Recently, Kat Von D released thirteen new shades of her Lock-It Foundation. So being the foundation junkie that I am, I had to check it out. This pic she posted pretty much gave me hope that I’d find a shade. I have tried the shade Medium 62 Warm a few years ago, but I didn’t like the way it looked. I found it to be too orange and it looked sort of grayish. Not cute. To be honest, today I have a better understanding of how foundations work (and what colors to look for), and also application. So, I gave this foundation another try. This time I purchased one of her new shades which is Medium 65 Warm, which is described as “tan toffee with warm undertone” on Sephora’s site. This shade currently works for me, being that I still have my tan from a month ago and it won’t be completely gone until March/April. It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough.
Here’s how the shade looks:
…and blended out:
As you can see in the very first photo, the shade looks quite warm. I was concerned about that, because I thought I was going to head into “oompa loompa” territory. It does have a golden undertone, though…so I thought I may just be lucky. Thankfully, I was lucky when I blended the shade into my skin. The texture is pretty thick, but that’s usually how super pigmented foundations are. It reminds me of a slightly thinner version BECCA’s Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme. I haven’t used a sponge to apply this foundation, but I honestly can’t see how that would work better than a dense brush. I only use one pump of this stuff and it gives me the coverage that I need. I believe anything more will give you the ultimate “cake face”. Cake only looks good on a plate. This foundation did not feel heavy on my skin, at all. I also applied her Lock-It Hydrating Primer underneath the foundation, and that also could have a lot to do with how well it applied on my skin. By the way…that primer is really nice! It has a nice fresh scent (although fragrance-free) and it actually feels like a moisturizer.
Along with the foundation, Kat Von D also released new concealers, called Lock-It Concealer Creme and a new loose setting powder, Lock-It Setting Powder. These products were released before the new foundation shades. I was able to get my hands on both. (I purchased the concealer with the foundation a few days ago, and the powder over a month ago.) For the concealer, I purchased the shade 31 Deep Warm which is described as a deep nutmeg with warm undertone. It is definitely a warm-toned color and that is perfect for what I intended to use it for, which is for my under-eye area. The amount of warmth and gold in it was enough to cancel out the darkness completely. I was very pleased since that is my “problem area” on my face. The concealer has a creamy consistency and I found it easy to blend with a fluffy brush. Like the foundation, this is also full-coverage! You don’t even need a lot, but I have issues breaking out of my habit of being heavy-handed. I plan to change that. Once the concealer is set, it’s pretty much set until I remove it! I love this concealer and I highly recommend it. Try the White Out shade, too…it’s a pretty neat idea! (I want to do a separate post on that product.)
Anywho, this is how the concealer looks:
And onto the Lock-It Setting Powder…this is a translucent powder that has a slightly yellow tint (although in other angles it also looks pinkish *confused*). Any time a light brown to dark brown girl hears the word “translucent”…a feeling of cautiousness is exhibited. Rightfully so, because translucent powders have the tendency to make us look ashy. Products that are marketed to be “universal” ends up being universal for certain skin tones (read: pale, light and medium skin). With all that stated, I DO find this to be a translucent powder. I applied it to my hand to see how it looks, and I was concerned because it does have a brightening effect…but applied on the face, it practically disappears. Also, you don’t need to apply a lot of it. There’s light-reflecting particles in the powder, so that your face doesn’t look flat. No one really fancies the “matte and flat” look…at least I don’t. I don’t know what others are seeing when they say it looks “glittery” on the face…I wonder if people know what a glittery product actually looks like, because this setting powder ain’t one of them. In terms of texture, it is incredibly light. It is so light that I wondered if it would actually set anything. LOL. It does indeed set, which is why I think when setting your base with a setting powder, it’s best to use a patting motion rather than a sweeping motion. I think it’s best to do that especially with this powder since the texture is so light. There’s also no scent/fragrance (sensitive skin folks can rejoice)! I’m not 100% sure if this is something I’d repurchase only because I DO have powders that work very nicely (like RCMA No Color Powder)…and I have never finished a powder.
(Shame on me!) So for me this is just something nice to have. Not a necessity. I DO really like this powder, though. It DOES keep everything in place. I also like any powder that has light-reflecting particles. LOL.
Oh, and another thing…I keep seeing this powder being compared to Laura Mercier’s Translucent Loose Setting Powder and I must say…why does EVERY powder that is newly-released compared to the Laura Mercier one?…especially Kat Von D’s?! The only thing they have in common is that they are loose…and are setting powders. The consistency is not the same, it doesn’t smell the same (the Laura Mercier one has fragrance…which is why whenever I use it to set my under-eye concealer, it tears my eyes UP! It never fails!), the finishes are different…annnnnnd I don’t recommend the Laura Mercier one for dark skin.
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Here’s how the powder looks:
Alrighty…and here’s how the foundation, concealer and setting powder looked (using my E.L.F. flat top brush for the foundation, the Cozzette S165 brush to blend the concealer and the Lock-It Setting Powder brush #20 to apply the powder):
And my completed face:
I loved how it turned out. This leaves me with a very polished look (which I personally prefer) but it doesn’t look overdone. I didn’t even use a setting spray. This is a much better match than the first time I tried out this foundation. Muuuuuuuch better. I still wish it had just a tad bit more yellow, but trust me…this isn’t the worst I’ve seen on myself. I put this on in the morning (in the 11 o’clock hour) and here’s how it looked by the end of the day:
So, those are my personal thoughts about these products. Bottom line…I enjoy them and am happy that I added them to my makeup collection. I guess I sorta am part of the #LockItRevolution. LOL!