Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation Review

Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo Foundation in shade 66 Deep.

Prior to my birthday (which is in January), I was feverishly looking for a full coverage foundation that I can wear on the nights when I go out. My MAC Pro Longwear foundation was done and while I liked that foundation, I wanted to try another brand to see if I can find something a little better. I had a little party for my birthday and I was looking for a foundation that would give me great coverage, no flashback when I take pictures with everyone and that was long wearing especially around my t-zone area. So I did my research. I checked into what my favorite YouTubers were using and read reviews on Sephora and beauty blogs and came across the Kat Von D Lock It Tattoo foundation.

According to Sephora’s website, KVD foundation is transfer resistant, has a matte finish, can be worn for up to 24 hours and can cover up tattoos. Sounds like the holy grail of all foundations, right? Not technically. When I bought it, I was excited especially because it was very long wearing. I mean most foundations last about 6-8 hours before touching up, so imagine 24 hours! Plus, there was lots of great reviews on the product so I had to buy it. For the purpose of this review, I had to wait a few months after purchasing it so that I can give a fair review. Also, I have a combination skin type, which means my t-zone area (nose and forehead area) gets really oily while the rest of my face is normal. For reference, my shade in the MAC PLW foundation is NC 50.

My face makeup at around 5:30am.


  • Great coverage (see above pictures)
  • Matte finish
  • Transfer Resistant
  • Don’t have to set with powder
  • Even though my nose and forehead gets oily after awhile, it doesn’t produce as much oil as some of my other foundations.
  • Has a pump to control how much product comes out the bottle.
  • Only need 1-2 pumps to cover my whole face.
  • Lots of shade ranges to perfectly match different skintones.
  • It is long wearing but not 24 hrs.
My face makeup at around 7:45pm. My t-zone area and eyelids are oily. I did not touch up with powder throughout the day.


  • After the foundation oxidizes, my t-zone area becomes oily. However, the rest of face is still matte  (see above pictures).
  • The foundation doesn’t last 24 hrs. I have to touch up my t-zone area with powder after about 11-12 hours.
  • Because of the thick consistency, the foundation makes my face looks cakey.
  • If I was to continuously wear this foundation, I will start to break out. However, if you deep clean your skin at night, you probably won’t see as many breakouts.

This foundation is a very good foundation, however, I don’t think I will buy it again. I am toying around with different ways to make this foundation work better for me. Instead of applying it with a brush, I use a BeautyBlender sponge and the foundation looks less cakey. I love the coverage that the foundation has. If you have acne prone skin, like myself, I wouldn’t recommend wearing this foundation everyday or even buying it because you will breakout. You have to wear a primer to use with this foundation (I used the Tarte Clean Slate Poreless 12-Hr Perfecting Primer) and you might have to use a setting spray for more lasting power.

I’m still on the hunt for that “holy grail” foundation for my collection. But, I will say that the KVD foundation does come pretty close. I hope this review was helpful for you guys.

What are some of your favorite foundations (drugstore or high end)?

Simone Danielle