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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Makeup Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette ($165.00 for 0.79 oz.) includes twelve eyeshadows, one highlighter, and one contour powder. My favorite products are the highlighter and contour powders, which will come as no surprise, as I have reviewed them favorably in the past as standalones. You actually get more of each product in the palette than in the individual compact, but for $65 you could purchase the Contour Book Volume II, which also contains 0.17 oz. worth of the Celestial Powder and 0.14 oz. of the Sculpting Powder (plus other standout product sin the brand’s line, like a small version of Starlight and larger sizes of the cream versions of the highlight/contour found in this palette). I don’t think the eyeshadows are worth the additional expense; the shades themselves are dupable, but the formula feels dusty, dry, and sometimes powdery and other times stiffer. They blended out better than I expected, and they lasted seven to eight hours (so not too shabby), but they were more semi-sheer to semi-opaque and prone to sheering out when applied.

According to my calculations, the palette contains a total value of $263.20 worth of product. Here’s how the value breaks down:

  • $68 worth of The Celestial Powder
  • $56 worth of The Sculpting Powder
  • $139.20 worth of The Essential Eyeshadow (going off of The Essential Eyeshadow Set price per ounce)

Candlelight is a light, golden beige with warm undertones and a luminous sheen. The texture is soft, smooth, finely-milled, and it blends beautifully on the skin without emphasizing pores. The color wore well for just over nine hours before it started to fade. Makeup Revolution Radiant Lights (P, $6.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Laura Mercier Highlight 01 (P, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Strobe Light (P, $38.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Nooner (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Luster Light (P, $12.99) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Devotee (LE, $30.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop Touche (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Glazed (LE, $8.00) is more shimmery, warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Sesso (Highlighter) (PiP, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS 413 BLKR (P, $30.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Hourglass Incandescent Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Pearl (PiP, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Pink Champagne (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cover FX Celestial (PiP, $34.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Highlighter (Softcore) (LE, $60.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Iridescent Light (LE, $45.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Chanel Duo N. 02 (Top) (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Giorgio Armani Belladonna (LE, $88.00) is darker (85% similar). Illamasqua Aurora (P, $24.00) is darker, more muted, warmer (85% similar). Surratt Beauty Auréole (P, $32.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Medium is a muted, medium-dark shadowy brown with hints of gray and a matte finish. The powder is incredibly silky and finely-milled, which helps it blend out well on the skin. It had good pigmentation and lasted for eight and a half hours. MAC Crevasse (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Zoeva Heavy Crown (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Tarte Contour Deep (Tarteist) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Medium Contour (P, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Omega (P, $17.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Medium (PiP, ) is more shimmery, glossier (90% similar). LORAC Deep Contour (P, ) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). MAC Sepia (LE, $23.00) is darker, glossier (85% similar). MAC Coffee Walnut (LE, $20.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Sculpt (P, $16.50) is lighter, warmer (80% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Contour (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Zoeva Unfinished (PiP, ) is lighter (80% similar). YSL Golden Contouring Contour (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Iced Gold is a cool-toned white base with slightly warm-toned gold with a frosted sheen. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and was a little dry and dusty. It lasted for seven hours on me. Pretty Vulgar Free (PiP, ) is darker (100% similar). LORAC Unlocked (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Early Bird (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Urban Decay Snow (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC Fresh Blade (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Next Season (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop High Tide (LE, $5.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Becca Moonstone (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Now and Zen (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). YSL Golden Glow #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Too Faced Beamin' (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Opal (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Rager (LE, $5.00) is brighter (95% similar). Anastasia Lucid (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Dior Eternal Gold #3 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). NARS Bionic (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Dior Electrify #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Makeup Geek Telepathic (P, $12.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Bleach (Distortion) (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Champagne is a light-medium, beige-brown with warm undertones and a soft pearl shimmer. It had good color coverage with a soft, blendable texture that was just a smidgen powdery. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours. MAC Sax Appeal (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (PiP, ) is darker (95% similar). MAC Era (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Mellow (P, $8.00) is lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S642 Sahara (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S560 Taupe (P, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Smash (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Wheat is a muted, yellowed peach with warm undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-sheer pigmentation and was powdery to work with. The color started to fade after seven hours. Sephora Sandcastle (DC, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Butterscotch (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). LORAC Toffee (LE, $19.00) is more muted (85% similar). MAC She's Gravy (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Sephora Cream (PiP, ) is lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M408 Mustard (DC, $21.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Camel is a muted, medium brown with warm, yellow undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly dusty consistency that made it prone to sheering out. On me, the color wore well for seven and a half hours. Chanel Deep #1 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). NYX Tryst (P, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Blonde (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #3 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Bite the Beat (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). NARS Portobello II (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Milani Bella Cappuccino (03) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Givenchy Delicate #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Affresco #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Make Up For Ever S638 Mocha (DC, $21.00) is darker (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Rose in the Air #6 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Head Over Heels (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC That Somebody (LE, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sephora Hazelnut (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Wedge (P, $17.00) is darker (95% similar). Colour Pop Desert (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Tarte Cove (LE, ) is lighter (85% similar). Dior Undress #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Daddi-O (P, $29.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Candeur et Experience #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Coco is a medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was slightly drier in the pan, which made it stiffer to work with, and it turned patchy when I tried to blend it out. