If you have a face that you apply makeup to on the reg, you will have no doubt heard the praises of contouring and highlighting sung by every YouTube beauty guru and blogger since about 2012.
It involves mapping your face’s high and low points and applying makeup that highlights and contours those features into the perfectly snatched look we’re all after.
By using a variety of shades, you give your face more dimension than using one foundation shade all over. But the thing is that achieving this sculpted, glowing look can lead to you using an armful of different products to get the job done – from blush to highlighter to color correction, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.
Seint Beauty is aimed at giving you an easy-to-use, all-in-one tool kit that has blendable customizable shades. They also focus on a minimalist application approach, meaning you don’t layer contour, blush, and highlight over a layer of all-over foundation. Instead, you apply each element individually in its place over bare skin (for example, the darkest contour shade in the hollows of your cheeks) and blend it to make a soft, air-brushed, (and most importantly) snatched look without a ton of layers and that armful of products we mentioned.
Their palettes are customizable and magnetized, meaning you can customize and edit the combinations you use, making it easy to take it on the go.
But there’s much more to Seint Beauty than meets the eye. They offer many products, shades, and tools, and have an Artist program that can initially seem confusing. But we’re here to decode all the information about Seint Beauty, get to application steps and tips, and answer some pertinent questions about using this product.
Is Seint Makeup Good?
When we come across a viral makeup trend, we are all asking the same question: Does it work? And in this case, is Seint makeup good, even? Because how many times have you been let down by something a famous influencer influenced you to buy. I am embarrassed to admit I have fallen victim to a good old-fashioned #ad more than once in my life, despite hearing, “if it seems too good to be true, it’s probably too good to be true” one too many times as a child.
Thankfully, the older I become, the more dubious I am of “holy grail” products and “hacks” that go viral. Even before trying Seint makeup for the first time, I had seen TikTok users post snappy videos of too-good-to-be-true applications that seemed hydrating, glowy, and not cakey. And the other thing – they all seemed to get Kim K-level contoured faces in less time than I thought (for the uninitiated, most Tiktoks are just 3 or 4 minutes).
So when I was asked to give Seint makeup a go, I was super curious to find out if it was the same kind of easy-as-pie application I had seen, what it would feel like, and most of all if Seint makeup was good.
In my opinion, Seint makeup is good. The concept, their products’ flexibility, the tools’ quality, and the customization factor were very appealing to me. I liked the application’s overall feel and wear of the Seint Beauty products. There were a few drawbacks and things that jumped out to me about using the products, which I will mention in my Seint makeup review (more on that later).
So if you’re asking yourself – should I buy Seint makeup or not? Then read on to get all the details about this product.
Seint Makeup Review
Shopping for makeup online can be tricky. One wrong click and you end up with a product you’re not so sure about. That’s why I want to share my Seint makeup review, so you can get the details on this brand before you buy it.
Before we go any further, I want to share three things to keep in mind about me before you read my Seint makeup review:
- I am very pale (for example my regular foundation is Morphe 2’s Hint Hint Skin Tint in one of the fairest shades) so contouring can be a tricky tightrope walk for me most of the time.
- I have normal to dry skin so a cream-based product can be either great for me or hella patchy.
- I am not a pro makeup artist, but am a self-professed beauty fanatic and have tried a ton of this kind of product in the past, including stick creams, powders, and liquids.
Additionally, I considered the criteria below before my Seint makeup review:
- Application Ease: How easy is the product to apply since its primary benefit claim is that it is easy to use and can be done quickly?
- Application quality and finish: How does the final finish feel and look? Does it appear cakey, crease, or break apart? Is it more dewy or matte?
- Tool quality: Are the brushes of good quality? Are they stiff or softer? Can they apply the makeup evenly and blend well?
- Texture: How thick is this product, and does it feel greasy or dry to the touch?
- Color: How is the shade range? Do they have a broad range of shades and undertones for an inclusive shade range? And does the color match appropriately?
Okay with those criteria in mind, let’s get into the application steps I followed so you can get a truly accurate picture of how I used this product and can consider that when you read my Seint makeup review later on.
Step 1: Prep Skin
My face before applying Seint makeup
Step 2: Prime
e.l.f’s Luminous Putty Primer
Once my skin prep and serums soaked in, I added a layer of my favorite primer of the moment, e.l.f Cosmetic’s Luminous Putty Primer. This is setting me up for a glowy base, and I like the hyaluronic acid and collagen in this product.
