Happy New Year everyone, hope you've all had a great start to the year! You probably know by now that popular makeup brand Kat Von D arrived to the UK a couple of months ago. There was so much hype surrounding this release in Debenhams that I'm sure you didn't missed it. I didn't get the opportunity to try out anything from the brand at the time since I was on a bit of a spending ban, but it was always on my radar and I promised myself to try out some products in the new year. You can imagine my absolute delight when I came home from work one day and opened up this amazing surprise package with a ton of Kat Von D beauty goodies... I was over the moon and very grateful (huge thanks to Debenhams and Dowal Walker Agency for sending this through to me). As much as I wanted to rip everything open straight away, I did have to remain patient until I was able to photograph everything in good lighting. With work and the festive season just gone by, it took a couple of days but I got there in the end and so far I am extremely impressed.
So let me tell you a little bit more about the brand, incase you didn't know although I'm sure you do. Kat herself (full name Katherine von Drachenberg.. bet you didn't know that) is the creator behind the brand and all the wonderful products. I actually remember watching Kat as a tattoo artist on LA Ink, many moons ago and remember always being in awe of her talent. It was in 2008 that she surprised everyone and took the world by storm with her extreme performance makeup collection. The brand was created with Kat's vision of inspiring people to freely express themselves through makeup. Kat continues to showcase her creative talent and passion for artistry in every product created for the brand, which is why everything is well thought out and beautifully made. There's great attention to detail in each of the products I have here, including the outer packaging (which I am still hoarding in my small London flat). The products all focus on being highly pigmented and long wearing, which I can definitely confirm from what I have tried so far. Another great thing worth mentioning about the brand is that it doesn't test on animals in any way (100% cruelty free) and some products have even been defined as vegan. Now let me show you what I have been trying out...
First up I have the cult favourite Shade + Light Face Contour Palette* that retails at £36. I'm no contouring expert and I never take my contouring to extreme levels, but if I am going to apply makeup I will never skip on bronzer to add some depth to my face. So for me this palette is all I need to sculpt my face and more, as it offers 3 shade powders - Sombre, Shadowplay, Subconscious and 3 light powders - Lucid, Lyric, Levitation. Every single shade is matte so I don't exactly use the light powders for highlighting, but more so for setting my concealer. I especially love the middle banana shade 'Lyric' for setting the under eye area, it works wonders. To contour my face I am using a mix of the two lighter shades 'Sombre & Shadowplay' since the darkest shade is just a bit too dark for my pale winter skin. However I have used it for my eye makeup (like the one I have created here, building up intensity in the crease from the lightest shade to the darkest), but I imagine that I will get more use out of it in the summer when my skin has more of a sun kissed look. The formula of each powder feels incredibly silky and blends into the skin effortlessly. Not to mention that a little bit goes a long way since every shade is also super pigmented. There isn't much I don't love about the palette overall. I'm even obsessed with the sturdy cardboard packaging that has a gorgeous design and includes a mirror too.
I also have the Shade + Light Face Contour Brush* that retails for £30. The brush again is well made and the synthetic bristles feel super soft. Essentially it is a double-ended brush, which has a domed side that tapers to a point and a slanted side. If you're a newbie and you don't own any kind of contouring/highlighting brushes then it's worth investing in, but if you already own similar brushes then I wouldn't say it's a must buy. I do have to admit that packaging this brush came in, which is the hard coffin case is beautiful and quite impressive.
Next up I will move on to the Tattoo Liner* in shade Trooper (Black) that retails for £16. I've never actually owned a high end eyeliner before and wasn't sure if it's worth spending more my usual budget option. But I've been proven wrong with this little beauty, because it's an amazing eyeliner and definitely worth all the hype it receives. This is a brush-tip liquid liner, which apparently Kat uses every single day (well if it's good enough for Kat..). The formula is super pigmented, I mean this is one of the darkest and most intense liners I have tried even if I haven't a whole bunch.It claims to be 24-hour-wear, which I can't testify to but will confirm that it lasted on me perfectly for 8 hours. It didn't transfer or smudge, it was still perfect by the end of the day and I did struggle removing it all with my usual micellar water since it's waterproof. What I like most is how easy it is to use the super-fine tip, since it has that bit of flexibility that follows the curve of your eye perfectly. It's even easier to apply due to the well saturated brush that glides across smoothly. I'm a bit obsessed with this liner and I'm not sure how I will ever go back to my budget option.
Moving on to lips, firstly with the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick* in shade Lolita, which retails for £16. I absolutely adore this shade, described as a chestnut rose.. it suits my complexion so well and I am eager to try more from the range. In theory I love liquid lipstick for their longevity, but they don't always love my lips back as it can dry them out extremely. However I didn't experience too much dryness with this Kat Von D option, which I was surprised about. I still made sure I had well prepped lips the morning I applied this and I did have to go in with a heavy duty lip balm that evening, but my lips were back in good shape the next day.. which is quite rare. The claims about this lipstick being super long lasting are definitely true, it even lasted well on my lips throughout dinner (I did touch up slightly afterwards but nothing major). The formula is super pigmented and I had no trouble applying it, in fact the creamy texture just glided over my lips. Once dried down to a matte finish, pretty much instantly, it didn't even feel like I was wearing lipstick so very light-weight too. The lipstick is packed with natural moisturizers, including Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Wax, which explains why it feels so comfortable.
Lastly I have the Studded Kiss Lipstick* in shades Magick and Underage Red, they each retail at £16. This is the lipstick that started off the whole brand, it all began with a couple of shades that Kat created. Right now there's pretty much a rainbow range of 39 different shades available, from black glitter to sea-foam green. I received two shades, Magick - a sweet dusty pink and Underage Red - a matte fire engine red, very different from each other but both beautiful in their own way. The formula again is rich and pigmented, you don't need to apply too many layers for full opaqueness. They both feel comfortable to wear, yet still manage to stay put for a good 4 hours before it fades away naturally (Underage Red stays put for that bit longer since it offers a matte finish). My favourite is definitely Magick since it's my perfect kind of pinky nude shade.. just gorgeous. Not to mention that I love the packaging, a very edgy & stylish black studded design.
With that I've finally come to the end of my review, as you can tell it's full of positive thoughts and I can assure it won't be the last time you will hear me rave about Kat Von D products. In the photos above I have created a simple day time look using the contouring palette for both the face and the eyes, finishing with a an eyeliner flick and using the stunning Lolita liquid lipstick to top off the look. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the brand.. have you tried anything from Kat Von D before? What do you recommend I try out next?