Kevyn Aucoin Product Reviews The Highlighter Chronicles

review: kevyn aucoin the celestial powder, candlelight

March 27, 2015

I finally broke in a highlighter I’d been lusting after for ages: Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Powder in Candlelight. Its the first thing I’ve ever bought from the brand, and to be perfectly candid it was kind of a bittersweet experience.

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As a teenager, I was huge fan of Aucoin’s editorial work. I bought his books (Making Faces and Face Forward) the second they came out and pored over the photos with an admiration I haven’t felt towards another makeup artist’s work since.

His books were – trite as it sounds – a turning point in my relationship with makeup. I suddenly understood how transformative it could be, and that it absolutely was an art form…not just a frivolity that ought to be dismissed by “good girls”.

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I saddened to an unexpected degree when he passed away, having connected to him through the many personal anecdotes in his books (really the 90’s version of blogs). It was a happy discovery when I stumbled upon the Kevyn Aucoin cosmetics line at Bloomingdales last year – I’m truly happy his amazing legacy is being kept alive.

Anyway, now that you know I’m secretly a crazy emo fangirl, on to the review!

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First of let me say that this is very expensive for the amount of product you get. I mean, I’ve had eyeshadows bigger than this! Thankfully the luxury positioning of the line is also echoed in its packaging and quality.

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Candlelight is so luxe and smooth to the touch that it’s best described as being creamy. No other highlighter I’ve come across had had such a wonderful texture. On the skin, it imparts a fine, luminous sheen without even the slightest hint of shimmer or glitter or frost at all – again like no other highlighter I’ve ever encountered. Out of all my highlighters, this gave me the most natural looking finish. You can see the full look here.

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In summary: Candlelight is every inch a luxury product. From the packaging to the texture of the product to the soft and flattering glow it gave my skin, using it was a five star experience. Whether you’re new to this or a highlighter junkie like I am, this is one you need to own. Just be warned – it’ll likely ruin you for every other highlighter you try!

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