You know you’re an “adult” when your days consist of darting fart nebulas in the office and dreaming of the perfect high coverage foundation. I don’t even need high coverage foundation, but I wanted a product that would give me that symbolic satisfaction of being armed and ready for battle/the DMV after applying my makeup- something I could ritualistically brush onto my face like a Kabuki mask whenever I felt like it. Just because.
I have darq circles under my eyes that would give a sexy vampire a run for his money so I am a huge concealer connoisseur. And anything that is a concealer-foundation hybrid makes my elf ears perk up because I know it will have great coverage. I’ve seen people rave about Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer all over the internet for about a full year so had to dip into the monthly candy fund and try it out myself.
“Sensual skin enhancer” sounds like a product you would find in the Hustler Store next to the bacon lube. I got mine in the color ”SX04”, and THAT makes it sound like an airplane flight. SX04: Nonstop flight to Flawless, oh hayyy!! But seriously, the most intimidating aspect of the product is that the color name is just a number and not a cutesy marketing ploy. Shit y’all, when did our big girl pants slip on?
This product is very thick. So thick that you could probably caulk your bathroom tiles with this shit or close the hole to Narnia in the back of your closet.
I’ve been using this stuff for 2 months and lemmetellyou…it’s a gooey, fudgy delight. It clings to zits for dear life and sticks and stays like crazy. It’s like a tattoo. The first time I dispensed it across my skin I had to wash it off a few times because it wouldn’t leave. You need to evict this shit to get it off your face.
You only need a tiny dab to cover all of the areas and potholes that need tending to on your visage. And when you apply it, it goes on much easier if you mix some moisturizer in with it because it kind of spreads like cement. And if you use a little too much, it looks cakey, just like everything else in your makeup drawer, okay??? It’s matte and buildable as a foundation, but I usually just use it as a concealer in my “problem zonez” and blend out the extra and see where the brush strokes take me. I slept in it before (yeah I know, cast the first stone), and it duh, it clogs your pores because it’s basically like sleeping with another FACE on top of your original face. I am an avid 2X per day concealer user and I’m pretty sure this tub alone will last me at least until the next season of Game of Thrones, and that is while semi-using it as a foundation as well. NEXT. LEVEL.
I bought this for $50 at Nordstroms, so yeah, another dent in the monthly candy fund. But that’s not that much if you consider you won’t need concealer for a year. A year! Maybe 6 months if you’re Jeffree Star.
To be honest, I’m not using it every day because it’s just so rich. It’s a bit like having caviar for breakfast (WHICH IS FINE TOO, JUST DO YOU), so I’ll mix things up with my staple Maybelline Age-rewind concealer that I love more than every high end concealer I’ve tried besides this pot of gold right here.
I’m not sure if this product has reached critical mass of popularity or if I’m just in the self centeredness vortex of “I just bought this thing and googled it and it’s totally getting super popular now that I bought it, omgeee!!’ you know?? Or maybe it is the next new (but not really new) thing in the beauty world that everyone is slathering on themselves: the Clarisonic-boom heard round the werrrrld!
Who knows. I like it.
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