Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder Review

Hello gorgeous gals,

I reviewed the Kevyn Aucoin Celestial Powder in the shade “Candlelight” ages ago. “Candlelight” has been around since eternity and has quite a cult following. Recently (actually, late 2014), the brand launched a new shade – “Starlight.” Let’s know more about it:
Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder

Product Description:
What it is:  A sheer, opalescent highlighting powder that works to illuminate features with a subtle glow.
Outer packaging

What it does:  The Celestial Powder accentuates your best features. This sheer, champagne-colored powder blurs imperfections, highlights cheekbones, and illuminates any areas that light naturally hits with an illuminating gleam. Sweep this highlighting powder over foundation, bare skin, or dust it all over the face for a soft, ethereal glow that is lightweight and leaves a flawless, sheer finish.

Price: $44 for 3.1 gm. |BUY THIS PRODUCT HERE|

Shade name


The product comes packaged in a small mirrored compact without any applicator.  It’s so small that you may mistake it for an eyeshadow single, seriously!!

My Experience with Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder:

For those who are new to the brand, Kevyn Aucoin Beauty was established by Kevyn Aucoin, a US based makeup artist. The range includes some much-raved products like this highlighting powder, the liquid highlighter, the sculpting powder and some amazing brushes. He also has two amazing makeup books to his credit which are still considered makeup bibles!

Shade:  To me, this highlighting powder seems quite unique in colour. It’s a warm peachy highlighter with a fine champagne shimmer running through it. Most highlighters I have come across are either the pearl kinds or the new champagne color. And if they go darker, they tend to follow the beige/brown route. This one, however, runs distinctly peach and quite warm. It kind of reminds me of the Bobbi Brown shimmer bricks which are highlighting powders, but with distinct pink, peach, rose tones.  I have reviewed the “Nectar” and “Wild Rose” variants for you earlier.
Highlighter closeup

On a light/fair Caucasian skin tone, this would probably look like a barely-there blush. On my medium skin tone, it just melts into the skin and gives a lovely warm radiance. On darker skin tones, it would probably look absolutely stunning. So, it could work for all skin tones; however, it’s more suitable for medium to darker skin tones.

Texture: In terms of texture, this is pretty similar to the shade “Candlelight.” It’s extremely finely milled, almost creamy. It blends like a dream, providing a beautiful sheen with a barely-there sparkle. It does not accentuate the pores and the beauty of this product is that even if you overdo it by mistake, it does not look caeky or like a disco ball. Rather, it blends easily and just melts into your skin.
Kevyn Aucoin - Starlight

The highlight is not the obvious king – read Mary Lou Manizer! It’s more understated and elegant. So, it can easily work for day or night.

Longevity: This highlighter lasts for about 8 hours on my oily/combination skin – so pretty much, a full day!

Pros of Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder:

  • Finely milled, soft, silky smooth powder.
  • Frosted sheen – with very very fine champagne shimmer.
  • Does not highlight facial pores.
  • Blends easily.
  • Fairly long-lasting – even on my oily skin.
  • The color works well, even for office wear or day wear.
  • The color can be made to look so subtle as radiant skin OR to give a more pronounced highlight.
  • Did not break me out.
  • Will suit all skin tones and all ethnicity.
  • A little product goes a long way.

Cons of Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder:

  • I am just nit-picking, but the amount of product is atrocious – especially at that price! It’s seriously like an eyeshadow single! Yeah, we don’t really end up hitting pan on a highlighter, but still!


This one is top-notch quality, just like “Candlelight.” You could not go wrong with either one of them. So, which one should you pick/I think the answer would lay predominantly on the shade of it. Though both of these aren’t pronounced highlighters, like bam disco ball kinds! They really feel like elegant sheen on the skin. I feel “Starlight” has a slightly more obvious shimmer because of the sparse champagne particles in it. “Candlelight” is more understated in that respect.

In my honest opinion, “Candlelight” would work well for lighter skin tones and “Starlight” for darker skin tones. And as far as we Asians are concerned (with medium skin tones), either one would work, depending on whether you like the pearl finish or you prefer the peachy warmth!

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2 thoughts on “Kevyn Aucoin Starlight The Celestial Powder Review

  1. absooolutely loving the glow and what it is doing to the skin. it looks real! so beautiful! loving your hair in these pics esp. looking gorg! 🙂

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