Review: Bifull Oval Brushes & Kat Von D Lock-It foundation
Many of the things that become frequent flyers all over SM profiles end up tiring me fast, yet oval makeup brushes caught my eye from the start, till I finally nabbed this set of oval brushes from Bifull, a Spanish brand specializing in professional items for the beauty industry.
On the whole, I have the impression that this is kind of one of those sort-of polarizing items in the beauty blogosphere, in the sense that many makeup fans are all over this toothbrushy makeup brush trend, while many others seem to find them just gimmicky.
I’m in the first category – #TeamOval – and after trying these two brushes, my conclusion is that I’m likely to add another to the arsenal: they’re pretty handy and I like them for a variety of uses, for setting powder, blush, concealer, eyeshadow… these are among the brushes I reach for more often.
With these Bifull oval brushes in particular I’m quite satisfied: the set I bought includes two brushes, a medium-sized one for blush or contouring, and a smaller brush for blending concealer, highlighter or eyeshadow (if you have larger lids like me, I suppose).
The neck is slightly flexible, which I found a bit odd at first, but the brush doesn’t feel fragile at all; the handle’s plastic feels sturdy. The hair of the brushes is nylon, extremely fine, dense and soft, so that it picks up and distributes the product well, and are lovely for applying and blending; besides, they’re easy to wash and dry quickly.
Would I buy more Bifull oval brushes? Yes, I think I’d like to go back for another; the ones I have get the full 5 points.
Kat Von D Lock It Foundation
Other than BB creams, which I’ve been using more often lately, I haven’t used proper liquid foundation in about 11 years, since I found mineral powder foundation and never looked back.
But my skin is not what it was 11 years ago (WTF, how did that happen?! When did I grow old?!). Anyhow, my once endless oil production is dwindling down, especially in the cooler months, so powder foundation doesn’t really look well after summer leaves and humidity drops.
Also, for some strange reason, I found myself drawn to the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation during a trip to Sephora. I’ve no idea why: I’ve never even been especially attracted to Kat von D’s beauty line, and never tried anything from it. Still, it happened that several work events were looming in the horizon, and I wanted to look neat and polished during a full day of meeting and talking to customers, so I went for it.
The SA at Sephora said this foundation could be a little difficult to work with, as are many fuller-coverage foundations, and to consider getting the KvD primer along to make it easier to apply and wear. I didn’t, even though I’d seen this recommended online before, but I don’t find it difficult to apply and blend over my facial sunscreen.
Things I like about the Kat Von D Lock-It foundation:
It is a fuller coverage foundation, and only a tiny touch of product gets the job done, so even though it isn’t exactly cheap, it will last me a long, long time.
Airless pump, which is higienic and helps keep the product for longer; it’s also easy to get just the exact dose needed, since a little goes a long way. The packaging is pretty sturdy too, having resisted being knocked about during an interminable flight route, and being dropped way too often to the floor at home.
When the stars are correctly aligned, and my skin isn’t too dehydrated, this foundation looks quite good and I like wearing it: skin looks even, fresh and as nice as my skin is ever going to get, without going into cakeface territory.
Things I like rather less about this foundation:
The finish… I don’t know, it isn’t always great, and some days this is kind of a hit-or-miss product for me. As I said before, I wanted to include in my makeup stash something a bit more heavy-duty, to cover the odd pesky bump or redness that dared show, without having to fuss with concealer and such, and which could last through a full day without having to think about retouching. In that respect, this foundation does deliver the results I wanted.
Still, other things about KvD Lock-It leave me less enthusiastic about it. One of them is how this foundation is supposed to be matte, but somehow ends up looking rather shiny a while after applying. It’s nothing a little blotting doesn’t fix, but hmf. Nowadays, a little shine doesn’t bother me as much as it used to, but this would have been a total deal-breaker a few years ago.
Now some passing KvD fan in the may go: “silly woman, why don’t you dust down the shine with some finishing powder!” Ehee… LOL, no.
Right after dusting down the shine, it looks quite good, but as the hours go by, I start looking at least another eleven years older (a really rough 11 years, at that): makeup sort of gets cracky, dried, looks dusty and done… for some reason, it does not suit my skin well at all when I seal this foundation with finishing powder, so I don’t.
Back to the cakeface factor: I wouldn’t recommend this foundation to a makeup newbie or someone who rarely wears any, since at first try it’s quite easy to go overboard with application, and end up looking like you did your makeup with a builder’s trowel. If that happens, I find this foundation to be fairly easy to blend blend blend and make it look nice, but who has time for that?
Would I buy the Kat von D Lock It foundation again?
Probably not: it’s not that I don’t like it, but it doesn’t impress me much either. I wear it often, on the whole I find it rather usable, and I’m glad it’s on my makeup table, so I plan to finish it, but to sum up, I give it 3.5 points.
1 point: No! Never again, not even if you gave it to me, or even paid me to wear it.
2 points: I didn’t finish the container and it’s very unlikely I’d buy this again. It might work for you, but it does nothing for me.
3 points: Meh. I’ll use up my jar/tube, but I don’t think I’d buy again. It might work for you, but it doesn’t do much for me.
4 points: I like it. It’s nice and does its job. I might buy this again, if I find nothing I like better.
5 points: I love it! It does its job very well, I find it a pleasure to use, and it’s earned its place in my beauty routine.