September 25, 2012

Kat Von D: Holiday 2012 collection

Just came across what's new from KvD for Holiday 2012.  In addition to an eyeliner and mini lipstick set, we have two new eyeshadow quads, as well as a new palette.  Read on for details!

True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Star-Crossed- $20
This set contains:
4 x 0.05 oz eye shadow in:
- Hyperballad (pearlized silver)
- Scandinavian (pearlized taupe)
- Oceansize (pearlized blue)
- Ville (pearlized eggplant purple) 

True Romance Eyeshadow Palette in Starstruck- $20
This set contains:
4 x 0.05 oz eye shadow in:
- Fallen (pearlized deep bronze)
- Pagan Poetry (pearlized warm chocolate)
- Unrequited (pearlized yellow gold)
- Hermit (pearlized wine red) 

Starry-Eyes Autograph Pencil Set- $49
This set contains:
10 x 0.02 oz eye liner in:
- Runaway (plum)
- Homie (shimmering violet)
- Rhi-Venge (electric blue)
- Eyegasm (jade green)
- Fool's Gold (gold)
- Napolitano (light brown)
- Immortal Love (dark coffee)
- Puro Amor (jet black)
- Black Metal Lover (matte black with silver micro-glitter)
- Platinum (silver)

I think this one will be mine.  The Autograph eyeliners are REALLY good, and there are some colors that are exclusive to the set.  At first, I thought the set was a little expensive, until I did the math-- all things considered, it's worth about $90.

Star Kissed Lipstick Set- $28
This set contains:
3 x 0.042 oz Painted Love lipstick in:
- Rosary (burgundy red)
- Lolita (dusty rose)
- Underage Red (bright crimson)
3 x 0.042 oz Foiled Love lipstick in: - Beranice (metallic poppy red)
- Forever & Ever (metallic golden peach)
- Valentine (metallic hot pink) 

Starry Eyes Makeup Palette- $49

This set contains:
- 4 x 0.25 oz eye shadow trios in Felix, Helmüt, Lohnër, Requiem *
- Full size Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick in Lolita
- Full size Foiled Love Liquid Lipstick in Adora 

*The eyeshadow trios all consist of one pearl, one matte, and one glitter shade.  Not sure if I'm into this, but I'm definitely curious to see this one when it comes out.  The outer packaging is, however, AWESOME.

Truthfully, this collection isn't all that exciting to me, but probably because I just made two big makeup purchases and I'm still excited about them (more on that to come).  Anything floating your boat?  Let me know in the comments!

The Kat Von D Holiday collection will be available soon on

September 3, 2012

Review: Kat Von D Lock-It foundation

Finally! A foundation from the KvD line. I originally bought it in L46 (which was too rosy for my skin), and also tried it in L44 and L42.

PIGMENTATION: Excellent.  This will definitely cover up any redness or imperfections you may have.  This will cover up acne, but you may need additional concealer depending on how red the pimple(s) is/are.

TEXTURE/WEAR: It's a liquid cream that goes on very smooth.  I've found that it's best to buff it into the skin with a dense brush or it end up looking really heavy.  One of the claims for this is that it's matte, but I'd say it dries down to a demi-matte finish-- not too matte, not too shiny.  If you have normal or dry skin, I'm sure the transfer resistant claim will ring true.  The swatches on my arm, when dried down, did NOT budge-- not even when I rubbed it or tried to rub it away with water. However, on my oily skin, I noticed that a tiny bit rubbed off onto my boyfriend's black shirt when I put my head on his shoulder (oops).  

COLOR SELECTION: I love that the color selection goes from super fair to very deep, and a range of undertones are covered. However of the three shades I tried, I was not able to find a good match for my skin.  L46 was too rosy.  L44 was the closest, but too yellow-- on top of that it oxidized so it wound up making me look a little orange.  Then L42 was definitely too light for me and had a pink undertone (and since I like to balance out the pink/red of my skin, this emphasized things in a bad way).  The following swatch pictures, unfortunately, look like they tell a different story. If it matters, they were taken in sunlight-- I didn't bother to take a picture of L42, but if I will if it is requested.  (Also, if you're curious, my perfect foundation shade is NW15 from MAC, since they now test on animals, I'm desperately trying to find a perfect match elsewhere.)



PACKAGING: This looks like it a bottle within a bottle-- maybe the extra outer packaging is to protect the inside in case you drop it?  I like how there is a button for the pump instead of the whole top being the pump, and that you can easily control the amount that comes out.

OVERALL: In opinion, Lock-It foundation is worth trying.  It's a no-fuss full coverage foundation that I think could work for every skin type, if you can find the right color match.

You don't have to take my word for it!  Kat Von D Lock-It Foundation is available now in Sephora stores and from