[productsample/affiliate] I’m honestly in two minds about the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm. It’s intensely pigmented which means a little goes a very long way which eases the £42 sting, but I didn’t find it particularly balmy.
While you can’t consider a foundation balm in texture on a par with a cleansing balm, I think I expected a softer, more pliable texture to this product, which has coverage that feels like a stick formula. I mean, compact foundations aren’t new, but it’s drier than I expected.
The included brush is exactly the right thing for application because it needs a buffing action to get it seamless. My skin is a little bit dry at the moment so perhaps that skewed things for me – I used it once and wasn’t impressed that the coverage seemed to stick on patches, but a second application, after exfoliation, went on like a dream so the state of your complexion in the first place is key. Bearing in mind that the formula contains hyaluronic, vitamin E and avocado oil, perhaps I thought it would be more moisture-feeling than it actually is, but coverage is good and leaves a velvety feeling over the skin.
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When it comes to the shade range, there are 20 tones but I’d strongly advise being colour matched in store rather than risk it over the internet. The colours I thought I’d be (from the on-line swatches) aren’t quite right – I think they come up lighter on skin than they look in the swatches.
The shades above are Light FB04 and Light FB05. It’s HERE, but do get a proper match at your nearest store.
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