Hello beautiful creatures! Today I’m bringing you my KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm Review. I recently purchased this cream compact foundation from the KVD website before it sold out everywhere. As you know, I’m a huge fan of cream stick products. But is the Good Apple Foundation Balm worth the hype?
Where to Buy
KVD Beauty, Sephora, Ulta
$38 for .35 oz.
KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm Review Video
About KVD Beauty
KVD Beauty used to be a cruelty-free brand owned by Kat Von D and Kendo. Kat Von D has since been removed from the brand. (yay!) The brand now claims to be tattoo-inspired vegan beauty. On their site they state, Tattoos are the boldest form of artistic self-expression. We reject conventional beauty standards and sameness. They accept the beauty of our uniqueness and flaws. We give a fuck about the world. Kara Veritas Decora = Value Truth Beauty. They are 100% cruelty-free and 100% vegan, as well as being committed to becoming more sustainable and working to create fully recyclable packaging. The newest face of KVD is Miryam Lumpini, an absolutely stunning tattoo artist!
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About My Skin Type and Tone
I’m 42 years old. My skin tone is a very fair neutral to cool yellow. It’s dry, sensitive and I have rosacea, along with a bit of texture, a bit of hyperpigmentation, and a touch of serbhorreic dermatitis between my brows. My biggest skin concerns are anti-aging, fine lines, dryness, and sensitivity. Because of my skin type, a foundation like the KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm sounds ideal.
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KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm Swatches
When I purchased my KVD Good Apple Balm I also ordered the blister pack with extra shades. I swatched Deep 084, Tan 066, Medium 027, and Light 10 along with my Light 002. If I were the person designing sample packs of shades, I would include the darkest shade, the lightest shade, and 2 or 3 of the typically most popular in between shades.
I included swatches of the KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in Light 002 against some of my other very fair to cool yellow foundations. I also included a gifted product that is not cruelty-free since people often ask me for a MAC comparison.
- Nyx Born to Glow! Naturally Radiant Foundation in Pale (v)
- Juvia’s Place 3-in-1 Shade Stick Foundation in Tokyo (v)
- MAC Studio Fix Soft Matte Foundation Stick in NW13 (not cruelty-free, was gifted to me for comparisons)
- Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Skin Finish Buildable Coverage Foundation Stick in Angel Food (cruelty-free, fragrance-free)
- Milk Makeup Flex Stick Foundation in Porcelain (v)
- KVD Beauty Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in Light 002 (v)
- The KVD True Portrait Medium Coverage Shake Foundation in Light 002 (v) (I’m suspecting this may be discontinued, but I’m not 100% sure on that)
KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm on Me
Here’s what it looked like on me when I wore it without primer for the first wear test. I did set it with the KVD Lock-It Finishing Powder in Fair. It did not last for me. Good Apple Balm broke down on my nose and cheeks. It also looked like it was sitting on top of my skin as opposed to melding with my skin. The photo above was taken in natural morning light around 8:30 am next to a window.
On day two, wearing the KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in Light 002 on top of Milk Makeup Hydro Grip Primer and set with Cozzette Beauty Essential Powder in C1. The day two photos were taken in front of my window with lots of natural light plus my ring light on a low setting.
You can see in the photo above that the KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in Light 002 shade match is excellent and blends in seamlessly with my skin tone, in my opinion.
What I love about this product
I love the clear packaging that is recyclable, which is great for the environment. It is fantastic that the balm comes in around 40 shades, including matches for very fair skin like mine or very deep skin tones. I love the initial finish of the foundation, which looks very much like a natural or satin matte finish.
What I don’t love about this product
I don’t love how this wears on me. It is not long-wearing in my experience, as I can’t get it to last from 8:30 am to 5 pm. I don’t like how it emphasizes pores, looks strangely shiny, and sometimes appears to be sitting on top of my skin instead of melding seamlessly with it.
KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm Review
I am a huge fan of cream stick products, but I find cream compact products to be hit or miss. The Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation in N0 performs well on my skin. Rituel de Fille the Ethereal Veil in Nix sometimes looks great on me and other times looks a bit odd, so I find it often works best as a concealer for me. I wanted to love the KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in Light 002 but it just did not perform well for me and I couldn’t get it to last through a work day.
So, is the KVD Good Apple Foundation Balm worth the hype? In my humble opinion, no. Not unless I can find some way to make it work for dry skin like mine.
If you have extremely dry skin, much dryer than my dry skin, this might be the foundation for you. Skin younger than mine might find this foundation amazing. Sadly, the KVD Good Apple Skin-Perfecting Foundation Balm in Light 002 just isn’t a winner for me right now. If you have suggestions on other ways for me to apply this foundation to get it to last at least through my work day and have it look great, I would love to hear them!
Thank you for this in depth review! I have being going back and forth about trying this!
I love the color of that Light 002 shade! Perfect match for your skin tone!
Kristi V BeginNails says
I like the packaging too. I realize I can only handle very light coverage. Just feels too heavy in the Arizona heat (especially in the summer) and if it’s too thick/heavy it settles in my lines.
Jennifer Mathews says
Sooooo many foundations look like that on me. It emphasizes lines and pores – not good!