But if you have oilier skin, I would suggest doing what I did the second time I tried this makeup and skipping a primer altogether. Unless your skin is super dry, I actually liked the application without primer better because the makeup seemed to dry out less and sat really nicely on just moisturized skin.
Step 3: Contour
Contour shade in ‘Stone’
This seemed completely strange to me. I never, ever contour first, but the application tips and guides all pointed to tackling this step first. So I fought my internal urge to go to the foundation, and on I went. On the first application, I tried using the brush to swipe the contour color over my shadows and hollows. It came out super patchy and I felt like I really needed to dig into the product to get it to apply noticeably.
So on the next go, I used my fingers to swipe the product exactly as I had seen in the YouTube and TikTok videos I had watched. This felt super weird too, and I think in hindsight, I would have dotted it on rather than swiping it. I feel like my complexion looked a little muddy at the end but I liked it a little better than using the brushes on their own.
Step 4: Highlight
Highlight shade in ‘Moonlit’
Adding the lightest shade of the iiiD foundation to my under eyes and other high points of the face was something I picked up on from both the guide and the videos I watched, and definitely helped give more definition in the end. It did a pretty OK job of concealing the darkness in my under-eye area and blended pretty well also.
Step 5: Conceal
Adding shade ‘White Peach’
Step 5: Blend!
The blended look using the iiiD Brush and Buff Brush, and Perfector sponge
OK this is where things got interesting. I saw some users apply their blush as well as the foundation and concealer at the same time, but I was worried it would come out muddy. So I decided to blend what I had and go from there. I noticed my nose area and hairline were the hardest to blend, and I wondered at this point about the dotting technique vs.
Step 6: Cheek Color and Illuminator
Cheek in shade ‘Grapefruit’, Illuminator in shade ‘Pearl’
I finished up the face base with the blush and illuminator. I really liked both of these products because they blended well and I did like the color of the blush. I remember being obsessed with Maybelline’s Dream Bouncy Blush (a cream blush) in a shade super similar to this when it came out, and the Seint makeup version was definitely something I would reach for again. The Illuminator in shade Pearl was super pretty and was flattering on my pale skin tone. In photos, I don’t think the blush shows up as well as it did in person because it is so natural looking.
Step 7: Lips & Set
Lip color in shade ‘Nude’
I finished the look with the other lip shade that came in my kit, called Nude, and then pressed some of the Seint makeup setting powder (Vanilla Dust) into my skin’s oilier spots, which for me is my T-zone and chin. I also added some under my eyes for a brightening effect.
I definitely liked the lip color in this shade as well, and it is definitely a wearable color. In terms of the setting powder though, I can’t say I would opt to use it again. It felt like it did an OK job but the small pan size made it a little tricky to get my powder brush in there. If I was on the go, and wanted a quick touch-up, it would definitely be handy, but at my vanity, I would opt for a loose powder like Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder.
Before and After
Check out the before and after of my skin before using Seint makeup above. You can see in the photos that I have some redness and dark areas around my eyes, and some unevenness overall, thanks mostly to acne and chicken pox scars, but I feel like I am having a good skin day here.
After applying the Seint makeup, I can see the dimension it added to my face in the photo. It’s definitely a dewy, glowy look, and I for one, am happy with how it appears in photos. In person, it was mostly the same appearance, but there were a few spots (like my hairline and my nose) where it appeared patchy. However, a lot of Artists mention patchiness often happens when there is too much applied to that spot, so that is something to keep in mind.
What We Liked
Here is what I really liked about Seint makeup when I tried it several times:
- Having all shades in one place for your whole makeup look is really handy and could be even handier on busy mornings, once you get over the learning curve of what each shade does
- Customizable Seint makeup palettes are handy for meeting your specific makeup needs and preferences versus one that has fixed pans.
- Overall texture of the makeup is not as heavy as I thought it would be.
- The product gives a very dewy finish to your face.
- The Seint makeup photographs well.
- The brushes are nice and heavy and blend the product out well (just not for direct application of the product).
- The shades of lip and cheek tint are very pretty.
- Contour shades are flexible and blendable for me.
- Coverage was fairly buildable and layered pretty well.
