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November 1, 2016

Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Bronzing Veil | Tropical Days

I’m a complete newbie to the Kevyn Aucoin beauty line. Before I discovered the convenience of online ordering I spent quite some time exploring the beauty counters at Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue introducing myself to various luxury brands and educating myself on their products. Doing this gave me the opportunity to talk to experienced brand-exclusive makeup artists and take home samples for me to use and experiment with – one brand that has always stood out in particular was Kevyn Aucoin. Recently I decided to give the brand a closer look and ordered the The Celestial Bronzing Veil ($48 / 0.34 oz) in the shade Tropical Days which is the lighter version of the two available, the other being Tropical Nights.

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The Celestial Bronzing Veil is a powdered bronzer poured in an ombre pattern designed to enhance, deepen, and sculpt the face with crystal pigments in bronze, gold and silver that add both color as well as glow. Tropical Days is a warm golden brown with the tiniest hint of gray in its undertone and has a smooth shimmery, luminous finish. The color payoff is excellent and delivers a natural-looking sunkissed radiant glow. The shimmer is apparent but is so finely milled that it appears as very natural. While for me this makes a lovely bronzer, the versatile formula and overall design triples it as a contour as well as highlighter depending on where you concentrate your brush. The top and middle are more for highlighting and bronzing while the bottom half is deepened with less shimmer for contouring. Whichever way you decide to utilize the powder it is promised to instantly warm up the face with a sunkissed tan and luminous glow. I like to swirl around the compact for a good mix of all three. The lightweight and almost silky texture makes it really easy to blend into the face for a second-skin finish that does not accentuate pores or other minor flaws. Wear time was close to 10 hours.

Closeup image of the color

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Swatched on the arm

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Comparison swatches

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Nars Bronzing Powder in Laguna – reviewed here
J.cat BeautyGolden Soleil Baked Bronzer in Cyprus Clay – reviewed here
Kevyn AucoinThe Celestial Bronzing Veil in Tropical Days
The  Estée EditThe Barest Bronzer in Light-Medium – reviewed here
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer in Luminous Bronze Light – reviewed here

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Having now played with a full Kevyn Aucoin product I discovered for myself the extent of the high quality that went into this bronzer and have placed the brand on my list as one to watch out for more in the future. The Celestial Bronzing Veil powder is really smooth and the ultra-soft texture blends out beautifully with the skin’s natural texture and lasted for up to 10 hours easily without fading or streaking. The overall color works very well with my medium skin tone. I was kind of afraid that the hint of gray would contrast with my skin but fortunately it was definitely more of a compliment than an insult. At $48 the price tag is rather steep but I definitely think The Celestial Bronzing Veil is worth it for the color and formula alone, and that doesn’t include the quality which is beyond spot-on.

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