Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion ($52.00 for 1.0 fl. oz.) is supposed to be a “long-wearing formula” that can be used as a “primer, foundation, or even a highlighter.” It says it can last as long as 12 hours. It has a lightweight, thin, liquid-y consistency with a warm, golden sheen. The powder version of Candlelight The Celestial Powder is much more beige, less golden/yellow. See comparison swatches against some golden powder highlighters. The most comparable shade with a similar formula that I could think of was Giorgio Armani No. 10, which is liquid as well, but it is warmer, darker. Other formulas that have similar consistencies would be MAC Lustre Drops, MAC Strobe Liquid, and Tom Ford Skin Illuminator.

The consistency definitely lends itself to an easier all-over application, whether applied alone as a primer before foundation or mixed with your favorite liquid or cream foundation. I mixed this with Guerlain Parure de Lumiere, and it seemed to extend wear slightly by a half hour or so, but I didn’t feel like it really contributed to added longevity. It did, however, add all-over luminosity and gave my skin an even better, more lit-from-within appearance. It doesn’t emphasize pores or skin imperfections, while the consistency spreads easily across the skin, whether bare, mixed with foundation, or patted on as a highlighter. When I tried it patted on the cheek bones, down the bridge of the nose, and above the cupid’s bow to highlight, it had a soft, dewy, candlelit glow for about nine hours (not twelve, though). It really seemed to give skin a lovely natural radiance and smoother, healthier appearance overall.

It’s backordered at the moment at Nordstrom, but Neiman Marcus has it in stock.

The Glossover

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The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

A-

It really seemed to give skin a lovely natural radiance and smoother, healthier appearance overall. I'm quite enamored with this product, and the only reason it wasn't rated higher was that it doesn't live up to the 12-hour wear claim (either as a primer or as a highlighter), but if that's not a deal-breaker, it's well worth considering.

Product

9/10

Pigmentation

10/10

Texture

10/10

Longevity

7.5/10

Application

5/5

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Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion
Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion mixed with foundation
(with Chanel Sonate Glossimer on lips)

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26 thoughts on “Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Stephanie

    Hi Christine! I see you’ve reviewed the powder version of this! Which do you think it better as a highlighter? I have dry skin so im often wearing luminous/ dewy foundation so i was wondering if adding this to my routine would be excessive as compared to the powder form! Thank you! Hope you’re having a wonderful Christmas! All my love, Stephanie

  2. What a nice product! I’ll definitely check this out. :)

  3. Deeeefinitely a no go, with my oily skin and what not, but on you this does look positively gorgeous!

  4. helen

    Pretty, pretty, pretty.

  5. GAHH! How completely gorgeous. I love, love, love the effect on your skin.
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  6. Fragrance? Everyone raves about the Sensual Skin Enhanser (I think I got that right) but it’s too perfumed. Boo! Why?!

    • No scent that I could recall… I went and smeared some all over the back of my hand, and I tried to detect a scent from there as well as what was left on my fingertip… smells like… makeup – maybe a little like silicones? I’m not getting perfume-y, Estee Lauder/Lancome type scent.

    • Nordstrom’s ingredient list seems to stack up with the back-of-the-box, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see “fragrance” as an ingredient (doesn’t mean it’s fragrance-free, but it is a good sign).

      • Awesome! Thank you :) I have been really interested in this one! Fragrance doesn’t always bother me but some stuff (Estee’s moisturizers are a good example and a pointless addition to the products) drives me crazy! My skin will flair up and get puffy and red and hot. Thank you! :)

        • No problem! I can definitely at least say with confidence that if there is ANY scent or fragrance, it’s nowhere near on the level of Estee Lauder’s moisturizers and the like. I mean, those I can smell nearly all day long.

      • And if it matters, Nigel’s Beauty Emporium in North Hollywood has this is stock as well. Just got mine (pro discount included muahahah) LOL

  7. This looks *amazing* on you, Christine! I fear on my vampiric skin tone it might be a bit warm, however…
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  8. This is just beautiful! Makes me want to pull out my Strobe Liquid tomorrow lol. Your skin looks flawless!
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  9. drdivaphd

    I have this and it has been my understanding that this is a primer that works like the most perfect double date ever with the Sensual Skin Enhancer. I have a boatload of primers but I only use this when using the SSE. Do you know anything about this? Am I off?
    Thanks love reading your takes on all things beauty. your a lovely girl
    Happy New Year to you and yours.

  10. It, for sure, look amazing and the effect after mixing with foundation is so awesome! <3
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  11. Ellen

    Looks amazing as is! Do you have any powder or blush on that would influence how amazing this looks in photos, or is it jus foundation (which one) mixed with the luminizer? Also, I am very fair and this has a yellow/beige tint, does it tint this foundation which, in my case, would affect the depth of the color? Thanks for all your hard work during this holiday season. You haven’t missed a beat!

    • Hi Ellen!

      No blush, but there is a setting/finishing powder to set everything in place (Guerlain Les Voilettes) in the photo here!

      I don’t find it tints the foundation, and when used sparingly and then mixed with foundation, I think it will be very, very sheer and you won’t notice a real yellow tone to it!