December 2, 2016

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder Review & Swatches

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Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder ($25) is a new tinted loose powder that launched for Spring 2017 which can be used in conjunction with the new Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème to set concealer and brighten up your entire under eye area.

For a very long time I was a user, lover, and diehard fan girl of Skin Food Salmon Dark Circle Powder before it was very sadly discontinued. Before that though I tried and wasn’t a fan of Laura Mercier’s Secret Brightening Powder. I tried hard to replace my Skin Food powder and I finally settled on Ben Nye Banana Powder after trying a variety of different powders. I also switch up occasionally from my Ben Nye and use Besame’s wonderful Brightening Vanilla Face Powder.

As big a fan as I am of Ben Nye I was more than willing to try the new Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder!

Here are my thoughts and review.


Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder is available in three shade selections but I picked up two of those three shades. I got the shade Golden which is a warm banana yellow that was created for deeper skin tones. It’s a lot darker if you’re comparing it to Ben Nye’s Banana Powder. I also picked up Peach which is a warm bisque peach for medium skin tones. Both shaded worked great on me but I liked Golden best as it seemed to brighten my eye area the best.

These come housed in a generously sized 0.29 oz pot which has a black lid featuring Kat’s wax seal emblem. I do have minor rant about the packaging which is the fact the sifter has very large holes. I tend to like to shake a pot and use whatever clings to the lid. I advise not shaking this though because the larger holes means the powder flows a little too freely into the pot and when you open it, well, it ends up everywhere. I think I might depot the powder into a smaller sifter with tinier holes.


This powder is thicker in comparison to Ben Nye’s formula and isn’t a traditional silica powder (although it is) as it feels more like a face powder and doesn’t have that silicone, slippery feel that a silica powder does. I like that because I’ve tried powders like Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder and disliked the texture. It’s very silky powder and it applies flawlessly without creasing under eyes, feeling too heavy, or even appearing or looking dry. I wore it several days straight and I didn’t have a problem with it making my already dry eyes look drier nor did it cause my concealer to crease nor did it crease by itself. I use a little blending brush to apply it after my concealer! I also apply a little down the sides of my nose just to contour and brighten up that area on my face. You don’t have to use it exclusively under your eyes, it’ll work fine to set makeup as well should you like. It’s also quite pigmented so if you want to apply it to brighten up your eye area without applying concealer, you can do that as well. It’s quite pigmented so, as promised it’ll brighten up eyes considerably without looking pasty or chalky!

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder Swatches in Peach

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder in Peach

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder Swatches in Golden

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder in Golden

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder Swatches (Peach and Golden)

Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder Swatches (Peach and Golden)

All in all, I’d highly recommend picking up a pot or two of Kat Von D Lock-It Brightening Powder when it comes back into stock at This was a delightful way to set my concealer and brighten up my eye area (and my entire face).

Did you get a pot?

Do share your thoughts on the formula!


I purchased this item and I receive a small commission if you shop using the links in this post.

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  • Anna Fantasia

    I got a pot of golden which came in a puff of smoke, covering both the container and the box. So sad really as I love this powder and refuse to return it to Sephora. Oh well Ce la Vie…

    • Isabella Muse

      depot! I had the same issue because I removed the little sticker, closed the lid, shook it up, and opened it and BAM! Powder everywhere! I’m going to depot!

      • Anna Fantasia

        Ugh so frustrating. Mine was spilled inside the box before I even touched the lid. Oddly enough the sticker was still on so it must have leaked off the sides during shipping πŸ™

        • Isabella Muse

          Oh no! Mine were sealed completely thankfully! I was the one that shook it up like an idiot and ended up with powder everywhere! :-/

  • blee

    Oh, I might try them! Musey girl, try cleaning off the sifter lid apply tape over all the sifter and leave a hole or two(??) open, then it may work great for your shaking a little into the lid. πŸ˜€

    • Isabella Muse

      GOOD IDEA! I still have my empty Skin Food pot and I depot Ben Nye powder into it so I thought I’d do that with Kat Von D’s πŸ™‚

  • Sonya J

    Anyone know when this is coming back in stock online?! I want to get it with my $20 off $50 Sephora coupon which ends on December 14th!!

    • Isabella Muse

      I know the Smashbox palettes and the hourglass palette came in stock recently. Perhaps tomorrow? Keep checking in daily! No date but I imagine soon!

  • Liz

    I’ve been searching high and low for the ingredients for these powders; I can’t use the regular setting power by KVD because it has talc in it, do these also? I’m assuming the formulas are similar if not the same but I sure hope not!

  • Leila

    Hey! From Canada here, but if you’re still searching for it, I’m starting to see it come up in WINNERS! (TJ MAX, MARSHALLS)