Lock-it Tattoo Foundation

by Kat Von D  
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$34 
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Category:
Makeup > Sensitive Skin Products > Foundations without Sunscreen > Liquid Foundation
Last Updated:
1/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

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.

Pros:
  • Blendable, creamy texture and fragrance-free formula.
  • Medium to full coverage hides discolorations and blemishes.
  • Long-wearing powder finish.
Cons:
  • 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.
  • Pricey.

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.

Member Comments

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  2. Was this product a good value? (4 = Best)

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  3. Would you recommend this product? (4 = Best)

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  1. Holly D.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    My Holy Grail foundation
    • I am very surprised by the "Average" rating given to this foundation. I have shade 46 and it is a great match for my fair/light complexion. I use it over primer or moisturizer and I find that it blends well. You do have to work fairly quickly. It gives medium-to-full coverage and dries to a power like finish without emphasizing my pores. One pump covers my whole face - this is why I gave it a 4 for good value...it lasts forever! My combination skin loves this foundation.

  2. April
    Reviewed on Sunday, March 09, 2014
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    Great coverage
    • I'm extremely oily and have a lot of sun damage. I use PC products and they are doing great at correcting the damage I've done. But in the meantime, I use this foundation to cover everything up. Initially, I used this with a Sigma brush, but now I prefer to use a wet Beauty Blender. I feel like that applies it less heavy. Also, I've recently been mixing a little of this foundation with something thin like Revlon Naked foundation and I find that I still get great coverage without it being heavy.

  3. Cathy
    Reviewed on Friday, November 08, 2013
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Beautiful full-coverage foundation
    • I love this, I normally use Laura Mercier's Silk Creme but it can get quite greasy and slide around some days. This formula amazingly stays put, covers everything from small red veins on the face to blemishes and dark cirlces,while mattifying my oily area without drying out my cheeks, which can be flaky. It makes my skin look so flawless - you will definitely get compliments when you wear this like others have mentioned! I use a setting spray because powder can look too cakey with this. Love it!

  4. Jennie,M.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, April 30, 2013
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    The Kat's Pajamas!!!
    • Ok, you people at beautypedia really need to step up your game! I love this site, but you are WRONG about this foundation! I have seborrhea on my face. For those of you who are not familiar with this skin condition it's basically an oily dandruff that leaves red scaly patches and hurts! Kat Von D Lock it foundation is the only foundation I have found that not only covers it, but does not irritate it further! It does not give a "fake" look and my skin feels better since using it!

  5. G.F.
    Reviewed on Saturday, March 23, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    love this foundation
    • I love this foundation. It covers very well and I have gotten many compliments on how nice and clear my skin looks. I have acne scarring and skin discoloration so it sure feels nice to hear those compliments. However my skin does look dry with it so I don't wear powder. Instead I spray on some Makeup Setting Spray to set the makeup and that also seems to make it look less dry.

  6. Michelle T.
    Reviewed on Monday, March 11, 2013
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Best Full Coverage Foundation for Oily Skin
    • I completely disagree with the review. I wear makeup and use it on others all of the time. This is the best full coverage makeup for oily skin- by far. You must prep the face correctly, and it absolutely will not work well on dry skin, but on oily skin that needs a beautiful, flawless finish Without powder that lasts ALL day, this is it. It does not highlight pores, melds right into the skin, covers everything, and has a beautiful finish that does not require powder. Good color choice as well

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