Friday, 25 May 2012

Kevyn Aucoin The Lip & Cheek Palette

With the sunny weather we've been having recently, I thought it would be a good time to revisit this Kevyn Aucoin palette. I first tried the Lip and Cheek Palette in 'the corals' a couple of months back and it wasn't instant love. From experience, I know it's always worth giving things a second try and I'm pleased I didn't write this palette off.



The palettes contain (from left to right) three lip glosses, a cream blusher and a lip colour. The glosses all have a nice texture, they don't feel especially sticky and have a sweet, vanilla scent. The blusher is quite a thin cream texture and acts almost like a stain. It reminds me a little of the effect I get with the Hourglass Aura Cheek Stain. It's a pinky coral colour and for me, best suited for Spring/Summer wear.

The lip colour is the item I didn't get on with first time around. My mistake was to apply it with a lip brush and this produced a finished that I didn't like. Today, I was very cautious and applied a really thin layer with my finger. I built up the colour in layers like this, patting it on and I was much happier with the effect. Topped off with one of the glosses, it looks and feels very nice and gives good wear time.

Swatches in the order as the palette

Although I'm not the biggest fan of lip products in palettes, I think this would be a nice item to take away on holiday as the colours are really summery and it would be convenient for adding a little colour on the go. Probably best to avoid getting sand in it, of course!

There are a couple of negatives which I want to mention. Aesthetically, I don't think it looks as sleek as other items from the line. It's black all over rather than the usual two-tone red and black packaging plus it has a rather cheap looking gold fastening. I realise this all sounds a bit nit-picky but this brings me onto my other point. I feel the palette is quite expensive for what it is. None of the pans, apart from the cream blusher, are particularly big and with regular use, they would be used up quite quickly. Usually palettes offer a better deal than buying the items separately, so I think a price around £30 might be more enticing.

The Lip & Cheek palette comes in three colour ways: the corals, the pinks and the mauves and are available from Mise Beauty. The palettes cost £42 each.

Disclosure: This item was sent to me without cost for review purposes.


  1. Oh that cream blush shade is gorgeous! Want want want

    1. It's definitely the star of the palette for me :)

  2. I like the look of the cream blush and lip colour although I agree that I'm not overly fond of lip palettes.
    I have not explored Kevin Aucoin before but recently had a good play in Space NK and really liked the unique texture of the products. I feel my wishlist expanding;)

    1. I agree Meeta, the textures are really different and I was aware of this with all three product types in this palette. Especially the blusher which is my favourite of the piece. One of favourite Aucoin bits that I have is actually a pencil liner. I keep meaning to check which other colours there are.

  3. Nothing wrong with being nitpicky! (said the most nitpicky person ever.) I like the main cheek color. It's very pretty. But i'd probably pass on the rest.

    1. It's true, I guess I shouldn't apologise for being critical as it's important for a thorough review. The cheek colour is my favourite too.

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    1. I think these colours would all look very pretty on you Nic x


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