I’m always excited when a brick & mortar store like Mecca Cosmetica launches a new indie beauty brand. Although I do enjoy shopping online, I much prefer to touch, feel and smell products before handing over my hard earned cash. In the case of Kat Burki skincare, a brand that is definitely high up on the luxury scale, this was even more important. These products are expensive and today I’m going to review three and let you know if I think they’re worth it.
Every ingredient has a purpose.™ – Kat Burki
For a bit of background, Kat Burki is a brand from Connecticut, USA that is all about using top grade natural ingredients. Based on nutritional science, Kat uses cold pressed and high powered formulations that contain only the good stuff which means no fillers such as water, silicone or alcohol. Each product contains the KB5™ Complex which is a blend of Arnica, Gotu Kola, Lavender, Calendula and Chamomile. It’s anti-inflammatory and improves the skin’s elasticity, collagen production while also offering antibacterial properties. There is a whole lot of very fascinating science behind the formulas so I urge you to have a read of their website if you like getting sciency because this approach is something quite unique. In a nutshell, each ingredient has a purpose and is compounded in a way that ensure maximum effectiveness. I can definitely understand why the products are in a higher price bracket.
The Vitamin C Nourishing Cleansing Balm is Step 2 in the Essential Radiance Collection and has a peculiar jelly texture, nothing like the cleansing balms you may be used to. Amongst some lovely natural extracts, oils and butters lies the Vitamin C in 15%. The type of Vitamin C used is Stay C which is activated upon absorption so it does not oxidise in the frosted glass jar. One thing that hooked me to the whole Kat Burki line is the smell of the products. It’s fresh, calming and one of those you could just sniff all day. Seriously, next time you’re at Mecca just have a try.
The cleansing balm came with a small muslin cloth, which is nothing to write home about, but it does the job of removing makeup well alongside the balm. I scoop out a small amount with my fingers and put it on the damp muslin cloth. Then I massage it onto my skin, finishing off with a warm water rinse. I even use it for my second cleanse because I am a little bit obsessed with the smell and the whole experience. I use it morning and night and I find that it leaves my skin looking and feeling very refreshed and awake. No dryness or that tight feeling of your skin being stripped of its natural oils. I’m running a little bit low on this balm and I will definitely be repurchasing it when the time comes.
Step 3 in the Essential Radiance Collection is the Super Nutrient Elixir which is a pretty unique product too. It’s a mist with substance that feels more like a thirst-quenching moisturising serum. The nutrient rich formulation is housed in a frosted glass bottle and contains some wicked ingredients such as 5% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, rose water, raspberry seed oil, papaya fruit extract and MSM which is a powerful ingredient that can really boost the skin’s foundations whilst calming angry skin.
Whilst the product is very lovely, I wish the misting action wasn’t so powerful. Because of that I prefer to spray it into my hands and pat the product onto my skin. It claims to be able to set makeup or be used as a refresher mist but the dispense is way too intense for that. I use it after cleansing and I’m ok with that. The smell, again, is just divine and I love how it settles down the redness on my skin. I use it morning and night straight onto a cleansed face and then follow up with my usuals.
From the Complete B Collection comes the Eye Creme Complex which is possibly the most expensive skincare product I have bought to date. It makes me feel a little bit uneasy to look at the price but I do not regret it one bit. I have noticed a difference around my eyes in that fine lines are less noticeable and the eye area looks and feels more hydrated. It hasn’t completely banished the slight darkness under my eyes but it has certainly brightened the area.
The texture is a light cream, a little bit lighter than the Drunk Elephant C-Tango, and it applies and absorbs beautifully. Because it’s housed in a jar you have to be careful to use clean fingers, or you could just use the spatula provided but ain’t nobody got time for that. Similarly to the previously mentioned Kat Burki products, this one has some lovely natural ingredients and of course the KB5™ Complex but the real powerhouses are towards the bottom of the ingredients list. Vitamin Bs, Ceramide, Vitamin C and peptides together delivery plumpness, elasticity, brightness and hydration. This isn’t just a regular eye cream, and I am very happy with the results it has given me.
Overall, the three Kat Burki products I have tried have really impressed me. The science behind it is fascinating and it is evident in the products that this is next level skincare. I love the fusion of natural ingredients and science, and I feel that the two combined can deliver some serious results. Out of the three my favourite has to be the cleansing balm, closely followed by the eye cream. The Nutrient Complex is lovely, but I would recommend instead investing in one of Kat Burki’s serums (my eye is on the Retin-C Treatment Complex).
I hope you enjoyed this introduction to the Kat Burki brand. Have you spotted these products in store? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below or email me and connect with me on Instagram. To listen to the latest Fluke podcast, please visit iTunes.
Next week: The final podcast of 2018 – My favourite products of the year.