I’ve never tried any Kat Von D products before, but of course I’d heard incredible things, so I was super excited to get my hands on some products as soon as they launched in Debenhams. But I was even more excited when a HUGE box of Kat Von D Beauty arrived on my doorstep - a complete surprise, and the best blogger mail I have ever received, that’s for sure.
Inside is a note from Kat herself (OK, not personally addressed to me but let’s pretend) saying that the box contained her all-time favourite products from her make-up collection.
Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
Perhaps the most famous product in Kat’s range, and I can tell you - it is worthy of the hype. A lovely creamy consistency glides on to the lips with a punchy colour pigment that’s opaque in one coat. The liquid lipstick dries matte, but feels invisible on the lips - it’s not at all drying like matte lip products can sometimes be. The lipstick really does have incredible staying power, staying perfectly in place for hours, throughout eating and drinking. It’s totally smudge proof - it doesn’t even come off on to your cup!
I feel like Lolita is the signature shade - it’s the one I’ve heard raved about the most, and supposedly Kat’s favourite. It’s meant to be a 90’s brownish nude, although it’s a little too dark for me and is more of a rusty, berry shade against my skin tone. I quite like the vampy look though!
I’m seriously impressed with the Tattoo Liner for two reasons. It’s a ‘felt tip pen’ style, which personally I find the easiest to hold and control, and the ultra fine, pointy nib allows you to get right into the inner corner of the eye, create super sharp, clean lines and a perfectly pointy flick.
Secondly, it really just doesn’t budge - it really does live up to the ‘tattoo’ quality of it’s name! I tend to have horribly watery eyes and end up getting my liquid liner smudged into my eyelid most days, but the tattoo liner is seriously 100% smudge proof. It can withstand my watery eyes, 15 hours of wear, and even a sweaty Zumba class, and still come out looking (almost) freshly applied.
The Light & Shade palette and brush give seriously sculpted cheekbones - the contour shades are deep and pigmented enough to really give the appearance of chiseled cheeks, (not just a flimsy hint of shadow) but the buttery soft powder formula blends in so well that you'll never be left with a harsh streak down your face (as I find with creams). Meanwhile the matte highlight shades lift the cheekbones and brighten areas of the face that naturally catch the light. I do love me a shimmery highlight - but sometimes you just want a subtle radiance without any sparkle.
While I am mega impressed with the formula, I'm not really too sure why the palette includes three shades. I've only been using the shades on the left, and these are quite bold enough, so I can't imagine ever needing the darker shades. Likewise, someone with darker skin would never need to use the lighter tones, so it doesn't make sense to me to have all these shades in one big palette - it would've been better to sell three tones of light and shade duos in a compact.
The matching double ended Light & Shade brush, which comes in a protective storage case, has a 'light' highlighter brush on one end, and an angled 'shade' contour brush on the other end. The bristles are super soft and luxurious, and it works in perfect harmony with the product. It picks up just the right amount of powder and makes easy work of seamlessly blending the shades in.
Studded Kiss Lipstick in Magick
Housed in a case that reminds me of those studded belts we all wore throughout our teenage emo phase, the Studded Kiss lipsticks are a soft, silky and shimmery alternative to the Everlasting Liquid mattes. I love the shade Magick, a pretty girly pink with a touch of sparkle. Despite the glitter, it does make a gorgeously glossy day time shade, as the glitter is so fine that it just adds a pretty sheen rather than a full on sparkle.