What We Didn’t Like
Here are some of the downsides and things I personally didn’t love about Seint makeup, outlined in the chart below.
|What We Didn’t Like||Why|
|Amount of Product||Felt like I needed more product than in some of the videos I had seen. Applying the color with my fingers like in some of the videos I saw may have provided me the ability to use less and definitely made for a smoother application, but I am normally pretty cautious about sticking fingers that have been on your face back into makeup as it can lead to bacteria growth.|
|Primer Problems||When I applied it with primer, I personally thought the makeup looked and felt much drier than when I applied it without a primer. It was easier to blend when I didn’t add primer either, so take that as both a negative and a positive because it’s one less step.|
|The Price||Overall the value for this product is not as much as I would have liked, but if you want the convenience of the pan system, it would be worth it. For me, many drugstore or affordable options would come before these simply for their value and payoff.|
|The Shades||The shades I ended up liking the best were White Peach for my concealing and covering Moonlit for highlighting, and Walnut for contouring. It took trial and error to get that combo going but if I were wearing Seint makeup again, I would use that combo.
Also, the shade range for dark skin is as good as it could be, though it is not bad. There are 18 shades of the highlight shade, and 10 contour shades available. In comparison to a foundation line like Fenty Beauty’s Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation, which is designed to cover your whole face, with 50 shades, that can feel like it falls short for many people.
Every product has its own quirks and ways that make applying the product more or less effective. In my opinion, Seint makeup has several of these quirks that made my application better or worse. At the end of the day, though, how you apply your makeup is pretty personal, and these are just what I noticed when I worked with the Seint makeup.
Here’s what you should keep in mind when it comes to Seint makeup application:
- Apply serums and skincare: Just let them dry first! Otherwise, it will interfere with your makeup application.
- Perfector sponge: to avoid having the sponge soak up product, let it double in size when running it under water and squeeze out several times before using for the best outcomes.
- Use a light hand: Don’t press too hard when applying these (or really any cream products). Lightly tap and swirl the product gently into your skin instead.
- Don’t add too much at once: it can lead to patching and peeling if you add too much product at once. Instead, build layers up slowly, blending carefully each time before adding more.
- Blend, blend, blend: You probably already know this but when you are working with cream products, blending can be the difference between a good application and a poor one. Spend time using both a brush and sponge for an even application.
- Apply a primer for long-lasting wear but choose wisely: I had mixed feelings about the primer used with this product. I think for longer wear, I would choose a primer, but for a more dewy look, I would skip it and keep my moisturizer only.
Just remember that every face is unique! The best way to apply your contour and highlight does depend and can take a few tries to get just right if you’re a newbie to the face shaping and snatching business. After all, practice makes perfect, and that is certainly true for makeup application.
For those new to contouring and highlighting, a cream-based product like Seint makeup can be easier to work with than a powder-based one. That's because these products are typically easier to layer, and move around your face with more ease, which is ideal for getting the placement of products down pat!
Seint makeup offers a great range of brushes. In my kit, I had the iiiD brush and the Buff brush to try out, but after watching and reading other Seint makeup reviews and tutorials, I saw lots of users touted the Details brush as the best brush.
So while I can’t say how handy that particular brush is, the brushes I did use were heavy, had nice dense bristles, and were very soft. I felt like they were a nice makeup brush overall, and it reminded me of my favorite Can’t Stop Won’t Stop Foundation Brush from Nyx Cosmetics with the addition of a second brush built in.
See the chart below for a quick overview of the key brushes offered by Seint makeup.
|Seint Makeup Brush||What it Does||How it Looks|
Ingredients in Seint Makeup
Seint makeup ingredients are:
- Paraben free
- Sulfate free
- Gluten free
- Cruelty free
The chart below looks at the ingredients in Seint Makeup’s key products.
|Lip and Cheek Color||
|Vanilla Dust Setting Powder||
Where to Buy Seint Makeup?
Buying Seint makeup is as easy as heading online to find an artist, and adding items to your cart. This eliminates a trip to the store and allows you to have Seint makeup sent right to your front door.
You can also host Seint makeup parties. This is like a traditional “catalog” product party (think – your Mom’s Tupperware party but way cooler) where a Seint makeup artist will come to you, help you and your friends find the perfect shades, and teach you how to apply them. Store credit, discounts, free products, and free shipping are all available to hosts after a certain amount of product is purchased by partygoers.
What Is Seint Makeup?
In the simplest terms, Seint makeup is a brand of cosmetics that offers a direct-to-consumer model of sales as well as network marketing for its Seint Artists, who can sell products through their individual websites.
Seint sells different types of makeup, skincare products, perfumes, and tools.
Seint makeup’s biggest claim to fame is their customizable full-face palettes that allow you to add tins of the following:
- Cream foundation (highlight and contour shades)
- Lip and cheek color
- Setting powder
- Brow wax
- Lip conditioner
- Lip liner
This company used to be known as Maskcara Beauty until they rebranded in 2020.
