July 22, 2013

Review: Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation in L45

For summer/2013 KvD for Sephora released the follow up to the best-selling liquid foundation: the Lock-It Powder Foundation   For years, I've been using StudioFix powder foundation from MAC for on-the-go touch-ups.  Since MAC changed their policies on animal testing, I have been looking for a new compact powder.  Let's see how it measures up!

PIGMENTATION: This is billed as full coverage, but I would say this is more medium coverage.  I was disappointed it wasn't as high coverage as StudioFix, but it's enough to cover minor redness.  In MAC, my perfect match is NC15, and I felt that L45 is a perfect match in the Lock-It Powder Foundation.

PRODUCT: The powder is silky smooth, and doesn't feel like I'm wearing any makeup.  It kind of floats over my skin and makes it look poreless and not powdery.  My pores on my cheeks and nose are on the larger side, so pretending to be poreless is pretty exciting! It also does a pretty good job at battling shine. 

PACKAGING: It's a heavy-duty plastic compact with a raised KvD logo and roses printed on the lid.  In the compartment for the powder sponge applicator, it's completely closed.  (Not sure if this is a good or bad thing-- I'm just used to my StudioFix compact with the airholes. I would think that it would keep the puff cleaner bc if you have a messy makeup bag like me, any broken eyeshadow or leaking lipgloss won't get to it.)  The applicator compartment may be big enough to house a bigger puff or sponge or whatever suits your fancy.  Also, the sponge that comes with it is the exact same one that MAC sells.  So if you're willing to buy from MAC, you can buy replacements.

PRICE: $34

All in all, if you're looking for a lightweight powder that blurs imperfections that doesn't get cakey and gross, the Lock-It Powder Foundation is a good choice.  As always, you don't have to take my word for it! Kat Von D's Lock-It Powder Foundation is available now at Sephora.

July 4, 2013

Review: Physician's Formula Eye Booster in Ultra Black

It's no secret that I am a huge fan of liquid eyeliner, and that I'm super picky about it.  I need something that is really pigmented, can effortlessly create a sharp line, and is waterproof.  Enter the Eye Booster by Physician's Formula.

PIGMENTATION: The name of this color, Ultra Black, is not a misnomer.  One swipe immediately delivers a rich, dense black.

I rubbed these lines a few times, and, as you can see, nothing happened.

PRODUCT: Not too thin, not too thick, the eyeliner's formula glides easily over my eyelids.  It dries down super fast, and STAYS PUT. I experienced no flaking or running-- even when my left eye would go rogue and water like crazy.  Also, it dries down to a satin finish.  The only downside to the how fast this dries, is that I have to scrape the dried eyeliner off of the brush tip a few times each time I use it.

The claim for this formula is that it has lash-boosting properties.  When I began using this, I was using the Urban Decay Lush Lash mascara, which did help my lashes grow.  If anything, the Eye Booster just maintained what the Lush Lash mascara did.

Obviously this is super well-loved!

PACKAGING: At first I was wary of the pen-style eyeliner since I was used to an inkwell, but it's really awesome.  The brush tip isn't too thin or too thick, and the fibers are really smooth.

PRICE: I bought this for around $11 at CVS, but it might be more or less depending on where you buy it.

All in all, the Eye Booster is easily my new favorite eyeliner, and is a great drugstore buy (or any store, really).  Of course, you don't have to take my word for it.  Physician's Formula Eye Booster is available  now at a drugstore near you. (or drugstore.com if not)