Mixed Results – Make Up Review…

 The eye palette I would literally fight people for + 2 other ‘cult’ products that made me a little sad…

Kat Von D is a tattoo artist in America who is renowned for her phenomenal talent in creating incredibly life-like portraits. She first became well known after taking part in a TV series about tattooing in which she not only showcased her drawing and tattooing skills, but her love of art, design and music also.

A few years ago she launched a make up range with Sephora, which she retained full creative control of and it has quickly grown into a hugely popular brand.

If you think her products are just for people with an alternative style, think again – one of the most iconic products is an Eye Palette which features 12 very neutral, matte shadows that literally anyone can wear, she has high performing primers and powders and a ton of her lipsticks are pretty nude and pink shades.

Credit: @katvondbeauty

The KVD brand recently came to the UK which is great news because many people were paying high shipping costs to get hold of her products from the US.

Kat Von D is Vegan and her complete range is cruelty free. 


I’ve previously tried the KVD foundation, which gives a matte, full coverage finish …. so I bought a few of her other most popular products –  an eye shadow quad, the ‘famous’ Tattoo Liner and 3 liquid lipsticks:

 

This palette consists of a pale pink highlighter/base, a light dusky lilac, a medium plum and a dark plum shade.

 

Like many, I’m a bit of an eye palette addict and you name it, I get sucked into buying it… so I’m used to using products with good pigmentation – but I cannot tell you how impressed I am with this Contour Quad!

  • There’s something different about the formulation of these eye shadows, when you dip your brush in there is quite a bit of kick up so you have to give it a good tap to get rid of the excess powder, but when it goes onto the skin it glides like pure velvet.
  • You only need the tiniest amount to get superb colour pay off and it blends beautifully. I don’t honestly think I have any other palette that performs this well.

 

  • My only criticism would be that it would be nice to have one option with a bit of sparkle in it, as all four shadows are matte and I think you at least need to put a bit of highlight on the inner corner of your eye to stop it looking ‘flat’.

The packaging of all the Kat Von D products is really artistic and quite gothic, which I love. The Quad is nice and sturdy and has a small mirror so it’s perfect for travelling.

£21, available in Rust (warm brown), Sage (green), Plum (purple) and Smoke (grey).

Verdict – perfection, everyone should have one 😉


The next product I tried was the Tattoo Liner which is a waterproof liquid eyeliner and meant be amazing for creating a super sharp flick!

 

I have to say, despite this being raved about all over the internet, I’m not completely convinced.

  • The pen has a nice feel and it is slim without being too fiddly to hold.
  • The nib is superfine which means you can create very sharp lines, however it is quite soft and the end of it bends like a very thin brush which I found tricky to control.
  • It also isn’t quite as black as I expected – I normally use the Super Cat liquid black eyeliner pen by Soap and Glory which is only £6 and comparing the two on the back of my hand, the S&G pen is still a slightly deeper black even though it has almost run out! I also find the slightly thicker nib of that one easier to control.

So maybe I will get the hang of the Tattoo Liner with some practice, surely it must be so popular for a reason and I really wanted it to be genius – but at the moment I have to say don’t think I would re-purchase it given that it is nearly 3 x the price of my usual.

£16, available in black or brown.

Verdict – a little overrated!


3rd Product Review + 2 great Make Up Tutorials Below  this Video ….

 

Kat Von D now has an ‘Artistry Collective’ team who produce amazingly theatrical and editorial looks, as well as doing demos and tutorials of more every day, wearable looks at the big make-up shows globally and on you tube:


 

Finally onto the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick which I bought in the shades Exorcism – a deep matte berry red, Bow & Arrow – warm beige-brown nude and Lovesick – a cool toned clover pink:

Credit: @katvondbeauty

The shades are beautiful but I wouldn’t call them ‘everlasting’!

 

They claim this lipstick lasts for 24-hours but I’m realistic – I don’t think there is really any formulation with shades like the deep red that wouldn’t show some wear and tear… but it certainly wasn’t as indestructible as everybody says – drinking a cup of coffee half an hour after applying the red made a significant amount in the middle of my mouth disappear after only a couple of sips.

 

The problem with matte liquid lipstick is when you then apply another layer, you can start to get that really pinched, dry lipped feeling which can also look a little unflattering – especially in the winter months when lips tend to be a bit drier anyway –  but it’s one of those things you get used to if you were liquid lipsticks regularly..

