|Above: The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation has arrived.|
A couple of weeks ago, I attended the Neiman Marcus Project Beauty event (discussed HERE). Although I exercised significant restraint in my purchases, I couldn't resist procuring yet another new foundation debut, this time, from the iconic Kevyn Aucoin line. The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation (available at Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Barney's NY and Cult Beauty) is the first fresh KA base product since the Sensual Skin Balm (reviewed HERE) was released nearly two years ago. With a liquid texture and medium coverage and natural finish, this foundation is fantastic for daily use. Special thanks to Kevyn Aucoin makeup artist Patricia Le for helping me to make the subsequent swatches possible!
Kindly scroll on for additional details, swatches of every shade, images of the foundation in action as well as the Bottom Line...
|Above: The Sensual Skin Enhancer Fluid Foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle.|
Official details, courtesy of Neiman Marcus:
Luxurious, ultra-lightweight fluid foundation that provides luminous coverage, "no makeup" feel, glides on to provide smooth, luminous looking skin with buildable coverage.
Serum formula features potent anti-aging ingredients including Pigmento Perfetto, a powerful marine-based algae extract known to fight the production of Progerin, a protein that accelerates aging by encouraging loss of firmness and elasticity.
How to Use:
Always start with a freshly moisturized and primed skin. We suggest using Kevyn Aucoin The Primed Skin Developer for a flawless canvas.
Start by dropping a small amount of product onto your fingertips or the Kevyn Aucoin The Foundation Brush and apply starting at your nose blending outwards to your hairline.
|Above: The pump top brings the foundation into the glass wand for easy application.|
I have tried so many foundations this fall that it is almost overwhelming, even for one who endlessly adores the chance to experience. Consequently, I will do my best to describe the major tenets of this formula as well as what distinguishes it from other foundations I've recently reviewed.
This formula is very fluid in texture and one might be tempted to compare it to the Giorgio Armani Maestro foundation (reviewed HERE), however, the packaging (with a decanting wand) and watery texture are where the similarities stop. The Sensual Skin Fluid provides much more coverage than the extremely sheer Maestro and has a more matte finish initially. I find that 5-6 drops are all that is necessary to create a medium coverage effect; after priming, I buff said drops into the skin with a Beauty Blender. The result is wonderful...an even, matte canvas with a natural matte finish that looks better (taking on the slightest glow) over the course of wear.
The Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid:
- Has equal texture but much more coverage than the Giorgio Armani Maestro
- Has a much more fluid texture and much less coverage than the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer (in its initial concentrated form)
- Has more coverage and lasting power than the Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Balm
- Has equal coverage to and a slightly thicker texture than the YSL Fusion Ink
- Has a much more fluid texture, a touch less coverage and a bit less lasting power than the Tom Ford Traceless Perfecting Foundation
- Has similar texture, coverage and lasting power (though many less shades--8 compared to 18-- available) to the Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Flawless Fluid
- Has equal coverage and a less creamy texture in comparison to the By Terry Densiliss Foundation
- Has more coverage and a similarly fluid texture as the Koh Gen Do Aqua Maifanshi Foundation
- Has equal coverage, better lasting power and a much more fluid texture than the Dior Star Foundation
The formula, which is essentially unscented, doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin and I get 6-7 hours of wear before feeling the need to touch up with powder. I haven't used it long enough to be able to speak to any cumulative skincare benefits but am please with how my skin looks and feels over the duration of wear. By and large, this is a grand option for one seeking natural-looking medium coverage with decent lasting power!
|Above: The glass decanting wand decants the foundation easily and precisly...only a 5-6 drops are necessary for medium coverage.|
|Above: The full ingredients list...relatively short but decidedly 'cone heavy.|
|Above: All eight shades, prior to swatching.|
With regards to the eight shades, there are two great options for very fair skin (SF 02 and SF 03), three practically identical options for light-medium skin (SF 05, SF 06 and SF 07), two options for medium-dark skin (SF 08 and SF 09) and one choice for deep skin (SF 13). In light of how inclusive Kevyn Aucoin has been with his original Sensual Skin Enhancer range, I was a touch surprised by the limited nature of both cool and rosy undertones and deep shade options.
