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HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Medusa Review

Matte liquid lipsticks. Are we still on that trend train? Or are we all sick of our lips feeling like sandpaper all of the time?  I will admit that I had gone off them ever so slightly, especially around winter time when my lips just got so dry that no matter which brand of liquid lipstick I choose, it always ended up looking like a flakey dry mess. Around winter you want to apply something really nourishing and hydrating and because of that, my liquid lipsticks didn't really see much light of day. Now that we are back into Spring and Summer is soon approaching, I am ready to embrace them again which is great as I own an awful bloody lot of them. One shade in particular I have been wearing a lot recently is one from HUDA Beauty. One of the most recent lipsticks to hop into my collection, the Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick in Medusa is a shade I gave away last year in a giveaway but fortunately I kept one back for myself as it proven to be very popular indeed!

About the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks:
"Non-drying, featherweight, densely-pigmented and with a stunning, suedette finish, there's nothing about Huda Beauty's Liquid Matte we're not obsessed with. Already causing a furore, the silky formula applies like a lipgloss then dries in moments - cloaking your pout with a smooth, kiss-resistant veil of vibrant colour that won't smudge, flake or transfer. Enriched with nourishing ingredients, there's a shade to match each of the bestselling Lip Contour pencils, alongside seven stunning new hues ranging from deep plum (Material Girl) to on-trend '90s beige-brown (Spice Girl) - but be warned! These won't stick around so snap yours up before your best friend beats you to it."

The HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks are available in 16 different shades with 16 identical Lip Contours (that's lip liners to you and I) to ensure precise application. I love that each shade has its own liner as sometimes it can be really hard to find a liner which matches the lipstick and whilst it may look good on Little Mix, I am really not a fan of nude lipstick and dark brown lip liner. When I bought my lipsticks, the matching liners had sold out so I have had to make do without but I do really think the matching lip liner would help create a much neater and precise application.

Medusa is a really wearable dusty mauve shade which is slightly out of my comfort zone colour-wise as I don't tend to go for purple tones but I thought I would try and break free of the pink rut I seem to have got myself in. I find that the colour itself is actually slightly darker than that on the packaging but it is still a really wearable, vampy shade. When it comes down to application I do find it to be slightly messy but name me a liquid lipstick which doesn't require 5 minutes of complete silence and a very steady hand? I really think the matching lip liner would make application a dream but you just need a few moments of concentration to get a clean application.

Once applied, Medusa appears to have more of a shine finish but after a few moments it dries down completely matte. I didn't find that the HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick showed up any dry areas on the lips at all which is suprising, although that may have been a slightly different story if I had applied it in the height of winter! I found that once it had dried it did feel quite heavy on the lips - not in an uncomfortable way but you can definitely feel that something is on there so it definitely isn't the most lightweight liquid lipstick that I have tried. Longevity wise it stays put all day long without budging or transferring which is pretty damn good. I didn't find that it cracked or peeled off whatsoever so I literally cannot fault the longevity at all. If you want a long-lasting lipstick then this is definitely one to consider!

I have to just mention the smell of these HUDA Beauty Liquid Matte Lipsticks as, Christ, they smell bad. So bad. The worst smelling lipstick I have ever owned. I hate synthetic, vanilla smells and blimey, this is the strongest synthetic vanilla scent I have smelt. Just like the first shade in the range that I tried and was horrified at, I was so shocked at the smell of Medusa. It was horrendous and unfortunately it lingers on the lips for quite a long time. It is like walking around with a Vanilla Yankee Candle attached to your lips which is alright if you like that sort of thing but I really don't have the stomach for it.

If I were just to review this product on the lipstick alone then I would say it is probably the best matte liquid lipsticks I have tried. They remind me of the Kylie Lip Kits in consistency and texture but ever so slightly cheaper and I absolutely love the shade range. I would happily own every single shade as they are all so beautiful and I love that you can buy the matching lip liner to make for an easier and precise application. They stay put all day long without budging, transferring or creasing and I really could not ask more from a lipstick. The only thing that really lets this product down is the smell. Why every single liquid lipstick must have an overwhelmingly sickly sweet scent to it I will never know but boy, this is probably the worst I have smelt out of all I have tried. Get rid of the smell, HUDA Beauty, and these could be the best matte liquid lippies around.


Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours in Starkers and Supermodel Review

I've had acrylic nails on since February so you could say it was time to wave them goodbye and to give my real nails a little bit of TLC. I will be honest with you and say that removing the acrylics was a bit like trying to fake tan your body with a teaspoon - ie, bloody hard work. My nails aren't actually in bad condition which is remarkable considering I have had acrylics on for over two months but now is definitely time to look after my natural nails and hopefully make them healthy again.

Before I took my acrylic nails off I was asked if I wanted to try out some nail varnishes which were free of the 5 nasty chemicals usually found within nail polish formulas - umm, yes please! I was asked what sort of shades I would prefer to receive and I opted for nude shades. Don't get me wrong, I still love the reds and the hot pinks but after two months of staring at nude ombre nails, I wasn't ready to let it go just yet. I was sent two beautiful shades from the Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colour* range in the shades Starkers and Supermodel - you can't really get a more 'nuder' shade than one named Starkers, can you?!

About the Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours:
"These gorgeous polishes are formulated for advanced wear and an ultra-glossy, chip-resistant finish. All Leighton Denny Expert Nails polishes are formulated free of the 5 nasties - Tosylamide Formaldehyde resin, Camphor, DBP, Toluene and Formaldehyde!"

The Leighton Denny High Performance Nail Colours* are formulated for advanced wear, leaving the nails with an ultra-glossy, chip resistant finish. What I like most about the formula is that they don't include the 5 nasty chemicals found in most nail polishes, meaning they should be slightly better for your nails rather than your average, run of the mill, drugstore polishes. 

The two shades I have are Starkers and Supermodel. Starkers is a really pretty, soft, nearly-sheer nude pink. Think french manicure pink with this one. It is very nude. If you were after an opaque shade then I would maybe stay clear of this one but if you persisted and applied a few layers of it then eventually you will build the colour up to be more opaque. The next shade I have is Supermodel, which is soft mink colour. Perfect for everyday, this shade is one I know I can rely on. It reminds me ever so slightly of Barry M Mushroom, a shade I loved back in the day so it is nice to have a similar shade back in my collection. I recently had a massive cull of my nail polishes after accumulating nearly 250 and sticking to the same 5 shades which somehow ended up in rotation, I think I am down to about 20 now which is still a lot to some but for me that's hardly anything!

I have only worn Supermodel so far, the shade I applied as soon as I took my acrylic nails off, and I was so surprised at how opaque it was. I literally applied just one coat to each nail and that was all I needed. No need to faff around with layering up the nail varnish to get a bold statement shade on the nails, the formula is so good that you don't need to waste time with all of that. One coat and you are good to go. I never tend to believe brands when they say their nail varnish is chip-resistant and unfortunately this nail varnish doesn't live up to their claims, although I didn't apply a top coat. I have worn Supermodel for 3 days and my nails have chipped just ever so slightly but in all honesty it doesn't bother me at all. Yes it would be nice to find a chip-resistant nail varnish but there are bigger things in life to worry about than a chipped nail and it's nothing that a fresh coat of polish that won't solve!

Overall, I am really impressed with this range of nail varnish! There are over 100 shades in the range to choose from so you will be utterly spoilt for choice, the shades are really pigmented and you only need one coat to cover each nail and whilst they may not be chip-resistant, they are formulated without 5 of the main chemicals commonly found in nail polishes and they are reasonably priced at £12 each. 

(* PR sample)


Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal in Light Review

I'm a new convert to concealer after years of not bothering with it and in the short space of time that I have started incorporating it into my everyday make-up routine, I can't live without it. My current favourite, the Sephora Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer, really brightens up the area beneath my eyes as well as covering any spots that I may have. It really is such a wonderful, long-lasting concealer which comes in about 100 different shades so there is a shade for everyone but the only downside is that it is so hard to get hold of. I really should have stocked up when I was in America as when I run out I will be slightly bereft. That said, at the same time I bought a concealer from Maybelline which currently isn't available in the UK (I sure do know how to pick them!) but it's so good that hopefully it will make its way across into UK drugstores soon!

The reason why I was so drawn to the Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal is that it is full-coverage and camouflaging. Whilst my make-up application isn't yet up to the same standards of the Insta-famous, I do still like my base to be full-coverage and dare I say it, heavy. I really do dislike sheer foundations and concealers. When I apply my make-up I do so to cover up what is 'lurking beneath' so to speak. I have rosacea on my face and I hate the pink, reddy tones caused by it so I like to hide it as much as possible, hence why I prefer products which offer full-coverage. Which is exactly what this concealer offers!

About the Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal:
"Maybelline's full-coverage, high-resistance concealer camouflages imperfections and dark circles to deliver an undetectable finish."

The Maybelline Face Studio Master Concealer is available in 5 different shades - two light, two medium and one dark shade. Shade-wise there isn't a great deal to choose from which is slightly disappointing, especially to those of which have darker skin. It is really rare to find foundations and concealers which come in a whole array of shades to suit all which is why I love the Sephora own brand so much. Straight away Maybelline are doing themselves an almost injustice in only selling this concealer in just 5 shades as they are excluding a massive amount of their consumers which is a real shame as the product is actually really good.

I bought this concealer in the shade Light which is the second lightest shade in the range. Had I known at the time that they sold a lighter shade then I would have gone for that one as Light is ever so slightly too dark for me but it's nothing that a dab of the Body Shop Lightening Drops can't solve! The Maybelline Face Studio Master Conceal comes housed in a little 12 ml squeezy tube which is really easy to use and apply. I squeez a small amount onto the back of my hand, dot it underneath my eyes and on any spots I want to cover then blend it in using a damp beauty blender. The results? Well, it is certainly full-coverage, let me tell you! This concealer is fairly thick in consistency so you only need a small amount to cover a large area but it blends perfectly and it hides every single blemish on the skin. I've never used anything like it before. It covers everything without making the skin appear cakey. I have finally found the product I have been looking for!

I absolutely love the formula and the results this concealer offers. It does everything it claims to without making the skin appear cakey or heavy with make-up. It is almost as if it airbrushes the skin to give the appearance of one tone as it just covers everything up so well without being obvious on the skin. It blends in perfectly and I cannot fault the product itself. What I can fault is the shade range which is atrocious. When a brand makes a great product that they believe in they should create it in as many shades as possible to make it appeal to as many people as possible. By only creating the product in 5 shades they are really limiting themselves to just a small amount of customers who can purchase it due to the shade range. I really hope this concealer finds its way across to the UK - and in a few more shades as it is a really wonderful, heavy-duty concealer which is perfect for anyone who is after a really affordable, drugstore concealer which offers full-coverage.


Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed Review

For a long time now I have stuck to neutral toned shades on my eyes. Sometimes I like to put shimmery, vibrant colours on the inner corners of the eye just to give a pop of colour but I wish I had more confidence to wear bright orange or bright green eyeshadows to work every day. Neutral tones are nice and safe but sometimes I want to experiment with bright blues, reds and greens. When I was in America recently I made a big Colourpop order full of bright and vibrant shimmery eyeshadows which I thought was enough but I couldn't resist purchasing a couple more eyeshadows in shades outside of my comfort zone.

As soon as I saw the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed, I didn't need to think twice before I put it in my basket. Of course, I didn't need a bright canary yellow eyeshadow but I thought it would make for a really pretty transition shade, as well as being perfect for applying to the inner corners of the eye for a pop of colour to a neutral brown base. 

