Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter Review, Photos, Swatches

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Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter
Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter

Sahara

Kevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo HighlighterKevyn Aucoin Sahara The Neo Highlighter ($58.00 for 0.74 oz.) is supposed to contain the brand’s famous Celestial Powder in three shades: Candlelight, Starlight, and Sunlight. The formula definitely doesn’t feel quite as finely-milled or as silky as the standalone Celestial Powders, but the bigger difference is that Candlelight and Starlight are both much, much warmer and less luminous in this palette (Sunlight was very similar). The texture not being quite as luxurious as the individual shades was only something I noticed by feel, not so much when I applied it to the skin, blended out the powders, and wore them. If you like warmer, more bronzy highlighters, you’ll probably enjoy this compact.

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Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder

Candlelight (Sahara)

Candlelight (Sahara) is a light, golden peach with warm undertones and a soft sheen. It had rich color payoff with a soft, powdery texture that kicked up quite a bit of excess in the pan but blended out easily and managed not to look dry on once applied. It was a lot less luminous compared to the standalone powder (both older and newer packaging), and it was much darker/yellower: put it this way, they were different enough that I had to give this a unique name as the dupes would be completely off. This shade lasted for eight hours on me before fading.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.11 oz. - $400.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give "an angelic glow" that can be applied all-over or just where you want it most. It is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade but all shades I've tried have blended out well and lasted around eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder swatches.

Ingredients

TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

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Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight (Sahara) The Celestial Powder

Starlight (Sahara)

Starlight (Sahara) is a light-medium peachy brown with warm, orange undertones and a soft sheen. It had nearly opaque pigmentation that applied easily to the skin, as the powder was very soft and blendable. In the pan, the powder had a more powdery, dusty texture and kicked up a lot of product in the pan, but it did not appear dry or dusty on my skin. Again, the color wasn’t similar to my standalone Starlight powder: the palette version is much, much warmer and a lot less shimmery. The color in the palette is lovely but not at all like the Starlight I know. On me, the highlighter stayed on for eight hours.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.11 oz. - $400.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give "an angelic glow" that can be applied all-over or just where you want it most. It is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade but all shades I've tried have blended out well and lasted around eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder swatches.

Ingredients

TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

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

Sunlight

Sunlight is a subdued, medium-dark brown with golden shimmer. The color payoff was great–it was totally opaque–while the texture was soft, lightly dusty, and blendable on the skin. It yielded a smooth sheen that was glowing but not emphasizing. I found that the color in the palette was very comparable to the single I have of Sunlight, so that was a nice find. I noticed signs of fading after eight hours of wear.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$44.00/0.11 oz. - $400.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to give "an angelic glow" that can be applied all-over or just where you want it most. It is a luminous, powder highlighter that strikes the right balance between being noticeable without emphasizing the skin’s natural texture. The shimmer is fine, while the powder is silky and smooth. The pigmentation varies from shade to shade but all shades I've tried have blended out well and lasted around eight hours on me.

Browse all of our Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder swatches.

Ingredients

TALC, MICA, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, ALUMINA, TRIETHOXYCAPRYLYLSILANE, TIN OXIDE. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499) MICA, TALC, MAGNESIUM STEARATE, DIMETHICONE, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, PHENOXYETHANOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499)

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Too warm and orangey for me, but glad it scored well for those interested. Kind of disappointed the colors are different from the singles, but you could bronze the entire body with this much product!

Very Pretty! Yesterday I picked up my package with the Neo Limelight; haven’t had a chance to try yet. I wish they had made the compacts smaller and therefore a bit more affordable. If the price were lower, I would be tempted by this one as well… totally wear this as a summer blush.

If they had been the same formula and shades as the regular version, I would have been verrry much inclined to at least consider this. But no, not with the inconsistency between the permanent versions and this.

I’m kind of disappointed that they are claiming that these are the Celestial highlighters when the colors and formula are different 🙁 I mean, I guess they can still be good product, but I was expecting the Candlelight and Starlight I know and love.

gah I wish this was cooler, those kind of face sculpting things always seem to overpowering for my pale skin and this is quite lovely!

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