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation and lasted for seven hours. Dior Feel #3 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Jetsetter (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Inglot #342 (P, $6.00) is darker (95% similar). MAC Clove (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Samael (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Sandstone (LE, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). Urban Decay Lockout (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Stila Warm Taupe (LE, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M630 Sweet Chestnut (DC, $21.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Heartbreaker (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Picnic Basket (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Becca Cognac (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Bengali (DC, $25.00) is darker (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Whiskey Neat (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Charmed, I'm Sure (PiP, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). LORAC Walnut (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Viseart Dark Matte #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). LORAC Taupe (PiP, $19.00) is cooler, better quality (90% similar). MAC Charcoal Brown (P, $17.00) is cooler (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dark Chocolate is a smoky, taupe brown with subtle, neutral-to-cool undertones and a soft shimmer. It had semi-opaque coverage, but it was thinner and dusty in texture, which resulted in it sheering out on the lid. This shade lasted for seven hours before noticeably fading. Dior Matte Charcoal (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Smoked Sea Salt (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Kat Von D Saleos (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Defy (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). LORAC Truffle (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Soot #2 (DC, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Giorgio Armani #08 (P, $32.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M106 Slate (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Thunderbolt (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). NARS Quai des Brumes (Right) (DC, $25.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Keep Your Cool (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tarte Sleigh Watch (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). MAC Persuade (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Images of Rapture (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Makeup Geek Grunge (P, $6.00) is warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE, )(90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Beige is a light beige with subtle, warmer undertones and a satin shimmer. It had good color payoff and was very soft and blendable, but it was dusty to work with, so it tended to sheer out on the lid and faded after seven hours. Sephora Flagstone (DC, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Ulta Bone (P, $10.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Powder (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). theBalm Wipe Out (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Colour Pop Center Stage (LE, $5.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Rust (Highlight) (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Kat Von D Crosses (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Divinity (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Sephora Cashmere (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Sugar Cookie (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Broken (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Oh, Rocky! (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). MAC Winterlude (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Disney by Sephora A Wish (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Sand (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Celebrate (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Sephora Oat (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Peach is a light-medium, peachy orange with warm undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a powdery consistency that sheered out when I went to blend it. On me, this shade wore well for seven hours. theBalm Dream Boat (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS Valhalla (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Sephora Desert Rose (DC, $10.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Blue Garden #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Stila Rose Quartz (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Pont des Arts (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Dior Ambre Nuit #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery (90% similar). Hello Kitty Apple Pie (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). NYX Girl Talk (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Cle de Peau Baby Universe #2 (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). LORAC Beige (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Light Grey is a light-medium, gray taupe with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had sheer coverage with a very thin, dusty consistency that just wouldn’t build up no matter what. This shade started to fade after six hours of wear. Zoeva Ever (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Lazarus (PiP, ) is warmer (90% similar). Buxom Designer or Die (P, $12.00) is lighter (85% similar). Coloured Raine Misty Nights (LE, $6.99) is darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Naked 2 (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Frisk (PiP, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Runs the Show (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Pewter is a muted, mauve plum with subtle, cool undertones and a frosted finish. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a dusty, powdery texture that sheered out readily. The color lasted for seven and a half hours on me. Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). MAC Joy & Laughter #2 (P, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Plum Grand (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Pat McGrath Lilac Dusk (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm #20 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Virgin Orchid #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Social Butterfly #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). theBalm A1 (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Violet Spell (LE, $14.00) is warmer (85% similar). Giorgio Armani #27 (LE, $33.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Circa Plum (LE, $21.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Tarte Crystal (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Espresso is a dark, taupe gray with cool undertones and a plummy vibe paired with a satin finish. It had good color payoff with a soft, blendable texture that was just a little dusty but easy enough to work with. This shade wore well for eight hours. Milani Bella Taupe (05) (P, $4.49) is warmer (90% similar). Rouge Bunny Rouge Eclipse Eagle (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Meow (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). MAC Electroplate (LE, $22.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Maybelline Tough as Taupe (P, $6.99) is less shimmery (90% similar). Too Faced Cherie (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Make Up For Ever S556 Taupe Gray (DC, $21.00) is lighter (85% similar). Cle de Peau Satin Moon #4 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). NARS Lhasa (DC, $25.00) is warmer (85% similar). Burberry Storm Grey (No. 27) (DC, $29.00) is warmer (85% similar). Maybelline Black Orchid (130) (LE, $6.99) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Mixed Tape (P, $5.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Urban Decay Darkside (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). MAC Trusted Instinct #5 (LE, ) is darker, more muted (80% similar). Anastasia Antique (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). Chanel Tisse Gabrielle #3 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black is a medium-dark black with cool undertones and a smattering of fine shimmer over a mostly matte base. It had sheer coverage, and it was incredibly powdery, which made it prone to sheering out and turning patchy on the lid when blended. It wore well for seven hours before fading on me. MAC Dark Energy #4 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Indigo (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Black Star (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Night Owl #2 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Bad to the Berry (PiP, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). MAC Dark Soul (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Shameless (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop Friskie (P, $5.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). bareMinerals Penthouse (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Swept Up (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop The Capricorn (LE, $5.00) is warmer (85% similar). Too Faced Woof (LE, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder
Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder

Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Champagne The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Champagne The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Champagne The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Champagne The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Wheat The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Wheat The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Wheat The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Wheat The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Camel The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Camel The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Camel The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Camel The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Coco The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Coco The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Coco The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Coco The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Beige The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Beige The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Beige The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Beige The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Peach The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Peach The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Peach The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Peach The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Light Grey The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Light Grey The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Light Grey The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Light Grey The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Pewter The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Pewter The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Pewter The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Pewter The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Espresso The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Espresso The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Espresso The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Espresso The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Black The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Black The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin Black The Essential Eyeshadow
Kevyn Aucoin Black The Essential Eyeshadow

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Make Up For Ever HD
  • Kevyn Aucoin Candlelight The Celestial Powder
  • Kevyn Aucoin Medium The Sculpting Powder
On eyes:
  • Kevyn Aucoin The Legacy Palette
On lips:
  • Bobbi Brown Posh Pink Luxe Lip Color
  • Sephora Queen Bee Ultra Shine Lip Gel

Product Availability

Kevyn Aucoin Holiday 2015 Makeup Palette $165.00/0.79 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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Christine, you made the bad products (eye shadow) look good. Beautiful as always. Thanks for the review. I wouldn’t have bought this anyway due to the price; but now we know just how bad the shadows are.

IDK, but this is a very sad looking shadow palette. It looks like they took a DS palette, slapped the Kevin Aucoin name on it, along with a $ 165 price tag, and shoved it out the door in hopes people will buy it. Poor Kevin is probably rolling around in his grave! And I don’t understand why they added a contour shade to this — it eliminates a lot of customers who find the shade too dark, light, warm, etc. and at this price, every shade has to score an A+ and be use-able. For $165, I’d rather buy 3 UD Naked kits, 2 Viseart palettes, or 33 Colour Pop shadows.

