Kevyn Aucoin Contour Book Vol 2 Swatches + Review

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. IMG_3627The 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.IMG_3630Luckily, 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! IMG_3621This 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! IMG_3624I 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. IMG_3625While 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. swatches-namedAnd 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


  1. Serein

    12/02/2015 at 1:26 PM

    I actually returned mine, now kicking myself!

    1. Ivy Boyd

      12/02/2015 at 1:46 PM

      That’s the most interesting thing about beauty blogging though is seeing different perspectives! I might find it more useful since I’ll be using it on clients mostly. What didn’t you love?

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