Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer, Foundation, Precision Powder, Setting Powder Brushes Reviews & Photos

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Brush

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush ($24.00) is supposed to blend out under eye concealer and help apply concealer onto blemishes. It is a medium-sized under eye/concealer brush that is dense and thicker than the average brush, and it has a triangular taper on the wider edge, which is what enables it to fit well underneath the eye and along the edge of the nose (by the eye area). The edge is a few millimeters in width, and this is the best aspect of the brush, I think, as it manages blending and diffusing of the under eye concealer up to the lash line without streaking over any eyeliner, as you can get a very soft, gradual edge that meets the eyeliner instead (for those who apply their eye makeup first).

The brush head is 14.50mm in width, 15.00mm in length, and 8.50 mm in thickness. The brush had a total length of 7.00 inches / 18.00 centimeters. It is made out of synthetic bristles and has a glossy black, acrylic handle with a thick ferrule that tapers to a fine point at the end and carries more weight toward the brush head. I find the composition of the Lock-It brushes to have an uneven weight distribution, but it is only noticeable during application with the larger brushes and less so with this one. The greater density makes it harder to clean than some brushes, but it doesn’t take much time nor does it take an extraordinarily long time to dry. The bristles are silky, smooth, and never feel rough or harsh in any direction. It worked well for evenly distributing and spreading out under eye concealer (both liquids and creams) without causing the concealer to become streaky, but it did seem to soak up a fair amount of product and would need to be cleaned each use, if used as an applicator as well as blending tool. I tended to favor it more for blending out concealer, which I tend to dab and spread with whatever brush I’ve used for liquid foundation, to get the concealer closer to the lash line and diffuse it softly along the edges so there are no obvious lines.

Kat Von D Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush ($34.00) is meant for applying and blending liquid and cream foundations while getting into the contours of the face. It’s a medium-large-sized liquid foundation brush that is rectangular in overall shape with edges that flare outwards from the ferrule. What makes it a more interesting brush shape is that the wider side of the brush comes out and then has a triangular wedge or dent that goes in and gives it a more pyramid-like shape. It is similar to the Concealer brush, but the indentation and shape are more noticeable and distinct in the foundation brush.

The brush head is 35.00mm in width, 26.00mm in length, and 21.00mm in thickness. The brush had a total length of 7.50 inches / 19.00 centimeters. The brush uses synthetic fibers and a glossy black, acrylic handle that has significant weighting toward the ferrule and brush head, so it feels top-heavy in my hand compared to the average brush (this is one of the few things I wasn’t keen on). It is a dense brush, which I tended to double-cleanse to bring it back the white bristles, but the drying time seemed average. The fibers felt soft, smooth, and silky against the skin, and it could be used in all directions, but it is a brush that is best suited for those who apply their foundation in downward, outward, or upward strokes, rather than in circular or buffing motions. It does a good job of spreading foundation and evening out liquid and cream formulas.

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Kat Von D   Lock-It Edge Concealer Brush
A-
Product
13
Fitness
13.5
Durability
5
Construction
4.5
Total
90%
Kat Von D   Lock-It Edge Foundation Brush
A
Product
14
Fitness
15
Durability
5
Construction
4
Total
95%
Kat Von D   Lock-It Precision Powder Brush
B+
Product
13
Fitness
13
Durability
5
Construction
4
Total
88%
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MAC No Interruptions, Soft Hint, Designer Blue Lipsticks

