Friday, 7 December 2012

Review: Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Tinted Balm

When this little beauty arrived on my doorstep this morning, I was left absolutely gobsmacked by the sheer beauty and quality of the packaging. Despite their being such a huge amount of hype surrounding the super-high coverage 'Sensual Skin Enhancer' I've never gotten around to trying it myself, but to be honest, this new tinted moisturiser type product seems a little more up my street anyway.

So it goes without saying that the packaging is stunning. Unique, classy, compact and very tactile. The see-through panel on the front is a type of matte silicone material that allows you to squeeze the product out, while the rest of the packaging is a hard plastic, with Kevyn Aucoin's signature metallic black and red finish.

The packaging alone made me desperate to love this product, just so that it could make it a permanent addition to my makeup bag.
The consistency of the product is much more akin to a BB cream than a tinted moisturiser... It's thicker, and takes a little bit more effort to blend it in. The most obvious comparison to make here would be with the Chantecaille Just Skin tinted moisturiser... Both have a similar aim and a premium price point (though I must note that this comes in considerably more affordable than the Chantecaille at £36 compared to £57)

So what's the verdict? The application is pretty much the same as the Chantecaille, very 'BB'-like in texture. 
The finish is very natural and super lightweight. As the name would suggest, it enhances your skin rather than covering it, leaving you with naturally glowing, fresh-looking skin. Having said that it is slightly build-able, so you can get a nice light-medium coverage from it if you layer it.

The one issue I did have with this on my skin, was that I found it to be a tiny bit drying. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as it did seem to have better staying power than Chantecaille's Just Skin throughout the day, and it 'settles' in to the skin nicely after an hour or so (perhaps thanks to the Japanese bloodgrass, which is meant to help maintain moisture in the skin). I think this would be a great choice for oily skin types as it's less likely to disappear during the day than a lot of other similar products.

It also has some added skincare properties including botanical rice extract that works to preserve cell vitality, delay ageing and soothe and calm the skin. It's paraben, D5 and oil free, protects against UVA and UVB with a 'theoretic' SPF of 20 (I'm not exactly sure what that entails, but some reviews have stated that it doesn't contain SPF at all, when apparently it does - always good news!)

One major downfall for the product is the shade range. There are a mere 4 shades in the range, the shade I tried is the second lightest, so it doesn't seem to cater for all skin tones at the moment - hopefully that is something that will change in the future if the product sells well.

Overall, I think the packaging is slightly more impressive than the product, but the product is still nice, and I will certainly use it up. I think it may be better suited to oily skins so I would be interested to hear if anyone else out there has tried this yet, and what you thought?

The Sensual Tinted Balm is available now at SpaceNK stores, priced at £36 for 30ml. You can also buy the Chantecaille Just Skin from Space NK, priced at £57 for 50ml

50 comments:

  1. I love your blog and reviews! Please check out my blog and let me know what you think? xxx

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  2. It's not very often there is a BB Cream type product that is suitable for oily skin! I struggle with finding something light coverage, but that doesn't turn my face into an oil slick!

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  3. lovely, need to pop to Space NK to try it out

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  4. The packaging is brilliant haha x

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  5. My Garnier BB cream is just starting to run out so maybe I will have to give this a try!


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  6. the packaging is so simple and classy! love it

    xo Cassy
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  7. Love the packaging , sleek and classy !


    Liyana ♥
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  8. oooh i'd really like to try this. i have quite oily skin so this could be perfect. i'll be popping it on my christmas list. really great review :) x

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  9. urgh, DAMN YOU HIGH END PRODUCTS FOR MAKING ME EMPTY MY BANK ACCOUNT x

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  10. maaa if I had the money :C nice review xx

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  11. finally something for oily skin!! yay i'm super excited to try this product, thank you fleur :) x

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  12. the packaging looks so sleek! sounds like a lovely product
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  13. The packaging was amazing! Would totally look into this if my skin was a little better haha! Girl problems XO

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  14. The packaging looks so classy.
    I'm always excited to try something new, so I might check this one out.

