Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Enhancer

Kevyn Aucoin just seem to bring it when it comes to products that seamlessly weave their way into your everyday routine. The Sculpting Powder in Medium, The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, The Creamy Glow in Tansoleil – oh have I not mentioned the last one before? That will be popping up soon, but you get the jist. Kick-ass products that leave you scratching your head as to what you used before them. Their Sensual Skin Enhancer doesn’t so much fit into that category. It’s a thick, full-coverage foundation cream that when placed into the wrong hands can create cake-face in seconds. However duo-ed with a gentle touch, informed technique and a few other products it can be pretty much whatever you want it to be. With the wisdom of Graziella from my Space NK makeover ringing in my ears I got to work…

At its most basic use The Sensual Skin Enhancer (I have the shade SX05), works as a full coverage foundation. Although the texture is thick, it’s creamy and if you don’t mind a hell of a load of pigment and blending, blending and more blending, then this could be its main function for you. I find it a little too covering for my tastes and reserve its neat formula for pin-point concealing or bringing down areas of redness pre-tinted moisturiser. To make it more suitable for the under eyes it’s time to get your mixology on. Combine with a lighter coverage concealer like Bobbi Brown’s Tinted Eye Brightener* to oomph up the circle-zapping power or add to a dab of eye cream to create a skincare/concealer hybrid – I pair it with the gel-like Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex*. A technique that Graziella used at my Space NK makeover was to blend it with Laura Mercier’s Oil-Free Tinted Moisturiser. This is how I’ve found it most practical to use. It bumps up the coverage of the tinted moisturiser and the glow-giving properties of the Laura Mercier help to take away the risk of an overly matte look. Taking it one step down in the coverage stakes, you can mix it alone with your usual daytime moisturiser – I find it to work well with La Roche Posay’s Effaclar Mat. Graziella also pointed out that peachy hues in the range can be applied as correctors and by opting for a shade a few rungs up from your natural colouring you can use The Sensual Skin Enhancer to contour or bronze depending on its tone.

You see? A little tub of multitasking goodness for £36 available from Space NK. Perhaps not the most everyday-friendly offering, but a fancily functional toy for makeup mavens or artists to have a play with. Now where did I put my compact of The Creamy Glow? I just have to share this one with ya…

*PR Sample


  • Nicky

    Great review! Would you say 05 is more on the yellow or on the pink side? 

  • Great products.

  • Tijanserena

    I literally reviewed this yesterday! I love the skin enhancer. Love your blog too!

  • Tugba Seckin
  • Anna Blush

    Wow this product sounds awesome! I loved this post and can’t wait to hear about The Creamy Glow!

  • Rebecca Shaw

    This looks great! I want it.


  • Millie

    I have heard so many good things about this, I really want to try it! :) ♥

  • There’s nothing I love more than a good multi-tasker, and the skin enhancer sounds like it has more uses than I could ever come close to discovering!  If ever I have the means, this product looks like the one to try next.  I love me some full coverage, although I’d need a fair bit of instruction before I left the shop with it for that purpose, because the last thing I want is a cakey face.  Thanks for sharing this one, Anna! xx

  • Natalia

    Anna, can you please do video on this? Thank you!

  • Emma

    I have it and I think it’s great! I wouldn’t use it on it’s own though, I mix it with a light moisturiser on my hand first, so you only need a speck. xx

  • Ooh, this sounds right up my alley!  It sounds lovely 🙂

  • Maranokale

    Please do a tutorial using this product with the Laura Mercier!

  • La beauté obsession

    I feel I need this more than ever now that you’ve approved it! x

  • Thetravellingfemme

    I was taught that this product was basically a concentrated color base.  The idea being to mix with moisturizer as it’s not really ‘meant’ to be used alone.  This way you really customize your desired coverage and you get all your product needs from concealer to foundation to tinted moisturizer in one product.  Good review.

  • Pippa Jones

    I cant wait to give the laura mecier tinted moisturiser a go, especially how highly you speak of it! 🙂

    Pipp xx

  • Sounds like some great products, thanks for sharing

  • Maddy Cane

    This looks really nice and a great multitasker too! xx 

  • This looks great! I think I may definitely have to try that. And I’m really excited to hear about the creamy glow! Sounds like something I would like! 

  • Olivia Likes

    Sounds lovely!  want want WANT


  • kinza shahid

    That looks so beautiful! Must get my hands on it! 🙂

  • Bella

    I prefer my products to be fully functional and drama free on their own, and in 2013 this should be possible for a foundation or a concealer. Life and certainly the time I have to get ready in the morning is way too short to be abracadabraing expensive products together.
    So I suppose I’ll pass.

  • my one pot wonder! and its meant to last 5 years! I mix the teeeniest amount with my hourglass illusion, dewy but full coverage perrrfection!

    I’m running a give away on my blog until monday and would love if you guys came and checked it out!

    frankie x

  • Hearts&Crosses

    Really need to get my hands on the Laura Mericer!

    A little bit Uniquex

  • I think that Laura Mericer tinted foundation is great.  A quick question, I’ve been looking for a BB cream that gives that dewy look. What would you recommend?

  • It was only yesterday that I was eyeing this up in Space NK. I have to say, it was instant love but my other half practically fainted at the size to price ratio (no concept of the ‘a little goes a long way’ rule) and I couldn’t think of a cunning plan of sneaking a purchase past him. I think I’ll have to make a sneaky online purchase and pretend it’s been in my stash all along… Great tip on mixing it with the Alpha H Absolute Eye Complex too x Becky

  • MariaWellstead

    This looks so good, and its being hyped up more and more these days! I’m not sure I’ve got the skills and restraint required to use this without getting cake face but my oh my I want to give it a go!!


  • yale

    Hi, is this a paraben free product? I have been trying to google it, but cannot find anything. Also, have you heard anything about this product breaking out people? Thank you.