Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm Review & Swatches
By Ree

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm Review & Swatches

15 Aug 2019 (Updated: 12 Oct 2019)

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I have had lots and lots of requests for a review of the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm, so here it is. There’s a video too!

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm
Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm

So! I really do like this new complexion product, even though it wasn’t at all what I imagined it would be. With a name like ‘Balm’, I was expecting something super sheeny and dewy, however this is definitely more of a velvet matte finish. Anyone else surprised?

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm
Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm – 4 & 5.5

But as much as it was a surprise, it really wasn’t a bad one because this product delivers such a pretty finish on the skin.

What is the Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm?

  • Multi-tasking, tinted balm
  • Designed to blur imperfections and achieve a visibly smoother complexion
  • Helps to create a flawless canvas for further makeup application
  • Soothing texture thing balm enriched with Hyaluronic Acid & Vitamin E to nourish and condition
  • Balm melts into the skin and creates a blendable base
  • Helps to disguise blemishes and improve radiance
  • Available in 20 shades
Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm
Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm Swatches

I have two shades to show you – Light FB 04 and Medium FB 5.5:

Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm - 4 & 5.5 Swatches
Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm – 4 & 5.5 Swatches

It’s a super emollient texture when you put your finger on to it. And then it softly dries to a soft velvety finish.

Before & After

As you will see in my video, I started off applying Light 4, but it looked too light, so I finished off with Medium 5.5:


My Review

Full makeup details in the YouTube video

Now I really liked this foundation but I have a couple of reservations after my first full day of wearing it.

When I applied it for the second time, I went straight in with 5.5 and was happy with that match which seems to work well with my darker hair, and deeper fake tan.  It provides really good, full coverage, but I think it needs setting if you use a generous amount of product to minimise transfer.

It gives a nice velvety, luminous finish that’s softly matte. After a couple of hours, I think it gets a bit glowier, which I really like.

It isn’t particularly longwearing I don’t think. I wanted to do a little top up after about 4 hours and I think this is where I started to see a couple of issues. When I touched up, I felt like my skin seemed a bit drier, and then a couple of hours after that, the foundation had grabbed a bit to the dryness around my nose. It was nothing major, but I could see it when I looked up close and I am thinking if you have patches of dry skin, it might not be so good for you.

It continued to look smooth over my lines and pores regardless, so I was really pleased with that.

I still need to test it more, and find the perfect way to apply and touch up, because I love the way it looks on my skin after it is applied and I got lots of compliments on it at the breakfast event I attended. Perhaps I need to make sure I set it around the T-zone so that touch ups aren’t necessary. I’m going to keep trying it and report back. I have also heard that it’s gorgoeus over Rose Prism Glass Glow so I am going to try that next.

I kind of think this would be perfect for someone with normal skin – not oily or dry – if that actually exists!!

How Much is Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm?

The foundation is £42  at Space NK and it comes with a really good mini brush for application.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and stay tuned to the homepage and Instagram for news on all the latest launches and products. The Facebook page is here and make sure you also find me on YouTube.



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11 thoughts on “Kevyn Aucoin Foundation Balm Review & Swatches

  1. Intriguing I wish I could try it in person… I am not thrilled about the dryness factor. Otherwise it looks and sounds right up my alley.

    1. Apparently it is amazing over a really glowy base like the KA glass glow or Shimmering Skin Perfector. I am going to try that! xx

  2. Thanks for your video and blog post on this new foundation. I noticed in this and your CT foundation video that we may wear similar shades. Would you mind sharing your foundation shade in other brands, like Chanel, Giorgio Armani, Lancome, etc.?

  3. Thanks for explaining you are tanned, I totally agree about hair color changing everything. I usually look to you for foundation matches, and your shade match seemed darker than I expected so that explains it. 🙂

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