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I have a little bit of trust issues but when it comes to products that have a lot of hype around them. More often that not, I am quite a pessimist. When it comes to people and hyped-up makeup, you’ve got to walk the talk, baby! Nobody’s got time for empty claims.
One of the first product reviews I will feature on my blog is a bad-ass basic: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.
Why You Need The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer
There’s one best way I can describe Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (SSE): It’s the makeup world’s Prince Charming. One, it’s too good to be true, and two, it can be whatever you want it to be (at your heart’s delight!). Kevyn Aucoin’s SSE is an all-around makeup base that has long been in pro-makeup artists’ stash, basking in the limelight of fashion shows and studios. Each pot contains 18g of product and I have yet to see anyone even consume half of it. Probably the most potent and pigmented product I have used to date. The coverage it provides (sheer to full) depends on how you use it. SSE comes in 16 shades spanning cool, neutral and warm undertones – everyone’s covered!
I’ve been in love with my “Prince Charming” (mine’s in shade SX11) for months now, and here are the various reasons I love him for:
It will give me a full-coverage yet hydrated look. To begin with, I’m not a fan of full-coverage foundations even on special occasions. But if I wanted to, I’d prefer one that does not make my skin look like plastic. I want a flawless yet glowing finish. Ding-ding, we got a winner here!
It elevates any of your trusty moisturizer (or even primer) to give you that breathable base. This is my favorite way to use my SSE: I mix a pin head-size amount of SSE with my day moisturizer and massage it like skin care with a boost. Yes, please!
I have seen how it perfectly camouflaged my occasional pesky hyperpigmentation and acne. I could not stress more how little you need this product to cover a lot. It has a creamy formula, so if you’re covering something dry and flaky, it will not accentuate it. Best to use a fine-tipped brush to pin-point conceal problem areas. Flawless all-day every day?! Ssshh no one has to know, hah!
I will opt to choose a shade 1-2 shades darker or lighter than my skin tone. I got a sample of SX08 just to test out how it illuminates my under-eye area. While it undoubtedly gave me an awake highlighted look, it’s too full-on for my taste. To remedy, I busted out my Beauty Blender to sheer out the coverage. I actually prefer to mix it with a luminizer like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (liquid) in shade ‘Moonstone’ (if you’re medium toned) or ‘Pearl’ (if you’re fairer). Mixing it with a luminous base thins out the coverage but when applied, imparts the most beautiful glow-y finish. I’m all for that!
Versatile. Radiant. Long-lasting.
If you’re all about this life, then you’re welcome in advance, Ladies!
What do you think of Kevyn Aucoin’s SSE? I’d love to hear them! Let me know in the comments below!
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