Foundation Review: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

I am back with another foundation review to add to my review series! This is a foundation that I am pretty excited about sharing with you - it's made the rounds in elite beauty-lover circles, but hasn't quite found its way into the mainstream.



The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is a cream foundation - the only cream foundation that I own at the moment. I am a huge fan of liquid foundations, but on special occasions I find myself reaching more and more for this, and here is why:

Packaging
To be honest, this is my least favourite kind of packaging. Then again, cream foundations tend to clog up pumps so I guess they didn't really have any other choice. It would be wise to have a little spatula in handy to scoop foundation out so you don't contaminate the rest of the foundation in the jar when you're using this.

Product
This is definitely a lot thicker than liquid foundations (duh), but still blends like a dream. With thicker liquid foundations, you feel a little bit of a tug on your skin when you're applying it with a foundation brush, because the foundation is difficult to buff into your skin and takes some 'spreading'. However, this one turns into this powdery texture once you start buffing, which makes the blending of it so easy and effortless.
This is only a tiny little 18g jar, but a little goes a long way, so it will last you quite a while.

I bought the colour SX05 - which matches my skin almost perfectly. I am a MAC NW20-25 and this is just a tiny bit yellow for me, but nothing that is too noticeable.



Performance
The finish of this is matte, with a lovely silky glow. I love this for special events because it keeps my slight oiliness in check (in fact, as my oil builds a little, the foundation gets more glowy and luminous - a plus side to wearing a semi-matte foundation) and provides great coverage. I adore the way my skin looks in photos when I use this foundation - I don't even have to use a highlighter because this gives me such naturally dewy, healthy-looking skin!
The best thing about this foundation, in my opinion, is the fact that it is extremely buildable - so this is great to double up as a concealer. I can buff it over large areas or spot conceal - it works perfectly both ways. This makes it extremely handy for travel, too.


The coverage is fantastic! Medium - full and very buildable, as I mentioned before. It doesn't cake even after a couple of layers, and stays put all day. Anything from large pores to blackheads to redness is covered beautifully, and with minimal effort.

I find it best to use this over a very moisturised base - look for a very emollient moisturiser or simply a dewy, moisturising primer.

Overall this is fast becoming one of my favourite foundations. It is a little pricey (I purchased mine via a friend overseas for AUD 55, shipping included) but I would definitely repurchase. LOVE this!

18 comments:

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I'm dying to get my hands on this foundation but I haven't quite figured out where to order one online. Looks gorgeous on you!

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Sharlynn said...

Wow, love the color match on you. It seems flawless and somewhat mattish. I like that, I think I'd be dabbling into creams, starting off cheaper with revlon! We don't have KA here yet! If I were to get that, I'd need a shade darker! Thanks for reviewing and great photos!

Emily said...

Aww thanks so much! I had to get mine of Snet too, they don't sell KA here. Pretty great quality!

Emily said...

If you're not opposed to Snet, that's where I got mine. Otherwise yeah, they're a little hard to find :(

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Jane said...

Hi Emily! i just happened upon your blog recently and I'd been looking into getting the kevyn aucoin sensual skin enhancer on strawberrynet or cosmeticsnow (which seem to be good legit sites to purchase yayy). I am a little worried about shades since sydney doesnt seem to stock any anywhere to test out.

I am a relatively pale korean-australian with neutral-yellow undertones (i think) and I've been using the bourjois healthy mix in 52 for the past few foundations. I think it is a good balancer for my more tanned forehead and t zone but ever-so-slightly orange (once oxidised) on my paler cheeks. i have tested out the 51 on my hand, which is much darker and more yellow-toned than my face and it feels like it would leave my face a much more ghostly look than the VERY slightly mismatched tone of the shade 52. Would you say that the SX5 would be a good match for me?

Jane said...

or SX7?

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I use the Healthy Mix concealer in 52, and it's a teeny bit dark for me. I'm a little confused though, because for me the 51 is much lighter than the 52, with more of a pale pink undertone than a yellow one.


Following my understanding of the Bourjois Healthy Mix, I would recommend the SX7 because the 52 is a little darker than my skin tone, and the SX5 is a little bit light for me.


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