Let’s just call this review of the Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation*, “that time I wore a foundation that didn’t match my skin at all and couldn’t leave the house, for the sake of a review”. I know you guys didn’t ask for it, but you’re welcome.
I haven’t really used powder foundations in the past, but I love the liquid Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation (reviewed here) so even though the Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation I received was a total fail shade-wise, I was willing to give it a shot. While I have the Tattoo Foundation in Light 45, which works perfect, the Powder Foundation is a Light 48, intended for “light to medium complexion with warm beige undertone”. I’ve swatched it below, but let’s just get it out of the way–it’s quite orange and too dark for my skin.
Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation comes in a gorgeous compact with the same edgy design that I expect from Kat Von D products. It has a mirror on the lid, and below the powder there is a foam sponge. The sponge makes the packaging bulkier than necessary, although it could be used for touch-ups during the day. However, using the sponge does give me higher coverage than if I used a brush instead.
Like all the Kat Von D powders, the Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation has a very silky and smooth consistency to it, that also kicks up a little powder. Trying to ignore the shade issues, this is a very matte powder but the coverage is only medium. You can still see redness, and this wouldn’t replace my concealer like the Tattoo Foundation can. I don’t have excessively oily skin, so I think the fact that it is so mattifying, combined with the powder, can make it a little cakey looking on my skin. In the “after” shot on the right, I applied it using the sponge that came with the foundation. I honestly think it looks slightly more natural in the photo than it does in real life.
I did find that the Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation was effective at keeping even my oilier areas matte throughout the day, so I would be curious to try it during the summer months when the weather is warmer. I will say it is much quicker to apply than liquid foundation, I just don’t like the results as much. Having an appropriator shade match would probably help though–every time I looked in the mirror while wearing this I was distracted by the orange.
I am still curious how the Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation in a shade that actually matched would work on my skin, since Light 48 is definitely too dark and orange. However, my first impressions from the product weren’t enough to make me want to rush out and buy it in the appropriate shade. It may just be my own bias against powder foundations, but I will be sticking to the Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation, which I love, instead.
Do you have a favourite powder foundation?