About the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows:
"A range of shadows featuring highly pigmented, long-lasting colors in a variety of finishes. Watch makeup go from everyday to extraordinary with this endless array of colors and finishes. These shadows provide superior color, coverage, and long-lasting wear (up to 10 hours) thanks to the Color Eye Last complex, which includes an exclusive combination of up to 70 percent pigments, pearls, and shimmer particles. The shadows are also exceptionally easy to apply with micronized pigments that make for an ultrasmooth, blendable texture."

The Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow in Sunglasses Needed is a really pretty bright canary yellow which may take you outside of your comfort zone like it did me. It is in a matte finish which has a really velvety soft formula to it which makes application and blending out incredibly easy. Because it is so easy to blend out it really does make for the most perfect transition shade in the crease of the eye. It is very pigmented so you only need a small amount on a fluffy crease brush to help blend everything through. I haven't yet used Sunglasses Needed all over the eye as a base shade but I will do, when I pluck up the courage! 

I really love the Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows as they are all so soft and pigmented. Blending and application is so easy when you have this formula to work with and when paired with a MAC Paint Pot they last all day long on the eyelids. With over 100 shades to choose from in 3 different finishes, it is really hard to choose just a couple to take home with you! I know everyone goes in to Sephora for Kat Von D, Tarte, Becca etc but I really do love their own brand. I've not yet tried a product from the Sephora Collection which I didn't like so don't wrinkle your nose up at the own brand as it really does hold its own up against the bigger brands!


NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie

When I went to America in February, I expected snow and lots of it. I tend to go to Washington DC every February to visit fam and usually it snows heavily and is -17 degrees outside but this year I was so unprepared. I forgot to take my heavy-duty, thick moisturiser to help protect my face from the harsh weather. I forgot to take my lip balms and exfoliators to help protect my lips from being dry, sore and cracked. But actually, this year, it didn't matter. As it was pretty damn hot. So hot in fact that I had to buy sunglasses and summery clothes. At one point it reached about 26 degrees which is incredible considering the same day last year it was -10 degrees and I was convinced I had contracted hypothermia. 

When I had convinced myself that the snow was imminent and that my lips would dry up and fall off without being in reach of a lip balm, I hurried out to CVS to stock up. I bought an EOS as, well, I have seen Kim Kardashian use one and have always wanted to give one a try, as well as a lip balm with NYX, of all brands. I had never heard of this product before and I haven't seen them in the UK since then so let me tell you all about the NYX Butter Lip Balm in Brownie.

About the NYX Butter Lip Balm's:
"Dip your lips in a sheer wash of color with our Butter Lip Balm. 8 decadent hues. One swipe leaves dry lips feeling supple and hydrated."

The NYX Butter Lip Balm's come in 8 different shades, ranging from hot pink to a deep red. This product is designed to be more of a sheer lip balm rather than a lip gloss or a lipstick so if you are after an opaque shade on the lips then these definitely aren't for you. They deliver a really soft and subtle hint of colour to the lips whilst keeping them hydrated. They are very similar to the Maybelline Baby Lips only less greasy and more hydrating!

I really wanted to try all of the shades but decided to go for a warm neutral in the shade Brownie. It is a really pretty warm mid-tone brown which translates to a really sheer shade on the lips. It does look nice on the lips but as it is so sheer, it really is just a lip balm and I wouldn't see it in any other way. So as a lip balm it is spot on and you can't really fault it! I'm not too sure if the NYX Butter Lip Balm's have managed to make their way to the UK yet but if you see them then it's worth picking a couple up as they are always handy to keep in your make-up bag.


Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Green Review

If you were to ask me what shade my face was, rather than replying with Ivory or Porcelain, I would simply reply with 'red'. I suffer from rosacea which means my face is constantly red or pink toned which is why I always reach for a heavy-duty, camouflaging foundation to blur out the pink tones on my skin as I simply can't stand having a pink face all the time. If I could blur my skintone down to just one neutral colour then I would try my hardest to do so but for now, I have had to rely on colour correcting concealers to counteract the red tones by applying some green ones instead!