Because so many people ask, “Is Seint makeup a pyramid scheme?” we wanted to clarify.
Many people mix up network marketing opportunities like Seint makeup with pyramid schemes. Promoters (in this case Artists) receive commissions on sales of the product as well as compensation for the sales their recruits make. When a sale is made, a commission is paid to individuals at multiple levels based on the volume of sales generated at each level. There is no real product sold in a pyramid scheme compared to a lawful MLM program. Recruiting new participants is the only way to make money.
With Seint makeup, the product is not purchased directly from an independent artist like other network and MLM marketing opportunities (person-to-person). Instead, you purchase the makeup online with the artist’s replicated Seint website. The product comes directly to you from Seint warehouses rather than your artist being burdened with purchasing the product and storing it themselves. This eliminates in-person contact and typically is much easier for both Artists and customers to work with.
How Long Does Seint Makeup Last?
When we’re talking about how long does Seint makeup last, there are two things that come to mind.
The first is how long does an application of this makeup last. Seint makeup seems to last fairly well, and in our trial, it lasted about 7-8 hours before it warranted a touch-up. This time frame will largely depend on a few factors.
Seint makeup’s lasting power will definitely be affected by:
- The weather (is it super hot and sweaty outside? Or cold and dry?)
- Your skin type (oily skin users may find the cream foundation to slide off more easily)
- What primer do you use (and if it’s water-based or silicone based)
- How you set your makeup
- What you’re up to while wearing it (getting sweaty in the club is going to result in a different outcome than sitting at your desk)
The second thing we think about when it comes to how long does Seint makeup last is how long it will take you to use the makeup. Most of the Seint products claim they need minimal amounts to be effective, so they can last upwards of 6 months, especially for lip, cheek, and illuminator shades. On the other hand, some iiiD foundation shades that cover more surface area may only last about 3 months. It does depend on how much you apply, and how often you wear the product.
How Much Is Seint Makeup?
Individual Seint makeup tins of foundation and other cream makeup singles can range from about $20 to about $28, while full palette kits can cost anywhere from about $150 to $400. You can also purchase artist kits that include everything you need to get started for $315 and snag brushes for about $50 a piece.
Where Is Seint Makeup Made?
Seint makeup is made in the USA, with packaging that is made in other parts of the world. They sell to customers in Canada and the USA and have artists on both sides of the border, with the exception of Quebec.
Who Owns Seint Makeup?
Cara Brook founded Maskcara Beauty in 2013. She founded it after starting a successful makeup and beauty blog in the early 2010s, and out of her frustration with the complex mess of contour and highlight products available on the market. With little money, experience, or expertise, she grew the brand with massive success thanks to the innovative product itself and her use of social media and blogging to connect with customers so makeup-lovers can enjoy a streamlined application process in one palette.
Introducing the Artist program in 2017, Maskcara gave fans the opportunity to share and enjoy these products as well as earn an income from home, perfect for the busy mom audience this brand targets.
Maskcara Beauty changed its name to Seint in 2020 to better reflect its mission. They believe seeking, experiencing, and cultivating beauty is sacred work, much like the work of saints, which is why they use the old-world French way of spelling “Saint” as the new brand moniker.
How to Melt Seint Makeup?
Melting your Seint makeup can help you get the most out of your products.
As seen in the video above, when you “hit pan” (aka, when you can see the bottom of the tin peeking out) and there still remains makeup around the edges, you can place the metal tins in your frying pan on low heat, allowing the product to melt enough that you can redistribute it around the tin with a toothpick. Once they cool, they re-solidify, and you’re ready to use them again!
Does Seint Makeup Clog Pores?
Ingredients that are comedogenic, or cause clog pores, can lead to breakouts and oily skin – not cool. Unfortunately, there are plenty of these culprits hidden in the ingredient lists of many cosmetics and skincare products.
Seint makeup does check off a few good skincare ingredients, including avoiding parabens and sulfates, which can definitely irritate your skin.
Unfortunately, some of the ingredients found in Seint makeup can clog pores, especially if you don’t have a solid makeup removal routine, or have more oily, acne-prone skin.
Some of the ingredients that can cause clogged pores in Seint makeup include:
- Avocado oil
- Isopropyl lanolate
- Certain pigments (D&C Red 27 for example)
That’s it! That’s all you need to know about the basics behind Seint makeup. We hope this cleared up the ins and outs of using this product, as well as our review, so you can make the decision whether or not to buy Seint makeup.