Kat Von D. Who knew? So after hearing amazing review after amazing review,
I impulse bought Light 44 the second it became available on Sephora.com, (I am NC20-25 and was waffling between the two but 48 wasn't available). So while waiting for it to arrive I went to Sephora and got a sample in 48. Oh.my.sweet Jesus. I have dry skin that I've never, and I mean never found a perfect color match for. This is spot.on. I have 0 problems with cakeyness, I dotted it over my skin, buffed with real techniques expert face brush and blotted with a beauty blender (all told takes about 2 min) my skin looks airbrushed. My boyfriend was 2 inches from my face tonight and said "your skin is....flawless". When i said "its my new foundation" he replied "seriously? Didnt think you had face makeup on". Sold. Onto MakeupAlley to do a review. I do use my Clarisonic every morning before I apply makeup so that could be why I don't experience the dry look others are. Again, if you're dry don't be scared off. Maybe you take .2 seconds more to moisturize your face- if you're not beyond lazy, the extra 30 seconds of effort might be worth it. I touched it up after the work day by just spritzing my Beauty Blender with Fix+. This is great. I looked flawless, color match was amazing, and if you can believe it, this covered my undereye issues better than my tarte Amazonian clay concealer AND my lancome concealer.
Beauty obsessed junkie tested....boyfriend approved.
I love this foundation the only thing is that I have dry skin so by its self it doesn't really do the job.. But I've found that if you get the Kat Von D primer and mix a small amount.. Omg the perfect combo & no it doesn't jack with the coverage either which is the best part !! continued >>
Being a broke teen whose source of makeup income comes from a part time minimum wage job after paying for gas and saving for college, any product that's expensive and pretty gets my attention. I heard great things about this foundation; amazing coverage and lasting power, but I balked at the $34 price tag. Thankfully, the Sephora SA was kind enough to give me a massive sample. After trying it out, I kind of like it. It's certainly not a bad foundation, but it's nothing to shell out $34 for.
I was matched in the lightest shade (of course, said pale me) Light 42, which matched dead on. I must've stared in my mirror for several minutes. It didn't oxidize either, which is an Olympic qualifying feat given my pale combination skin.
Kat von D isn't fooling around with the coverage here either. I barely touched my concealer after a light layer all over my face. With all these good qualities, I swear, I could sing.
But when I got home the foundation hit a sour note. The lasting power is poor. It gets patchy, settles into lines that at the ripe old age of 18, I was unaware I even had. My oily t-zone and nose conquered Lock It, and my face somehow ended up looking both dry, patchy, and oily at the same time. Quite amazing for a foundation, but not in a good way, and certainly for $34.
I've been using this product for a couple months now and I really love it. I also use the Revlon Colorstay foundation and I would say that Kat's foundation has it beat on texture and general ease of application, but Revlon wins on transfer resistance and longevity. I don't use a primer and I have very oily skin and this foundation still looks good at the end of a long day. I have a little redness and that does start to show through after a while. I love the natural finish that this has, despite being so thick and opaque. It just takes a little and I think that's why it stays looking natural. It also doesn't crease or settle into little lines around my eyes or mouth. I've never been able to use a foundation under my eyes, but this works and I don't need my Bobbi Brown color corrector anymore. Application is SO easy, I buff it on with a Sigma round-top kabuki and it takes seconds. My skin is far from flawless and the coverage is great and I have to use way less concealer. I actually use the foundation itself as concealer...just dab a little more where needed with a concealer brush. My only real beef is the color selection, it's not a big deal, I just fall on the fair end and could use a color that is as light as light 42 but with the yellow/neutral undertone of Light 44. Other than that this foundation is amazing, when you can find it since Sephora has been out of stock for forever, so I will continue to use it as long as I can find it and if it ever goes away it's back to the Revlon Colorstay. Oh, and it is a great value. It is $34 but you use SO little that it will last a long time. I give it a 4 since Revlon has it beat in some areas, but if your not super oily and you don't have redness or hyperpigmentation you may find this to be your HG.
This is a great full coverage foundation. It reminds me of the Estee Lauder Maximum Coverage Foundation. Thankfully, my days of bad acne are gone so the full coverage isn't for me. I tried to use this as a concealer, but it didn't last as long as the Estee Lauder. I'm really glad that I got this as a sample though. I will not purchase.
I absolutely love this foundation! It is full-coverage, so I don't feel like I need to spot treat areas with concealer as I would with other foundation. I do find that it looks streaky on my nose when I use a brush, so I use my fingers to apply on and around the nose area. And if I am too heavy-handed on my forehead, I feel it settles into my fine lines. It has a nice satin finish-its matte, but yet with a slight glow. It helps control my oil, and does not break me out. It really makes your skin look flawless. If you are used to wearing a light coverage foundation, this is probably not for you. I think one to two pumps can cover your whole face, so the product lasts quite awhile. The packaging is nice with the pump, and the design is aesthetically pleasing. I am extremely frustrated however that itís never available, and no one has a clear answer as to when it will be restocked. If they do restock and continue to sell, I will never switch foundations. The L 46 is a perfect match for my skin.
Oh. my. GAWD. I'd read and heard all the hype about this foundation and couldn't resist picking up a bottle during my last trip to Sephora. I won't beat around the bush - this stuff is FANTASTIC. I've waited a month to write this review because I have sensitive skin and wanted to see if I'd end up with a zit fest. Nope, not a single bump. Did I mention that this foundation is FANTASTIC? I love the pump dispenser, I love the color range, and I absolutely LOVE that this foundation makes my battle scarred, sun damaged skin look flawless. It does a fine job controlling oil without ever looking like a mask. I'll be interested to see how it holds up during a hot, southern summer. I recommend applying with a brush for that flawless, airbrushed look - but even dabbed on with fingers this trumps anything else I've tried. Yes, it's a thick foundation but it manages to avoid ever looking cakey or settling into lines. Must be magic. I recently wore this foundation to dinner with a group of girlfriends and my poreless, perfect face (and that's NEVER happened for me) had them all asking if I'd had a peel, started using Retin A,etc. I love that even with amazing coverage it still looks more natural than other foundations I've used. This makeup is worth every penny of the $34. For a quick trip to the grocery or Saturday errands I'll probably still use the Clinique foundation that I've loved so well (at least until I've used my current bottle), but anytime I want to present an amazing, flawless face - I will definitely reach for this foundation. Wish I could give it six lippies!
I tried out samples of Light 42 & 44 for a month before getting the full bottle of Light 42. Obviously I am pleased with it, as I shelled out for the full bottle. It is difficult to find a foundation that is pale enough for me and not too pink, or too yellow (hey, NARS Siberia!), and I really commend Kat Von D's shade range. 10/10 on that.
Light 42 is a great match for me. It feels a hair paler and pink toned (dries down more neutral), but I don't mind being a little more porcelain. Overall, I think it's the closest match I've ever had.
The next lightest shade, Light 44, looked like it might be a close match on initial application, but once blended, it dried down & oxidized to a very obviously unfitting orange oompa loompa color. There is a very significant gap between Light 42 & 44 that isn't as evident from the bottles so I highly recommend getting samples first if you can. In my opinion, they should make a Light 43, which would be in between Light 42 and Light 44.
The finish is very and completely matte. I don't even need to set it with any powder & it lasts the whole day on my combination skin. It's really lovely when applied well, as it really gives that flawless, milky look. It's very high coverage as well, a fact my PHP acne scars love. You only need a pea-size amount for your entire face. I love the hygienic air pump, that allows you to pump out as little as you want to.
However, it is rather finicky! Skin must be near-perfectly smooth, any flakes you have must be exfoliated away, must be well-moisturized and primed. I have thin combination skin that tends to dehydrate, flake and dry easily, and this foundation can really emphasize flakes, tiny bumps, and dry patches. Without proper prepping, my skin tends to look worse after than before the foundation.
With proper prepping though, this is so lovely. Gives me that soft, even milky complexion I always long for. The best way I've found to apply this foundation so far is to exfoliate, moisturize well but not too much, slather on a good amount of smoothing primer, and then gradually stipple and blend a tiny amount with a slightly damp beauty blender (best) or a flat-top stippling brush (elf, Sonia Kashuk works nicely for this, Real Techniques is slightly too floppy but manageable).
The great thing about this is that it doesn't seem to break me out (well, at least I haven't noticed any so far), perhaps because it dries down to an almost powdery, matte finish and doesn't stay emollient or feel oily. I have very acne-prone skin (my face would probably break out if someone even looked at it wrong) so this was a big relief.
Conclusion: It's the first foundation I am satisfied with! I was never really a foundation person before but now I'm addicted to this bottle of milky magic that seems to make so much of my skin imperfections invisible. I think it is great for the oilier summer months, but it may be too dry / unforgiving in the winter. For now, yes, I would re-buy, it is the only foundation I've tried that is pale enough, (relatively) affordable and noncomedogenic. continued >>
I bought this foundation in the middle of August while on vacation. I'm really glad I did! It is now March and I still about about 25% of the product left! The pump makes it easy to get a consistent amount. You barely need any product at all and the coverage is AMAZING. Some people complain the the product is hard to spread, but I do not find it to be true as long as you use a moisturizer under it. Another thing I love about this foundation is that it lasts a long time. I will definitely buy this again when it runs out!
My HG foundation was discontinued, and being very fair, I put this one in the running as a replacement. Unfortunately, it hasn't made the cut.
First problem is the color range. I'm very fair and neutral, maybe a little on the yellow side. Neither 42 nor 44 (the two lightest shades) are quite right; I suspect a mix of the two would be perfect. 42 is a little too pink and 44 is a little too yellow on me. However, I'm not desperate enough yet to buy two bottles to get the right shade.
The other problem is, although this foundation does wear really well on me, is that it takes so much effort. The face must be perfectly exfoliated and perfectly moisturized, because you don't want this formula to find and amplify any flakes. I have to either mix it with moisturizer or spray my brush (or both) to get it to blend, and because it's so thick, I have to work my face in small sections. It doesn't spread well on its own.
Perhaps the biggest problem is that the company has been out of stock for about 3 months now and there has been no clear answer as to when it will be back in production, or if it's discontinued. That's highly unprofessional. The dates I keep hearing are a moving target; last I heard was "end of February" and I'm writing this on the last day of February, so clearly another deadline was missed. I would be willing to take a chance on this if I could actually purchase this, but right now these stock issues are driving me towards other products.