Sep 30 2014

Brand Spotlight: Kevyn Aucoin Makeup


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Review


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. 🙂


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Kevyn Aucoin The Expert Lip Color – Thelmodora


The Expert Lip Colors promise full, radiant colour and an ultra moisturising formula. The packaging has some nice heft to it and closes magnetically.


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup - Expert Lip Color Thelmodora


Kevyn Aucoin  Expert Lip Color Thelmodora


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  Expert Lip Color Thelmodora Swatches


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Review Expert Lip Color Thelmodora 2The Expert Lip Colours retail for $35.00USD/£28.00.


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”.


Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow Neolita


Kevyn Aucoin Pure Powder Glow Neolita

Kevyn Aucoin Pure Glow Blush Neolita Swatch

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 The Volume Mascara-Rich Pitch Black


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.


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup - The Volume Mascara


Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara


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.


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Review Mascara The Volume Mascara


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.


Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Shadow Duo – Antique Silver/Plum Shimmer


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.


Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver Plum Shimmer


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup - Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver Plum Shimmer


evyn Aucoin Makeup Review Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver Plum Shimmer Swatches

Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver/Plum Shimmer Swatches (with Flash)

Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver Plum Shimmer Swatches

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.


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Review Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver Plum Shimmer Eye Look 2

Antiqued Silver on Lid, Plum Shimmer in the Outer Crease.


Kevyn Aucoin Makeup Review Eyeshadow Duo Antique Silver Plum Shimmer Eye Look 1




You can find Kevyn Aucoin products at Space NK (U.K. and U.S.) or, which is where I purchased mine save the Blush.




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  1. The packaging of these products is stunning, I agree! & both eyeshadow looks are so lovely on you 🙂


      • Kimmy on September 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm
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      Thanks Karen! – The colour scheme of the packaging is really quite nice and reminds me of the CT packaging a bit. 🙂

    • anoushkaloves on October 1, 2014 at 10:43 am
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    I don’t own any Kevyn Aucoin products except his two make up books. He was such an amazing make up artist so I can imagine his products are fantastic xx

    Anoushka xx

    1. I’ve been pretty impressed! I want t try some of the base products next! Thanks for stopping by lovely. 🙂 xx

  2. These products look absolutely gorgeous! Quite pricey, but stunning! I am particularly liking that blush.. a great autumn shade 😮 xx

    1. Thanks, Silke. They are a bit pricey, I have to agree, but I was wanting to try them out for a long time. The blush is definitely perfect for the season!

  3. Love this! The eyeshadow duo is just gorgeous! And it looks amazing on you, you have such beautiful eyes! I’m so intrigued by this brand… The other products are gorgeous too! That blush looks so stunning 🙂 xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

    1. Aww, thank you, Gyudy. I’m really enjoying the duo. They are a few others I had my eye on as well…but I have to take it easy this coming month! :/ xx

    • elleseesyou on October 2, 2014 at 10:55 am
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    love this line. the celestial powder is my fave.

    1. I’ll have to check it out – looking to try some of his base products next! 🙂

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