    Xx
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  15. What spectacular packaging! It is nice to actually hear about a BB type cream that works form oily skin because I know that has been a challenge for many people. I am on the lookout for a chemical free "natural" BB cream or tinted moisturizer right now.

    -Emily
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  16. This does sound really nice, but I have dry skin so maybe the drying effect wouldn't be too good for me! Lovely review though Fleur! xx

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  17. The packaging on that looks so adorable!

    Katie,
    www.beautdaily.blogspot.com

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  18. I really like Chantecaille Just Skin, but it is pretty pricey and so it is good that this is similar at a lower price. Sounds like this could be good for more oily skin too where make up can tend to slide off. The packaging is super sleek, and I love a good skin enhancer, so I will be trying this one.x

    Jess,
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  19. This has got my attention. For some reason my forehead has started to get quite oily during the day and I'm having trouble making any base work for me even once I've set it.

    The packaging is gorgeous, it looks so sleek.
    xo

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  20. sounds amazing so want to try x

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  21. Ooh This sounds delightful, Must Try!

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  22. This looks so good! I have an oily T-zone so it sounds like it would be good for me :)

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  23. Wow looks great! I've been wondering about trying the just skin but this seems more affordable for a similar product! Space NK watch out for me!!
    Becky xx
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  24. This packaging is incredible. I am almost tempted to purchase this purely to stare at it on my dressing table!
    I will have to look into the foundation version as I prefer a fuller coverage but come summer I just might give this a go!
    Great review Fleur!
    xx
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  25. It seems overpriced for your review of it, but I fall in love with packaging over product all the time it's such a bad habit and an expensive one at that

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  26. i find shades are a problem with kevyn aucoin products as well! I've tried the ethereal pressed powder, and though lovely it was, it was hard finding the perfect shade out of five choices!

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  27. The packaging looks cool!

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  28. I love the packaging, it's so unusual! My skin is prone to getting oily so I might give this a try after Christmas!

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    xx

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  29. Wow.... now THAT... is how to design packaging!

    :-O

    Claire

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  30. I love the packaging! What nail polish are you wearing in the picture?

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  31. This sounds like a great product! Too bad I can't find Kevin Aucoin in Dubai :(

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  32. I hardly can find Kevin Aucoin in Spain too. My skin is quite oily as well, so I´d love to try this product!

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  33. Fleur, for reference, what shade are you in both of these products? -xx

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  34. sounds like a very classy product but it is a shame about the shade range

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  35. sounds wonderful! sure I'd be too pale for it though unfortunately :( x

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  36. I was looking at the pictures of the product, thinking, hmm does it have a lid as that's a large area for the product to be out in the air.... until I realised that's just the packaging, not actual product! I'm slow today!

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  37. Nice review :) I like the packaging of this product.

    Kimberley x

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  38. Love the reviews you give and the product sound nice! <3 xo

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  39. I am so tempted to buy the Chantecallie just skin tinted moisturiser.. I will give in soon, poor poor bank card! :)

    And know I want to try some Kevyn Aucoin products OH NO :)

    when I do buy them I will review them on my blog as well.

    Jess x

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  41. I'm in love with the packaging! I would be interested to know which you prefer, this or the Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser?

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  42. SUCH A GREAT STYLE HONEY
    XX

    KISSES FROM SPAIN

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  43. the packaging is literally amazing it looks like such a lovely thing to have! xxxx

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  44. What a darn PRETTY packaging! (Yes, I'm a sucker for packaging...)
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  45. Kevyn Aucoin has the best products :) I hope i can try this too!!

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    Shari

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  46. This looks so nice but they probably wouldnt have a shade to suit me yet as I'm pretty pale!

    I've just started up my own blog and would love it if you could check it out!
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  47. this is lovely :)

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    1. the packaging really is lovely no surprise as it's kevin aucoin. lucky you thanks for the info! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

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  48. It sounds great :) xxx

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