Shade Descriptions (in my experience):
- SF 02: Alabaster beige for very fair skin with neutral undertones (@N/NC/NW 10-15); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 1 and SX 2
- SF 03: Very light beige for fair skin with yellow undertones (@N/NC 15); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 2 and SX 3
- SF 05: Light beige for light skin with yellow undertones (@N/NC 20-23); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 5 and SX 6
- SF 06: Light beige for light-medium skin with yellow undertones (@NC 25-27); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 6 and SX 7
- SF 07: Light beige for light-medium skin with neutral to yellow undertones (@N/NC 25-27); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 7 and SX 8
- SF 08: Medium-dark beige for medium-dark skin with warm golden undertones (@N/NC 30-35); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 8, SX 10 and SX 11
- SF 09: Medium-dark beige for medium-dark skin with neutral to rosy undertones (@N/NW 30-35); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 9
- SF13: Dark beige for rich, dark skin with neutral to warm undertones (@N/NC 40-45+); potential shade matches in the original Sensual Skin Enhancer include SX 12 and SX 13
**There are no direct equivalents in this formula for SX 14, SX 15 and SX 16
|Above: Swatches of all eight shades in direct sunlight.|
|Above: Swatches of all eight shades with a flash.|
|Above: Swatches of all eight shades in the shade.|
|Above: Swatches of all eight shades blended to illustrate depth and texture.|
|Above: Kevyn Aucoin + Surratt Beauty...a quintessential combination.|
Since Troy Surratt, creator of Surratt Beauty (swatched HERE and HERE and discussed extensively on my blog) worked closely with Kevyn Aucoin, I thought it would be befitting to create a look that features the Sensual Skin Fluid in conjunction with a host of Troy's beautiful products.
- Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge #2 (reviewed HERE)...as a primer
- Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation #7...buffed on with a beauty blender
- Surratt Beauty Artistique Blush in Duchesse and Parfait (reviewed HERE)...on apples of the cheeks applied with the Jenny Patinkin Flat/Fluffy Cheek Brush (reviewed HERE)
- Surratt Beauty Surrealiste Concealer #5 (reviewed HERE and HERE)...over any dark spots and under the eyes
- Surratt Beauty Expressioniste Brow Pencil (reviewed HERE)
- Surratt Beauty Autographique Liner (reviewed HERE)...for a winged look on the upper eye lid
- Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Eyeliner (reviewed HERE + also available at Sephora)...on the lower waterline
- Surratt Beauty Relevee Mascara (reviewed HERE and HERE)...two coats on upper and lower lashes
- Surratt Beauty Lipslique in Nude de Soleil (mentioned HERE and swatched HERE)
- Surratt Beauty Lip Lustre in Soinge (swatched and reviewed HERE)
- Surratt Beauty Diaphane Loose Powder Compact (reviewed HERE)...lightly dusted to set everything
|Above: Without a flash.|
|Above: With a flash.|
|Above: Extreme closeup...to illustrate the formula's basic lack of obvious texture.|
|Above: With a flash.|
|Above: Natural sunlight, no flash...Surratt Beauty Autographique eye liner in action.|
|Above: Indoors with a flash.|
|Above: Indoors with natural sunlight.|
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Bottom Line: The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation (available at Neiman Marcus, Space NK, Barney's NY and Cult Beauty) is a marvelous addition to the Kevyn Aucoin Beauty line. It fills a void between the ultra-pigmented Sensual Skin Enhancer and the Sensual Skin Balm and is the most reasonable option for those seeking a one-step, medium-coverage foundation with a natural finish from Kevyn Aucoin's current product offerings.
I would love to hear your questions, thoughts and experience on this formula...please share in the comments box below!
Good things ahead including new products from Jouer, Koh Gen Do, Hourglass as well as a skincare update and September (where did the month go?!) Favorites video...xx,
--The Beauty Professor
**Some PR samples provided for review (the majority--including this foundation-- bought by me) however, as always, all of my opinions are expressly and unequivocally my own.
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