Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting and Defining has a Long Name but is Amazing

Kevyn Aucoin The Contour Book The Art of Sculpting and Defining

Kevyn Aucoin has come to Sephora and with the recent makeup world’s obsession with contouring (which you may know I’m a bit sick of) Sephora came out with an exclusive contour and highlight kit of Kevyn Aucoin permanent products. I couldn’t pass it up, even if contouring isn’t part of my daily makeup routine.

Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder is famous for its grey tone that mimics real shadows on the face. I have also heard amazing things about his Celestial Powder in Candlelight, which is known for its subtle and beautiful finish (subtle is my kind of highlighter). This palette has both products as well as the Celestial Powder in Starlight and three of The Essential Eyeshadows in Brighten, Warm Brown, and Dark Brown. The kit also comes with Kevyn Aucoin’s (aka the master of contouring) placement tips for face and eyes.

placement guide


The products and guide come in a nice sturdy black cardboard package with a large mirror, which is really nice. But the really great stuff is the powders. All are pigmented but still easy to blend. The shades are stellar, from the amazingly realistic shadow the Sculpting Powder gives to the mega-watt shine the Brightening shadow gives.

swatches from the left: The Celestial Powder in Candlelight, The Sculpting Powder, Brighten, The Celestial Powder in Starlight, Dark Brown, and Warm Brown

I love both the Sculpting Powder and Candlelight for contouring and highlighting. The Sculpting Powder is grey toned, so it creates a beautiful, realistic shadow. Because its so cool toned, I only use this in very small areas of my face. Thankfully, the powder blends beautifully and lasts all day on my skin, so it can be worked to look natural. The Celestial Powder in Candlelight is beautiful, it is subtle but still has shimmer to it. I love that its not chunky, glittery, or shiny. Its a glow. The Celestial Powder in Starlight has a pink tone to it, and I personally prefer to use it as a shadow, but thats because of my skin tone, you could use this as a highlight.

The Essential Shadows are all very pigmented and blend well. I also get all day wear with a shadow primer (NARS Smudge Proof all the way). I love that you can also use Sculpt, Dark Brown, or Warm Brown in your brows. They work really well in the brows too, lasting all day and not smearing around. Brighten is super bright so I use it very sparingly (basically just in my inner corners). I love how pigmented all the powders in this kit are yet they all still blend out easily. You get pigment where you want and you can still blend out the edges to make everything seamless (best of both worlds!).

This whole kit is very well done. All the products are fabulous, the placement guide is amazing (just like Kevyn Aucoin’s work, he was an amazing makeup artist and honestly amazes me and will hopefully inspire many more makeup lovers in the future). You can get this kit exclusively at Sephora for $59 but all these products are sold separately where Kevyn Aucoin products are sold like at Beautylish and Kevyn Aucoin online.

The rundown: A+



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