The Neo-Bronzer is a gradient block of pressed powder that includes a bronzer, blush, and highlighter. While the ombre design of the colors is beautiful in the packaging, they're tricky to use individually since one shade flows into the next. That somewhat limits the appeal of this "three-in-one face palette," which the brand alleges has, "everything you need to achieve beautiful, sunkissed skin."
Of the two shades available, the "Siena" set features a peachy-cream colored highlighter, a coral blush and a bronzer with reddish undertones. The "Capri" shade offers a pinky-peach highlighter, pink blush and the same reddish bronzer.
The bronzer and blush shades go on richly pigmented, but can be diffused if you use a lighter hand. The highlighter imparts just enough color and luminosity to create a soft glow. As mentioned earlier, it's difficult to use the colors individually, but with a smaller brush it's doable (though still tricky). All swirled together you get a luminous color with a hint of sparkle.
One thing you'll quickly notice is that The Neo-Bronzer's soft, finely milled texture tends to kick up a lot of extra powder as your brush sweeps over it. The good news is that it doesn't look powdery on skin—instead it blends into a smooth finish. We also appreciate that the formula is fragrance free.
In the end, The Neo-Bronzer isn't a bad product, but it's not a must-have, either. If it were easier to use the shades individually we could get more excited about this as a, "three-in-one face palette". But even then, the reddish-toned bronzer could be questionable for many skin tones.
We highly suggest swatching this in store (if possible) to see if you like colors before purchasing, as this is costly enough that you want to be very sure you'll get good use from it.
Capri: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360) Siena: Talc, Mica, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aluminum Hydroxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Alumina, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Phenoxyethanol, Tin Oxide. May Contain: Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Red 30 Lake (CI 73360).
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.)
For Beautypedia, we have chosen some of what we feel are Aucoin’s best products along with those that are OK, but for one reason or another may not be worth the expense.
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