Tested on animals:No
The concept of "serum foundation" has been a trend in the cosmetics industry for the recent year or so, and the Kevyn Aucoin brand's entry is a good one. The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation is a natural looking, light coverage formula that sets to a soft, velvet finish—not quite matte, but just shy of moisturizing—making this ideal for those with combination to slightly dry skin (including the acne- prone).
Housed in a beautiful glass bottle with a push-button dropper applicator, the formula has a somewhat neutral scent to it (its light fragrance mixed with the standard foundation smell). The added fragrance is minimal and shouldn't be problematic for most.
Kevyn Aucoin describes this as "ultra-lightweight" and "luminous" with buildable "long wear coverage" that lasts for six to eight hours. They also note that this includes "potent anti-aging ingredients" and that it is oil-, water- and powder-free. Six to eight hours is barely a workday for many, so that's an odd standard of long wear. Also, we're also not sure what they mean by "powder free" since this does contain ingredients used in powders, i.e. talc, silicone and others, but we'll give their marketing department a break there.
However, we will mention that there is but a single skincare ingredient, an algae listed as Alaria esculenta extract, present in a tiny amount. So, don't depend on this for "potent anti-aging" benefits—which is fine, because there is still a lot else to like about this.
Thanks to its lightweight, liquid silicone base, The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation blends easily over skin and lends itself well to finger application or with a brush, but tends to absorb into sponges a bit more than we would have liked (even those like the beautyblender).
The finish is not necessarily luminous, but it is quite skin-like. As we touched on earlier, the degree of coverage is light and there is just enough here to help hide minor discolorations or redness. Think of this as a "your skin but better" formula, but those with more substantial skin discolorations will likely be disappointed by the degree of coverage—you'll still need your go-to concealer for those.
Among the pros, its sheer coverage and mix of silicones helps it avoid seeping into fine lines or wrinkles in the skin. Regarding the wear time, this does tend to stay put over the course of the day for those with combination to slightly dry skin. If you have very oily skin, however, this doesn't fare as well—we found it lasted about five hours before its coverage began to "disappear."
The shade range consists of eight options, with good picks for the very fair to medium skin tones. Given its light coverage, the shades are a bit more flexible in that getting an exact match is less critical. The color options are all beautiful, and this offers more choices than is typical for the very fair to light range.
There is a lot to like about The Sensual Skin Fluid Foundation. We enjoyed wearing it, but at close to $70 for a less than an ounce of foundation, we didn't find this as compelling or as unique as you should expect at this price tag. Being a totally water-free, silicone-based formula, it is undoubtedly an expensive one to produce (factoid for you: silicone is one of the most expensive cosmetic ingredients to use), yet the result doesn't distinguish itself well from the burgeoning fluid foundation or "serum foundation" category.
If you happen by a Kevyn Aucoin counter or haven't been able to find that perfect "near naked skin" foundation, this is a wonderful choice to consider. Whether it is worth the price tag is a decision you'll need to make for yourself!
- Natural looking, satin finish on skin.
- Helps offset minor discolorations or redness.
- Excellent shade options for fair to light skin tones.
- Price is a bit steep given it isn't unique from other similar foundations.
- Minor fragrance, but shouldn't be problematic for most.