Kat Von D is building up quite the collection on Sephora’s website now, and recently I was in a local Sephora and this caught my eye.
Now I have seen regular ‘ole eye primers in the basic nude shades (or shimmery), but nothing like this. It’s her new High Voltage Eye Primer in the shade Smoky.
Smoky is different because it’s a super dark grey base, supposedly perfect for dark eyeshadows and smokier looks.
But after testing it out one day this childhood song comes to mind (these are my lyrics though) “Great grey globs of greasy, smoky eye primer”…
The primer comes in a good sized tube with a doe-foot applicator, which is on the long side. A lot of product comes out, so I never actually apply it with the applicator. I use my finger to get a bit off, then apply to my lid.
A very tiny amount goes a long way with this stuff, and the more you use, the less it seems to dry. In fact, even with a thin layer I felt like it never really “set” like say UDPP or Too Faced SI does.
The day I tried it out I put a light layer on (only on my lower lids because I didn’t want dark shadow all the way up to my eyebrows, haha), let it set for 2 minutes then applied MAC Knight eyeshadow over it. At first it was almost as though I wasn’t even applying anything on it because the primer is so dark you really need a DARK shadow on top. But after a bit of work, Knight did start showing up.
You can definitely tell the difference in the eyeshadow color when applying over a dark primer. It makes it deeper and smoother, and I did like the way it looked.
Left: Kat Von D Hard Luck over Too Faced Shadow Insurance. Right Kat Von D Hard Luck over Smoky Primer
I used her eyeshadow Hard Luck from the Memento Mori palette to test what it looked like over a regular nude primer and over this one. You can definitely see a difference in the color and also the texture. It smoothed out the shadow really nicely and made it deeper looking.
HOWEVER after just 5 hours of wear my shadow was creasing like crazy and just kept getting worse all afternoon. To the point where I was dying to wipe it all off. Bummer! I did have a sneaking suspicion this wasn’t going to work because I had a sample of her regular nude one a few months ago and it did the same thing. Sigh.
If you actually care about keeping your shadow from creasing, which is the entire purpose of an eye primer in the first place, then I wouldn’t recommend it. If however you don’t have any issues with eyeshadow creasing anyway and want something to deepen your look, this might work out for you.
$15.00 for a 0.12 oz tube
Exclusively at Sephora and Sephora online
What do we think about the idea of a smoky primer, lame and gimmicky or kinda cool?
In other Kat Von D related news…
Yep she got engaged to Jesse James. I can think of a million things to say about this arrangement, but will just say: GOOD LUCK WITH THAT ONE KAT!