**Update 7/06/12...I have since swatched every shade in the line HERE!
The Kevyn Aucoin line, currently available at Nordstrom, Barneys NY and Bloomingdales/Space NK boutiques is known for its streamlined collection of professional grade cosmetics, originally designed by famed make up artist Kevyn Aucoin himself. I remember faithfully reading his column in Allure magazine years ago, well before his untimely passing, and am so happy that his legacy lives on in his products.
One of his premiere items is the Sensual Skin Enhancer (SSE). Intended to be both a foundation and concealer, this tiny pot of product retails for $45 and provides more coverage than bottle upon bottle of traditional foundation can. This product can be purchased at Nordstrom, Cult Beauty, Beauty.com, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Bergdorf Goodman and Dermstore.
As a NC 25 with neutral to yellow undertones, I own the Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 06, a light golden beige. This shade is a perfect combination of natural beige and warmth, and, when properly applied, completely melts into my skin for a flawless finish.
The product itself is very dense...I have owned this little jar for years and when I choose to use it, only a minuscule amount of the foundation (about the size of a grain of rice) is necessary to cover my entire face. There is a great deal of discussion about how to best apply this product; some like to sheer it out with moisturizer, others use a damp sponge to press it into the skin. Upon moisturizing and priming (the SSE is not inherently dry, but I find a primer helps it to glide on), I prefer to use my fingers to gently pat it onto my face, blending thoroughly along the way so that the coverage appears as natural as possible. I find that my fingers warm the product and help it to blend more effectively than a brush or sponge is able to achieve.
As previously mentioned, the coverage is unprecedented, however, the biggest caveat for me is the scent. I don't necessarily mind scented products...in fact two out of three of my regular foundation choices are have fragrance (By Terry's Cover Expert reviewed HERE and HERE and Rouge Bunny Rouge's Milk Aquarelle reviewed HERE). However, this scent is so heavy (it has a very strong perfume odor) that it doesn't ever seem to completely dissipate, which I find bothersome...this is unfortunate because SSE is such a marvelously concentrated product that I really enjoy many of its qualities overall.
|KA Sensual Skin Enhancer in SX 06 swatched heavily and lightly blended|
--Shop the Post--This product can be purchased at Nordstrom, Cult Beauty, Beauty.com, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Bergdorf Goodman and Dermstore.
Bottom Line: There are times during the year when I rediscover the SSE and apply it with wonder and appreciation, only to be haunted by the overwhelming perfume of its being. If you don't have a sensitive nose and are in the market for a foundation that covers everything you've ever dreamt of and more, I encourage you to try the SSE (as previously mentioned, currently available at Nordstrom, Cult Beauty, Beauty.com, Bloomingdales, Barney's NY, Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Bergdorf Goodman and Dermstore)....it is a wonder product whose intensely potent contents will probably last you a lifetime.
**UPDATE 7/06/12...I have since swatched every shade in the line...it can be found HERE!