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Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Powder

I have been hearing so much about “setting powders” lately.  I know that Laura Mercier has one of the best ones out there, but sometimes I like to stray away from the best sellers and look at the up and coming products.  Plus, I have a current obsession with Kat Von D products.  I love the Tattoo Liner and the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (review coming soon!).  I know I’m late jumping on this bandwagon but it’s better late then never right?

First I needed to figure out exactly what I am supposed to use setting powder for.  Is it the same as using powder foundation after my liquid foundation?  Do I put it on after both of those?  Do I need to “bake” with it?  There are so many questions! Lucky for you, I did hours of research for you.  Here’s what I found out:

  • Use setting powder after your liquid foundation to matte and “set” your face.  It’s different from powder foundation in that it’s lighter and will typically not give you a cake-y finish.
  • Baking:  Putting a crap load of translucent powder under your eyes (typically) and letting it sit there for awhile.  The heat from your face will set your foundation and concealer giving you a flawless finish.  Some people use it where they contour as well.  I am not that savvy just yet.

Personally, baking is too much for me.  My friend does it for big events and swears by it.  I guess you can say that I am too lazy and don’t want to deal with the excessive amount of powder after.

So how is this setting powder?  I am still getting used to it but you can kind of see it in the photo with my hand – it’s powdery.  However, it’s a finely milled silky powder.  I used CoverFx’s Matte Setting Powder and within an hour my nose was super shiny.  The Kat Von D one gives me a nice glow.  Seems to have the tiniest bit of shimmer in it but not much.  I do have to do one touch up in the middle of the day with a pressed powder (review coming soon!), but it’s not bad.  If you are looking for a setting powder, this is definitely a great one to try.  It’s lightweight AND the Kat Von D Lock-It Setting Brush so soft!  I am a sucker for brushes that go with the product.

Final thoughts:  I still love Kat Von D’s products and definitely think you should try it out!!!  Stay tuned for more Kat Von D product reviews.  I am obsessed right now – so that’s what you’re going to get!

Lock-It Setting Powder | Sephora $30   Lock-It Setting Powder Brush | Sephora $38


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

I love a good black winged eyeliner just like any other beauty blogger out there.  I draw it on my eyes every single day so I had to try out the most talked about eyeliner.  That’s the Kat Von D Waterproof Tattoo Liner in Trooper (Satin Black).Kat Von D 2Let’s start with the pros. The BEST thing about it is that it has a brush tip which means it doesn’t fray and you can draw the most amazing wing EVER!  The only thing I don’t like about the Kat Von D eyeliner is that it isn’t a true black.  It is really more of a satin/matte black.

I have been a huge fan of Stila’s Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in Black.  This is probably the most used liquid eyeliner out there.  It comes in a ton of different colors so it’s likely that you will find a color you love.  However, the problem that I have with this particular eyeliner is that the felt tip starts to soften and fray which means I can’t draw that perfect wing after awhile.  It’s like a marker, so after awhile it starts to shed a bit and lose it’s pointy-ness.  The great thing about this eyeliner is that it’s the blackest black, and who doesn’t love that?  

If you look at the picture where I drew the 2 liners next to each other, you can see how precise the Kat Von D line is.  The Kat Von D liner is easier to control as opposed to Stila’s felt tip.  Obviously I quickly drew the lines to show a comparison but it was much easier to draw a straight line with Kat Von D’s.

Kat Von D 3 Kat Von D 4Left: Stila  Right: Kat Von D

So which one am I going to stay with?  This was a difficult decision but I really like the tip on the Kat Von D Eyeliner.  You should definitely try it if you hate having your felt tip fray like me.  Kat Von D also has an Ink Liner which has a felt tip.  I think I will have to try that one out next month!

Let me know if you have used any of these eyeliners and what your thoughts are!