Unlike today's best foundations, Lock-It Tattoo Foundation stays on top of the skin rather than meshing with it, creating a painted-on, old-fashioned appearance with limited appeal.
Given the thick texture of this fragrance-free foundation, you'd think that it could fully hide a tattoo, but it can't—we tried it! Still, the buildable, medium to full coverage is pigmented enough to cover discolorations and blemishes and to provide at least partial coverage of tattoos.
The creamy texture blends well during application and dries down to a long-wearing semi-matte powder finish, which is a plus; just remember, a small amount goes a long way. The more of this foundation you apply, the more likely it is to crease into fine lines and wrinkles throughout the day. Applying too much also can emphasize large pores.
With a less pigmented foundation, there's more flexibility in choosing a shade; however, this foundation does not sheer out easily, so it's very important to match your skin tone exactly. Unfortunately, it may be difficult to find a shade that's believable. There are options for light to dark skin tones, but several of them are either too pink or too red to be workable—specifically, Light 42, Light 46, and Deep 66.
Although this is an okay option for normal to slightly oily skin, there are many better options that are available in more realistic ranges of shades. An example of a full-coverage foundation to consider is Exuviance CoverBlend Concealing Treatment Makeup SPF 20.
- Blendable, creamy texture and fragrance-free formula.
- Medium to full coverage hides discolorations and blemishes.
- Long-wearing powder finish.
- Has an unnatural, painted-on appearance.
- Prone to creasing into fine lines and wrinkles.
- Unrealistic shade selection makes it difficult to find an exact match.
Water, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Polysilicone-11, Butylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica Dimethicone Silylate, Dimer Dilinoleyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, Isododecane, Sodium Chloride, Methicone, Glyceryl Caprylate, Calcium Carbonate, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Trihydroxystearin, Potassium Sorbate, Methylpropanediol, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.
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.