Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer


406 reviews

72% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$$

Package Quality: 3.8

Price: $$$$


Mineral Oil (Paraffinum Liquidum), Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Polyethylene, Quaternium 18 Hectorite, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrin Palmitate, Honey, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Beeswax (Apis Mellifera), Butylene Glycol, Cholesterol, Lecithin, Talc, Triethylhexanoin, Methylparaben, Fragrance (parfum), May Contain ( /-): Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

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on 7/29/2017 8:24:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Tan, Warm

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

Shade: SX11 matches me perfectly (NC40-42) It got the perfect yellow undertones for my asian skin.
Price: 18 grams for 47$. (Beautybay)

I use this as a concealer allover my face and it doesn't crease or fade throughout the day. It doesn't brighten under my eyes but it covers my green/blue veins. It covers my sunspots impeccably. My biggest problems are redness/darkness around my nose-wings, eyes and mouth. I can now say Bye bye problems! I just realized this balm has become one of my holy grails! I now use only this and set my face with a powder. So NO foundation... cause it really helps my entire face to look flawless.

Texture/pigmentation and application method:
The texture is like a really smooth creamy clay. This stuff is HIGH coverage. Pigmentation is out of this world.
I'd compare the pigmentation with my holy grail Makeup store Cover all mix trio. You have to careful with using too much of this. I would say coverage is buildable. if you don't blend or smooth it out with care, it will look cakey and harsh. I like using a brush or my fingers to apply it. The warmth of your fingers helps to blend out the product but I find that a concealer brush works just as well. You only need the tiniest amount and you're good to go.
This little tub will last me a lifetime. (have yet to use it as a allover foundation, will update post once done).

Finish/lasting power:
I would say the finish is natural matte and looks like skin if that makes sense?! Not too dewy and not too matte.
It doesn't look too heavy as long as you use it the right way. Use too much and it will look like a mask.
Doesn't break up or budge throughout the day. If you're dry, I would highly recommend to hydrate before to avoid cakiness.

I can't live without this! So happy to have this in my collection. I really feel like I paid a fair price for the quality and performance! This will last me forever and which also makes it so worth the price.

Smell is horrible, like old lady, but doesn't smell once on the face. If you're sensitive to smells you won't want this.
For the price I feel like the tub could look a bit fancier, but I guess they focused on the product itself.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

I hated this so much at first. It's rather surprising because it's so thick, a bit like the Benefit Erase Paste (that I hate as well). I tried using it as a concealer, but I don't know if it's just me: when my pimples are healing, they're rather dry (peeling off a bit) even if it doesn't show that much, but this emphasizes dryness hugely. I'm very oily and I moisturize often and well, so that's a first.

The color SX05 looked like it would be perfect but it's not a great match, just too ashy and fair.

I decided to give it another go and just dabbed my flat buffer brush (just a bit damp) in it to pack juuust a tiny bit of product and buffed it around my face; it looks a lot better this way. I just pat the brush on areas where I want more coverage. I hate having products lying around that will just go bad and that were expensive for me, so I think I'll stick to it for a moment.

It definitely needs to be set with powder, cause it feels tacky. That's the only reason why I give it 3 over 5: the consistency is too thick and difficult to blend, and I like a more liquid/creamy texture. I don't see in which world it could be used as a concealer? Everyone keeps raving about it, so I'll keep trying with other techniques until I figure this out.

on 7/15/2017 3:17:00 PM

Age: 56 & Over

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I grew up in the era before people routinely used sunscreens, so I have a number of dark spots on my face. One, on my cheek, is particularly noticeable: the size of a quarter and quite dark. I've tried most of the highly-rated concealers and they all failed me. Some were not opaque enough, others wore away within hours. Seeing these reviews, I decided to invest in the Sensual Skin Enhancer. Now, after a week, I'm ready to say that this is a game-changer. I experimented with application, and decided that my soft fluffy concealer brush worked best. The trick...barely touch the brush to the product...emphasis on BARELY. An almost microscopic amount works wonders. I apply it after primer, before my foundation. Then, if necessary, I apply a tiny bit more over the foundation and set it with translucent powder. It lasts until I wash it off at night.

