The new Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme launched earlier in July with the promise of full coverage in a rich, creamy formula that promised a wear for up to 24 hours. I happen to a fan of Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer and it was one of my first products I tried when Kat launched her makeup collection at Sephora back in 2009. How many people remember when Kat posted those photos of herself using Lock-It Concealer all over body to conceal tattoos?
I question whether Lock-It Concealer needed an upgrade or not as it is a beloved formula but Lock-It Concealer Cream is an exciting release to say the least.
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Cream comes housed in a 0.22 oz barrel and is $26 compared to the regular Lock-It Concealer that’s $25 and 0.58 oz in size. It’s a pretty big leap in pricing and size that’s for sure but with the promise of pigmented coverage I was willing to overlook this.
The formula promises to brighten and conceal the under eye area while also covering blemishes, correcting discolorations, and also acts a lot like Tarte Shape Tape Concealer in the fact you can use the formula to contour and bake with it as well. I actually had my doubts about this formula because a lot of you had mentioned it was very dry under eyes and I also read reviewed that stated the same. Someone mentioned in a post I recently did, that you have to remember concealer isn’t just for under eye use. I completely agree but I totally judge concealer formulas on how well they work under my eyes because I typically don’t use them on my face. Just keep that in mind when reading my review as eyes play an important role in my concealer reviews.
The interesting thing about this new formula is it comes in nearly double the shade selection of the original formula plus it also includes a White Out shade which can be used to mix other shades to create new custom ones.
This formula is a matte finish which worried me as I tend to look for hydrating concealers for my finely lined eyes. Oddly enough it ended up working for me perfectly well but I would not recommend it for anyone with deeper lines or crepey skin because it’ll likely age eyes further plus it’ll prove difficult to blend. This is a thick, rich, very creamy formula with full coverage as promised. Compared to the original formula it’s much, much thicker yet it seems to provide a little tiny bit less coverage and it sheers out a lot more easier. That isn’t doesn’t offer completely full coverage because it does. It just seemed like the original formula was a little more pigmented. I also felt like the original formula was a heck of a lot easier to blend due to the thinner, creamy consistency.
Although hard to blend, it’s still very workable with the correct tools and preparation. You want to go into this application armed with very moist, well hydrated eyes or if you’re using it on your face, prep well so it doesn’t adhere to dryness. I apply Dr Denese Hydroshield in preparation as this is a super hydrating eye serum. After that I apply a few small dots of the concealer under each eye and I blend this out with my trusty Sephora #57. After that I do a little knocking or patting if you will to get the formula as smooth and as natural as possible. And that’s it! Yes, it is dry, yes it is difficult to blend, but it looks incredible on! It’s very brightening and as promised it wears long and strong without creasing! This will particularly be a great formula for oily eyes as it’ll likely wear strong and long on such a skin type.
The formula is not without issues though. As I mentioned earlier, it’s super creamy and very thick. If you apply too much it’s going to age your eyes terribly! If you don’t prep well prior, again, you’re going to end up with a dry, cakey look under your eyes. If you want it to look amazing you have to do some leg work prior to applying it. I’d suggest a good hydrating eye cream followed up by a serum or even a dab or two of your favorite facial oil and apply the concealer directly on top of that. The oil will help your blending process and it’ll also keep the matte finish from looking to dry.
Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme is a hard working concealer with some application and blending issues but those are worth the long wear and excellent coverage this concealer provides. If you’re looking for brighter more wide awake eyes this is the formula for you but keep in mind it works best with a relatively smoother under eye area as I think it’ll look poorly on those with deeper lines and wrinkles not to mention application will involve a good deal of tugging for such issues!
I expected failure but was quite happy with the performance on this one!
It’s available now at Sephora and Sephora.com.
Have you tried it?