Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation

I've been regularly using the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation for the past couple of weeks, and I finally feel ready to review it....

I've been regularly using the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation for the past couple of weeks, and I finally feel ready to review it. There have been many ups and downs during this testing experience. It's been a love/hate relationship. I still have slightly mixed feelings, purely out of bitterness. This has been a trying experience, for sure.
KVD Foundation

So, before I make you think I hate this foundation, let me tell you about it.

The Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation is a full coverage foundation. The bottle it comes in has a pump, and the shade range is pretty good. The foundation is pretty thick, but not as thick as I expected based on other reviews I had read. 

This foundation is supposed to be full coverage, transfer resistant, matte and have 24 hour wear. 

Before I purchased this foundation, and even while in the process of purchasing it, I was contemplating not getting it. There were so many red flags. 
I have very dry, dehydrated skin. It flakes often, and my pores are much larger than any person with dry skin should have to deal with. But, I also have a ton of redness, sun spots, discoloration, and occasional cystic acne. I wanted to find something to cover it, and I knew this would do it. 
Kat Von D Tattoo Foundation

So, I bought it. I came straight home and tried it. I immediately hated it and contemplated returning it. I decided I wanted to experiment with this and see if I could make it work. I tried different primers, different moisturizers and different application methods. Some worked out better than others, but the end result was a dry, heavy, cake face. No good, right?

After many threats made to a foundation bottle. because inanimate objects can hear me, I decided to try a few more things.
Kat Von D Tattoo Foundation

I started trying to use half a pump, and this worked a little better. Going from there, I decided to add a drop of argan oil into it and see how that went. Even better. I was finally making progress on my journey to forcing this foundation to work for my skin type. I was going to do it, because I'm stubborn and didn't want to return it.

In my determination to make this work, I exfoliated my face in the morning, gave my moisturizer 15 minutes to sink in, applied a hydrating primer, and decided to try mixing the foundation with a hydrating primer. I finally found the method that works for me. This still gives me full coverage but without the cake face.

The downside to this is that I absolutely have to exfoliate my face about 30 minutes before applying this foundation. It's a must or I just can't wear it. I have to follow all of the steps mentioned, and I have to apply it with a very damp beauty blender. I have to keep it away from the eye area and I can't wear this every day. 

If you've made it this far, you're probably ready for the actual review, so here it is.

  • It's full coverage.
  • It's very long lasting on me. The longest I've worn it is 14 hours, but it didn't fade.
  • Once it sets, it is transfer resistant, but not transfer proof.
  • It dries out your skin some.
  • It's very pigmented, and quite easy to blend.
  • Applied correctly, it can look very natural.
  • It is VERY matte.
  • It doesn't sink into pores.
  • Contour powder, blush and highlight powders apply well over this and last all day.
  • The bottle has a pump.
  • This is probably perfect for those of you with normal/oily skin.
  • If you have dry skin, be prepared to take the steps I take
  • This foundation dries very quickly, but takes a few minutes to fully set.
The real question, do I recommend this foundation?

This is so hard to answer, because I admit, I adore it. I've fallen completely in love with it, despite the extra steps I have to take to wear it. It's a chore, no lie. But I feel like it's worth it on those days where I just want to look flawless. 

If you have oily skin, this could be your potential BFF. It's long lasting and super matte, which is all the things you are looking for.

If you have normal skin, this is probably a great full coverage, matte foundation for you. It should work flawlessly.

If you have dry skin, be prepared to put in the extra work. If you somehow get away with wearing this without doing all of these things, you're lucky.

Despite the issues, I have a very dysfunctional relationship with this foundation and I think everyone who is looking for full coverage should try it.

As far as mid-range to high-end foundations go, this is around the average price at $35.00 for 1 oz. 
You can find it here.
In case you were wondering, I use shade Light 44.

I really hope this review is helpful for you.
Thanks for reading!

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