Locking in my makeup with Kat von D

After I discovered the Laura Mercier translucent setting powder I was a firm believer that no other product will ever compare to it and I’m doomed to spend £29 on a simple pot of powder for the rest of my life. However, when I ran out of my expensive but magical powder, I decided to branch out and pick something else, preferably something that won’t make my bank account cry. I did a proper research into different powders but nothing seemed to interest me and when I got reaaaally close to hitting the place order button for a new Laura Mercier one, I stumbled upon a Debenhams ad that said that Kat von D products were on offer. I quickly had a look on their website and the Lock-it powder was on offer so without overthinking things, I added it to my shopping cart, and the rest is history. Now let’s see how I got along with it!

As you can probably tell from the picture above this is still a translucent loose powder. I definitely prefer them over compact ones when it comes to setting my makeup at the start of my day because this girl likes her baking. Because of my oily/combo skin I would literally have to bake every inch of my face to make sure everything stays in place all day but I’m not that extra so I just do the usual under eye area, a bit on my forehead, chin and a bit around the nose. Throughout the day, if I need to blot and powder up I would either use a bloterrazzi sponge from beautyblender which is a game changer when it comes to beauty touch ups, (absorbs all the oil on my face without smudging my makeup!!) or a compact powder from Soap&Glory


When it comes to packaging, Kat von D never fails. The pot is made out of acrylic which to me seems very durable. It has a black screw on lid with the letters KVD engraved on top. Pretty sleek and sturdy. I also like that the pot is very clear so you can see how much product is left in there. 


Although the shade is described as translucent, it has a slightly yellow undertone which I don’t really mind because it doesn’t leave a white cast and it doesn’t affect the colour of my foundation at all. When you look at the powder up close you can notice some particles called micro-shimmers but once they reach the surface of the face they’re not visible anymore. The Lock-it powder has a finely milled, silky texture. It feels very soft, like you’re putting velvet on your skin. 

Application and finish

The product applies like a dream! It sets foundation, concealer and anything that you may have on your face perfectly, with no signs of a powdery, cakey look. I really feel like it brightens up the skin a bit and it does a good job at blurring pores and imperfections as well. The finish is matte but the velvety type of matte which is not drying at all and it doesn’t get into fine lines or anything like that. It’s super easy to blend the product because it literally feels like the powder is melting into the skin. When it comes to longevity, I think that the Laura Mercier powder performs better in this department. The Kat von D one has an amazing finish and texture but it doesn’t seem to keep the oils at bay for as much as I want. 

Overall, I’m really happy with this product and I would definitely recommended it especially to anyone who’s hasn’t been blessed with normal skin and has to deal with large pores and oiliness. However, after I go through this pot I may go back to my one true love- Laura Mercier translucent powder (I just remembered I reviewed it on my blog so you can have a read here), for the pure reason that I like its lasting power better. Application and finish wise, the two powders are very similar and price wise…Kat von D Lock-it retails for £22 for 19g of product whilst the other one retails for £29 for 29g.

If any of you have tried any of these products, do let me know! I’d also love to know what are your current favourite setting powders!

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  1. August 3, 2017 / 7:46 am

    I agree with you! Laura Mercier is definitely better value for money!

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