Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm

Kevyn Aucoin is fast becoming a brand that I could pour over their counters for a good 15 minutes and leave with handfuls of bounty and an arm tattooed-up of swatches. Their range may be difficult to come across but the line is small but edited, neutral but daring and appealing named without being smutty (yes, I’m looking at you NARS). Enter their newest release, the wistfully titled, Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm*. With skin boosting claims, lightweight pigment promises and a paraben and oil-free formula this sounded right up my street…

To cut to the chase, on the spectrum of face bases I’d place it slap bang in between a BB cream and a tinted moisturiser. The formula may be a little thick out of the tube but it melts into the skin and leaves a soft veil of coverage; a hint more than the BB creams that I’ve tried but less than my tinted moisturiser favourites, see above for picture of me sporting it - please excuse the still pink freshly plucked brows and dry ol’ lips – somebody grab me Baume de Rose! The highs? It’s not too dewy nor matte and the clear fronted, slim squeezy tube packaging is novel and travel-friendly. The lows? Only four shades are available – sort it out the peeps at Kevyn Aucoin! I have the shade SB03 which is a smidge too dark for my current January flush. I’ve seen comparisons be drawn to my beloved Chantecaille Just Skin, and although the textures may be similar, the Chantecaille has a much more dewy outcome, a tad more coverage and a better colour range by a pinch.

In a nutshell, if your complexion is near enough flawless (gives mini round of applause for you – you go girl), and you need a hint of coverage from a formula with just the right balance of matteness and dewiness then I think you may have met your match in Kevyn Aucoin’s The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm, which can be in your hands for £36 from Space NK. If not, then it’s perhaps one to bookmark for a summer purchase when we’re all craving a little less coverage. I for one will be storing this away till I’m looking slightly more sunkissed (crosses fingers), which judging by the dodgy British weather I may have to exit the country to achieve…

*PR Samples


  • Emilie Garnes

    Anna, YOU have flawless skin! and your skin looks absolutely AMAZING in this picture, so I would say go for it with this one! As always, this was a lovely post, you write so well , xx Em

  • Ellie

    sounds like a lovely product:) How is four shades enough for everybody though!? love the sound of a tinted balm though so might check it out in the summer 🙂 Love your blog Anna xx

  • Lipstick Fridays

    Sounds lovely xx yet another product for the wishlist xx ive been loving clarins complexion perfector in bronze and dr jarts beauty balm xx

  • Rebecca

    your skin is amazing! a tinted balm sounds like a really good idea in the summer months.


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  • This looks really nice on you, and even though you say its a bit dark for you i think you can pull it off! I like the finish 🙂 x

  • WY

    It looks really good on you Anna! Guess I’ll be skipping this one, as my skin does needs that little bit of extra coverage to fake the “natural” skin look haha ;-). Just came back from a weekend trip to London, please do tell me the weather gets better soon. It was so gloomy I almost got depressed! x

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  • Lou S

    You look great, and all the products I’ve tried from Kevyn Aucoin are awesome.

  • Ohh wow! You look great, Anna 🙂 The packaging looks so sleek, definitely want to try this out during the summer months! xx

  • I would love to try it, but where I live they do not sell any Kevyn products. I like the way you describe your experience with the product. Have you tired his foundation? some You Tubers have used his foundation and says it’s good. what do you think of it?

  • Millie

    Really want to try Kevyn Aucoin products, they all seem really good! 🙂 ♥

  • Audrey

    Hello! Did you apply with fingers or brush? And does it have SPF? I’m going on holiday soon and this looks like a great hot weather product 🙂

  • Hefty price tag! Although a little too dark, I think it does look great on you! Must mean that you indeed have flawless skin 🙂

  • Stephanie Mathena

    I’d love to try this!

  • Jo Cannon

    This sounds amazing. I’m completely in love with Kevyn Aucoin’s products. I love the Candlelight highlighter and the sculpting powder, and now I want to try this. Darn it! x

  • Lorna – Studs and Dreams

    i’ve never actually heard of the brand but it looks great. will definitely check it out.

  • katherine.parkes

    it looks amazing, sure I’d be too pale for it though 🙁 x

  • EH

    It looks amazing on you, but my skin tone would be way to light that it would look to orange on me 🙁 shame cause it sounds like a wonderful product


  • Amazing! Your skin looks simply gorgeous. So lovely!

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  • frankie

    have you ever checked out the sensual skin enhancer? it is incredible! i mix mine with a moisturizer for a more natural looking effect, but those days when you need the big guns its your man! check out my review of it on


  • I bought it today and will test it out over the weekend. Great idea to mix it with sensual skin enhancer.