fotd: kevyn aucoin contour book vol. II

May 24, 2016  |  Face of the Day, Kevyn Aucoin  |  7 Comments

Here are some photos of me wearing the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Vol II, as a follow up to my review post. I’m proud to say I managed to use ALL the included products. Over my foundation, I used the cream highlighter and contour, and set them lightly with their powder counterparts after.

I really like the cream pans and have found myself using them more often than I thought I would, given my typical preference for powder contour/highlighters. The creams are awesome for adding quick and easy definition to my face. I use them alone when I have a bit more time to do my base, and want a little extra shape to my features. As for the powders, they’re so finely textured that even when I layer them over the creams (as I did here) I never have to worry about looking too Instagram-ish. This palette is really foolproof.

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I’m wearing all four eyeshadows here as well: Cool Tan all over, Ruddy Earth along my lash lines and in the outer V, and a mix of Brighten and Starlight in the inner corners. I love the way it turned out, thanks in no small part to the deep warmth of Ruddy Earth. You know I much I love warm brown eyeshadows!

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This is probably one of my favourite FOTDs. Everything just came together really well: my bone structure has definitely been enhanced and my eye look is neutral but not boring. And the best thing is, it was all achieved quickly, easily and with almost not fussing over blending. The cream contour/highlight just melted into my skin and blended in seamlessly with some tapping (I applied with my fingers) and the matte eyeshadow swept on smoothly without any patchiness whatsoever. It’s been wonderful on days when I have very little time to get ready but want to look pulled-together.

Pricing & Availability: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II is USD$65 and available at Sephora.com

 

 

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review: kevyn aucoin contour book vol. II

May 23, 2016  |  Kevyn Aucoin, Product Reviews  |  2 Comments

The Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Volume II is finally back in stock! It first appeared on the scene last fall, but sold out very quickly due its amazing value. For $65, it includes 4 full-sized pans of the brand’s famed sculpting and highlighting products as well as 4 eyeshadow colours. To put the price into perspective, a single pan of their Celestial Powder highlighter is already $44 and Sephora’s estimated value of this palette is $226.

For what you get, I think this palette would have been a steal from even a mid-end brand…but Kevyn Aucoin? All I have to say is RUN DON’T WALK. When I bought this last year, it took me checking a few different Sephora stores to find mine and when I did it was the last one left on the shelf. I wouldn’t wish that kind of anxiety on anybody.

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The “book” opens up to instructions and diagrams on how to use the products it contains. There is some shockingly bad advice here (for the love of God, do NOT use a shimmery highlight on the centre of your forehead or limit your eyebrow colour options to blonde/burgundy) but the real contents of the book are what matters…

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Behold the beautiful, full size pans of The Creamy Glow Sculpting Cream, The Creamy Glow Candlelight Cream, The Sculpting Powder in Medium (powder contour) and The Celestial Powder in Candlelight (powder highlighter), though their names are abbreviated in the labels on this packaging. The four eyeshadow shades are Brighten (pearly white), Starlight (light shimmering pink), Cool Tan (light brown), Ruddy Earth (dark red-brown).

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The only way this palette could be more perfect would be if it had included a blush (like the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette) and a cool dark brown eyeshadow that could actually have doubled as a brow powder substitute. Volume III designers, I’m looking at you.

In any case, onwards to the swatches:

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As you can see, Sculpting Cream is slightly warmer than Sculpting Powder. They aren’t noticeably different on my face, only in heavy swatches. Candlelight Cream is more sheer, less reflective and slightly less golden than Candlelight Powder. The creams sheer out nicely and the powders are finely-milled and blendable, so you can achieve subtle results with either set…or layer them for a more dramatic look.

My skin is oily so my preference is typically for the powder products (I’ve reviewed Candlelight Powder here, as part of my Highlighter Chronicles) but I did get good use out of the creams in cooler weather and can honestly say they are truly forgiving, foolproof and all-around fabulous.

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The eyeshadows are all very smooth, pigmented and apply/blend very evenly. I’m so taken by the quality of the mattes that I often find myself using them without the shimmer shades at all. Speaking of which, you might recognise Starlight from The Celestial Powder range – this eyeshadow and the highlighter from their main line are indeed one and the same, which makes this palette even more compelling to a highlighter junkie like me. FYI, this is an extremely heavy finger swatch of Starlight; it sheers out and looks significantly less pink when applied with a fan brush as a highlighter.

Brighten can also be used as a highlighter, though it would work best on fair skin in that capacity as it’s quite a stark white. Candlelight Powder is still my favourite though!

Pricing & Availability: Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting + Defining Volume II is USD$65 and available at Sephora.com

 

 

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the highlighter chronicles: kevyn aucoin

I’m definitely biased towards dramatic highlighters, so despite the rave reviews I read on Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, I was pretty sure that this subtle highlighter would fail to wow me.

Boy was I happy to be wrong!

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You can read my full review here, but to sum it up Candlelight is by far the best powder product I’ve ever owned. The texture is so fine that it actually feels creamy to the touch, and unlike other powder highlighters this doesn’t have any shimmer particles whatsoever – all you see is a natural glow on skin.

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Despite the fact that I wasn’t really in the market for a subtle highlighter, I’m very pleased with my purchase of Candlelight. Everything about it feels so luxurious that a glittery finish would have been incongruously jarring, and despite my bling-tastic preferences I can appreciate that. I envision this being part of my everyday makeup routine, and the highlighter I reach for long after I’m over highlighters.

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I’ve been neglecting to list of the rest of the makeup I’m wearing in my Highlighter Chronicles, but I had to take a moment to mention this amazing lipstick I picked up the other day…for all of $0.99! If you’re interested, it’s Fuchsia with Blue Pearl by Wet ‘n’ Wild.