On Spotlight: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

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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 noteworthyversatile 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.

Consistency

The 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-Time

That 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 use

As 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 Photos

On 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.

IN SUMMARY

PROS

1. 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.

CONS

1. 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.

Details

Where to Buy: Sephora internationally, Make Up Pro (Facebook) locally Price: Php 2000
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32 Comments

  1. March 25, 2013 / 9:24 am

    great post,very informative! I was very curious on this exact shade.

    • March 25, 2013 / 11:58 am

      SX 06 is for NC25-30 skin with yellow undertones 🙂

  2. March 25, 2013 / 10:32 am

    Ahh this is so nice! Did you buy this in Make Up Pro? I think I saw your comment on their page.

    • March 25, 2013 / 10:37 am

      Okay, nabitin. I meant to ask how much you bought it for hehe 🙂

    • March 25, 2013 / 11:58 am

      Yes Romz, in Make Up Pro! 🙂
      Bought it for 2k. I updated my entry na 🙂

  3. March 25, 2013 / 12:07 pm

    Pricey but it looks like it’s really worth it, considering that you only need a pea-sized amount for your entire face & spot-concealing. Great review! Thanks!

  4. March 25, 2013 / 8:00 pm

    I didn’t know seems like an amazing product!
    I really like your blog, I’m a new follower on gfc and bloglovin fer sure!

    SHE WALKS Blog

  5. March 27, 2013 / 4:23 am

    Oh, this sounds so interesting. A very versatile product indeed. I didn’t wear foundation for the longest time because I didn’t like feeling them on my face either so I’m very picky about the ones I wear now. I’ll have to try this because it sounds great xx

  6. March 27, 2013 / 1:39 pm

    Great review, sounds like a great product.

  7. March 28, 2013 / 12:20 am

    i prefer products that are easy to use, but this looks so good on you! glad i found your blog 🙂 Don’t forget to enter my I ♥ Makeup giveaway!

  8. March 29, 2013 / 3:32 am

    A bit expensive but I might purchase this for my mom. 🙂 Thanks for this informative post! 🙂

    Cj from http://www.pinayontheloose.com

    P.S. I’m having my first blog giveaway,I hope you guys can join.

  9. July 6, 2013 / 5:53 am

    I’m sold! Will now contact Make up pro.. Oily ako and more often than not, foundation oxidizes on me. Does it oxidize? Thanks sis!:)

  10. Janice
    August 14, 2013 / 10:27 pm

    I’m interested! BUT! The first ingredient is mineral oil. Will it cause break out for acne-prone skin (but normal-dry)? And is it okay to use with water based moisturizer? (Yung kiehl’s is water based di ba? hindi ba siya nag-se-separate?) 🙂

    • August 23, 2013 / 2:51 pm

      So far, it doesn’t cause any breakouts for me as long as you wash it all off at the end of the day! 🙂 I havent tried with water-based moisturizers but I’m sure it’ll work fine rin. The Kiehl’s I use with it is water-based, yes.

  11. silverkis
    November 7, 2013 / 10:51 am

    Looks great on you, Shari! Your post just helped me choose between SX05/06! 😉 xoxo

  12. November 26, 2013 / 1:10 am

    I want to try this but I just can’t buy foundation without testing it first. And the price is no joke.

    • February 5, 2014 / 9:38 am

      I couldnt test this either when I got it at Make UP Pro so super hirap mag-decide!

      • February 5, 2014 / 2:59 pm

        After a lot of reading, I think I’m an sx08.im an olive-er nc35 at MAC now

  13. Raven Ang
    February 20, 2014 / 9:00 pm

    Helloooo Mama Shari. Haha I’ve been reading through your blog again. Seriously, this post is why I even purchsed SSE. hehe

    • February 20, 2014 / 9:58 pm

      Awww Rayray! I’m glad I introduced you to KA SSE! 🙂 I hope you enjoy it! Will wait to hear your concoctions with it!

  14. Mitch
    March 31, 2014 / 6:53 pm

    Help! I’m planning to buy this but i’m not sure what shade to get. I’m either sx 06 or sx08 i think. But i’m nc25-30 from mac. 🙂

  15. kikaysikat
    February 10, 2015 / 10:09 am

    where to buy locally shari? I tried searching for Makeup Pro in facebook pero nalula ako sa dami ng results @[email protected]

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