MAC Lipstick

MAC No Interruptions Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, yellow gold with a metallic shimmer-sheen finish. It performed more like a Lustre than a Frost–it was sheer, though it packed plenty of shimmer on the lips and lasted a mere two hours on me. It was neither drying nor hydrating, which given the rest, is really a positive point. I think it is absolutely workable on its own, as it just adds a more frosted finish to your natural lip color, but it would also work layered over other lip products. MAC Liquid Lurex (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Spoiled Fabulous (P, $17.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Tanarama (P, $17.00) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rory (LE, $35.00) is lighter, more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). Guerlain Yellow It-stick (603) (LE, $37.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Playland (LE, $17.00) is more pigmented, warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Soft Hint Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a light-medium, bluish-green with a metallic shimmer. It is almost more of a duochrome, layering kind of color, as it shifts from a warmer green to a cooler, more aqua-leaning blue. It had chunkier shimmer that would sometimes cling to itself, which created larger chunks on the lips that could be felt if I pressed my lips together. It applied evenly for the most part, though it was semi-sheer at best. It lasted for three hours on me and was neither drying nor hydrating. (Unfortunately, MAC did not indicate this was a sheer shade.) Bite Beauty Opal (LE, $24.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Designer Blue Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark navy blue with cool undertones and a frosted finish. It appeared lighter and warmer swatched, but it seemed to darken slightly after it was applied. It had semi-opaque color coverage that did not apply evenly; it was patchy and streaky, so this is a shade that needs a lip primer or lip liner underneath it to have a decent result. The color lasted for four and a half hours, was neither drying nor hydrating, and left a purplish stain behind. Anastasia Paint (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is available in several finishes, and the performance tends to vary with the finish. Amplified, Satins, and Mattes tend to have the most pigmentation, longer-wear, and more even coverage, but satins and mattes can be drying at times. Lustres are the sheerest, can sometimes be drying, and often wear only an hour or two as they have a lot of slip. Frosts vary from medium to opaque coverage, some shimmer to glitter, and wear an average of four hours. Cremesheens have more slip and medium or better coverage, but they can often settle into lip lines or look streaky if they are lighter in color. All of MAC’s lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Lipstick No Interruptions
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
6.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
6.5
Application
4.5
Total
69%
MAC Lipstick Soft Hint
D+
Product
6
Pigmentation
6
Texture
7
Longevity
7.5
Application
4.5
Total
69%
MAC Lipstick Designer Blue
C+
Product
7
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
7.5
Longevity
9
Application
3
Total
78%

Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick

Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick

Bite Beauty Mascarpone Multistick ($24.00 for 0.17 oz.) is a medium, rosy plum with warm undertones and a satin finish. Bite Beauty Biscotti (P, $24.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

For an in-depth look at what the formula is supposed to do and how it performs generally, please check the overview below the rating. The consistency felt lightly creamy–enough that it didn’t drag or skip on the skin and was easy to get color onto a brush or fingertip–but not too slippery or wet. I did not find it dried down on my cheeks or eyes at any point, but it became more matte on the lips after a few hours of wear. The Multistick is such an interesting product because it’s pigmented but buildable, all dependent on the type of application; anything with fingertips or brushes is more buildable while applying directly from the tube yields intense coverage.

On cheeks, the color went on nicely, blended and spread well across the skin and left behind a natural sheen that didn’t move around but wasn’t transfer-proof. I had no trouble working with it on bare skin or over liquid foundation. The color lasted for over ten hours on me, which is impressive for any cheek color but more so for one that never even set!

As a lip product, it applied with rich, opaque coverage when applied directly from the tube, and it resulted in a thicker consistency that seemed to help fill in lip lines and gave a smoother finish overall. If applied with a lip brush, coverage is more buildable and felt thinner on. This shade wore well for five and a half hours on my lips and was neither drying nor hydrating. Finally, as an eye product, I had noticeable creasing after ten minutes. I just couldn’t get it to last on its own; if I set with powder, it had better longevity at four hours.

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Bite Beauty Multistick Mascarpone
A-
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
7.5
Application
5
Total
91%

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Sneak Peek: Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadows Photos & Swatches

Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadows
Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadows

Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow ($22.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) are a new, permanent liquid eyeshadow available in eight shades. I bought them at Sephora, and they appear to be in-stores but actually part of the brand’s holiday assortment (holiday in August, sigh!). They’re supposed to have “microfine” sparkle that is buildable.

Urban Decay Moondust Liquid Eyeshadow

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