Nov 122012

Kevyn Aucoin’s line has just released several new products, including some buttery soft, highly pigmented eyeshadow duos.  I screeched to a halt when I saw them at a Space NK counter inside Bloomingdales in San Francisco.  As you likely know, Kevyn Aucoin’s line is also sold at Bergdorf Goodman and Here’s a quick snapshot of all the shades. Not being Karlasugar (plus I was already late for a meeting), I apologize but I do not have the names or swatches of all (click to enlarge):

Most of these shades have a gorgeous shimmer quality that reminds me of the old Shu Uemura eyeshadow singles circa 2004. Amazing complexity and beautiful texture. I did purchase one (just to play), which is the front-and-center duo with two highlighting shades, Kevyn Aucoin The Eye Shadow Duo Shimmering Wheat #202 ($42).

I recognize that Shimmering Wheat is an unconventional first choice to get into a new line. There are several amazing duos which would be safe, stand-alone palettes (look at the shades toward the left, especially the middle and bottom rows). Nonetheless, I’ve bought more than a few highlighter shades that seemed to lack complexity and pigmentation recently.  When I saw the gorgeous complexity, pigmentation and softness of Shimmering Wheat, I knew that I’d use it immediately with several items that I already own. Swatches:

One more:

In the meantime, I took a quick picture of the new Kevyn Aucoin matte eyeshadow singles as well:

It is lovely to see the line infused with products that meet the excellence of the existing line. If you are in the neighborhood of a counter, these are well worth a look.


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  15 Responses to “First Thoughts: Kevyn Aucoin Eyeshadow Duos”

  1. No, you are not karlasugar…and that’s a good thing! She walked away from her very popular blog with no explanation. I, of course, hope nothing is wrong…but I won’t go back if she starts it up again.

    • That’s not very kind, is it? Bloggers do not owe us anything, and I understand it takes a considerable amount of time to write, edit, and post a single entry. I miss her posts immensely, as they were a good resource for me. (Not affiliated)

      • Hi Erica,

        I realize this is supposed to be about KA; not Karla, but I just wanted to say how wise I found your comment to be. We sometimes forget that many of our favorite bloggers are doing so as a hobby or sideline. They have a life to which we are not privy and they do not owe us explanations. I have a dear friend who used to blog for a hobby. She, too, stopped abruptly when she was diagnosed with lymphoma. She needed private time to come to grips with a terrifying diagnoses which would directly impact her family and close friends. She simply didn’t feel that her readers had the right to know what was going on in her personal life.

        I’m sure we all hope Karla is OK and wish her well.

        • I certainly do worry as I do whenever a previously regular blogger is just gone. Are they okay? Just bored of it? Sick? I barely post on my own blog so I certainly don’t fault them, but I do get concerned.

          • Hi Jane, Cafe Makeup did go offline for a few months a few years ago. Some other blogs I’ve loved have gone as well. I think we all get attached to reading blogs and feel a connection with an author’s personal voice. I certainly did with other beauty blogs that I’ve loved. Even when shopping I’ve wondered “hmm, I wonder what ___ blogger would think of this?” LOL At the same time, because blogs are so personal, sometimes the blogger’s own life has to take #1. Usually someone who is very dedicated to blogging has a good reason to pull back. I think it’s natural to be concerned, but I think all I can do is to imagine that everyone concerned is doing their absolute best. That’s always what turns out to be true in the end, I think. 🙂 Thank you for your comment!!

  2. These look beautiful. I really want to see the one pictured on the bottom left! I have never tried anything from Kevyn Aucoin but these shadows look fantastic,

  3. The colours remind me a of the eyeshadows from this winter’s Dior Carnet de Bal palette. Very pretty and rich for such light, shimmery shades. Perfect for the season.

    I hope you’ll review some things from the winter collections (Chanel, Dior, Guerlain…) It doesn’t matter even if I have a product, you’re one of the bloggers that it’s a joy to read what you have to say about makeup.

  4. they are also at my local nordies! i am plotting an order! so excited KA is back in stores!!!

    • Mine too! Tyson’s Nordstrom has the line, as does the Tyson’s Bloomingdales Space NK.

      Since Bobbi Brown discontinued her Navajo eyeshadow (I don’t want it in a palette, I want it by itself), I’ve been looking for an eyeshadow in the same vein. KA’s Touch of Peach is similar, if peachier, obviously. And I *think* the parabens have been removed.

  5. I really liked 4 duos from your photo, generally the ones that include a bronzy brown or golden champagne color. But unfortunately, Kevyn Aucoin is not sold in my country. It’s sad for me cause most of the celebrity make up artists use so many products of him.

  6. The packaging reminds me of Tom Ford, but the pans resemble Hourglass or even NARS.

  7. […] have limited experience with Kevyn Aucoin products, and have only ever officially reviewed one, but my experiences so far have been positive. I’m hoping to do more reviews of the brand in […]

  8. Oh yeah–these WILL be mine! I can just imagine how buttery and smooth they are…except I hope not as soft as some shades tend to be. I have the Essential Eye Set in #1 and the camel-brown shade (which is my favorite, btw) is nice but just WAY too soft. It has completely shattered from me just *barely* pressing a brush onto the surface. It’s almost unusable–that’s how soft it is. I mean, I’m all for soft shadows but jeez…

  9. Hi!

    First, congratulations for your blog, I love it!

    I like so mucha the KA make-up, it is a shame in Spain is dificult shop this products.

    Regards and I follow you.

  10. I have Shimmering Wheat, I enjoy the neutral and highlight shades very much.

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