Monday, 15 January 2018

Kevyn Aucoin The Making Faces Beauty Book Review and Swatches

Kevyn Aucoin The Making Faces Beauty Book Review and Swatches


I'm not at all into holiday makeup sets, as I mentioned in my previous By Terry holiday palette post, but this year there seem to be some incredible exceptions to the usual holiday set rules. By and large, "limited edition holiday set" is code for "lower quality stuff we weren't sure what to do with so we lumped them in special packaging to flog to you". NOT in this case. If you can still find this, (at time of writing, this glorious palette is still available at Space NK) the Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book has got to be one of the best buys of 2017/18, and I urge you to have a look.

The Making Faces Beauty Book is a clever little magnetic trio of travel-friendly palettes, containing some of the finest makeup money can buy. Oh, and talking of money, considering an individual Pure Powder Glow in Dolline is £30.00, and you're getting two full size blush pans in this set - it's a good deal. The ingredients list for the powders do vary (only slightly for the blushes, more markedly for the highlight and bronzer) from the original single pan powders, so they are not exactly the same. Don't let that put you off though - these powders are still high quality, blendable, and beautiful. I am in love.

Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty BookKevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book

Everything is swatched below. You can see that the eyeshadows edge to the cooler side of neutral (which is refreshing) and whoever thought that sparkly blue was what this palette needed needs their head checked, but in general the colour scheme is beautifully wearable. I find that the colour scheme is geared towards lovely day looks, or looks to complement a bold lip. the dark "smoky" shades (black, brown and deep navy) are best used as a lash enhancing smudgy liner - they are a slightly drier formula to the main eyeshadow book. The formula has moderate pigmentation, feels like silk (except you, sparkly blue) and good 7 hour wear-time before creasing when used with a primer.
Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book Eyeshadow Swatches

The cheek shades are a joy. Terrifyingly bright in the pan, deliciously blendable and not at all pantomime dame on the cheek. They are satin-matte in finish and play well with every other face product I use (and that is a LOT of stuff, dear reader). I tend to mix the two (see the furthest right swatch below) as suggested by the palette insert, and it really does give the rosiest, freshest flush to the cheeks. The wear-time is at least 8 hours, and I absolutely love the formula. even the fairest skintones can definitely make use of these shades.

Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book Blush Swatches

The contour book is a winner for me too. I've heavily swatched all three shades below - the bronzer is warm and yellow-golden, so medium skintones and yellow undertones will love this one (not so much rosier, fairer cheeks though!). The highlight is the KA Candlelight powder, and the contour is the medium shade of the cult classic Sculpting Powder. Pigmentation is good to strong, so use a light hand. I use all three of these every day, and it literally takes me seconds to look sculpted, fresh, and well. A serious Winter pick-me-up in a palette.

Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces Beauty Book Contour Highlight Swatches

Overall, if you have a light to medium skintone, don't question it - this is the one!

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1 comment

  1. I'm on a spending ban at the moment but I've bookmarked this post for when it's over!! xx



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