Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Review, Photos & Swatches

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation

Celebrity tattoo artist Kat Von D has recently launched a brand new foundation exclusive to Sephora. The Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation ($34 USD / $41 CAD) is a highly pigmented, full-coverage foundation formulated with 21% pigment. It boasts 24 hours of wear and it claims to cover tattoos, absorb excess oil and leave skin with a velvet finish.

The packaging is stunning… I love the look of the bottle with a pump-top dispenser, however it may pose a problem in travel because there is no locking mechanism. The formula is available in 14 different shades with varying undertones (shown here in Light 44, and it is extremely thick. It’s almost thick enough to be in a compact.

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Note the size

The only foundation that I can really compare it to in terms of such intense, high coverage would be Vichy Dermablend Corrective Foundation, which is a bit more fluid in texture. This foundation is a little hard to work with because it is so thick, but I found it blends well when used with a wet synthetic brush or sponge.

Does it cover tattoos? Well… it definitely is full coverage, but even some of the most full coverage foundations can’t just simply cover tattoos. If it can’t completely cover even some blemishes on my face, then I don’t believe it would cover tattoos without a color corrector underneath.  It does leave skin with a flawless finish- but it doesn’t matter what foundation it is, I find its better to correct blemishes and discoloration with an actual concealer (to prevent a mask-like foundation look).

It does set well and lock in for all-day wear (I wouldn’t really say 24 hours… but it did look pretty good after a long day). I feel like it’s harder to work with than Vichy, but does provide a similar result… so if you can’t get your hands on Dermablend then you may want to give this one a try!

Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Pump-top dispenser (it’s so thick!)
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation
Kat Von D Lock-It Tattoo Foundation Swatched (heavily on left, blended out on right)



  • Price: $34 USD / $41 CAD for 30mL
  • Availability: Sephora
  • Selection: Available in 14 shades
  • Overall: Definitely a full-coverage, long-wearing foundation… but its thick texture makes it a bit difficult to work with. I wouldn’t say it covers tattoos if some of my blemishes were still visible- I definitely think its good for problem areas, but I still think it’s best to leave conceal to deal with imperfections. Comparable to Vichy Dermablend, but available in more shades and more difficult to work with (it is more thick).
  • Rating: B+