I rarely go into TK Maxx but since they’ve recently upped their game when it comes to the beauty brands they stock, I decided to pop in last week. My eyes almost fell out of their sockets when I stumbled across a proper beauty bargain. I had found an untouched Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation.
I am a HUGE fan of Kevyn Aucoin products and honestly believe that the brand offers premium quality make-up across their entire line. For me personally, the brand can do no wrong. My holy grail foundation (read the review here) is also from Kevyn Aucoin.
So back to my bargain hunting.
The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation was in perfect condition (and sealed!) and in shade Medium PF07. If I’m honest it looked a little dark but I couldn’t tell with the lighting in store. I do use shade 07 in The Etherealist foundation so I took a leap of faith and purchased it anyway.
The outer packaging is the standard gold boxing that all Kevyn Aucoin products come in. Once I opened it up I was surprised that the foundation itself comes in a velvet pouch. How very luxe.
Inside the pouch there is a press powder type of casing and a separate brush.
The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation comes in packaging which feature the usual stunning red to black ombré effect casing. The compact opens with a light push of the gold strip at the front. Inside is a sponge and a mirror. It’s all just very beautifully presented. I love that they’ve been thoughtful enough to include both a sponge and a brush.
Kevyn Aucoin representatives state that you can use the foundation in two different ways depending on the kind of coverage that you want.
- For matte coverage use the sponge dry.
- For a lightweight, ultra-sheer coverage, use the sponge damp.
The Sensual Skin Powder Foundation is described as the perfect marriage of foundation and finishing powder, with a velvety-textured finish. I was very eager to give it a go, especially now that my skin no longer needs a full coverage foundation on a day to day basis. I ran my finger over the powder to see how the pigment transfers and I can confirm that this is a quality product. For a powder it is extremely pigmented.
Colour wise, you can see against my arm that it’s quite dark (compared to my arm) and has an orange tinge to it. My face is definitely darker than my arm though so I didn’t dismiss it right away.
I would recommend shade MEDIUM PF07 for those that are between MAC NC25-NC35. It does have an orange undertone. I have also been using it on top of those pink undertones foundations that I’ve been meaning to use up.
It is clear that whether you use your fingers, a sponge or brush, this product applies and blends like a dream. I prefer a matte look so I do use the sponge dry, however if I’m looking for lighter coverage (usually on my forehead) then I’ll spritz some rosewater on the sponge.
I do also get an oily t-zone through the day and this compact helps to mattify and re-texturise my skin.
Price wise this foundation is pretty dear, there’s no denying that. Cult Beauty are selling it for £45 but I suppose with a premium brand it is expected and let’s face it, it’s worth it.
Top tip: have a look in your local TK Maxx as I picked mine up for just £12.99
Would I recommend it? If you’re looking for a quality powder foundation for general every day use then yes. It’s very pigmented and leaves your skin looking velvety. I also love that it is great for touch ups throughout the day.
If you’re looking for something full coverage then this product is not for you.