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I’ve received quite a number of inquiries about the makeup base I used in my previous entry. I promised to blog about that soon but decided to write about it now so I can already answer the queries sent.As I mentioned in my past entries, I’m not a big fan of bases (foundation, tinted moisturizer, BB creams, etc). Despite some foundations not being slick-festy on me, I still abhor the feeling of knowing that something is sitting atop my face. It gives me the itch to just go home and wash up my face. I’m weird, I know. For someone who loves makeup, I can’t get myself to love foundation or any face base for that matter. I don’t know if that has changed but this product really deserves a spotlight in my blog. It’s beginning to convert me to a foundie fan every time I use it. Thank you, Kevyn Aucoin for making this noteworthy, versatile and all-around face base called Sensual Skin Enhancer.
What is it exactly?It’s a multi-purpose formula made to create a flawless complexion mimicking the appearance of healthy, radiant skin. It can be used as a foundation, highlighter, contour (depending on the shades), concealer, tinted moisturizer (my fave!) and possibilities you can think of that KA may not even have thought of! Its ingredients (as seen above) include jojoba, beeswax, talc and mineral oil so for those who are sensitive skin that react negatively to these elements, you’ve been warned. It comes in a small round pot containing 18g of product. It may not seem much as compared to the usual liquid foundations that come in 30ml sizes but believe me that this seemingly tiny pot may last you 5 years and more! Why? Because you only need a ridiculously small amount to cover your entire face. A lot of users agree on this illustration of what is enough — smaller than a grain of rice. I know this all sounds so confusing right now but as you read on, you’ll get to see what I mean.
ConsistencyThe consistency is a thick, heavy and creamy base that’s so packed with pigment that a smidge of it is enough to conceal the darkest circles. Thick, heavy and pigmented sound like cakey heaven which is why this wonder product is meant to be used with either a primer, moisturizer or serum depending on your preference. It needs to be blended, blended and blended! It can be used as a spot concealer, full-on foundation or tinted moisturizer. I feel like an artist slash scientist mixing together a concoction of my own.
Amount and Wear-TimeThat smidge as photographed above is enough to cover my whole face and even do a bit of spot concealing. So if you by mistake, use the average amount you normally would with other concealers, you’ll end up with a face filled with product enough for your whole family, your best friend and even a random stranger on the street to use. That is the mistake of most people who use this and complain how heavy and clogging this feels for them. Simply because they overused! Wear time is also incredible, as I’ve gone the whole day and night with this on and only one blot was enough to make me look fresh again. I did set with a powder though which explains the long-lasting wear. I also didn’t notice any transfer because I even cuddled with Selene and I’m happy to report not a dot of mommy’s foundation on baby’s clothes!
How to useAs I said it can be used in a number of different ways but for me, my favorite is to use it as a tinted moisturizer with a heavier coverage as compared to most tinted moisturizers I’ve tried. First, I take a smidge of the product as in the photo and put it on the back of my hand. Second, I take three parts moisturizer and put it beside the SSE, ready for blending. Then, I blend the mixture with my finger. Like really blend! Once it’s blended well enough for application, I take my Real Techniques Buffing Brush (or sometimes the Real Techniques Stippling Brush!), get a bit of the mixture and dab it on my skin, starting at my forehead, cheeks and chin blending and buffing outward. Perfect applications takes some practice because it’s not a slap-on-and-go product. It really takes a lot of blending and buffing to achieve a flawless finish.
Before and After PhotosOn the BEFORE photos, you have a totally bare-faced, just-lipbalm moi. I’ve been breaking out lately and I suspect it’s the new serum I’m currently testing. However, it’s perfect so I can road-test the SSE on pimples and marks besides my uneven skintone, dark circles, puffy eyes and blemishes. Check out my very happening nose area! The AFTER photos is a light-medium coverage of the SSE mixed with three parts moisturizer (I used my Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream). This is just one layer of application with no spot-concealing yet. Usually, after my first layer, I go for spot-concealing on the pimples and blemishes that haven’t been completely covered. I’m amazed at how effective it is in concealing my dark circles despite not focusing on that area at all. The result is an overall SATIN, glowy finish that may quite indeed come across as “sensually enhanced skin“. I leave it to you all to judge.
PROS1. Multi-purpose base product that’s pigmented and long-lasting with a little going a long way 2. Light to full coverage, all depending on your preferred emollient to mix it with 3. Despite being full coverage, it feels weightless. Maybe you know there’s something on your skin but you’d eventually feel as if there was none. I can attest to this since I used to hate foundation because of this! 4. Really flawless and virtually undetectable on the skin if you know how to apply it well 5. Saves you from buying two/three products – no need to buy full-cover foundation, concealer and tinted moisturizer separately. 6. The tiny pot will last you a lifetime, and I mean it. No product can last as long as this one on your makeup stash.
CONS1. Not for beginners or for on-the-go ladies! It makes foundation/base application an effort-filled task. It really takes time and practice to obtain the ratio of products to achieve the perfect mixture. Application technique must also be practiced. 2. It is quite hard to find your exact shade in the range as it’s not the usual lightest to darkest. Shades come in neutral, pink and yellow undertones so it takes a while to find your exact match. 3. Availability is also quite a problem. Here in the Philippines, I believe there are no stores that carry a great range of shades. Even finding the product here is a bit difficult as only one store I know carries it. 4. The price is the same range as most high-end foundations such as Lancome, Estee Lauder, Laura Mercier, etc. but the quantity is higher and won’t need repurchasing anytime soon.
DetailsWhere to Buy: Sephora internationally, Make Up Pro (Facebook) locally Price: Php 2000
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