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

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