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Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer Review

Description:

Kat Von D Tattoo Concealer is a heavy duty, highly pigmented, transfer- and water-resistant, multitasking concealer.  It is a creamy, blendable concealer that provides excellent, customizable coverage.  It is oil and paraben-free, so it is safe for acne.  This is an extremely long-lasting concealer, especially when you follow the standard steps of applying concealer in which you prep the skin, dab on concealer, blend edges, and set with powder.

Summary of Reviews:

Kat Von D’s concealer gets rave reviews from users as a great concealer for acne, rosacea, scars, and other skin discolorations. Even though it is branded as a tattoo concealer, users said that it works far better as a concealer on the face instead. In fact, those who bought it for tattoos were pleasantly surprised at how well it worked for hiding other skin issues, including undereye circles. This is a very versatile concealer.

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Watch the founder and creator of Bare Escentuals, Leslie Blodget, discuss her bareMinerals makeup and Rare Minerals lines.

You can purchase bareMinerals and Rare Minerals at our Makeup for Acne Store by clicking on the Mineral Makeup category.  Alternatively, click on the link below to buy the Get Started Kit:

bareMinerals Get Started Kit ($174 value)

bareMinerals Get Started Kit

There is a lot of competition over whether mineral makeup or airbrush makeup is the best makeup for acne prone skin.  I have always loved Bare Escentuals bareMinerals makeup, (also referred to as bare minerals or bare essentials).  However, with all the hype around air brush makeup systems I felt it was time to give one a try.

I decided to try the TEMPTU AirBrush Makeup System since I could get a demonstration at my local Sephora store.  My first thoughts on looking at the system was that there was no way I was going to use something that complicated, that big, or that expensive.  The salesperson assured me that it would not be difficult to use.  There was nothing she could do about the expense since it is a standard price and no discounts are offered.

It was easy enough to find a shade, even for my pale skin, so I cleaned off the makeup I was wearing and we began.  There was no need for a primer since it is built into the foundation itself.  As the salesperson applied the airbrush makeup, all I felt was a cool breeze.  It did not feel like I had any makeup being applied.  However, when I looked at my skin in the mirror it looked absolutely flawless.  No redness and nothing in my pores.

She then proceeded to apply highlighter, blush and bronzer using the same air brush machine.  Again, my skin looked perfect.  I just had to let it dry before touching it.  The one thing I did do was pat the area around my eyes, since I had scrunched up my eyes a bit and the makeup had wrinkled there.  Patting it down a little took care of that issue.

After letting the makeup dry for a little while, the only thing I did was apply some of my bareMinerals Mineral Veil for a little oil absorption.  I think the illuminating finisher from the TEMPTU looked a little too shiny for my liking and my Mineral Veil gave it a better feel.

Many hours later and lots of running around and my skin still looks fantastic.  I think this is an excellent system for anyone looking to get a flawless, natural finish. For people with acne, this is an especially good system since it does not get into your pores and will not make you break out.  The downside is the expense.  At $225 for the airbrush machine and $55 for two pods of makeup, it is difficult to decide whether to lay out the money.  My plan is to use my bareMinerals for general every day use and use the air brush makeup for going out at night, when I need a little extra coverage, for a big event, or when I know I will be on the go all day.  For you, that might mean a wedding, anniversary, prom, bar mitzvah, job interview, corporate event, or anytime you want to look your absolute best.  Of course, you will look gorgeous in any photo – without the touchups of Photo Shop!

Read my review of the TEMPTU AirBrush Makeup System to learn more about the benefits of airbrush makeup for acne prone skin and where you can buy the TEMPTU system.


As a fellow acne sufferer, I know how difficult it is to find the best makeup for acne prone skin. Most of them are far too obvious when applied and they don’t necessarily give the coverage we wish for. Having tried the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System recently, I think I have found the ideal makeup that provides the coverage and natural finish we strive for.

