Kevyn Aucoin's The Sensual Lip Satin has a smooth, liqui-cream texture that feels comfortably plush for as long as it's on. Once set, its velvet finish stays put reasonably well for a few hours, resisting feathering. So is it worth the $$$? That's subjective depending on your beauty budget, but there's no denying it's a very good product.
The first thing we noticed was how lightweight The Sensual Lip Satin feels and the fact that it's more smooth than slick. You do have to be careful the first couple of minutes into wear because it has the propensity to rub off and transfer to your teeth, but that becomes a non-issue once it sets. We also noticed it has a light scent, but that quickly dissipates and hence isn't cause for concern in regards to irritation.
The Sensual Lip Satin comes in a traditional mix of non-shimmery hues such as nude, pink, berry, bright red… and then there's "Bloodroses." That's the first shade of The Sensual Lip Satin that we ventured into testing, and boy oh boy, is it richly pigmented! It took a couple of coats to ensure the ultra-dark burgundy pigmentation went on evenly, but when we were finished, it delivered a dramatically opaque color. The sponge tip applicator works well enough, but with this dark of a color, you may find you need to do a bit of refining around the edges.
As for the other handful of shades, the color payoff varies, with some going on semi-opaque (such as "Faccone") and others almost sheer ("Cashmere"). Swatching those in-store gives a better sense of the level of pigmentation so we recommend doing that if possible.
No matter which shade you choose, you can count The Sensual Lip Satin to add a light layer of moisture with zero sticky, tacky feel. If that plus all the high notes we mention above sound worthy of a splurge, go for it… just know that you don't have to spend this much to get a good lip color product.
Marquise, Messaline, Silk, Velvet, Venetian, Bloodroses, Chantilly, Faccone Ingredients: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Glycerin, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 7, Red 30, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 1 Lake. Baronette, Cashmere, Charmeuse, Duchesse Ingredients: Water, Methyl Trimethicone, Diphenylsiloxy Phenyl Trimethicone, Diisostearyl Malate, Glycerin, Acrylates/Stearyl Acrylate/Dimethicone Methacrylate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Sorbitan Sesquiisostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Fragrance, Tocopherol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Barium Sulfate. May contain: Iron Oxides, Titanium Dioxide, Red 30.
Kevyn Aucoin was arguably one of the most iconic makeup artists of the 20th century. A self-trained, highly sought celebrity makeup artist and best-selling author, his work appeared regularly in countless fashion magazines, as well as his monthly column in Allure. Not surprisingly, his work has influenced countless makeup artists and YouTube beauty vloggers—whether they know it or not—and at the time of his passing in 2002, he had just launched a small range of products under the Kevyn Aucoin brand. Although Aucoin left us far too soon, at least his products serve to compliment his lasting legacy.
Today, the Kevyn Aucoin brand continues with his motto that anyone should be able to experiment with makeup and feel beautiful while doing so. The brand's range of unique products reflects the emphasis on makeup’s role in our lives as more than just utilitarian—it should be enjoyable, accessible, fun, and the outcome always rewarding. The approach is enhancing one’s self-esteem rather than using makeup to cover up what you or others might perceive as unattractive.
Thus, the products themselves are something of an experience to use—from their packaging (beautiful) to their focus on perfecting skin and mix of basic to bold color options. This line isn’t for those who think of makeup as a chore!
The price points are higher, to be sure, but there are also quite a few exceptional and unique standouts that allow this brand to nicely distinguish itself in a sea of makeup artist-fronted lines. There are some shortfalls here and there, but overall, it is a range that is well worth experimenting with should you happen upon a Kevyn Aucoin counter at your local Nordstrom or Neiman Marcus. (Note: Kevyn Aucoin is sold online at a number of beauty sites, from Sephora to Beautylish.)
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