Hi everyone! Today's post will feature Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation.
I want to mention right off the batch that this is a mixed review for Kat Von D's much raved about foundation. There are some really good aspects of this foundation, but there are also some downfalls too. I will point out both for you.I bought this foundation after seeing many YouTube rave reviews. The last thing I needed was a new foundation. However once I saw it came back in stock on Sephora.com (most of the shades were out of stock) I picked it up in the shade M54. I returned the full size bottle of M54 before I wrote this review, so I'm sorry that I don't have it to show.My thoughts...
- Color – This is my biggest complaint. I have golden undertones and have to use a foundation that runs yellow or else it looks muddy on my skin. I thought M52 might work (Medium/light complexion with warm beige undertones) but it turned out to be too light. I then picked up the full size bottle of M54 (Medium complexion with yellow beige undertones). I thought perfect and happily placed my order. When I got the bottle I was very dark from self tanning. At first pump, I thought that maybe it was too neutral…it definitely did NOT have yellow undertones at all. I put it on my entire face and it actually looked fine. Throughout the day it seemed to dry down darker…almost brown. It didn’t look awful by any means, but I knew it just wasn’t my color. It was frustrating because the difference from M52 to M54 is so drastic. It’s a bummer because there is no shade that works for me. Since it's a thicker base, it can be tell tale when your face and neck don't match. I’m picky with foundations and undertones, so if I can’t find my perfect shade then I move on...I don’t want to spend time trying to make a color work that doesn’t match my undertones correctly.
- Coverage – Great coverage. It will really give you a flawless look, but I found on myself it was too fake looking. It does hide all of my imperfections and conceals them too. It’s a thick foundation and if you don’t usually wear a full face, this probably will feel too heavy. It wasn’t a deal breaker, but I felt like I was wearing a lot of makeup. If you have a lot to cover up, I do think this could work for you. I want to stress it’s not cakey and it does blend out even with the thickness. I would suggest using a brush for application rather than your fingers though (FYI I really like Real Techniques Expert Face Brush)
- Packaging – The packaging is cute and I do like the pump, but the bottle itself is a little too big and bulky for my liking. It doesn’t fit nicely with the rest of my foundations and it seems excessive. I wish there was something to close the pump, because once you take off the little plastic covering there isn’t anything (maybe you are supposed to keep that?)
- Wear – This foundation wore extremely well throughout the day. It didn’t transfer and I didn’t find I needed a touch up. Big plus! I think it’s safe to say that it’s one of the longest wearing foundations I’ve tried.
- Photographs - This foundation photographs great. This would be a good choice to wear when going out at night or at an event where you will be photographed a lot.
- Removing it – This is for sure a foundation you will need more than a makeup wipe for. I always use a oil free or foam based cleanser to help break up the makeup. I wouldn’t say it’s difficult, but you do have to put a little time into taking it off.
Overall, this foundation had its high points, but bottom line there wasn't a shade that worked for me. I wish she had a few more lighter or light to medium shades with different undertones in the line. It's such a shame to see that none of the shades had more golden or yellow undertones. I'd say that pretty much all of the colors I looked at they were very netural. For example, Nars is a good example of a brand with foundations with a great color range. As far as for Kat Von D, if you can find a shade that matches you…I’d say check it out. If you like a full coverage foundation and don’t mind a heavier base, you will probably be a happy camper. If you like or don't need full coverage you can probably pass on this.
Have you tried Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation? Did it work for you?