Flawless Finish: Kevyn Aucoin Tinted Balm

I think that Kevyn Aucoin may have always corrected for oily skins… period. Every base that I’ve ever used from him does wonders on my oily skin, even the notoriously tacky (in feeling, not opinion) Sensual Skin Enhancer. The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm is no exception:

This formula imitates skin in the most wondrous way… and it doesn’t look ‘filmy’ on the skin like some tinted moisturizers can tend to do. The sheer coverage can be built to medium, much like NARS Radiant Tinted Moisturzer. In terms of comparison… I can’t really. The finishes are completely different. NARS acts and behaves like a really creamy foundation, while the KA Tinted Balm behaves more like a traditional tinted moisturizer. The KA version is best suited to Normal/Oily types while the NARS version works best on Combination/Dry skin types.

I test-drove it in a recent FOTD:

I will say that NARS edges out KA on the color selection… you’d be hard pressed to find the one (two?) shade that goes darker than this one (SB05). KA might want to think about giving these formulas some ‘names’ too, instead of numbers. Makes it much easier to track your individual color. Even Armani got the memo on that one and started naming the lipsticks. Much easier that way.

You can find out more about Kevyn Aucoin The Sensual Skin Tinted Balm HERE.

*pr sample

Sheer Genius: Kimiko Hydrating Tint

This was an accident… a beautiful accident. I was in my local Beauty Supply Store looking for the MUFE Aqua Cream in Matte Black (they didn’t have it), found out that restocked the contraband known as MUFE Aqua Cream #19 (not the re-do in #26… they had that too), and got distracted by what may possibly be the last two Cargo Laguna Blushes on Earth (I got both of them)…

Somehow… my eye caught the Kimiko Display.

I don’t know anything about this brand. I found out that lots of the products double as skin care. I always love that idea. So I started playing around, and found that I was most attracted to the hydrating tint. Despite its incredibly thin, water based formula, it still seemed to ‘perfect’ my skin without offering any additional coverage.

The formula reminds me of the La Prairie Tinted Moisturizer (which I have and am  not nearly as impressed by, despite its long complicated list of ingredients and $100 sticker price). It comes in a variety of shades… the colors go but so dark. It turns out I’m the darkest shade that the company offers, in Nutmeg. It also offers an SPF of 20, and I need all the protection I can get.

I really love this formula. It’s weightless, and hydrating… without making my oily skin look or feel ‘oily.’ At more than half the price of La Prairie, I’m even more impressed. Plus, this color actually matches me. The darkest shade in the La Prairie lineup is still just a bit too light for me.

Definitely a keeper. I’m wearing this one until further notice, considering the fact that we’re still rocking triple digit temperatures in some parts of Southern California (yes, really). You can find out more about Kimko Hydrating Tint HERE.

Mini Becca Haul

I hit the website SkinCareRX because they were having a sale. My girlfriend has been on me about ordering from that site for months… so I finally caved. I caught 50% off on three products, and they shipped it to me within 2 days. Not too shabby.

I got the Tinted Moisturizer in Nuba, the Lip Tint in Grenadine, and a blender brush.
So, as you can see, the Tinted Moisturizer in Nuba is too dark. I have a bit of a tan, so I thought that I could pull it off, but it’s still too dark. The formula is awesome though, so I’m going to get my proper color (Sierra) and give this one to my little sister. I think it’ll match her skin tone perfectly.
Lip Tint in Grenadine. I really like this tint. It’s sheer and comfortable. You can actually wear this with just mascara and still look ‘polished.’ This is a keeper.
Okay, so this is not the blender brush that I ordered. I actually ordered a ‘tapered’ blender brush with a sable head. But this synthetic thing came in the mail. I called them about it and it turns out they never had the sable version, so they’ve sent me a return label, and this will be going back to the company. I’m not a fan of this brush at all.
But overall, I’m satisfied with my shopping experience. Their turnaround and customer service is EXCELLENT. So even though they made a mistake, they were quick to correct it. I will definitely be back for more.

Product Review: Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer

I’ve been on the hunt for a new tinted moisturizer with a little more coverage… and no gross smell (Laura Mercier, I’m looking at you). I’m waiting for the NARS versions to hit a store so I can try them in person. Meanwhile, I found this little gem while poking around Target:

Since there are no testers, I guessed that this might be my color, and plunked down $13 for it.

I was a little worried about the color… see how it swatches sort of light? But when I  blended it out, it completely merged in with my skin:

This is a really good tinted moisturizer. It has a sheer to medium coverage, and the smell is almost non-existent. The tube does dispense a LOT of product, so be aware of that. I squeezed out too much the first time I used it. But other than that… it’s excellent. It wears very well, and doesn’t break down or separate on my oily skin. Definite keeper in my book.

You can get Sonia Kashuk Tinted Moisturizer from Target.