Concealer is hardly the most glamorous product in the makeup world, is it? Using it is basically an admission to your not being perfect, which I find terribly hard to do.
A good way to add a touch of glamour to such a tasks is to throw money at the problem. Feeling luxe and rich while doing something you do every day makes every day a little better, it’s a simple science. Of course, money doesn’t actually mean glamour, consumerism is bad, etcetera. But this tiny pot of joy by Kevyn Aucoin looks like something an old movie star or glamorous grandma would use, and thus something I am interested in.
The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer is a beauty, for sure. But rest assured, it isn’t one of those nicely packaged beauties which are disappointingly regular on the inside. Kevyn, as he always does, has created something properly special here.
Housed in a glossy burgundy pot lies the thickest, creamiest, most luxurious complexion product you’ll ever touch. It feels like whipped butter but has a slightly sticky consistency when touched. However this doesn’t feel sticky on your face. It merely means it sticks to your face, melting in and covering things up without looking cakey or slipping off.
It can be used as foundation, for days of crisis, or concealer, for days of meh; or mixed with moisturiser, primer, or SPF to give skin a little pep. It is essentially pure pigment in a tub. The tub isn’t very big, but I doubt I’ll finish this in a lifetime. One finger dab is enough to conceal any and all of my facial havoc. I’ve had it for six months, and look at these photos.
Unlike other mega coverage products, this doesn’t look matte and obvious. Instead, it has a radiant, satin finish, which almost looks like the optimum shininess of really good, healthy skin. To break it down: instead of replacing a “blemish” with dull, caked-with-makeup-looking, flat skin, you replace it with healthy, bouncy, joyous looking skin.
It has soft and silky ingredients, like jojoba oil and vitamin E, which make it all melty and expensive feeling. It also comes in sixteen ace shades, from SX01 which is almost pure white, to SX16 which caters to really rich skin. The shades in-between range from pink to yellow to neutral undertones. I have SX05, which is great for a neutral-warm, fair-light skin tone. I’d recommend getting matched, because if you’re doing pin point concealing, you’ll want it to be pretty dead on to your skin tone. Because I’m a sinner, I did a lot of online guessing and I’m really pleased with the colour I decided on; But when KA comes to Slapp you won’t have to worry about that!
The skin enhancing nature of this product is what truly makes it. How can something so patently makeuppy look so unmakeuppy? It’s a little bit magic. Makeup related magic, which is, as we all know, the best kind.
Kevyn Aucoin, Sensual Skin Enhancer, £38, Beauty Bay