I have tried a few green colour correcting concealers in the past but none of them have really worked with my skin. Strangely most of the green concealers I have tried in the past have been in bullet form making them quite chalky on the skin so when I saw this one in Sephora a couple of months ago and it was in liquid form, I couldn't resist giving this one a try too. I love the concealer from this range and now I love the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Corrector in Green too!

About the Sephora Collection Bright Future Color Correctors:
"Ideal for the under-eye area, blemishes, and areas around the nose and mouth, these gel-serum color correctors are feather light and buildable depending on your concern. Pineapple ceramide helps to improve the appearance of skin texture and add brightness, while the cotton swab-like applicator provides the perfect amount of product every time. Just dip, dot, and blend to neutralize before you conceal."

The Sephora Collecion Bright Future Color Correctors come in 7 different shades, all of which help to balance the tones on your skin. Ranging from lavender to neutralize sallowness and yellow to combat dullness, I probably could have required the use of all 7 to combat something or other on my skin but I thought for now, let's focus on the main area I want to change. The green color corrector really does help to neutralize and balance out red tones on the skin with even just a small dot of the product applied to the face. You really don't need much at all to notice a difference on the skin and it's almost as if it is helping to create a blank canvas to apply the rest of your make-up on.

This colour corrector comes in liquid form and it is housed in the typical see-through tube with a doe-foot applicator within the lid. I actually expected the applicator to be the same in this product as it is in the Sephora Collection Bright Future Concealer which makes application a dream but this is slightly different. Rather than the applicator being slanted to make application easier, it is rounded, almost like a cotton bud and if you've ever tried applying make-up with a cotton bud then you know it isn't a pleasant experience! I like to apply the green corrector underneath my eyes, across my cheeks, on my chin and on my forehead before blending it all out with a Beauty Blender but because of the applicator I find it to be quite dry with the applicator almost uncomfortable on the skin. That said, the product itself really does just what it claims to do so and because of that I can't complain!

I really love color correctors as they can hide a multitude of sins within moments. This product neutralizes every red tone on my skin and helps to create a neutral, blank canvas before I apply my foundation. The applicator is a bit of a pain but the product itself makes up for it so if you were after a color corrector to neutralize a problem area then I would definitely recommend this range!


Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows in Luckfully, Hydroplane, Donna & Telepathy Review

When I made my most recent Coloupop haul, I decided to try a few of the Super Shock Eyeshadows to see what they were like. Up until recently I haven't used anything on my eyelids that didn't come from Tarte, Morphe or NYX so I decided to have a change and try something new. Well, when it came to choosing which shades I wanted I was utterly spoilt for choice. With over 100 different colours to choose from, all with different finishes, it is no wonder that I ended up with about 14 sitting in my basket. I managed to limit myself but even then, I managed to buy quite an excessive amount!

For the sake of time and so I don't end up writing a 20,000 word essay on eyeshadows, I have decided to share just a few shades at a time to, y'know, keep the excitement growing. Today I am going to show you some shades which may not be perfect for everyday but they're still pretty damn glorious. Say hey to the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows in Luckfully, Hydroplane, Donna & Telepathy.

About the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows:
"Our famous long-wearing crème powder formula with a unique bouncy-like texture. It's super creamy, insanely pigmented, and has one swipe intensity with zero fallout."

All of the Colourpop Super Shock Eyeshadows have such a wonderful formula to them. They are all rich in pigmentation with one swipe being plenty - no need to layer up the eyeshadow in order to get a deeper colour here. The eyeshadows themselves are incredibly soft meaning they blend like a dream although because of this I do notice fallout when it comes to the application of the shimmery shades. When paired with my trusty MAC Paint Pot in Painterly, each of these eyeshadows stay put all day long without creasing, fading or transferring which is incredible considering they are quite cheap eyeshadows. I tend not to expect too much from the cheaper makeup products as I stick by the statement you get what you pay for but these eyeshadows really are incredible and at $5 each (roughly £4) they are too good to miss!!

