Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SX11) – Review

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This product is the most expensive make-up item I have ever purchased, at £38 a pot it is something that I bought in the hopes that it would be a miracle product.

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer can be used in a number of ways, as a foundation, concealer, highlighter or tinted moisturiser when mixed with your day cream. I bought this product from Space NK solely for the purpose of concealing my under eye circles. The colour SX11 is a nice match for my NC44 skin. It is a bit lighter than my skin so it gives the highlighted effect and it has a very yellow undertone. For £38 you get a lot of product (18g) compared to other concealers. For example my Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer is just 1.4g and costs £19. Therefore this jar will outlive its 18 month shelf life.

Packaging: Packaging is fit for purpose. The small jar allows easy application of the product but I wish there was a mirror in the lid.

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Formula: When reading the ingredients list of this product I wasn’t impressed. Not only does it contain Mineral Oil, it also contains Fragrance! Fragrance is not supposed to be used on the sensitive eye area as it is pro-ageing and pro-sensitising. It also contains Talc which I try avoid in my beauty products.

Texture: The best way to use this product is with a buffing concealer brush. The texture of this product is extremely thick and paste-like like therefore it needs the heat from your face to really blend into the skin. It sets very quickly and catches onto any dry patches so it is important to make sure the skin is very hydrated.

Appearance: Now I will say this much, this product is so incredibly pigmented it will cover everything and your sins. It literally camouflages your skin so you can’t see your real skin, I would go as far as saying this could probably cover up a tattoo. You need to use the tiniest amount of it as well. It is the one stop shop for undereye concealing, you do not need to layer any other products with it but it cannot be used on your eyelids. In the picture below I used a tiny bit of the product to blocked out my veins and freckles on the back of my hand.

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 Sensual skin enhancer buffed into the right hand

Longevity: The longevity of this product is most disappointing. Even after setting the product it creased on me and set into fine lines. Furthermore it faded a lot over the course of the day. Not what I would expect from such a high-end product. There was no oxidising of the colour on me.

Overall this has been a really disappointing product for me, whilst it looks wonderful when it is first applied, I do not enjoy the creasing, fading and mostly the ingredients. My undereye area is on the dryer side and this product catches onto the skin making it look worse than it is, also it creases heavily into my expression lines. I will probably use it for any skin blemishes or if I need to clean up around my eyebrows or lips. Personally if you’re skin is like mine you’re much better off avoiding this product and using a liquid concealer and corrector together.

Jay x

How to remove ashy appearance when wearing foundation : Medium – Dark skin

I am massively excited right now because all my foundation woes have been solved!!!

For years I have been trying to find the correct product to combat the ashy appearance around my mouth when wearing foundation. I’ve tried wearing darker foundations to balance my skin tone but I always end up looking like an oompa loompa (not a cute look).

I did some research and it seems like a lot of women of colour, especially those with a deeper skin tone suffer from hyper-pigmentation around the eye and mouth area. The thing with hyperpigmentation is that it has a distinctly grey-blue tone to it so it isn’t something you can fix with a darker foundation. So on with my research I then learnt that make-up artists use something called an orange corrector to balance dark spots on deeper skin tones. Orange is opposite blue in the colour wheel therefore it counteracts those colours, thereby lifting the pigmentation to match your real skin tone.

I had a look around and the following correctors should be great for anyone who wears NW/NC 35+  in MAC Foundation:

. MAC Prep + Prime Highlighter – Peach Lustre

. Make Up For Ever Camouflage Creme – Orange (20)

. NYX Concealer Jar -Orange

. MAC Studio Finish Skin Corrector – Pure Orange

To use all you need to do is dab a bit of the product on your dark spots and blend. After you have let that absorb/dry, apply your foundation. If your dark spots are especially bad you can apply a salmon corrector underneath your foundation, Bobbi Brown do some great salmon correctors.

I’ve tried the Prep + Prime Peach Lustre myself and it works brilliantly for my skin tone, I’m so happy that I can now confidently wear foundation and especially take flash photography without having an ashy appearance around my mouth.

Happy experimenting!

Jay x

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation (Syracuse Med/Dark 1) – Review

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Nars Sheer Glow Foundation Syracuse Med/Dark 1

Finding foundation to match my skin is a major pain in the butt. Despite my skin being in good condition I have the patchiest, uneven skin tone. My face is lighter than my neck and the area around my mouth is darker than everything else, which I know a lot of women of colour experience. However, my first Nars foundation hasn’t been a disappointment. I went into Space NK and was matched to the colour Syracuse.

Sheer Glow from Nars is a sheer, buildable coverage foundation with a satin-finish meant for dryer skin, it comes in 20 different colours. At £31 a bottle it is not a foundation I can personally afford to use every day. Furthermore, it doesn’t come with a pump making application a bit more laborious and unhygienic. Having said that the formula is very light and blends really easily. I like to apply this foundation with my Zoeva Silk Finish Face Brush.

The formula contains anti-oxidants to combat the free radicals in the atmosphere which can cause damage to the skin. As this comes in a see-through bottle and has an open top I’m not sure how stable the anti-oxidants are, as they can react to light and air. It is non-comedogenic and fragrance free making it great for sensitive skin.

Having combination skin I wasn’t sure whether this would suit my skin but it doesn’t leave me looking too oily. I would compare the feel of this foundation similar to a moisturiser as it doesn’t feel heavy or uncomfortable to use.

Now on the to the appearance. Although the coverage is said to be sheer, I would say that this is more medium coverage. The finish is definitely dewy so I need to apply setting powder on my T-Zone, but then again I have combination skin.

I find that this colour is a good match for my skin, the colour has a neutral-beige undertone (not too yellow or pink) which means if I wear too much of it it can look a little muddy (not good!). It is heavy enough to even out my skin tone and cover up imperfections, but it doesn’t cover beauty spots or look cakey, even after a second layer.

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No make-up on Left. Nars Sheer Glow on Right. (Natural Light)

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No make-up on Left. Nars Sheer Glow on Right. (Natural Light)

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No make-up on Left. Nars Sheer Glow on Right. (Flash Photography)

Now unfortunately for me this foundation is going to have to go into the  “No Flash Photography” category. As you can see from the picture above there is an ashy appearance around my mouth with the flash, which is surprising as this colour matches me and even looks a little darker in real life and it doesn’t contain SPF. When I wear an orange corrector underneath the ashyness reduces a lot.

This foundation does oxidise a bit by the end of the day but nowhere near as near as my MAC Studio Fix Foundation. I do need to touch this up with pressed powder every 3-4 hours on my T-Zone but the coverage doesn’t fade over the course of the day. I would recommend this for people with drier skin and also if you’re sensitive/break-out prone. Also my mum who is in her 60’s LOVES this foundation.

Have you tried this foundation? What were your thoughts? Comment below and let me know

Jay x