Jul 25 2014

Kat Von D Foundation (Hot Weather Beauty)


Today I’ll be reviewing the Kat Von D Foundation – both the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo (Liquid) Foundation and the Lock-It Powder Foundation – from the perspective of Hot Weather Beauty Series. First of all, I’m a fan of Kat Von D’s line of makeup, both her base products and her colour cosmetics (though I have not tried very much of the latter). I first tried the Lock It Tattoo Foundation last Summer and have since purchased it two more times.  Her Powder Foundation is a more recent addition that I’ve also been enjoying.


Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo (Liquid) Foundation

On Sephora’s website, the Tattoo Foundation is described as a “high-pigment foundation for full coverage with a long-lasting, beautiful finish”. It claims to be formulated with 21 percent pigment – enough to cover tattoos. Additionally, the “combination of raw materials and the best siliconic elastomers and siliconic esters” are said to “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.”

It is formulated without parabens and synthetic fragrances and is meant to be used in conjection with Kat Von D’s other base products (Rehab Priming Elixir, Tattoo Concealer, and Lock ‘N Load Setting Mist).

I am in the colour Light 48 which is the best match that I have found for my skin tone (I consider my skin tone to be neutral because of the mix of pink and yellow undertones that it has). The lighter colours in this foundation lean a little bit pink.  As it is almost finished, you won’t be able to actually see any of the product in the photo below but I have swatched it on my hand as well.


Kat Von D Lock It Foundation

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation – Light 48


This foundation has a pump applicator which dispenses the foundation by pushing it upwards. I really enjoy this type of packaging as it ensures that very little of the product goes to waste.

The foundation has a very thick consistency and extremely high coverage. I find that I do not need an additional concealer. It covers all of my redness and does a decent job with concealing texture issues (for more information on my skin type/condition click here).  If you apply too much, it can accentuate pores. I usually use a beauty blender or a dense, flat top brush.

Kat Von D Lock It Foundation
Kat Von D Foundation

My only complaint is that while this foundation claims to be transfer resistant, I find that it can transfer, especially when used alone. However, it does last on me (with a primer) for an entire work day (8-10 hours) without breaking down.


Kat Von D Lock It Powder Foundation


On Sephora’s website, this product is described as a “24-hour powder foundation with a flawless, matte finish”. It claims to be a budge-proof, smudge-proof, and sweat proof foundation that won’t crease or cake and provide flawless, buidable coverage that evens the complexion and hides imperfections.  It is formulated without parabens and is free of mineral oil, paraffin, and fragrance.


Kat Von D Powder Foundation

Kat Von D Powder Foundation – Light 48


Again, I am in the colour Light 48 which, unlike the liquid foundation, is actually pretty neutral in undertone. I do not use this powder alone, although it is marketed as a foundation powder, but rather, I pair it with a base that has lighter coverage (like UD Naked or a BB Cream). Forget the sponge that it comes with, I find that the best way to apply this is with a dense flat top brush – patting it gentling into your face.


How I use these products to Beat the Heat


I’ve included these foundations in the Hot Weather Beauty series because I have found them to be quite useful in my constant battle against the heat. Rarely do I use the foundation and powder together, given that they are both super high coverage, but they help my other products withstand the tropical elements.

The liquid foundation, when mixed with other foundations/liquid base products helps not only to increase the coverage of those products, but to extend the wear and mattify. For Summer, my favourite combo has been mixing the KVD Lock-it and UD Naked. Also, for some reason, when I mix the KVD with another product, the KVD doesn’t end up transferring as easily.

The Powder Foundation I do not use alone, but as mentioned, combine it with a lighter coverage base. Like its liquid counterpart, it mattifies and extends the wear of whatever product I am wearing underneath it.



  • Hot Weather Beauty Approved (consider transfer with wearing high collared clothing).
  • Shade selection: Decent (19 shades in Liquid/17 shades in Powder)
  • Best for: Oily, Combo and Normal Skin
  • Cost: Moderate-High ($34.00 USD for both the Liquid [1 oz] & ( Powder [0.31 oz])
  • Available Locally: No. (Exclusive to Sephora.com)



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  1. thanks for the info

    1. You’re welcome hun!

  2. This line looks really interesting, I haven’t got access to it but I’m looking forward to see it in person someday!
    Great review, so full of details 🙂


    1. Thank you so much hun, I really appreciate that compliment. Yeah it’s too bad that Kat Von D is only found at Sephora, she makes some great products. Hopefully one day it will expand globally. 🙂

  3. Wonderful and detailed review! Thanks for sharing doll!!!!!

    1. Thanks hun! I appreciate the compliment, especially coming from you 🙂 I worry sometimes that I am long winded and wordy, lol. 🙂

  4. I’ve loved everything from Kat Von D i’ve tried. I need a new powder foundation to wear over my tinted moisturizer, and this one looks pretty awesome. Thanks for the review!

    1. Thanks Ingrid! She makes some really great stuff. BTW, I think I mentioned this in the post but I find it best to apply the powder with a flat top brush that’s dense but not too dense (the Elf Powder Brush is my Fav). With the sponge, and given the slight texture I have on certain areas of my face, it doesn’t blend as well. But anyway, you apply your makeup so perfectly, I need to take my cues from you! lol. Have a great weekend. 🙂

  5. wow! the color pay-off is just amazing. thanks for the review 🙂

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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