Falling in love in October. It might as well be Kat Von D month because I’ve been bitten by the love bug again, and this time it’s with her Lock-It Tattoo Foundation ($35). As some of you know, I’m a long-time cosmetic airbrusher and I prefer Dinair airbrush foundation above all I’ve tried (Beletto and OCC). I keep a bottle of regular liquid foundation around for emergencies, or on days I could be without power (it’s hurricane season!). My gorgeous friend Hollie played matchmaker this time by gifting me with my very own bottle in Light 42. I’ve been wearing this stuff for a few weeks without picking up my airbrush at all. Say whaaaaat? I’m a cheater!
But the heart wants what it wants… The KVD foundation’s packaging reminds me a lot of the cologne Gucci by Gucci’s packaging. It’s got a logo-embossed chrome button at the top that dispenses the foundation when pressed. It’s attractive and definitely has the eye-candy factor going for it.
The product’s smell reminds me of tempera paint. Not a chemical smell, but very similar to the paint teacher’s would let us play with in grade school. It’s not a bad thing–just nostalgic for me. When swatched on the back of my hand, Light 42 is a pretty close match to my skin. This shade is described on sephora.com as being very fair with pink undertones, much like my own skin tone. In the swatch and in person you can hardly see it. I use the lightest shade in Dinair airbrush foundation, and I have to mix it with white for it come anywhere near my shade. After all that, it still doesn’t match my skin as closely as the KVD foundation. I’m seriously impressed.
I applied it to my face with a damp beauty blender without primer, and the finish was quite flawless as-is. But wow, it looks airbrushed when set with powder. I didn’t use Kat Von D’s Lock-It powder, I used L’Oreal True Match in Porcelain since I have it laying around. The coverage is pretty decent considering it’s liquid foundation; I’m going to mention that my airbrush foundation needs no concealer. It covers anything and everything, so I had some pretty high expectations for the KVD foundation. It does well considering it’s not airbrush and it doesn’t dry matte on contact. I had to use a concealer on a couple spots, but once I did my face looked flawless.
As a whole, I don’t miss regular liquid foundation. I find it goopy, greasy, and heavy on my face. The KVD foundation was none of those things, in fact I could hardly tell it was there throughout the day much like airbrushing. Also, while airbrushing is drying, the KVD foundation isn’t at all. I’m pretty sure this is the sole reason the KVD foundation performs better than my airbrushing routine. Yes, I said it, it performs better than my airbrushing routine.
Kat Von D’s Lock-It Tattoo Foundation has wooed me completely, and I’m smitten. Have you tried it yet? What are your thoughts?