For acne prone skin, the benefits of airbrush makeup are clear:

  • Does not clog your pores. The airbrush machine sprays a fine mist of makeup onto your skin without pushing it into your pores, as most other makeup does.
  • Gives even coverage. There were no streaks or unevenness at all when I used the system. So long as you don’t touch it while it is drying, the color is uniform all over your face.
  • Adjustable coverage. The TEMPTU system has a dial where you can adjust the amount of coverage you want. When I tried it, I had it set on less coverage and then just added a little more in places that needed it.
  • Flawless, natural finish. You don’t look as if you are wearing makeup at all. Your skin just looks as if it is naturally clear and healthy.
  • Blush and bronzer are equally safe for acne prone skin. There was nothing in the blush or bronzer that would clog your pores either AND they look completely natural.

I don’t usually feel that strongly about a particular makeup, but the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System really did make my face look incredible and it concealed everything. If you let it dry completely and then finish it with some bareMineral Mineral Veil, you will also have oil control for the day. TEMPTU sells the TEMPTU RETOUCH Powder as well, which you can purchase to take care of any areas that might need a little extra coverage during the day. I didn’t try it or need it, but you may want to if you don’t already own some kind of touchup or oil control powder. You will definitely need to buy both the airbrush machine and a set of two TEMPTU AIR pod(TM) Foundation. Once you have the machine, you will only need to restock on the makeup pods every few months depending on how much of it you use.

Since the TEMPTU system is quite expensive compared to other makeup, ($225 for the machine and $55 for two makeup pods) I recommend using it for special occasions and long days. I use just a little concealer and powder or my bareMinerals makeup on other days. That way the makeup will last longer. However, there are many people who love the look they get from their airbrush makeup systems that they use it everyday.

I recommend buying the TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System from Amazon.com since they carry all the different items in the line and, as usual, their prices are competitive and they are reliable.

Click on the images or words below to buy your airbrush system and makeup pods now.

TEMPTU AIRbrush Makeup System

TEMPTU AIR pod(TM) Foundation

You can also read about my first-hand trial of the Temptu system in the article Mineral Makeup or Air Brush Makeup: Which One is Better?

Mineral Makeup and Acne: A Perfect Match

Why is mineral makeup so popular for acne prone skin?

Mineral makeup has become extremely popular as the best foundation for acne prone skin.  This is for a number of reasons:

  • No added chemicals.  Chemicals can irritate acne prone skin, which is already very sensitive.  Make sure you read ingredients since there are a few brands of mineral makeup that contain bismuth oxychloride, which can aggravate your acne.
  • No pore-clogging ingredients.  As with any makeup for acne, read the label to make sure it is non-comedogenic (does not clog pores).
  • Provides natural looking coverage.  The minerals do not settle into pores, but rather they are buffed across the surface of the skin
  • Conceals acne well.  If you choose the right color for your skin, mineral makeup concealers will reduce the redness without the creaminess and chalky qualities of other concealers.
  • Some mineral makeup products provide healing and soothing properties.  There are a few brands, such as Bare Escentuals, that have products that contain healing minerals
  • Many mineral makeup products contain non-chemical sunscreen.  Most mineral makeup contains titanium dioxide, a physical sunscreen (versus chemical)

Here are a few tips from my own experience using Bare Escentuals bareMinerals mineral makeup for many years:

  • It provides great coverage so long as I use a primer, as well as moisturizer in dry areas
  • I use the Multi-Tasking Face Concealer under and over the mineral foundation makeup to give extra coverage
  • If I just have a small blemish to heal, I use the Rare Minerals Blemish Therapy at night without prescription treatment
  • Combine the concealer with the blemish therapy
  • Use Mineral Veil over any foundation, bare essentials makeup or liquid foundation
  • Always use at least one of the products with SPF – foundation and/or Mineral Veil
  • Sometimes only use Warmth without any blush for just a hint of color
  • If just want a little liner, use their mineral eyeliner without water
  • Always use their concealer brush – it’s the best

Read my best mineral makeup reviews for the best mineral makeup recommendations.

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