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Concealer Swatch-A-Thon

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I was suprised to realize that I own 15 concealers and three concealer palettes (the two L’oreal True Match concealer crayons – [review // $8.99 at Ulta] are not pictured below because they live in my desk at work; swatches are in my original review). Here’s a roundup – I’ll start with a description of each concealer, organized by type, with all swatches at the bottom.

Concealer Comparison

The lightweight, light-reflecting concealers:
Clinique Airbrush // Maybelline Lumi // Physician’s Formula Spotless // Rimmel Match Perfection

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Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer Review & Swatches

Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer - SX 04

Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer – SX 04

I am extremely impressed with Beauty.com right now – I placed my Friends & Family sale order at 9pm on a Tuesday night, selected free (standard) shipping, and received my order on Thursday! I purchased two items – Rapidlash and Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer.  Sensual Skin Enhancer, or SSE, is an extremely pigmented product that can be used as either a concealer or mixed with primer/moisturizer and used as a foundation.

Sensual Skin Enhancer is packaged in a tiny, deep red pot. I love the color!  It’s really very small, but given how intensely pigmented the product is, it will last you a VERY long time.  It’s more pigmented than Hard Candy Glamoflauge – which until now was the most pigmented concealer I had tried. Here’s a photo of me holding the pot of SSE, for scale:

Since I ordered this online, I wasn’t completely sure what shade to get.  I knew I was somewhere around SX04 – SX06.  Members of an online forum I frequent said that SX05 was neutral and SX06 was extremely yellow; since I look best in slightly yellow foundations, I decided to go with SX04.  I also found these swatches online at Beauty Professor – she’s missing 5, but has 4 and 6 swatched side by side.

Here are my swatches of SX04, unblended, blended, and blended/mixed with primer. As you can see, it’s quite yellow, and doesn’t match my arm at all:

Kevyn Aucoin SSE SX04 swatches

Kevyn Aucoin SSE SX04 – Unblended, blended, and blended & mixed with primer

I was pretty skeptical that this color would work on my face, but I gave it a try – and here are the results:

No makeup // Just SSE (mixed with primer) // added blush, brows, mascara, lips

In the first picture, I’m not wearing any makeup at all – you can see that I have residual marks from a breakout on my chin, and a lot of redness. In the second picture, I’m wearing the Sensual Skin Enhancer mixed with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer all over my face, and extra Sensual Skin Enhancer (unmixed) on the blemishes on my chin.  It did a great job at covering the redness and marks, though they’re not 100% gone – I could have covered them completely, but didn’t want a mask-like look. I’d rather have an imperfect, more skin-like look. And,  as you can see, the color ended up working very well for me, and the finish is lovely (especially with the Hourglass primer mixed in!).  In the third photo, I’ve done my brows (with this product), added Illamasqua Rude cream blush, added mascara & tightlined, and I’m wearing Fresh Sugar Honey tinted lip balm.

I’ve worn the Sensual Skin enhancer several times now – every day since I received it, in fact, and I am really loving it.  It’s not the easiest product to use – while it can be used full strength as concealer, it absolutely needs to be mixed with something if you want to use it as foundation, so you can’t just slap it on and go.  But, if you take the time to work with it, it gives a lovely finish and lasts all day.  So, overall, I’d give it a thumbs up.

You can purchase Kevyn Aucoin products online at Nordstrom and Beauty.com. Be aware that not all Nordstrom stores carry Kevyn Aucoin products – none of the ones near me do.

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight Highlighter Review, Swatches, Photos

It’s time for another mini review! Today, I have Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder in Candlelight  – my newest highlighter.  I heard that this was a very neutral-toned, glowy highlighter with no obvious shimmer particles, so when Beauty.com had their 20% off sale a while ago, I decided to buy it.

I don’t love or hate the packaging; I’d prefer a smaller compact without a brush, but this works too.

The product itself is great – it is, indeed, a very neutral highlight shade that has very fine shimmer, and thus gives a glow without any obvious bits of glitter or shimmer.

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight – Unblended / Blended

When I initially swatched it, it reminded me of theBalm’s Mary-Lou Manizer (reviewed here), so I swatched them side by side. As it turns out, Mary-Lou is more golden and has a stronger sheen/shimmer, while Candlelight is more neutral toned and more subtle.  The difference was more apparent in person than in the below photo – they’re definitely not dupes. Of course,  they do look very similar when blended out, and if you’re not a highlighter person, you probably won’t want both of them.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer; KA Candlelight

What’s your current go-to highlighter?

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