  • This formulation is not as drying as some and will tolerate a top up without getting too cakey but if you were hoping to wear it all day at work or for an evening out I think he would definitely be reapplying the whole lip area at some point!
  • The lipstick looks beautiful with the intricate silver design on the handle and the sponge applicator is good quality and easy to use.

The range is pretty extensive with an array of pretty nudes and pinks, bold purples and greens to deep intense black and there are some new colours about to be released for spring (already out in the US). £16

Credit: Pinterest & @temptalia

Verdict – Good but not great!

There are so many fun colours that I wanted so much to love them, and I did really like the 2 paler shades but was quite disappointed with the Red.

 

To summarise:

I would definitely recommend the eye shadows – in fact I couldn’t recommend them more.

If matte liquid lipsticks are your thing, give these a go – but unless you have an extremely steady hand and particularly want to try the Tattoo Liner, I wouldn’t spend £16 on this when there are more budget options which I feel are easier to work with.

 

If you’d like some inspiration for creating a new eye look, here are a couple of videos – the first is a subtle look with KVD herself:

…. the second shows a more striking, cut crease option :

Credit: @katvondbeauty

Hope you found this interesting and enjoyed the videos! Next week I’ll be sharing some shopping ideas!

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16 Comments

  1. May 7, 2017 / 5:57 pm

    I love it! I’m hopeless at matching shades, so I love getting palettes! I’ve never used her line, but now I’ll definitely have to check it out!

    • May 7, 2017 / 8:30 pm

      Ah, if you like eyeshadows I highly recommend her palettes, the shades are lovely and don’t budge all day/night!

  2. May 7, 2017 / 7:02 pm

    Great review here babe! We’re twinning with the use of the S&G liner, it’s incredible, right?! Holy grail to me x

    • May 7, 2017 / 8:28 pm

      Thanks babe! It is bloody fantastic and such a bargain!! x

  3. May 7, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    What a great review! I liked that you gave lots of pros and cons of each product. I’ve tried one of the Kat Von D matte lipsticks before and I was not very impressed either. The lipstick completely stuck to all of the creases in my lips. Even with primer and chapstick to help it.

    • May 7, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      Thank you! Yes I don’t know how some of these products get praised so much!

  4. Olivia
    May 7, 2017 / 9:22 pm

    I think she has great products, but her face products and foundation break me out and irritate my skin. Love her eye palletes though!

    • May 7, 2017 / 9:29 pm

      Oh wow that’s not good! Yes it seems like her eyeshadows are definitely the best of the range!

  5. sheri
    May 8, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Thanks for this review, I’ve wondered about her line. I think I need to get some of the eyeshadow!

  6. May 9, 2017 / 7:24 pm

    Thanks for the honest review! Kat von D products are not yet available here in Greece, but once they are I’d hate to waste money on the eyeliner if it’s not as good as people claim.

    • May 9, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Hi Nina thank you…. yes it may just be me but I seem to get on ok with others! 😉 x

  7. May 11, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    I’ve seen this brand on social media a few times but thought it’s much more of that dark, gothic vibe to it so it’s actually a pleasant surprise to see all the nudes and pastels out there! As always, great, honest review Tiff- it’s always handy to know what is worth that extra penny and what doesn’t live up to the hype! Xx

  8. May 20, 2017 / 3:07 pm

    omg i use the KVD liner and it dries out SO quickly. I like it but wish it would last longer and agree about it being overrated 🙁 shame because her other products are great and i thought this is the one she would absolutely nail

    • May 20, 2017 / 8:20 pm

      Hi Jodi – totally agree! I would have thought the tattoo liner would be her best performing product with all the hype around it but I was disappointed! Tiffany x

  9. May 20, 2017 / 3:27 pm

    These all looks great and I have been hearing tons of great stuff about KVD, but I dont think I’ll be able to afford it at this time of my life. But… I swear I’m getting that Lock it Foundation (i think that’s the name)

    Great post!

    • May 20, 2017 / 8:19 pm

      Hi Aria! Yes I tried the lock it Foundation last year and I found it a little thick and matte for my liking -it was a bit dull and mask like? but with a damp beauty blender it would be better and its brilliant for covering up spots! Tiffany X

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