10 of 10 people found this helpful.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

Could NOT get this to work with my skin. It should wouldn't blend or stick no matter what I tried. This product is actually quite polarizing due to the formula, so just keep that in mind. I recommend getting a sample! I gave it 2 lippies instead of just one because the color range is so unique and beautiful. Plenty of true olive, yellow, and muted shades that you can't really find anywhere else (where brands tend to rely more on contrived theoretical shades than actual skin tones). Aucoin knew a thing or two about skin color, that's for sure.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

This stuff really is magical, and I wish I'd listened to the hype years ago. It covers like a dream, buffs out nicely, has a great finish, and the tiny jar seems like it'll last for a very long time. I mainly use this to cover acne marks, redness in my cheeks, and other small areas of discoloration, then I buff it out and go over it with a more natural-looking foundation. It looks very good on the skin and doesn't clog my pores. Believe the hype on this product, because it is as good as everyone says.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

on 6/21/2017 2:43:00 PM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Normal, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This is the best concealer ever, the value for money is phenomenal, it'll last you a good 1.5 - 2 years if you're only using it under the eyes like me. The shade SX11 is perfect for my very yellow-toned, NC-42/44 skin. I would definitely repurchase again. As a bonus, it lasts forever on my extremely oily undeye area.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.

on 6/11/2017 3:14:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

My HG due to it's wear, natural finish and versatility. I am around NC20 with strong yellow tones so I use 04. if you are leaning more neutral try 05.

This can be a full coverage foundation or a tinted moisturizer. I mix it with my moisturizers and it's so small that it's very easy to travel with. Do not be put off by the small size, you need very little for full coverage. I have had mine for two years now and have barely made a dent. It takes time to experiment on application methods and if you are lazy and don't prep your skin consider finding something else.

If you have a sensitivity to mineral oil beware as well. Personally, my skin loves it and so this product wears wonderfully on my normal leaning combo skin.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

on 5/28/2017 7:42:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Blond, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Green

This is hands down the world's best concealer for hyperpigmentation! Everyone complains about how tricky this is to use, let me tell you the best way I've found in the past year or so. I prime my face then I use my sensual skin enhancer in shade 03 or shade 04 if I need to color correct (more yellow), I take a small amount and dab it over any imperfections. Do not use this under the eyes as is it extremely thick and heavy. I don't really blend where I've covered my imperfections, I just go over it with my foundation (nars sheer glow in Fiji) with a beauty blender and everything melts together effortlessly. This is the perfect way to use a lighter coverage foundation but still feel perfected. I prefer this method as it is less detectable than spit concealing afterwards.

8 of 8 people found this helpful.

on 5/28/2017 1:01:00 PM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I'd heard a lot of rave reviews about this product, once you get the technique down, this is a holy grail foundation for me! I use SX 07 color, light warm with a yellow undertone.

Sensual skin enhancer is an amazing product, it's very pigmented, a little goes a long way, there's a learning curve but once you get the hang of it (and find your shade match), there are very few foundations that are better or more versatile. I will say that this won't work if you have deeply wrinkled or rough textured skin, this might amplify the rough patches. Prep work is important, make sure your skin is exfoliated and well-moisturized, using a primer isn't necessary if you moisturize well.

For application, I do my normal am skin care routine (cleanse, tone, moisturize and sunscreen). Because this is a wax-based product, I like to mix it in the palm of my hand with my fingers. I put a rice-sized drop of the skin enhancer in my palm, let it warm up, and add two drops of oil (I like rose hip), mix the foundation/oil mixture together (again, fingers are your friends) and smooth over my skin until all areas are covered to my liking.
Many on MUA like to mix with a brush, but again, this is a wax based product which will melt slightly with the warmth of your hand/fingers, I get a much more natural look using this technique, which I prefer, and it takes far less time. At 50, I prefer a tinted moisturizer/natural look, I rarely go back in and do spot touch-ups

This product is good for a multitude of purposes, dramatic high coverage, tinted moisturizer, regular foundation, as a concealer.

The price seems high compared to the size of the pot, but it's really not, one pot lasted me over two years! The pot holds so much product and it so highly pigmented that this isn't something you go through in a couple months.

Another genius product from Kevyn Aucoin.

5 of 5 people found this helpful.

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

Wow! Perfect colour match! Sx05 is the most perfect colour match I've ever had in any foundation. It doesn't mix well with my moisturizer so I mix it with Revlon primer (the pink one in the pump bottle). It's the most skin-like finish I've ever found and it's comfortable to wear. I also use it undiluted as a concealer around my eyes and on stubborn redness. It is expensive but it's very concentrated so it should last a long time. I'm very impressed with this product.

4 of 4 people found this helpful.

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