Let me begin by saying that this post is rather long winded. I figured that since I was going to be revewing the box set that I might as well update those of you interested on my thoughts of the other couple of items that I have from the Brand. They all in one way or another apply to my thoughts on the items included in this set. I also need to metion that if you aren’t familiar with the brand Kevyn Aucoin, you should note that he starts the title of every product with the word “THE,” i.e. The Expert Lip Color, The Creamy Glow Duo. I didn’t want people thinking that I wrote in a fashion that would seem annoying or pretentious.
Cost break down:
The Creamy Glow Duo $28.00, The Volume Mascara $28.00, The Expert Lip Color $35.00, The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil $25.00, The Lip Gloss $30.00, The Eyeshadow Single $30.00
If you were to add these up the total would be $176.00. As you can clearly see this set is an excellent value for money. And yes, all items in this set are full size.
The Expert Lipcolor Bloodroses ($35.00): featured by Allure as the perfect shade of deep crimson, this lip color was created by Kevyn to universally look beautiful on all skin tones.
Kevyn Aucoin does make another lipstick called Bloodroses but in his matte formulation. It is much cooler in tone taking on the exact same shade as the lip pencil in this set. I know that it would seem odd to have a slightly different shaded pencil and lipstick in a set yet having the same name but they really are the perfect companions for creating dimension. I personally prefer my lip pencils to be a hair deeper than the corresponding lipstick.
The Lip Gloss Bloodroses ($30.00): never sticky, just beautiful shine-this rich nourishing gloss is formulated with vitamins from Sunflower Seed oil. Features a patented applicator that mimics the look and feel of a makeup artist’s finger. Again the shade of this gloss has a slightly different tone than that of it’s counterparts. It does happen to pair perfectly over the top of them as well as with The Creamy Glow Duo.
Now this isn’t the most pigmented gloss but if we think about it, gloss isn’t meant to be supremely pigmented. It’s just been within the last few years that this hybrid between liquid lipstick, lipstick and gloss have intermingled. I think nowadays guys and gals are expecting their lip glosses to pack a punch upon application and honestly they were never meant to pack a punch. Don’t fault a product because it doesn’t fit the beauty community’s new definition of what a gloss should be. This is a lovely, comfotable gloss with just the right amount of color when I’m not wanting to have blood rose colored lips but I still want to look classy and put together. Amen!
The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil Bloodroses ($25.00): glides on effortlessly, delivering brilliant, natural-looking color to enhance and define. Formulated with vitamin E and jojoba seed oil, this pencil nourishes and conditions, promoting healthy, hydrated lips with a lasting, comfortable feel.
This pencil is somewhere between the hard formulation of MAC’s lip liner and uber softness of say Rimmel liners. It isn’t tacky feeling like Urban Decay liners yet it isn’t as buttery as Stilas. I think this pencil best fits in closely to Chartlotte Tilbury Lip Cheats and Marc Jacobs liners. It has the perfect happy medium in consistency.
The Creamy Glow Duo #1 Bloodroses ($28.00): adds a healthy, youthful glow to cheeks for instant vitality and freshness. It is long-lasting, contains natural non-clogging emollients, and can even be used as a lip color.
The other Creamy Glow Duo that I happen to own is in the shades #4 Sculpting Medium/Candlelight. In the photograph below you have comparisons left to right of The Sculpting Powder Medium, The Creamy Glow Duo #4 Sculpting Medium then followed by the second portion of the duo, Candlelight. I know that Kevyn Aucoin has received a good amount of grief over the size of the Creamy Glow Duo’s but believe me when I say they are pigmented and go a long way. I happen to deeply appriciate the size and no-nonsense packaging. The product is perfect and is hands-down one of my favorite formulas for the cheeks. Though the shades are slightly differing between the “medium” in the duo and the “medium” in the powder formula, when you blend the cream it turns into the perfect hollow-making shade. In the pan and at first glance you would think the du0 was a bronzer and not a contour shade but looks are very deceiving! I love them both and happen to love layering them for dramatic impact.
The Candlelight portion of the Creamy Glow Duo is a perfect “natural” dew. Again this shade is PERFECT for layering when you want to make an impact. On top of foundation and on its own, it’s a delicate kiss of baby whispers! lol. In other words, it’s just easy to apply and doesn’t scream “I WEAR HIGHLIGHTER”. The Creamy Glow formulation is the closest thing I have found to the now discontinued NARS cream blushes. The color in shade #1 Nuelle is almost a dead on exact dupe of Penny Lane as well.
The Eyeshadow Single ($30.00): sophisticated matte shadow that has a creamy smooth texture that glides on smooth and contains eye priming properties for long wear. Kevyn Aucoin does sell an eyeshadow duo that contains the shade Bloodroses that has far more brown than red in it. As with the other hand picked items in this collection, he has chosen the shade “Burgundy” to best suit the essence of bloodroses.
I have conflicting thoughts about this eyeshadow formula. It does have excellent pigmentation with no fallout or kick up however I would disagree with the claims that it has a creamy smooth texture. To me, it felt a bit drying but it certainly did perform outstandingly. I don’t mind a dry texture that requires more work if the overall outcome is amazing and there isn’t a ton of powder that has dropped down onto my cheeks ruining my other hard work, i.e. foundation. That is though of coarse personal preference.
The Volume Mascara ($28.00). A cult classic and award winning, this mascara is an ultra-black, long wearing formula that will not flake, drip, smudge, clump, or melt. Our distinctive brush makes application effortless and never misses a lash. I will have to update this portion of the post as I have no opened the tube yet. I have several highend tubes I’m trying to work through before I open any more. I am chomping at the bit though, believe me!
The final item I’m going to talk about and will just be an update (in application) of sorts is probably my least favorite item by Kevyn Aucoin. The Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48.00). Now this isn’t a bad product by any means it’s just a fussy product. If you know how and/or get the hang of it, it can be a fantastic product to use. On the daily I can’t be bothered to grab for it. I have severely dry skin making this product that much more difficult to work with. If you’re curious how I make it work, and believe me when I say this is the best way that I’ve found after trying just about everything you could imagine. I add one to two drops of argan oil to a tiny dab of the Enhancer on the back of my hand mixing it into a slippery paste that I then apply with a more-damp-than-usual beauty blender. The great thing about this product is that it’ll cover anything and everything.
If you’ve made it this far you deserve a prize. As per usual thank you for stopping by! Should you have any questions please do leave them in the comment section below and I’ll be sure to respond.
(Ref: I’m MAC NC10-NC15, this is Sensual Skin Enhancer SX03)
Swatches L to R: The Eyeshadow Single #109 Burgundy, The Lip Gloss Bloodroses, The Creamy Glow Duo #1 Nuelle/Bloodroses, The Expert Lip Color Bloodroses, The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil Bloodroses