This fragrance-free eyeshadow primer has a thick, creamy texture that sheers out enough to fully prime eyelids with less than a pea-size amount. It's easy to apply with a clean fingertip, and sets within seconds to a smooth, crease-resistant matte finish.
Although High Voltage Skin is available in only one shade—"Skin"—the good news is that this shade is a neutral beige color. This primer is light enough to work on either pale or dark skin tones to improve the overall wear and vibrancy of any eyeshadow applied over it.
As for the light dusting of antioxidants in the formula, it's not enough to do much of anything for your skin, but those ingredients will remain stable thanks to being packaged in an opaque tube. Also thanks to the packaging, you don't have to worry about this primer drying out after continued use, which is a risk with similar eyeshadow primers that are housed in jars or compacts!
- Creamy texture blends well; easy to apply.
- Smooth, crease-resistant matte finish.
- Neutral beige shade is workable for all skin tones.
- A little goes a long way, so this should last for months.
- Packaging keeps the antioxidants stable during use.
This smooth-textured essential glides over the eyelid without dragging. It performs like a magnet, preventing eyeshadow from migrating and creasing. Micro-encapsulated pigments float over the eye area, finessing skin texture and blurring fine lines. Use the Smoky shade to prep your lids for a smoldering smoky-eye look.
Water, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Polyethylene, Polysilicone-11, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Lecithin, Boswellia Serrata Gum Extract, Honey Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Quaternium-90 Bentonite, Troxerutin, Hexyl Laurate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Sodium Chloride, C18-36 Acid Triglyceride, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Propylene Carbonate, Stearic Acid, Cholesterol, Capryly Glycol, Alumina, Silica, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrapeptide-14, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol. May Contain (+/-): Mica (CI 77019), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
Celebrity makeup lines are nothing new—we’ve seen dozens of them over the years—but this one is a first in that it shocked us a bit, and we are not easily shocked. Kat Von D’s claim to fame is her successful tattooing enterprise, and her role as a former reality TV show star—she also was once engaged to Sandra Bullock’s ex-husband. (You just can’t make this kind of stuff up.) Despite the ups and downs of her back-story, Kat Von D is now a makeup entrepreneur, and a good one.
The line launched in 2007 with only two eyeshadow palettes, cream lipstick, and eyeliner, but since has expanded by adding several new products, including the High Voltage Skin eyeshadow primer and Everlasting Love Liquid Lipstick—both of which received our top rating. Also worth checking out are Sin-Full Mascara and Painted Love Lipstick. Just like most makeup lines, this is one to shop carefully; for every great product, there’s one that underperforms or ends up being a waste of money.
Kat Von D’s line of makeup products is actually quite good for the most part, and far better than we were expecting. This is definitely a brand to consider assuming you’re OK with the prices and the knowledge that in most cases you can find similar and even better options available for far less. (We are not okay with doing expensive when less expensive can knock your socks off!)
All Kat Von D makeup products come packaged with the line’s signature images of roses and thorns (perhaps to reinforce Von D’s love of tattoo design), which definitely makes these products stand out among a sea of blandly packaged makeup containers.
For more information on this brand, go to: www.sephora.com/kat-von-d.