Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation
PRESSED POWDER FOUNDATIONS: Love ‘em or leave ‘em? Today I am reviewing a new powder foundation from Kat Von D at Sephora – the Lock-It Powder Foundation. Available in 17 shades, from several options of fair, medium, and deep tones as well – there is a good chance you will find one that works for you. Read on for my full review with before and after photos.
I love the pattern and the sleek and sturdy black packaging.
The bottom of the compact opens up to reveal an application sponge.
Shade Medium 52
Before and After: Wearing Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation in Medium 52. I was surprised that this medium shade works for me, as I am usually in a light shade. Medium 52 has yellow tones.
The Kat Von D Lock-It Powder Foundation is a 24hour long-wearing medium to full coverage pressed powder that is said to deliver a flawless natural finish in a lightweight formula. It is free of Mineral Oil, Paraffin, Paraben and Fragrance. It build easily to even out skin tone and hides imperfections without caking or creasing.
Ingredients: Talc, Nylon-12, Mica, Kaolin, Isoamyllaurate, Magnesium Myristate, Dimethicone, Boron Nitride,Phenyl Trimethicone, Zinc Stearate, Polyester-4, 1,2-Hexanediol,Caprylyl Glycol, Barium Sulfate, Dimethiconol. May Contain:Ci 77492 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxide), Ci 77499 (Iron Oxide),Ci 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake).
The formula of the Lock-It Powder Foundation is a lightweight powder that does a good job of evening out my skintone and covering up redness. In application, I like to use the foundation sponge included in the compact, or the Sephora Classic Mineral Powder Brush #45 to work it into the skin. To ensure that the foundation goes on evenly, be sure to use a primer. Kat Von D recommends using her Rehab Priming Elixer to moisturize and give the face a smooth base. Next, going in with a light dusting of the foundation all over the face (vs. going in with brushes or sponge fully loaded) is helpful so you do not experience the powder clinging too much in one area, leaving it harder to blend out.
Now although the coverage is said to be medium to full, in her application video, Kat Von D does indicate using concealer under the eyes and on blemishes before applying the powder. In the photo above I did a medium application and did not use any concealer so you can still see some darker spots on my skin peeking through as well as some discoloration under the eyes. I do recommend a concealer because in testing I did not have much luck in doing spot-cover up with the foundation. For my preferences I find this foundation to be medium coverage, because when I try to build it to full coverage it tends to look a little too powdery. I have larger pores on my cheeks and I do feel the need to use an additional product to fill them in.
The finish is matte, and slightly powdery the more I apply, so as Kat Von D suggests in her application video (on Sephora.com), I use a setting spray afterwards to even it out. After testing this product out, I read a few reviews on Sephora (I tend to avoid all reviews until I complete my test) and there is a good mix of those who find this foundation works beautifully for their skin, along with a handful of those who have oily skin like I do who find it does not control oil. Without a primer, I get oily within two hours, so I would definitely recommend a primer. With a primer I can get about 3-4 hours of wear before I get oily and need to blot. That being said, your skin may react differently, and I will say it does an excellent job with touch-ups after blotting and does not look cakey at all, which is impressive. The foundation lasts all day, and although I do have oil that comes through, it does not break the foundation down at all.