I hear that, Katherine! What I find most upsetting is that this guy is DEAD, and now because whoever took over his company is making some awful products, it tarnishes his name, because his name is the brand. Before seeing the swatches yesterday, I was starting to think that maybe the eyeshadows were in a lux suede type formula like the Ciate ones. But instead, this mess.
But hey, I’m down with getting a few Viseart palettes down the road!

I was underwhelmed by this palette too! Love the Celestial & Sculpting Powders, do not love the eyeshadows. I’ll be returning this and getting the individual face powders instead!

I love the look of this palette but leven if the eye shadows were the most amazing texture and pigmentation of all time, I wouldn’t pay $165 for it. (Assuming that’s US dollars, then I would be paying closer to $200 CAD!)

Hi Christine,

If I hadn’t read your review, I would never think that the shadows were so bad, as you look absolutely gorgeous in them!! I especially love the black liner that you gave a rating of “F”. LOL

You look really beautiful in the photos, Christine! As much as this palette is pretty junky quality wise for the price tag, the range is indeed lovely on you.

My first impression of this palette was so positive. It looks really well crafted, super sleek, professional, and carefully edited; essentially the perfect travel palette. Then I looking at the colour range, I noted most of the palette falls into my makeup Kryptonite range.. all those aggravatingly orange/yellow based ‘neutrals’. They do absolutely nothing for me other than make me look like I should immediately be placed on a liver transplant list. I have light skin NC 20-25 range with yellow and green undertones and though many would classify me as a ‘warm’ skinned person, warm shades in the yellow orange range drag me down..so very badly. Based on that, this palette became a definite no. Glad it did. I might have been tempted otherwise.

Now seeing these poor swatches on a premium product, I’m very shocked because rarely do you find Kevyn Aucoin products getting a C.. considering the quality of the eye shadows alone would have probably brought the overall rating down to ho-hum C level. Ugh!

I expected it to be better — I was honestly surprised at the texture of these. You could definitely feel the talc in them, which always leaves me thinking “cheap,” though sometimes talc formulas have worked out really well.

After seeing the swatches yesterday, the C+ comes as no surprise. In reality, ONLY the contour and highlight save this palette from being a D or worse, it seems. The price makes it a travesty, IMHO.
Worse yet, is the stain it leaves on one of the most respected and talented MUA’s, Mr. Kevin Aucoin’s brand name. This is just UNACCEPTABLE on the part of those now running KA (into the ground, obviously!). Bring in those who, like him, respect the ART.

Well, at $165, it was never going to be a purchase for me, so at least I know I’m not missing out–those sour grapes are actually sour!! I can tell by your full face pics that the contour & highlighter are definitely the stars here–they look great on you!–but those shadows….I really appreciate that they at least did both warm and cool neutrals, and, being fair and over 40, I appreciate more sheer, thinner textures….but I can get that from Stila or Tarte for a fraction of the price!

This is really bad. I think they should take better care of the name of Kevyn’s name. He was an amazing artist. I love his books. I still have to try the makeup, but I’ll most certainly not start with this beige failiure of a palett. Yes, I think it is that bad, even though the contouring products are really good.

Yep – this is what I thought yesterday – it is awful. It’s a sad day when a brand cannot even get a light golden beige right. There are plenty of great palettes out there that have made these colours much better – Colour Pop for example, at a fraction of the price.
Your eye and face look is beautiful Christine – even with these shabby products.

This was out of my price range anyway, but it’s pretty disappointing.
I swatched some Kevyn Aucoin eyeshadow duos at Space NK and they actually seemed really nice from the swatces – they were shimmery ones though.

You do it every time. Make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Are the KA regular shadow this bad?

Hope and love to your readers in France, Belgium, and for that matter, the GOOD people in Syria and Iraq, who are beset by these evil villains. I can’t help but think we are on the brink of WW3, and am very glad that I am playing the back nine.

Lucky me I purchased the contour book during the sales. Looks like this time there were different options to purchase the covetted Kevyn Aucoin highlighter for a fraction of the original size but excelent amount of product, and this was not the most attractive one. I think whoever designed this palette and placed the price tag was not inspired. Just by looking at it it’s straight boring and feels cheap. Even if it was just 100$ I wouldn’t fall for it. I agree with other comments, better investing this on other options like Viseart.

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