluring effect. Definately, this does blur out imperfections and can make your skin look flawless if you apply this correctly which is not easy nor fast

5). There are so many things you can do with this product, use as a TM, as a concealer

For true artistry, use one color as a base / blender color, one as a highlighter, one as a contour, one as a bronzer

Mix and match to get your perfect skin tone

True make up artistry all in 4 small tiny pots that pack nicely into your make up bag


Read the other reviews very carefully

You need to use this correctly or it will look aweful

Moisturize or use sunscreen, use only a pin head dab of this product it is so highly concentrated, really warm up the product and mix on the back of your hand and keep it warm

Apply in layers, and build up as you need to

Blend blend blend !

Use a close up mirror to see if you are blended out - if you look close enough you will probably find that you have a bit too much product here and there, even after blending like crazy

I used fingers, beauty blender and brush to apply and found warm fingers to be the best method, followed by a damp warm beauty blender. The brush did not do much for me

It did not wear well on my normal skin. I am in Arizona, and it has been 80 - 90 degrees no humidity. In a few hours or less, it had slide off in areas. If you touch your face or blow your nose it comes off even after you powder

This is an oil based highly pigmented product that stains and is difficult to remove from brushes, your hands, your beauty blender and anything that touches it

You need Dawn diswashing soap (removes oil and this is an oil based product), and it takes time to wash your tools and hands daily

A Great Product for a Make Up Artist

This is true artistry, like a painter mixing and layering.

I am a slap it on and go out the door gal (back to MAC Face & Body)

2). Sit on your skin, transfers, difficult to add blush, etc even after you add powder

3). I live in AZ, and in dry 85 degree weather, this was slippin and sliding everywhere, with or without a primer, with or without powder

4). I did not think it looked good as an all over your face product. Gave me sort of a blurry face (??). Probably best as it is described, a "CONCEALER".

KA was a genius, but he took many of his "how to's" with him when he departed this world, and much of what he did and how he used product will remain a mystery

17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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