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Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight The Celestial Skin Liquid Illuminating Emulsion Review, Photos, Swatches

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. Becca Topaz (P, $38.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tarte Park Ave Princess (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight (P, $44.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). CoverGirl Bronze (200) (P, $9.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Makeup Geek Sunlight (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). Cover FX Candlelight (P, $42.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Brown Sugar (LE, $60.00) is less pigmented (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Go With the Glow (P, $5.99) is darker (90% similar). Charlotte Tilbury Tan/Dark (6) (P, $44.00) is less shimmery, lighter (85% similar). NARS Laguna (P, $36.00) is lighter (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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • Chantecaille Eye Colors (Seashell
  • Triton
  • Starfish
  • Lagoon)
On lips:
  • NARS Apoline Audacious Lipstick

Product Availability

Kevyn Aucoin Sunlight $52.00/1.00 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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In the copy, you mention different manners of use. I assume that the photo is as a highlighter, over foundation. Right? Very natural, subtle, and lovely on you. I thought it would be much more intense. This formula is more versatile than many.

Highlighter over bare skin – I don’t apply foundation to the cheek area if I’m showing a blush/bronzer/highlighter/etc. product in a swatch!

Subtle and natural looking glow; love it!
I have found that liquid bronzers and highlighters, when applied first, seem to make my blush last longer without much, if any, fading.
But again, it’s the overall soft summer look that is simply stunning!

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