Several months ago, Kat Von D released a loose setting powder designed specifically for the under eye area. They come in three shades which are: Petal– powder pink shade (for fair skin tones), Peach– warm bisque shade (for medium skin tones) and Golden– banana yellow shade (for tan to deeper skin tones).
So…since I’m pretty much a setting powder fiend, I had to check it out…off course…and yep, I purchased all three shades. It comes in 8.1 grams, so yes…it’s pretty small…but here’s the thing…whenever you see a product small in size, chances are it’s small for a reason. The reason being that you don’t have to use a lot of it, especially since it’s designed to be applied to only a small part of the face.
So, here’s my thoughts:
Consistency: This powder is not as finely-milled as their Lock-It Setting Powder. It has the traditional powder texture (i.e. Laura Mercier’s Loose Setting Powder). Despite that, it does have a smooth texture. No chalkiness, whatsoever! It also doesn’t “pill”.
Application: It applies pretty smoothly. You can use either a sponge or a brush. I usually use their Lock-It Precision powder brush #25, which fits like a glove underneath my eye. Again… you do not need to pack it on like crazy. One thing, though…I noticed that it does have some flashback issues. I believe this can be solved by using a setting spray or something like MAC’s Fix + (which is NOT a setting spray, but it adds moisture). ‘But please do keep in mind of the flashback note. The powder does not settle into fine lines (yay for the 30+ ladies) and makes the under-eye area look very smooth. For those who have dry skin or a very dry under-eye area…proceed with caution, but anything is possible with a good eye cream or moisturizer!
Shade: All three shades have color-correcting properties and they do brighten! Because of the color-correcting properties, you can actually skip concealer and use this to color-correct the under eye area. (It really depends on how deep your under-eye area is.) For me, the shade Peach does this the best since I have a very dark brown under-eye area. (Anything pink/peach/coral/orange/red will color correct anything dark brown or areas with a blue undertone.) Petal is very light in shade (no surprise since it’s for fair skin), so I have to apply it quite sparingly. Golden definitely brightens my under-eye area. I always use concealer before using Golden, since yellow alone does not cancel out my under-eye area. Another thing to note: you can also use this powder to set the rest of your face…but I think it’s more worth it to use this as designed. Since I have the “most foundations look orange/pink/red on me syndrome”, Golden works nicely to make the foundation shade more yellow. In terms of shading (light vs. dark)… they’re all light. You will see what I mean, in a bit.
Longevity: This powder pretty much lasts all day (or until you remove it). No concealer will crease with this stuff! Long-lasting smoothness all. day. long!
Here’s a swatch of all three shades on my hand:
Here’s how the powders look on my face. I was going to only have photos of how Peach and Golden look on my under-eye area, but I decided to quickly apply concealer and then Petal on top to take a new set of photos. Hahaha! This was due to having this post in my drafts for longer than I’d like to admit.
So let’s first with Peach:
And here’s how Golden looks on my under-eye area:
And here’s Petal:
…Okay, so I’m gonna put this out there and show how the three shades look with flash.😣
….and thennnnnnnn Petal *takes a deep breath*:
Keep in mind that I used my iPhone to take these photos. Using the flash of an iPhone is not really the best way to test if a product has flashback or not, because the iPhone flash doesn’t function like a traditional camera flash…HOWEVER, these photos are something that should be noted. Also, I used the precision powder brush, so can you imagine if I did some serious baking with this powder?! Lawdamercy.
I also wanted to show how Peach works alone as a color corrector. So here’s my skin completely free of makeup:
And here’s how Peach looks directly applied over my under-eye darkness (no concealer):
Bottom line: Peach and Golden will only be my jam! Petal is a huge no-no (maybe I can use this as a brow highlight). I’ve seen comments (mostly reviews on Sephora and the official Kat Von D site) saying that these powders have no brightening effect, and I’m so curious as to how!!! Y’all saw the photos. I don’t know…to each his own. ‘But these powders are solid in terms of longevity and making the under-eye area look brightened and smooth. My only concern is the flashback.
I saw this really cool tip on the Kat Von D Beauty YouTube channel, which is mixing the appropriate shade of the brightening powder and the shade Pink Opal to have a nice effect. I definitely plan on trying that out since I have the Alchemist Palette.
Check it out for yourself!
Thank you for reading my thoughts! ❤