I’ve basically written love songs and proposed marriage to the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder by now. I swear you guys, it is the only true shadow-colored contour. No one else can seem to to get it right. Having read all of Kevyn Aucoin’s books, I believe no one has even come close to the way he thought about makeup. This is why I trust the products in his line, made for the working artist and the makeup-obsessed consumer. The Contour Book Volume II is no exception. The previous contour book was a product that I wished I had taken advantage of, so when I saw this, filled with 8, count ’em 8 full-size products for $65, I knew I had to have it.Luckily, my sister in law had given me a Sephora gift card for doing my niece’s formal makeup so it made this gorgeous thing a bit more attainable for me. It was much easier to justify after a $20 discount! This is one of the products that I knew I would love, and I was right. Like, so right. I had tried the Sculpting Powder before and knew based on that, it would be money. Oh honey, and money it was! The creams are a dream. They are not oily but not too dry either. Perfection that blends seamlessly. The powders are beautifully pigmented, blendable and realistic. All of these colors are spot-on and universally-flattering. Like, I die. I’m dying! I’m dead! I recently used this palette on several bridesmaids, all with different coloring, and it performed flawlessly. For a freelance makeup artist like myself looking to streamline their kit, this is magic. While I personally disregard any form of instruction in makeup packaging, I know a lot of people have complained when a product gives no direction. Well the Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Vol 2 doesn’t skimp there! Before you even meet the products, you are greeted with comprehensive contour charts, outlining every step for you! Thank ya Jeebus. And now for the swatches! I think these come across on camera a bit warmer than they are, but just trust me that you will never find a better contour color than the Sculpting Cream and Sculpting Powder. I challenge you to find better ones in fact. That’s how passionate I am about these!
If I have any criticism at all, it’s only that the Candlelight Cream is likely too light for those darker than me. I would be NC20 in MAC, Ceylan in NARS, if that helps. It’s beautiful for me, but if you have a deeper skin tone, you may find it invisible. Other than that, I’m so in love. Would you like to see a full face tutorial with this palette? I’d love to do one so let me know!
Thank you so much for reading. I appreciate you being here, spending your time with me. If only it were possible to have a glass of wine with all of you, I surely would. What chu sippin on? xoxo