Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin, without question, has to be one of the most famous and influential makeup artist of our time.  Not only did he possess amazing talent, but his wisdom and kind-hearted nature were equally legendary.  Many were drawn to his work because he had an uncanny ability to transform any woman into a prettier version of herself.  His makeup line was in its infancy stage around the time of his passing; however, fourteen years later, the Kevyn Aucoin brand has continued to spawn some seemingly amazing products.  Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II ($59 USD) was a great way for me to sample some of his best sellers–here’s hoping they live up to the hype.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II ingredient list.

  • I was always hesitant to purchase Kevyn Aucoin face products because, his previous incarnations were ladened with parabens–FYI, Candlelight used to be formulated with five parabens.  The company has since revamped some of their products and I can happily verify, this palette is paraben-free and made in the USA.
  • The palette features the infamous Candlelight Highlighter Powder and Sculpting Powder in full size form.  If purchased separately, these powders retail for $44 USD each.  The Sculpting Cream and Candlelight Cream are typically sold together in a dual palette and retail for $28 USD.  I believe this palette offers both products in larger variations.  The overall warm feel of the palette is solidified with the chosen four accompanying eyeshadow colors.
  • In all honesty, I’m not the biggest fan having cream products mixed with powder products in the same palette.  When utilizing the Sculpting Powder, I have to be vigilant of not pressing my brush too hard in the pan or residual powder kick-up can contaminate the cream.
  • Aesthetically speaking, the sleek croc-like outer covering, magnetic closure and large mirror are quality additions.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

  • Sculpting Cream (4.5 grams) is a warm based brown intended for use as a base for the Sculpting Powder.  The texture is smooth and glides on the skin beautifully; however, now that I’m significantly paler than summertime, I find the tone of this cream too stark for my liking. Furthermore, the hassle of applying a cream prior to a powder, simply for contour purposes, seems like too much work for everyday use.
  • Candlelight Cream (4.5 grams) is a lovely warm champagne cream that glides on the skin seamlessly.  Similar to the Sculpting Cream, its intended purpose is to act as a base for the Candlelight Powder; however, I rarely use this product.  Unlike my Josie Maran Illuminizing Wand (reviewed here), this cream barely registers against my complexion.  Once again, the effort it takes to make this cream feasible seems like too much work for daily use.
  • Sculpting Powder (4 grams/full size) is a cool/gray based brown that adheres to the skin beautifully.  The consistency and texture are light and airy and truly worthy of the Kevyn Aucoin branding.  On the face, the powder applies as striking as one desires.  In my experience, a synthetic brush seems to deposit color more noticeably with less buildup required.  With that said, the only fault with this powder is the pigment does not show up well once applied to the eye/crease area.  As a result, I have to do some serious building, which results in a muddy appearance after a few layers.
  • Candlelight Powder (5 grams/full size) is one of Kevyn Aucoin most renowned products.  This Celestial Powder is the more popular color in the KA highlighting range.  The champagne hue is silky smooth and the delicate sheen is an example of sophisticated simplicity.  Admittedly, I have a slew of other highlighters at my disposal that are more potent than Candlelight, but using a dampened brush does amp up the intensity.  If you are seeking a highlighter that is office friendly and subtle, then Candlelight certainly is a worthy investment.
  • Brighten (1 gram) is one of my favorites from the palette.  The icy cool color is perfect as an inner corner highlight.  This shade also works brilliantly when lightly mixed with Candlelight, for an amazing glow right on the high points of the cheeks.  I prefer to utilize this color with a dampen brush to avoid fallout (which in minimum) and for more glamorous results.
  • Starlight (1 gram) is the other Celestial Powder in the KA Highlighter range.  The warm rosy hue is perfect for those with warm and darker complexions.  The texture is just as smooth as Candlelight, but with slightly more shimmer scattered throughout the formula.
  • Cool Tan (1 gram) is a deeper/slightly warmer version of the Sculpting Powder.  IMHO, I find the addition of this color a bit redundant for the palette.  Despite the smooth texture and application, I would have loved to see a neutral color similar to MAC Uninterrupted, in its place, as a great crease/transition shade.
  • Ruddy Earth (1 gram) is a lovely deep ruddy brown.  This shade is rather pigmented, a light hand is needed for optimum results.  Anastasia Beverly Hills Chocolate is similar, but RE seems to me to be slightly deeper.  As expected, this is a great color to add to the outer corners and/or to deepen the crease.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

  • Another thoughtful addition pertains to the included detailed instructions located right above the mirror.  These instructions are not removable and easily accessible for every use.
Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II.

Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II look.

For the above look:

  1. Started with Eve Pearl Dual Foundation in Medium.
  2. The Candlelight Powder was used on the mobile lid, brow bone, and cheekbones.
  3. The Sculpting Powder was used at the hollows of the cheeks and in the eye crease area.
  4. Cool Tan was used ever so slightly in the crease to deepen the color.
  5. Ruddy Earth was applied thickly along the lash line and blended upward.
  6. Brighten was used with a dampened brush and applied to the inner corners of the eye.
  7. MAC Uninterrupted was mixed with MAC Coil on the lower lash line.
  8. Laura Mercier Khaki Caviar Stick was applied on the lower waterline.
  9. Eve Pearl Sweet Cheeks Blush was paired with Shiseido Oil Free Bronzer.
  10. Lip Combo:  Colourpop Brink, MAC Honeylove and YSL Babydoll Kiss and Blush in #6 were combined and topped with a light layer of Anastasia Beauty Genius to mattify the colors.
  11. Prestige Liner Pen and Maybelline Lash Sensational mascara were used to finish off the look.

**Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II was offered online as a Holiday 2015 limited edition special, but as of last week, I did see this palette displayed in two Sephora locations.  Should you be tempted to purchase this palette on Ebay or Amazon for an outrageously inflated price–I emphatically forbid you  🙂  **

THE VERDICT:  If Makeup Could Talk what would it say?

Makeup would tell you Kevyn Aucoin: The Contour Book Volume II is an economical way for anyone to experience some of the brand’s products.  Personally, I feel the colors offered are very safe and ideal for those who prefer subtle makeup or those whose makeup collection is limited.  Just be forewarned, should you want to purchase any of these products individually, be ready to fork over some serious dough.  What say you, yea or nay?  Until next time, be well, stay safe and be happy.

-Maria

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