The eyeshadows I've shared with you above are all so beautiful. Starting with Luckfully which is a bright cobalt-blue with a satin finish. I went through a phase of being obsessed with wearing blue eyeshadow just underneath the eye blended out softly with a soft brown shade all across the eyelid and this shade was perfect for that. As it is a satin eyeshadow it has a slight shimmer to it which I find does fallout slightly when it comes to application so when it comes to my darker Colourpop shades, I tend to apply my eyeshadow first and my foundation second as it does tend to get a bit messy otherwise.

The other three shades above are Hydroplane which is a beautiful glittery aqua from the Kathleen Lights x Colourpop collection - this shade looks beautiful in the inner corner of the eye as a pop of colour on top of a neutral brown matte. Then we have Donna which is a lovely deep emerald green; this shade looks lovely blended out all over the eyelids for a wash of colour with a sparkling silver on the inner corner of the eyes and finally, my personal favourite, Telepathy. Telepathy is the most gorgeous lime acid yellow with a metallic finish. Another shade from the Kathleen Lights collection, this shade was the one I was most excited about. From first glance you would expect to use it once in a blue moon but this is one of my most used out of all of the eyeshadows I bought. It is absolutely stunning and I thought there was no way I would be able to pull this shade off but gosh, it looks good on the eyes! I apply it on top of a neutral soft brown and it is so eye-catching and pretty, I am in love with it.

Colourpop used to be hard to get hold of here in the UK but now that they have got with the times and introduced international shipping which is really reasonable at $9.99, I think everyone should give this brand a try. If you do make an order, do be prepared to be stung by those pesky customs charges!!


Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne Review

Jo Malone is pure luxury. It's not something I would buy myself or anyone else as a casual gift as, in my eyes, Jo Malone products are most suitable for special occasions only. Which is why the only gift I could give to my Mum on Mothers Day was something indulgent from Jo Malone.

I actually bought this product almost 2 months ago at London Heathrow Airport. I was waiting for a flight to Washington and felt like having a splurge in Duty Free which was lucky as I could have bought everything in Jo Malone. I knew I wanted to buy a fragrance and was torn between English Pear & Freesia, Pomegranate Noir and Wood Sage & Sea Salt. It is really difficult purchasing a fragrance for someone else as the fear of them not liking it is always there. Which is why I chose my personal favourite and this is my top tip for you all - always go for the one you prefer as if they don't like it then you can just keep it for yourself! Which is exactly why I chose the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne.

About the Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne:
"Escape the everyday along the windswept shore. Waves breaking white, the air fresh with sea salt and spray. Alive with the mineral scent of the rugged cliffs. Mingling with the woody earthiness of sage. Lively, spirited and totally joyful."

The Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne smells utterly wonderful. What I love about Jo Malone fragrances is that they pair two completely different scents together and they always work go together perfectly. I would never have thought wood sage and sea salt would have gone so well together but they do, they really do! Before you smell this fragrance you expect it to be quite deep, masculine and woody because of the name but it couldn't smell any different to that if it tried. The Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt is a really light and fresh scent which reminds me of being by the sea. It is almost as if Jo Malone has managed to bottle up the salty sea air and incorporated it with wood sage to create an utterly unique cologne which is completely unisex. It isn't a sweet or fruity fragrance like I'm used to. Instead it is entirely unique and I literally cannot think of a single fragrance which smells anything like this.

When I bought this cologne, the lady in Jo Malone told me the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne is best layered up with the Wood Sage & Sea Salt Body Creme as the cologne on its own doesn't have great longevity. I dismissed this idea as I was spending over £80 on a cologne which, considering the price, should last all bloomin' week in my opinion and I wasn't willing to spend a further £50 on a body cream. I thought she told me this to get some more money out of me but unfortunately, she was correct. This cologne does not last all day on the skin. An hour or two, yes but all day certainly not. The scent does fade away quite quickly which is a real shame considering it is eye-wateringly expensive. I sprayed two little pumps onto my wrist earlier on today and a good few hours later it is only just noticeable on the skin which is quite upsetting considering it is an awful lot of money. 

