Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer

The Sensual Skin Enhancer by Kevyn Aucoin Beauty is a cult favourite amongst makeup artists and beauty bloggers. What’s the big deal about this little pot?

I’ve been using the Sensual Skin Enhancer since about 2015, on and off, as my main foundation. It gives flawless-looking skin but does take a bit of working into the skin for a natural finish.

If I’m on the go or on a regular day, I usually just conceal and go or use a tiny bit of liquid foundation and head out the door. If I am going to an event, wedding, party or anywhere that I need long-lasting but naturally flawless-looking skin, this is my go-to. A tiny amount blended well into the skin makes flawless skin look so effortless and natural.

Price: £38

Volume: 18g

Shades: 16

My shade: SX08

Coverage: full cover, but can be sheered down to any level

Ingredients: Mica, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Polybutene, Diethylhexyl Succinate, Polyethylene, Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Calcium Carbonate, Dextrin Palmitate, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Aluminum Hydroxide, Benzyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Canola Oil, Cera Alba/Beeswax/Cire D’abeille, Cholesterol, Citronellol, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lecithin, Linalool, Mel (Honey), Methylparaben, Parfum/Fragrance, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Talc, Tocopherol, Triethylhexanoin. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891), Iron Oxides/Oxides De Fer (Ci 77491, Ci 77492, Ci 77499).

The good

The undertones. As the shades get deeper in tone, the undertones change properly too. What the heck am I on about? A lot of foundations just add more brown into formulas and the undertones of the deeper shades are still more suited to lighter skintones. These shades and undertones work in harmony to match people of colour much better than a lot of other low, mid and high end foundations.

Intensely pigmented, so a little goes a long way. As the pigment is so strong, it can easily be sheered out with moisturiser or any mixing medium while still giving an even base. I prefer to use a tiny amount and really work it into my skin, sheering it out as I go. I find this works best if I top up with a little bit more moisturiser, so my skin has a little ‘slip’. It can be a little drying around my nose and other extra dry parts of my skin if I don’t add a little something.

Contains jojoba oil, which is a hydrating ingredient suitable for all skin types. Jojoba oil is the oil that is most like our own sebum and so helps keep the skin hydrated and minimises dryness appearing later in the day. I have normal skin with dry patches and so I top up with a bit more moisturiser. On a very dry skin day, I massage a few drops of rosehip or jojoba oil into my skin first to give that slip.

The dewy finish stays on the right side of a healthy glow without looking oily. I prefer a slightly dewy finish on my skin as I feel it gives me a more true to life skin finish. Matte finishes make my skin look a bit too dry and age me a little.

Sweat-resistant ingredients mean that while it melts into the skin, it doesn’t fade or disappear into my skin by the end of the day. I’ve worn this for up to 16 hours on long wedding days and it’s looked just as good at the midnight as it has at 8am.

When blended well, it melts into the skin and looks just like beautiful, naturally dewy skin. It really is my holy grail foundation.

The bad

As it’s a full cover, highly pigmented complexion product, it’s best applied in very small amounts and takes a bit of careful blending. I’ve got this down to a couple of minutes but if I’m in a rush, I occasionally miss a spot when blending and it shows.

Other than the above, I really have no other complaints.

In the flesh

The verdict

Used sparingly and just where it’s needed will give you a beautiful flawless finish that just looks like amazing skin. The ‘bad’ points above are so minor that they should’t stop you from trying this out. Go to Space NK or Harvey Nichols and get shade matched. You won’t regret it. Worth every penny, I swear.