Kat Von D Lock-It tattoo foundation full review!

The Basics

  • The foundation costs $43.86AUD/$34 USD.
  • Available in a rainbow of 18 shades, accommodating a wide array of undertones.
  • Available to the Australian market via Tarazz.com.au, Australia’s Sephora affiliate.
  • Contains 30ml/1.0 fluid ounces of product.
  • According to Sephora.com, the product is formulated with 21% pigment, can effectively cover tattoos and boasts a soft, matte, transfer resistant finish that ought to last 24 hours.

The Rundown

The Kat Von D collection is a Sephora-exclusive brand that is known for its pigmented formulations and edgy attitude. The tattoo artists line has been available since 2008, and has been annually expanding to include new formulas, palettes and fragrances ever since. From the line, I purchased the highly pigmented Lock-It Tattoo foundation for $43.86AUD (plus shipping) from Tarazz.com.au. The shipping was nothing of note, arriving on day 10 of the 7-10 day expected timeline provided by the confirmation email. Not particularly fast or slow, smack dab on average. Included in the parcel were a number of high-end samples, which was a very nice touch. None of these products are things I would have picked out on my own, however now that I’ve been sampling, I’m beginning to try and justify to myself the $41.28AUD/$32USD for the full-sized version of the Dolce & Gabbana Passioneyes mascara I received. Better than They’re Real, I’m telling you.

The foundation arrives in a beautifully embellished box, however I feel the packaging on the product itself, although sturdy, is a bit of overkill. The foundation pumps out true to colour, and although very thick, the product is easy to work with and blends into your skin beautifully. The high-coverage description is not far from the truth, as the pigment rich product cancels out nearly all need for further concealing, providing enough coverage to eliminate my dark circles and blotchiness almost completely. The product is scent free, and boasts the ability to cover tattoos; a claim we put to the test later on in the review.

The Review

So I’ve been using this foundation daily for about 2 weeks now, and let me tell you. This stuff just don’t quit. As I’m sure you’ve heard, the Kat Von D Lock-It tattoo foundation is a ridiculously high coverage foundation that was formulated to cover up basically anything you’ve got going on, and I am here to preach that to you all today. One thin layer of this stuff, and any redness, blotchiness, unevenness or ruddiness is gone. Dark circles are a thing of the past with a mere brush over of this product. After you buff this into your skin, you are a perfectly blank canvas ready for anything else with which you wish to embellish your face. This foundation, at least for me, renders concealer unnecessary. The flawless, matte finish leaves powders moot, at least for 4-5 hours until some of that slick oily glow comes a’knocking. If your skin in less oily than mine, and for your sake I’m hoping it is, that number could go up to ~10 hours. This stuff really is too legit to quit. Similar to the Wutang Clan, the Kat Von D Lock-It tattoo foundation ain’t nothing to fuck with. My before and after just below really is testament to the fact that the 21% pigment formulation really does work. I mean, just look at it.

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As I said earlier, the claim on Sephora’s website is that this foundation can “effectively cover tattoos”. I decided to test the claim on this tattoo I prepared earlier. I sectioned off my thigh tattoo with sticky tape. I made 5 sections, pumped out an equal amount of foundation onto each section, and blended out the foundation using a different technique in each to determine what gave the best coverage, and whether or not the foundation really can “effectively” cover tattoos. The results are in.

So I sectioned off my thigh with tape, and on each of the 5 sections I applied an equal amount of foundation and then blended them out with a different technique for maximum coverage. Clockwise from right, we have sponge, foundation brush, stippling, buffing and finger blending. This shows 2 techniques clearly ahead of the game, and I am willing to bet it's all in the brush. I didn't even bother photographing the effects of the sponge, because it was effectively useless.

So I sectioned off my thigh with tape, and on each of the 5 sections I applied an equal amount of foundation and then blended them out with a different technique for maximum coverage. Clockwise from right, we have sponge, foundation brush, stippling, buffing and finger blending. This shows 2 techniques clearly ahead of the game, and I am willing to bet it’s all in the brush. I didn’t even bother photographing the effects of the sponge, because it was effectively useless.

Stippling is my favourite way to apply foundation. It's when you use the head of the bush to lightly tap the product around your face. I feel it provides very even coverage, and doesn't streak or cling to any dry patches you may have.

Stippling is my favourite way to apply foundation. It’s when you use the head of the bush to lightly tap the product around your face. I feel it provides very even coverage, and doesn’t streak or cling to any dry patches you may have.

Almost on par with stippling. Buffing is when you use small circular motions with your foundation brush. This technique is great for when you want that editorial Photoshop finish.

Almost on par with stippling. Buffing is when you use small circular motions with your foundation brush. This technique is great for when you want that editorial Photoshop finish.

Definitely not as much coverage here, though still some. I think this technique works a lot better with more liquidy foundations, so due to how thick the KVD is (seriously, this stuff is basically a solid), ,it gets caught up in the brush, rather than evenly applied.

Definitely not as much coverage here, though still some. I think this technique works a lot better with more liquidy foundations, so due to how thick the KVD is (seriously, this stuff is basically a solid), ,it gets caught up in the brush, rather than evenly applied.

This picture speaks for itself. Don't apply your KVD foundation with your hands, guys. You're better off with none, rather than this streaky mess.

This picture speaks for itself. Don’t apply your KVD foundation with your hands, guys. You’re better off with none, rather than this streaky mess.

So, the clear and obvious answer is “no.” You can still see the tattoo through the foundation. That much is obvious, and honestly was expected. What I am genuinely surprised at is the level of coverage the product actually gave, and the discrepancies found between the different techniques I used. It’s just foundation application, right? How different could the coverage honestly be? The answer I came to is “very”. I was predicting the coverage level would be similar between the 5, but it turns out this was not the case. There are 2 forerunners, however, found in the two flat-topped brush techniques. Buffing and stippling are the very clear winners for coverage, and considering stippling is my personal favourite technique of foundation application I’m pretty chuffed. I’m sure the results would turn out differently depending on foundation formula, so I highly recommend doing something similar with your own foundation to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck.

All in all, I give this foundation a solid 8.5/10. The coverage is phenomenal, for a start. The wear time is close to 10-12 hours, if I wear a powder, and it also doesn’t shift anywhere unless you want it to. The oil control is fairly decent – the best of any foundation I’ve yet used. I guess I’m still hoping for a miracle foundation that keeps me matte all day and all night. One of my favourite aspects of this foundation, though, is despite how thick it is, it doesn’t clog pores or create breakouts. It feels light and as if my skin can breathe throughout the day. Like, the product is basically making itself redundant in how healthy it makes my skin feel and look. I have hardly any redness or breakouts, and I’m willing to bet some of that is due to this. The only points I took off are due to the ridiculous packaging.

Let me know what you’d like to see next, and happy blending!

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2 comments

    1. I’m really glad you enjoyed! Hopefully there’ll be more like it up very soon!

      I’m honestly amazed by the difference. I knew there’d be some, but the extent of it is mind boggling. I think I’m going to use the tattoo thing for all products that claim high coverage, as it honestly shows the discrepancies better than anything else.

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