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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion ($52.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a medium-dark brown with warm, golden pearl. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is cooler, more shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Laguna (P) is lighter (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $38.00) is darker, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion is supposed to be a “weightless highlighter” that “stays put for “12 hours” that can be used as a “primer, foundation, or even a highlighter.” It has a thin, liquid-like consistency that’s more watery than it is substantial, so it mixes well with a variety of products without adding heaviness. I’m a big fan of using this type of product mixed with moisturizer or liquid foundations for an all-over glow. Of the three shades available, Sunlight is the shade that adds the most noticeable color when applied to the skin, so those with lighter complexions may want to experiment and use a bit less if they want to retain the subtle effect of the other two shades when mixing in for all-over use. Those with deeper skin tones may find this works better than the other two shades for all-over. It can still be used as a subtle highlighter on its own, especially as the thinner consistency makes it very spreadable (but harder to leave in place, as it will take forever to dry down in a thick layer!). It gave my skin a soft, golden sheen that’s slightly dewy (but not oily or shiny) and a touch of warmth. When I tried it as a primer, it added an hour or so of wear to my base products, and when I wore it alone as a highlighter on cheeks (over bare skin), it lasted for eight and a half hours. This shade is very similar to its powder version.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Illuminating Emulsion ($52.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is a light-medium rosy pink with warm undertones and fine, pink and gold shimmer. Looxi Beauty Venom (P, $7.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Wild Rose (LE, $46.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Sublimate (Illuminate) (LE) is less shimmery (90% similar). Makeup Geek Starlight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Sunset Glow (LE, $46.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). Anastasia Sassy Grape (LE) is cooler (80% similar). Anastasia Starburst (LE) is lighter, more shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion is supposed to be a “weightless highlighter” that “stays put for “12 hours” that can be used as a “primer, foundation, or even a highlighter.” It has a thin, liquid-like consistency that’s more watery than it is substantial, so it mixes well with a variety of products without adding heaviness. I’m a big fan of using this type of product mixed with moisturizer or liquid foundations for an all-over glow. I reviewed the original shade, Celestial, years ago here, and I recently noticed the brand released two more shades, Starlight and Sunlight. The formula is very subtle as a targeted highlighter, but it works well patted onto cheekbones, down the nose, above the cupid’s bow, and so on, if desired. There’s a soft sheen and dewy finish that’s apparent but doesn’t move around my base products easily. The brand says 12-hour wear, which I don’t get; it added maybe an hour of wear time to my base products when mixed in, and on top of bare skin as a typical highlighter, it lasted a solid eight hours. I don’t expect that one needs to collect all three shades; this is ever-so-slightly more pink-toned and less golden, so it may suit those with pinker and redder skin tones a bit more than the original Celestial. Worth noting, the liquid version is pinker and not quite as peachy as the powder version.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion Starlight
Starlight
Starlight
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
7.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Deep The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Deep The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Deep The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Deep The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a muted, dark brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. Kat Von D Subconscious (P) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Talia (Contour) (P) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). NYX Hollow (P, $5.00) is warmer (90% similar). Viseart Sculpting #2 (P) is brighter (90% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P) is warmer, darker (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P) is lighter (85% similar). Cover FX Sunset (P, $38.00) is warmer, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Sculpting Powder is supposed to feel lightweight and have buildable coverage from sheer to full. Recently, the brand expanded the Sculpting formula to include two new shades–Light and Deep–to complement the existing Medium shade. Deep is several shades darker than Medium, which is a good thing, and still retains the more neutral undertone that made Medium so beloved by those who enjoy contouring. It’s a very pigmented formula that’s more blendable than it is buildable; if you apply less, you can sheer and blend out the color enough for a subtler contour, but it has a tendency to apply rather true-to-pan. The texture was very soft, smooth, and finely-milled with a bit of excess kicked up in the pan. The color could have been slightly more blendable in practice, but it wasn’t too much work to diffuse the edges. The contour wore well for eight and a half hours on me.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Deep
Deep
Deep
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
4.5
Application
87%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Light The Sculpting Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a medium, subdued brown with warmer, rosy undertones and a matte finish.YSL Golden Contouring Contour (P) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Taupe (LE, $22.00) is warmer, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Contour Soft (Tarteist) (LE) is darker (90% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). Too Faced Medium Cocoa (P) is warmer, darker (85% similar). LORAC Light Contour (P) is darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Sculpting Powder is supposed to feel lightweight with buildable coverage from sheer to full. Recently, the brand expanded the Sculpting formula to include two new shades–Light and Deep–to complement the existing Medium shade. I don’t consider it a very buildable formula as it is rather pigmented, and a little can go a long way, but it is soft and finely-milled, which makes it easy to blend and diffuse to sheerer coverage, if desired (or just use less and build up). The texture felt smooth and silky to the touch, and despite being very matte, it didn’t look dry or powdery on the skin. I have more light-medium colored skin, and I am able to use this shade and achieve noticeable color, though it is definitely lighter than Medium and should work well on lighter skin tones but very fair complexions may find they still have to sheer it out quite a bit for a subtle contour. I also think this one may be better on cooler undertones, as the rosy tone makes it appear more dramatic as it contrasts with my skin tone more than Medium or Deep does (I have soft, yellow undertones). On me, the contour wore well for eight hours on me.

