I reviewed the Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation in Shade Light 42 last year and although the color was a perfect match I had some issues with the formula so I returned it. After experiencing some issues with other dry foundations I realized there are certain techniques in working around the matte type formula so I figured why not give it another chance. Of course this particular light shade was sold out and rumors of the color being discontinued forever was the talk of fair skin beauty bloggers. I took a chance and added my name to the Sephora wait list just in case they stocked it again and a year and a half later I received a buy now email. And to my surprise the formula --while still on the dry side-- has been greatly improved upon.
A high-pigment foundation for full coverage with long-lasting, beautiful finish. Kat created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage, without compromising a smooth, striking finish. Formulated with 21 percent pigment, powerful formula was developed to match a broad range of skintones with bold coverage—the proprietary pigments can effectively cover tattoos. The combination of raw materials and best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters provide 24-hour wear with transfer resistance. Natural polymers absorb oil for a matte, soft finish and the added emollients provide a velvety texture for perfectly smooth, hydrated skin. This foundation has been formulated to work synergistically with Kat’s Rehab Priming Elixir, Tattoo Concealer, and Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist.
Formula: Being highly pigmented --you need just the barest amount at a time-- so if you need to build up coverage I suggest you work really fast because it drys down matte to a powder-like finish rather quickly even though it seems like a better formula allowing for a smoother application. It provides light to medium coverage and feels lightweight on the skin while giving you decent all day long wear. However be warned this is best suited for very oily skin types as something in the formula is meant to keep oiliness at bay. I don't really consider myself as having dry skin -- it's more like normal/slightly dry in the winter and oilier in the summer --so while this this foundation absorbs rapidly I was able to counteract the issue with a really good serum booster and a moisturizing primer before application. KVD makes a primer elixir that is meant to work with this make-up. I have yet to try it but I'm mentioning it here for those who wish to use the two products in conjunction. It's also very tricky to apply -- you need the right brush and after several attempts -- I found that a firmly packed round airbrush foundation brush works best and it's better applied by blending the product in circular motions. Trying to stipple the foundation with a flat head foundation brush just increased the pasty look of the formula. Another great application technique is by using the Beauty Blender sponge -- keeping in mind to pat the make-up quickly with the sponge. I would refrain from trying to use this on skin with dry patches as it looks best on days when your not experiencing any issues. Shade: Light 42 is a perfect match for fair skin --with no red/beige/dirty yellow pigments-- it's slightly neutral even though the description says pink undertones. While the formula feels like an improvement in my opinion --it could use a little more moisture-- but with patience and practice you can get away with the minor flaws here. Who else has been waiting for this foundation to go back in stock? Stay Beautiful! XOXO
Availability: Sephora Exclusive Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation $34