Lock-it Tattoo Foundation
Unlike today's best foundations, Lock-It Tattoo Foundation is tricky to work with and if it’s not applied just right, it doesn’t have a natural-looking appearance and can feel heavy on skin. We were torn on how to rate this given it can have a beautiful finish if applied expertly, but we kept coming back to this question: Should your foundation require this much effort?
One the positive, this fragrance-free buildable, medium-to-full coverage foundation is pigmented enough to cover discolorations and blemishes, as well as providing at least partial coverage of tattoos. The creamy texture blends well during application and dries down to a long-wearing semi-matte powder finish and a little goes a long way.
It is best for oily to combination skin due to its matte finish, which tends to wear well for most of the workday. However, those with super oily skin may find this can pool into enlarged pores if not blended well.
Here is where things can go awry—Lock-It Tattoo Foundation can be a challenge to blend out due to its thickness coupled with the fact it dries very fast on skin. Once this dries, it doesn’t budge, so the slightest mistake during application isn’t easy to remove.
We also found that this formula can be unpredictable, primarily in that if you applied just slightly more foundation than is needed, it had a tendency to crease into fine lines and wrinkles throughout the day.
To the color range. At the time of this review, Kat Von D offers a wide range of shade options, suited for those with fair skin to deep skin tones. This is a good thing, as a skin tone match is critical with this formula due to its high degree of pigment coupled with the fact this doesn’t sheer out easily.
Bottom Line: If you’re considering this formula, be sure to get an in-store color match.
Ultimately, we would have loved to have given this a higher rating, but Lock-It Tattoo Foundation is just too tricky to work with unless you’re well adept at makeup application and can move with the speed and accuracy of a ninja with your makeup tools. If that’s you, we would say this is worth checking out if a medium-to-full coverage formula is what you’re after. Otherwise, we would recommend checking out the alternative formulas in our list of Best Foundations instead.
- Blendable, creamy texture and fragrance-free formula.
- Medium to full coverage hides discolorations and blemishes.
- Long-wearing powder finish.
- Can be very challenging to apply and blend.
- Can be prone to creasing into fine lines and wrinkles.
Kat Von D At-A-Glance
Celebrity makeup lines are nothing newweve seen dozens of them over the yearsbut this one is a first in that it shocked us a bit. Kat Von Ds main claim to fame was her successful tattooing enterprise, and her role as a former reality TV show star. Now, she's a makeup entrepreneurand a very 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 remarkable lip products, blushes and more. Just like most makeup lines, this is one to shop carefully; for every great product, there are a few that could use improvement.
All Kat Von D makeup products come packaged with the lines signature images of roses and thorns (perhaps to reinforce Von Ds love of tattoo design), which definitely makes these products stand out among a sea of blandly packaged makeup containers.
Strengths: Excellent eyeshadow palettes and trios; long-wearing cream and liquid lipstick; truly lasting powder blushes and bronzers.
Weaknesses: A few products on the pricey side (this is a minor quibble).
For more information on this brand, visit www.katvondbeauty.com.
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