Kat Von D Beauty is one of those makeup brands that I’ve always been drawn to, despite the fact that it’s not that easily available in the UK. From the more alternative branding (that suits Kat’s style oh-so-well), to the bright colours and much raved about product formulas, I just knew it was a brand that I’d instantly get on with- and I wasn’t wrong.
When the Debenhams website first started stocking the brand last year, it wasn’t long before I’d ordered a few of the Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks to try (including the famous Lolita). From then on I was hooked, and I quickly added the foundation and powder to my wishlist. So, when the counter finally arrived at the Cardiff Debenhams store, I knew I had to pick those up (as well as a few more things for good measure).
If you want to try some Kat Von D Beauty products but don’t know where to start, here are my thoughts on the products I’ve tried and tested so far…
The Lock-It foundation was the product that I was most excited to try because I’d heard great things about the shade range and the high level of coverage, and it sounded like it would hold up well on my oily t-zone.
With that in mind, let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed with this foundation! Not only was it easy to find my perfect colour match (there are 30 shades to choose from), but the level of coverage is comparable to Estee Lauder’s Double Wear; although I don’t, I could get away with not wearing concealer with either of these. I also think the Lock-It foundation does a good job of smoothing out pores, and it doesn’t look cakey on the drier areas of my skin either. It’s quickly become one of my favourites!
As someone with combination skin, I need to use powder, but find they can sometimes look too cakey. This isn’t an issue I have with the Lock-It powder though; it’s pretty matte, but it provides a smooth finish and it seems to work with every foundation I’ve worn it over (it’s translucent in colour). It’s not as luminous as my HG, the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder, but I do really like it.
I’ve only used this a few times so far (and I am yet to try the two darker highlight and contour powders), so I can’t give a full review. However, let’s just say that my first impressions are very good! The powders seem to blend seamlessly on top of other powder products, and the lightest contour powder is the right amount of cool-toned for me. With three matte contours and highlighters to choose from, I also think this will work for most skintones.
Even as someone who’s on the paler side (I’m around a NC15-20 in terms of MAC shades), I can find a use for all of these powders; I use the first cool-toned contour powder to add definition to my checkbones, then the second, warmer shade to bronze up the rest of my face. I then sweep the lightest highlighter across the tops of my cheekbones, my chin, my forehead, and anywhere else I want to highlight, and the more yellow-toned one under my eyes. The lovely girl who served me at the counter also said I could use the two darker shades as eyeshadows, which I can’t wait to try out!
When I saw this eyeshadow palette, I knew I just had to have it. I’m really loving the current trend of bright, very warm-toned eyeshadows, and the orange shade is unlike anything else in my collection. Plus, you get four eyeshadows for £17, which I think is a good deal in comparison to other high-end makeup brands.
The four colours in the quad work really well together to achieve a more dramatic night time look, but I do think you could just use the light pink and orange shades for something more day appropriate. In terms of formula, they’re also easy to blend, and I didn’t get a lot of fall out when I used them.
Because I bought a few things on the day the Kat Von D counter opened in the Cardiff Debenhams, I was lucky enough to get a mini of the Tattoo Liner and a makeup bag for free. Now, I’m not the best at applying liquid eyeliner (especially the cat eye flicks), but this does make it a little easier. The end of the brush is very thin as it’s made up of lots of small bristles, so it glides very smoothly, and you can achieve a very thin and precise line. This is the part I struggle with, so it’s great news for me!
As I already mentioned, I’m a big fan of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks, and I now have a few in my collection. Not only are there over 30 colours in the range (including bright reds, pinks, and purples, and cool and warm-toned nudes), but I just love the formula; they don’t dry straight away, so it’s easy to fix any mistakes, and when they do, they’re very matte and long-wearing.
I wore the shade Santa Sangre (a warm red) on a recent night out and I only had to re-apply it once where it had started to fade in the middle.
Have you tried Kat Von D Beauty yet? If not, which of the products are you most excited to try?