It's not often I find a foundation that meets my Trifecta of Greatness. The Trifecta of Greatness or TOG, as I like to say, is a foundation that will keep my skin matte, matches my skintone AND does not break me out. Finding a foundation that meets all three criteria for TOG is about as difficult as holding hands with your shadow. But every once in a while the acid kicks in and your shadow grabs your hand and drags you Sephora to pick up a new foundation. (well metaphorically of course)
My dear readers, I bring you Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light #44. Believe it or not, there is a shade lighter than this in the color range and a shade ever so slightly darker and pinker than this as well. The color range is EXCELLENT for us fair skinned (read: pale ass) foundation wearers. Check out the ranges of colors. I just clipped this from the Sephora website so I don't have the numbers, but at least you can see the range.
Pretty neat right? Well I think so. I always get excited when a foundation comes out that matches my skin. My neck is lighter than my face and significantly less red, so I tend to go a tad darker than my neck as a lighter foundation against all the red in my skin makes me look like I'm wearing a mask, which is no bueno.
As for how the foundation works...here is what the marketing propaganda from Sephora Says:
"Kat created this foundation to provide exceptional coverage, without compromising a smooth, striking finish."
Really? She was in the lab working on this foundation? I had no idea she had a background in chemistry! I'm just kidding. I'm sure she had a lot of input.
"Formulated with 21 percent pigment, this powerful formula was developed to match a broad range of skintones with bold coverage—the proprietary pigments can even effectively cover tattoos."
Truth. The coverage on this foundation is insane. Like total complete opaque coverage! You'll see soon enough.
"The combination of raw materials and the best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters..."
Siliconic? Is that even a word?
"...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."
Truth again....well the 24 hour wear may be debatable, but this stuff wears A LONG TIME! When used in conjunction with the Kat Von D Lock 'N Load Makeup Setting Mist, you have pretty much budge proof foundation. It's a freakin' miracle.
|KVD Lock & Load Setting Mist|
You all know that my skin is extremely oily AND breakout prone AND red AND pale AND...etc. This foundation by Kat Von D is THE ONLY foundation I have worn in the last year that seriously lasts all dang day, does not fade and keeps my skin from getting oily before noon. In addition to that, the coverage is so amazing that I don't need to use as much concealer as I normally would..
The foundation comes in an airless pump bottle that is clear. You can see exactly how much foundation you have left at any given time. You reduce the threat of contamination with the efficient pump. One pump may be enough for your entire face. I use two pumps for my face and neck and I use a brush from IT Cosmetics to apply. However I have applied using my fingers and a damp sponge with similar good results. I just feel that the brush provides the best flawless coverage out of all three methods of application.
|It Cosmetics Powder Brush|
There is a slight scent to the foundation, that I'm not really a fan of. That's the one negative I have for this foundation. Those with sensitive noses might want to avoid or just deal with it. The foundation is BEST removed using the OIL CLEANSING method. This foundation, like any foundation, if not properly removed WILL break you out. That's why it's important to use a cleansing oil to dissolve the product THEN wash your face with a good cleanser after. I think half the cases* of people complaining about a foundation breaking them out is because of improper cleansing/removal. *Totally made up non scientific statistic. I'm completely talking out of my ass.
OK. I know you want to see how well this works. So I'm going to show you a series of photos of my face. One completely bare and devoid of makeup. One with the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation applied, and one with a finished makeup look to include concealer, powder, blush, etc. Now my bare face is pretty scary right now. I have recently suffered some serious acne breakouts from a moisturizer I was testing AND my hormones are all screwed up so my acne is flaring up terribly. I have a host of other reasons why my skin looks so terrible, but I don't want to bore you. So to lessen the shock of seeing my bare face I thought it would be wise to show you....
Now look at my bare face. Now look at The Predator Again. Now look down to my bare face.
It doesn't seem so bad when you look at The Predator picture first. Right? I figure I would really shock your eyes so that my bare faced picture doesn't look as horrific when compared to the alien monstrosity above. OK. Moving on.
My face with the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation in Light #44 applied all over. Look at that. All the acne, redness, sunspots, etc. It's gone. I mean, there is no concealer used. this is JUST foundation. Pretty awesome, right?
Now you see the finished look. I'm very happy with it. Sure the acne is still there in the raised sections but it's not as obvious as it was without makeup. Plus this foundation, while providing heavy coverage, does not feel heavy or cakey on my skin. It certainly does not feel "light" but I don't feel like I'm wearing a mask or anything like that.
Do you NEED this? YES! If you have skin like mine or oily skin or just really want opaque coverage, this is the foundation for you. I will say that those with very dry skin, might not find this very comfortable to wear. But this certainly does not give a powdery finish like other long wear foundations, so it might work. Thankfully Sephora is great about samples and returns. You can always get a sample to try before you buy. That's what I did. This baby will set you back $34 USD and the Setting Mist will cost you another $24. This is ONLY available at Sephora. I'm totally going to check out the Rehab Priming Elixir and Tattoo Concealer from this line. I would like to see how they all work together. Do you think this is the foundation for you?
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