For me, setting powders are an absolute must. Until about 18 months ago I didn’t really bother with loose powders; I occasionally used pressed powders, but tended to leave my foundation as it was.
For a while now I’ve been using my Laura Mercier Transluscent powder, but when I went away last October I accidentally forgot to pack it (I could have cried when I realised).
As a quick fix, I nipped into Debenhams and picked up a travel version of the Kat Von D Lock it Setting Powder. I’ve heard good things about this powder and despite trying other products in the range, I’ve been perfectly content with my Laura Mercier powder to not feel the need to give this one a try.
For the record, the usual full sized version is a 19g product that costs £22, but as I just needed one for a few days I brought the travel version at £9 for 5.4g of product.
The packaging is traditional of most setting powders; a clear plastic container and black lid. Translucent powders aren’t the most practical of things to travel with usually, but this smaller version is perfect for holidays. If only my Laura Mercier came with a travel friendly miniature!
Kat Von D has gone all out with the edgy rock vibe with her signature star on the inner sifter lid, but nothing particularly overwhelming or out of the ordinary here.
The powder itself is marketed as translucent (and it definitely is when applied) but it looks a little yellow toned in the flesh. It is incredibly finely milled, and looks like it has the tiniest bit of shimmer in it (I don’t think it does, it just appears that way!)
It genuinely does what it says on the box: it feels incredibly lightweight on the skin, and is very easy to apply and blend. It looks amazing under the eye and did a great job of setting my makeup without creasing. I wouldn’t say that this is as mattifying as the Laura Mercier one, but I guess that’s great for making your skin look less one dimensional.
Longevity wise, it lasted all day. Like, seriously lasted ALL. DAY. When at work I’m really busy and spend most of the day on my feet, so it’s always a testament to the quality of makeup by judging how it looks at the end of the day. It hadn’t melted or disappeared from my skin, nor did it look cakey or shiny.
My skin is particularly good at the moment and I don’t have any dry patches, so I’m not sure how those with drier skin would find it, but my combination skin seemed to like it!
The great thing about this product is that it is completely sulphate and paraben free, as well as being cruelty free!
This is the first product I’ve tried from the Lock It range, and I’m definitely interested in giving the other products a go at some point in the near future!