If we were to look at this product purely on its scent then goodness me is it a must-have. It smells so fresh, light and unique - it is definitely one to try next time you pass a Jo Malone counter. But the longevity of the cologne really lets it down. It doesn't last all day and for the price I would certainly expect it to be stronger on the skin - I wouldn't expect to have to re-apply it a few times a day in order to get a hint of the lovely fragrance throughout the day. This is the first Jo Malone fragrance we have tried and as much as my Mum and I both love the scent itself, for the price of it we really would expect it to be longer lasting.


Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder Review

Let's face it, setting powders are pretty boring. Does anyone ever get excited about buying a setting powder? I used to be a little lazy when it came to applying my make-up and I never used to bother when it came to applying setting products - and then I would wonder why some of my make-up would have faded away by the end of the day! I started using the famous Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to help keen shine at bay and as I have fairly oily skin, there is quite a lot of shine to try and keep at bay!

Everyone loves the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder but after using it for a good few years I really wanted to try something different so when I was in America recently and was queuing to pay in Sephora, I picked up a small, travel-sized version of the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder. I had heard such great things about it and a few of my favourite Youtubers use it in their videos so I decided to buy a little travel-size version before splashing out on a full-sized powder. See - those sneaky little products they surround by the tills to occupy you with and tempt you by certainly work. Usually I am quite strict when it comes to impulse purchases but not when I am in Sephora, it may seem.

About the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder:
"This silky, non-drying setting powder is formulated with Micro-Blurring Technology™ to softly diffuse pores for a velvety-matte, selfie-ready finish. Our universal translucent shade is truly undetectable on all skin tones, so everyone can lock down and mattify their makeup."

The Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder is a loose, finely milled powder which is completely translucent in colour. It is designed to blur out pores and mattify the skin with an almost velvet-like finish. As I bought this powder in a travel/mini size, it is only 5.4 g in comparison to the full-sized product which is 19 g. I don't think I have used a loose powder like this before as I much prefer pressed powders so the concept of the packaging is slightly alien to me. The powder itself comes housed in a little tub with a strange puff applicator held inside which is quite frankly, no good to anyone. We live in an age where everyone is becoming more make-up savvy when it comes to application and techniques and now that make-up brushes are becoming really inexpensive, there really is no need for brands to include crappy little brushes and silly little puffs like the one included in here. To get the product out of the packaging you just have to shake the tub a little bit (preferably with the lid off!) and the powder comes out from underneath. There's actually a hell of a lot of powder in there so I can imagine even this travel-sized version will last you a long time.

The only problem I have found with this smaller version of the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder is that my face powder brush is actually bigger than the tub, meaning this powder goes everywhere! Trying to fit my brush into it is certainly a tight squeeze and I have yet to use this product without it going everywhere but in all honesty, it is worth it. In fact, I would happily buy a smaller brush to accommodate the powder as it's just incredible. The powder just melts into the skin and leaves an almost airbrushed, matte, velvety finish to the skin. I dust it quite lightly over the whole of my face and it sets everything into place perfectly. By the end of the day my make-up is still exactly where it was when I originally applied it without transferring, fading away, making the skin appear cakey nor creased. When the setting powder is applied I have not noticed any shine or oil appearing throughout the day which is great as usually around lunchtime I find that the Rimmel Matte Powder fades away so my face gets slightly oily which then gets worse throughout the day so I always had to take it out with me for top ups but I don't need to do that with the Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder - one application is enough to last the entire day and it does everything it claims to do. I can definitely see the hype surrounding this product and it is now my second must-have product from Kat Von D!

Overall, I am really impressed with this setting powder! The Kat Von D Lock It Setting Powder practically melts into the skin, leaving an airbrushed, velvety matte finish without making the skin appear cakey. It doesn't crease at all and it keeps all shine at bay throughout the day. A little goes a long way so even the little travel-sized tub is bound to last you a long time. It is definitely a hell of a lot better than the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder so if you are fond of that product then you definitely need to try this!