Tested on animals:No
One of the brands' original "hero" products, Kevyn Aucoin's The Sensual Skin Enhancer is marketed as a multi-tasking formula that works as both concealer and foundation. In our experience, this works far better as a concealer (more on that in a moment), but we'll agree this is a formula worthy of its hype. There is a learning curve to its use, but for those seeking a near complete coverage product that works for the face or eye area, The Sensual Skin Enhancer stands out as one of the more exceptional choices available today.
Packaged in a pot container, The Sensual Skin Enhancer is still the original formula Kevyn Aucoin produced in 2001. Though it appears the amount you get is small, the amount needed per application is so slight that one jar should easily last you for an entire year of daily use, if not longer.
The impressive concentration of pigment from the tiniest amount of product is one of the unique traits of this formula—we found it was a bit more pigmented than many concealers carrying the "full coverage" claim. Though it can be sheered out if desired (for application over larger areas, for example), we found this looked considerably more natural when spot applied as a concealer. Dark circles? What dark circles?!
Where all-over application is concerned, the effect isn't nearly as natural looking—the level of coverage afforded leaves skin looking a little too perfect. However, The Sensual Skin Enhancer works well when mixed or diluted into a moisturizer for a custom skin tint—its moisturizing finish (which remains so throughout the day, thanks to its base of oils and emollients) is ideal for those with dry skin.
However, given you need only the tiniest amount for spot application or the under-eye area, its emolliency isn't as much of a concern if you have combination to oily skin and want to use this as a concealer (especially when set with a fine, loose or pressed powder). Those with acne-prone skin may or may not find this tricky given its thicker texture—but it's certainly worth experimenting with given its brilliant ability to hide just about anything. In fact, you need so little to cover most discolorations it proves to be a bit of a learning curve! You need only a fraction of the amount of product you are accustomed to applying of other concealers—plus, for best results, a brush that allows for precise placement and blending.
We should note this contains a small amount of fragrance, but it isn't enough to make it problematic for most (especially given how little is applied to skin). The added fragrance was likely to help offset the natural scent of the formula's ingredients—the mix of pigment and thickeners—which is noticeable upon opening the jar.
The Sensual Skin Enhancer is available in 16 shades, with options for the super fair to very deep skin tones. However, the shades are tricky to choose from without testing them in person—the numbering system isn't intuitive and the undertones vary substantially from one to another. Thus, while the range is varied and mostly neutral, the degree of coverage as well as the trickiness of the shade classification system makes this a product we strongly recommend testing in person to find your best match.
Kevyn Aucoin's The Sensual Skin Enhancer is a classic makeup product among fans of this line, and one that earns our top rating for its highly pigmented and flexible formula and extensive shade range. Despite the price tag, we would venture to describe it as almost economical given the fact one container will last you a long (long) time—especially if you're only using it as a spot concealer or around the eyes.
- Buildable coverage, from light to a genuinely opaque finish.
- Wide shade range, covering super fair to deep skin tones.
- Moisturizing finish that remains flexible and moveable on skin.
- One pot will last you a very long time.
- Slight fragrance, though not substantial enough to be problematic for most.