When an iconic brand like Kevyn Aucoin launches a new product, you wake up from your 2 hour nap and take note. You log into your pro artist account, order it, then anxiously await it’s arrival.
I love full coverage. I love cream foundations. I love kabuki brushes. What could possibly go wrong with the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm?
Well, as it turns out, everything.
Not to be confused with throwing shade, which I will be, just give me a sec,
the shade Light 04 is a pretty good match. I find the range runs pretty light, as my match according to Sephora would have been far too light for me. I also find the 20 shade range limited, with a mere 5 deep shades.
With 5 different silicones and hyaluronic acid, I thought the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm would make my skin look like a baby.
Instead, this foundation made my skin look worse by enhancing texture and dryness. I didn’t find the cream formula to be at all hydrating, despite containing great ingredients like hyaluronic acid and avocado oil.
I could possibly see a very oily skin type liking this, as you wouldn’t need any hydration, but I suspect that it would still pick up on any texture you might have.
While not emollient nor hydrating, that doesn’t mean this foundation is long-wearing either. The wear time is average to below average, with some fierce settling-into-pores action by midday.
For a $52 foundation from a luxury brand, I would expect this to be housed in a glass jar. It’s not. It’s plastic.
On a positive note, it comes with a very decent brush, which you rarely see. I would reach for the brush far more often than the foundation itself.
I suppose the brush adds some value but at $52.00 for 0.7 oz. of a not great product, keep walking. I won’t have you pay $52 for the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm. I just won’t.