Kevyn Aucoin The Sculpting Powder Light
Light
Light
9
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Powder ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) is a shimmering, golden brown with warm, yellow undertones and a frosted sheen. Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $52.00) is warmer, less shimmery (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (P) is darker (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Tropical Days (P, $48.00) is cooler, lighter (90% similar). MAC Global Glow (P, $32.00) is lighter (90% similar). Viseart Highlight #3 (P) is warmer, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is cooler, lighter, more shimmery (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

The Celestial Powder is supposed to give “an agenlic glow” that doesn’t look “glittery.” There are now three shades in the range (the other two are Candlelight and Starlight), and Sunlight is more comparable to Starlight, as it has more color oomph and stronger shimmer compared to Candlelight (which is particularly nice for those who like subtle to moderate highlighters). This is more of a highlighting bronzer, as it adds a lot of glow and luminosity to the skin, but it does add warmth. It is very pigmented, but the texture is soft, blendable, and forgiving, so it can easily be applied with a lighter hand for barely-there golden sheen or more intensely for true-to-pan bronzing. The consistency of the powder was smooth and finely-milled, and this didn’t emphasize my pores or skin texture. It wore well for almost nine hours on me before fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder Sunlight
Sunlight
Sunlight
10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
99%
Total

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Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer
Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer

Kevyn Aucoin Capri The Neo-Bronzer ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) contains a pink-peach highlighter, mid-tone rose pink blush, and reddish-brown bronzer that create a a muted, medium rosy mauve with warm undertones and a luminous finish when swirled together. Hourglass Mood Exposure (P, $35.00) is warmer (90% similar). Too Faced Baby Love (P, $26.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Exposed (P, $28.00) is darker, less shimmery (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Daybreak (503) (P, $46.00) is warmer, less shimmery (90% similar). CoverGirl Medium Rose (P, $9.99) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Spell Bound (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). bareMinerals Golden Gate (LE, $22.00) is lighter, less shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Prim (LE, $28.00) is lighter (90% similar). Makeup Revolution Make Love Instead (P, $5.00) is lighter, more shimmery (85% similar). MAC Cheeky Bugger (LE, $22.00) is brighter, lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Heart Throb (P, $10.00) is darker (85% similar). Laura Geller Boysenberry (P, $28.00) is brighter, darker, less shimmery (85% similar). Makeup Geek Puppy Love (P, $10.00) is darker, less shimmery (80% similar). Tarte Celebrated (LE, $28.00) is lighter, less shimmery (85% similar). Estee Lauder Sensuous Rose (LE, $28.00) is warmer, darker, less shimmery (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

It’s designed to be used individually or altogether for “the perfect sun-kissed look.” The powder is described as “finely-milled” and the finish is “natural-looking.” It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable consistency that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan, so it was easy to get color onto the brush while still being nearly effortless to diffuse and soften on the skin. The shimmer produced a smooth, luminous sheen that didn’t emphasize pores but wasn’t so subtle that it was hard to see. The only downside was that there was some excess product kicked up in the pan, which made it harder to use the shades individually as inevitably one shade’s powdery bits would wind up on another, so it is a product I think is better for someone who doesn’t require them to apply as three distinct shades. On me, the color wore well for eight hours before I noticed fading.

Kevyn Aucoin The Neo-Bronzer Capri
Capri
Capri
9
Product
10
Pigmentation
9
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
92%
Total

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