Kevyn Aucoin Makeup was launched in 2001 by the makeup artist of the same name. I’d been interested in trying out his products for a little while so about month ago I finally took the plunge. Although I purchased these a while back, I thought this was the perfect time to feature them because the colour palette I chose is actually very much appropriate for the current season. The lovely burgundy and gold packaging screams holidays. Raise you hands if the themed background is too soon. 🙂
The Expert Lip Colors promise full, radiant colour and an ultra moisturising formula. The packaging has some nice heft to it and closes magnetically.
Thelmodora is described as a rosy-nude which to me has an ever so slight hint of beige/brown. I would characterize the finish as satin, it wears for about 2-3 hours and is comfortable on the lips.
Kevyn Aucoin Beauty The Pure Powder Glow – Neolita
The Pure Powder Glow Blushes are described as “light powders that produce subtle, long lasting radiance and dimension”. The colours are designed to work perfectly on all skin tones. According to the Kevyn Aucoin website: “Myracle and Neolita work particularly well on mature skin, adding vibrancy; Shadore and Natura are perfect neutrals that blend well with all colors; Dolline and Fira add warmth”.
I received a full size of Neolita as a gift with purchase on Space NK’s U.S. site (Thanks to Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog). It’s definitely one of the best GWP’s I’ve ever received! Neolita is described as a Berry and I definitely think that applies. There is a touch of red to it as well. Although this is heavily pigmented, I think it’s a great transitional colour for this time of year. It is incredibly soft and smooth. There is a subtle sheen to Neolita that does indeed add vibrance to the complexion and it wears well for a full work day (9-10 hours). The Pure Powder Glow Blushes retail for $37.00 USD/£30.00.
Kevyn Aucoin’s volumizing mascara promises “ultra-dramatic lashes” with a formula that “wraps each lash hair in a blanket of pitch black liquid”. All of this is achieved in one coat to “create thick, voluptuous lashes that won’t become brittle or clumped”. It also claims to be smudge-, drip- and flake-free, and easy to remove with warm water or eye makeup remover.
The packaging on this mascara is very cool. It comes in a very slim, burgundy metal tube and the the wand/bristles are also teeny. The “baby brush” works well to grab each lash hair but, to me, it ends up giving me more length than volume. Don’t get me wrong, the effect is still very nice and those with lashes that lean a little thicker would probably really like this. I think it would work great as a partner mascara as well because it separates the lashes so well.
One more thing, the texture of the formula is weird when removed. It comes off very easily with an eye makeup remover, however, it almost removes in small clumps. I’m probably not describing it properly. It’s not big deal, just an observation.
The Volume Mascara retails for $28.00 USD/£22.00.
These duos promise “luminous and sophisticated colour combinations take your look from subtle and demure to full on glamour”. The new formula features micronized powder pigments and pearls for a smooth application. These duos can be applied wet or dry.
When I first set eyes on the duo Antique Silver/Plum Shimmer it screamed Fall to me. The formula is so soft it’s almost crumbly. Sometimes the downside of a creamy, buttery soft product is that it’s going to kick up some product when you reach into it with your brush. That being said, the shadow applies and blends beautifully. I wish I could have captured it better in my eye looks below but I’m still getting use to my new camera. BTW the eye looks are the only photos in this post taken with the new camera.
The Eye-Shadow Duos retail for $42.00 USD/£34.00.
I created two looks. The first one using the entire duo along with a blending and a highlight shade from the Stila In the Light Palette (and I used entirely too much mascara). The second, using only the the Plum Shimmer (darker colour), along with a blending and gold shade from the same Stila Palette.
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